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Rio Rojo Jessie wins the RG1 Speedhorse Paint & Appaloosa Derby

 FORT WORTH, Texas—Rio Rojo Jessie, the 2010 APHA World Champion Solid Paint-Bred won the RG1 Speedhorse Paint & Appaloosa Derby on July 23, 201, at Fair Meadows Racetrack.

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Rio Rojo Jessie wins the RG1 Speedhorse Paint & Appaloosa Derby.
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Rio Rojo Jessie

Pedigree Bracket

Feature Mr Jess

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Mr Jess Perry 3rd Gen Bracket Streakin La Jolla
Scoopie Fein
Brenda Feature 3rd Gen Bracket Truckle Feature
Brenda Beauty
Call Me Silking

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Call Me Together 3rd Gen Bracket Call Me Dash
Together At Last
Streakin Silk 3rd Gen Bracket Streakin Six
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Bred and owned by Donald Kelly of Natchitoches, La., Rio Rojo Jessie is a bay solid Paint-bred mare sired by Feature Mr Jess AQHA and out of Call Me Silking. She ran a time of 17.54 seconds, a speed index of 93 and earned $18,848 for the win, bringing her lifetime earnings to $128,939. Rio Rojo Jessie was trained by Eddie Willis and was ridden by Matthew Casebolt.

Finishing second was Flash Of Silk with a time of 17.55 seconds. The sorrel solid Paint-bred gelding is sired by Royal Quick Flash and out of Judys Silk. Bred by H.T. and Kay Churchwell of Okmulgee, Okla., and owned by B.J. Hall and Jeff Dean of Porter, Okla., the gelding ran a 93 speed index, earned $8,432 and has lifetime earnings of over $78,000. He is trained by Jeff Dean and ridden by Debbie Freeman.

Third across the finish line was The Cock Of The Walk, a sorrel solid Paint-bred gelding by Royal Quick Flash and out of Corona Lace. He is bred and owned by Wade Leggett of Muskogee, Okla. Trained by Matthew McCart and ridden by Kenny Muntz, The Cock Of The Walk finished in 17.59 seconds with a speed index of 92 and earned $5,456 for lifetime earnings in excess of $84,000.

Other horses completing the race, along with times, include Special Sign (17.62 seconds), Streakin Seven (17.63 seconds); Prize Jive (17.72 seconds); Rip Roarin Moves (17.74 seconds); Country Strummer (17.74 seconds); Treasured Suspect (17.86 seconds). Circle The Wagon ApHC was scratched.

More about Paint Horse racing
Horse racing has long been one of America’s favorite spectator sports. With the recent growth of the Paint Horse breed, it’s no wonder that Paints have become one of the hottest tickets in the horse racing industry.

Since 1966, when APHA officially recognized the sport, Paint racing has made major strides forward. In that inaugural year, 17 starters ran for $1,290 in just two states—Texas and Oklahoma. In 2010, more than 500 starters competed in 429 APHA-recognized races for record purses totaling more than $4.1 million.

A total of 17 states now feature Paint racing, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Paint Horses also race in Canada.

For more information on Paint Horse racing, contact APHA’s racing department at (817) 222-6444, email, or visit