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Paint Greats Race at Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Derby

Notable 3-year-olds in Paint racing convened at Fair Meadow Race Track in Tulsa, Oklahoma, June 30 for the Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Derby restricted G2. Flashthechicks came away the winner, running the 350 yards in :17.634 to earn $17,550 and a speed index of 91.


Pedigree Bracket

Royal Quick Dash (QH)

2nd Gen Bracket

Royal Quick Dash (QH) 3rd Gen Bracket First Down Dash
Harems Choice
Venice Song (QH) 3rd Gen Bracket Hempen (TB)
Game Chicken

2nd Gen Bracket

Game Patriot (QH) 3rd Gen Bracket Chicks Beduino
Fire And Nice
Kickin Chicken 3rd Gen Bracket Judys Lineage
Kita Wheeler (QH)

With lifetime earnings of more than $237,110, Flashthechicks is a prominent player on the track. A 2009 sorrel solid gelding, Flashthechicks is by Royal Quick Flash and out of Game Chicken. Shirley Wheeler of Boynton, Oklahoma, bred and owns the gelding. Trained by Luis Villafranco, Flashthechicks was piloted by jockey G. R. Carter Jr.

Crazy Mother Trucker finished second, clocking :17.650 and a speed index of 90. The 3-year-old sorrel solid mare picked up $8,050 for owner Wade R. Leggett of Muskogee, Oklahoma. Bred by Charles R. Leggett of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Crazy Mother Trucker was ridden by Berkley Packer and trained by Matthew McCart. The mare’s lifetime earnings already tally $61,647. Crazy Mother Trucker is by Sweet First Down AQHA and out of Texas Fourwinds.

Finishing third was SW Eye Candy, a 3-year-old sorrel overo mare by Country Chicks Man AQHA and out of Ms Painted Eyeopener. Owned by Dee Keener and Steve Wright of Inola, Oklahoma, SW Eye Candy was bred by Linda Fox of Maud, Oklahoma. Another notable on the track, SW Eye Candy added $5,850 to her lifetime earnings of $67,980. The mare was ridden by Larry Payne and trained by Dee Keener.

Other horses raced included Spotless Redneck, BP Cartels Paint, Rooster Tail, Casting Crowns, Paint This Shadow, Captain Bucko ApHC and Sunday Sputnik.

More about Paint Horse racing
Horse racing has long been one of America’s favorite spectator sports and 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 2011, more than 450 starters competed in 369 APHA-recognized races for record purses totaling more than $3.8 million.

A total of 16 states now feature Paint racing, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, 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