SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS—Coming from a slow start, PF Chief Runnin Bear caught and passed the leader to win the Colors of the Wind Stakes at Retama Park on August 4. The 6-year-old brown tobiano gelding finished almost a length in front with a time of :17.97 seconds, earning $8,235, making the two-time APHA World Champion’s lifetime earnings $167,125.
|PF Chief Runnin Bear. Photo courtesy Coady Photography. |
PF Chief Runnin Bear is sired by Grand Point and out of SC Running Cloud AQHA, owned by Sherry Koltiska of Lander, Wyoming along with Lynn and Betty Bettinger of Waco, Texas, and was bred by Randy Davis of Vinita, Oklahoma. He was named the APHA World Champion Running Horse in 2009 and 2011. He was trained by Judd Kearl and ridden by jockey Rodrigo Vallejo.
General Gordiz finished second with a time of :18.09. The 3-year-old bay solid Paint-bred stallion is by Awesome Chrome and out of Killer Corona, bred and owned by Javier Lujan of Pharr, Texas. Trained by Francisco Vega, Jr., the stallion was ridden by Luis Ramirez. The young stallion picked up $2,295 for his second-place finish.
Third across the finish line was Sherrills Babe, a 3-year-old sorrel tobiano mare by Countin Sixes AQHA and out of Sherrills Lineage, bred and owned by Jacquie Crenshaw of Conroe, Texas. The mare ran the 350 yards in :18.32 seconds. Leonard Reese, Jr., trained Sherrills Babe, who was ridden by jockey Ignacio Bustamante.
Other horses competing in the race included Treasured Sixes, O J Okey, Flashing Chrome and Awesome Country.
The American Paint Horse Association (APHA), the international breed registry for the American Paint Horse headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. In fulfillment of its mission to collect, record and preserve pedigrees of the breed, APHA recognizes and supports 111 regional and international clubs, produces championship shows, sponsors trail rides and creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members' experiences with their horses. APHA has registered more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded, and now serves over 64,000 active youth and adult members around the world.