The American Paint Horse Association would like to announce the enrolled qualifiers to date for the inaugural Masterpiece Racing Challenge race to be held at Lone Star Park on November 3. The Masterpiece Racing Challenge program provides added incentives for owners of 3-year-old racing Paints and Appaloosas.
The Masterpiece Challenge features nine qualifying races held in Oklahoma, Wyoming, Canada, Idaho and Texas. The Masterpiece enrolled winners or highest- enrolled finisher of those races plus the at-large qualifiers (as selected by the APHA Racing Committee) will be invited to compete in the APHA Masterpiece Challenge Race held at Lone Star Park.
The enrolled qualifying horses to date include:
- Spotless Redneck (SI 96, $63,712, 17(6)-4-3(2)-1(1)) - Owner Marion Hoskin, Trainer Eddie L. Willis
- Flashthechicks (SI 99, $246,488, 18(10)-8(5)-7(2)-1(1)), 2011 World Champion - Owner Shirley Wheeler, Trainer Luis Villa Franco
- Rawhide Legend (SI 94, $22,909, 10(5)-2-2-1(1)) - Owner Larry Sherwood, Trainer Larry Sherwood
- SW Eye Candy (SI 96, $73,668, 14(6)-3(1)-1-1(3)) - Owners Dee Keener and Steve Wright, Trainer Dee Keener
- Big Red Sunset ApHC (SI 78, $652, 2(1)-1-0) - Owner Randy Schwab, Trainer Bret Vickery
- CRM Livewire (SI 101, $51,990, 15(6)-5(1)-3(2)-2(1)), 2011 Champion - Owner Dan Jones, Trainer Matt Whitekiller
There are two qualifying races left, the Lorelei Paint and Appaloosa Derby, to be run September 28 at Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma, and a Canadian race to be determined at Whoop Up Downs in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. The winners of these races, in addition to the at-large qualifiers, will be invited to run in the race on November 3 to compete for the $15,000 added purse race. Once invitations are accepted the final field for the race will be announced.
For enrollment forms or to find out more about the APHA Masterpiece Challenge, please see http://www.paintracing.com/masterpiece or call (817) 222-6444.
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 2011, more than 473 starters competed in 369 APHA-recognized races for record purses totaling more than $3.8 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 email@example.com, or visit www.paintracing.com.