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Runaway Argus captures the G2 Lorelei Derby
FORT WORTH, Texas—Runaway Argus won the G2 Lorelei Derby on September 29 at Will Rogers Downs Racetrack in Claremore, Oklahoma. The 2009 sorrel solid Paint-bred gelding by Royal Quick Flash and out of Giddy Up ran the 400 yards in a time of 19.57 seconds, capturing a speed index of 106 and earning $16,550 for the win. His lifetime earnings are now $106,762. Bred by James Skimbo of Wilburton, Oklahoma, the gelding is owned by the Runaway Argus Partnership of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, trained by Brian Muse and ridden by Jeremy Garcia.
Runaway Argus blew by the competition in the G2 Lorelei Derby on September 29 at Will Rogers Downs Racetrack, crossing the finish line in :19.57 for the win.
CRM Livewire finished second with a time of :19.68 and a speed index of 103. The 3-year-old bay tobiano stallion is by Cartel Success AQHA and out of Elaina Go Go. He was bred and is owned by Dan and Kaye Jones of Kemp, Texas. Trained by Matt Whitekiller and ridden by Cody Smith, CRM Livewire earned $6,800 and has lifetime earnings in excess of $58,000.
Third across the finish line was Flashthechicks with a time of 19.73 seconds. Bred and owned by Shirley Wheeler of Boynton, Oklahoma, Flashthechicks ran a 102 speed index and earned $5,600—his lifetime earnings are $252,088. The sorrel solid Paint-bred gelding is by Royal Quick Flash and out of Game Chicken. Flashthechicks was trained by Luis Villafranco and ridden by G.R. Carter Jr.
Other Paint Horses completing the race, along with times, include KC Fabulous Flash (:19.90), Spotless Redneck (:19.93), Crazy Mother Trucker (:19.98), Two Timin Trixie (:20.14), SW Eye Candy (:20.28) and BP Cartels Paint (:20.71).
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 email@example.com, or visit www.paintracing.com.