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CRM Livewire took home top honors and $16,670 in the inaugural Masterpiece Challenge on Nov. 3.
CRM Livewire wins the inaugural Masterpiece Challenge.
FORT WORTH, Texas—CRM Livewire, a 3-year-old bay tobiano stallion, posted a big win on November 3, winning the inaugural APHA Masterpiece Challenge at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. Owned and bred by Dan Jones of Kemp, Texas, CRM Livewire ran the 400-yard race in :19.84 for a speed index of 87. For the win, the stallion earned $16,670 of the $27,330 purse—this brings his lifetime earnings to more than $90,000. Sired by Cartel Success (QH) and out of Elaina Go Go, CRM Livewire was trained by Matt Whitekiller and ridden by Cody Smith.
Running second in :19.95 was SW Eye Candy, a 2009 sorrel overo mare by Country Chicks Man (QH) and out of Ms Painted Eyeopener. Earning a speed index of 84, SW Eye Candy earned $4,646 for owners Steve Wright and Dee Keener of Inola, Oklahoma. The mare’s lifetime earnings are now $78,314. Bred by Linda Fox of Maud, Oklahoma, SW Eye Candy was trained by Dee Keener and ridden by James Flores.
Third across the finish line was Spotless Redneck, who ran the 400-yards in :20.00 for a speed index of 83. A 2009 sorrel solid gelding by Judys Lineage and out of Shero, Spotless Redneck was bred and is owned by Marion Hoskin of Ada, Oklahoma. The gelding—who was trained by Eddie Lee Willis and ridden by Kenny Muntz—earned $2,733 toward his current lifetime earnings of $69,135.
Other horses in the field included Rawhide Legend, Dosofme, Ivory Queen (ApHC) and BP Cartels Paint.
More about Paint Horse racing
Horseracing 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit racing.apha.com.