There’s nothing quite like a speedy racehorse galloping down the track toward the finish line, and 2015 was full of big moments in Paint racing. APHA is pleased to honor its top running horses of 2015, including newly crowned world champion racehorses Bull and Painted Turnpike (pictured below).
The Running Champion awards are presented annually to Paint Horses that demonstrate athleticism on the racetrack. Selection is based on their level of competition, location, races won and earnings. Awards are presented in three age categories for both Regular Registry and Solid Paint-Bred Registry horses, and the winners are selected by the APHA Racing Committee. Canadian/International, Distance and Claiming Champions were also named, along with racing Honor Roll champions.
2015 World Champion Running Horse—Regular Registry
Bull, a 2013 bay tobiano stallion, made himself known in his freshman year on the track, capturing more than $70,600 in eight starts, including three wins, three seconds and two thirds. That included running second in three stakes–the Victoria Ennis Memorial Handicap, in which he logged his highest speed index of 91, as well as the G1 Speedhorse Paint & Appaloosa Futurity and the G1 Lone Star Speedhorse Paint & Appaloosa Futurity—and third in the G1 Speedhorse Graham Paint & Appaloosa Futurity.
By Cartel Success (QH) and out of Memories Of Texas, Bull was bred by Bill Price of Thackerville, Oklahoma, and is owned by Buddy Albin of Denton, Texas.
2015 World Champion Running Horse—Solid Paint-Bred
Painted Turnpike grabbed his share of the headlines in 2015, becoming the first horse to sweep the Speedhorse Triple Crown by emerging victorious in all three G1 Speedhorse Paint & Appaloosa Futurity races in a single year. The 2013 bay solid stallion was hard to beat; in nine starts, he captured eight wins and one second, including five stakes wins and posting a speed index of 92. With earnings of nearly $230,000 in his inaugural racing season, Painted Turnpike finished 2015 as the year’s highest-earning Paint racehorse overall.
By PYC Paint Your Wagon (QH) and out of High Class Turnpike, Painted Turnpike was bred and is owned by Nolan Pevehouse of Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, who was named APHA’s leading racehorse owner and breeder for 2015 as well.
2015 APHA Racing Champions
Champion 2-Year-Old & Champion 2-Year-Old Colt: Bull, owned by Buddy Albin
Champion 2-Year-Old Filly: TLC Flash, owned by Racinrns of Wapanucka, Oklahoma
Champion 2-Year-Old Gelding: Paleface Cartel, owned by Casey Humphrey of Wichita Falls, Texas
Champion 3-Year-Old & Champion 3-Year-Old Filly: Camo Cowgirl, owned by Sandra Garnett Tatom of Groesbeck, Texas
Champion 3-Year-Old Gelding: BV Rock My World, owned by Samuel Gaytan of Sperry, Oklahoma
Champion 3-Year-Old Colt: Gitter Dun Turnpike, owned by Nolan Pevehouse
Champion Aged Horse & Champion Aged Gelding: Scat Cat Judy, owned by Brent and Amy Page of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Champion Aged Mare: Wind Power, owned by Joe and Karen Williams of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Champion Aged Stallion: None Eligible
No. 1 Honor Roll Stallion: Bull
No. 1 Honor Roll Mare: BP Baileys Success, owned by Bill Price
No. 1 Honor Roll Gelding: DTL Head Honcho, owned by Dean and Tonya Lester of Skiatook, Oklahoma
Solid Paint-Bred Registry
Champion 2-Year-Old & Champion 2-Year-Old Colt: Painted Turnpike, owned by Nolan Pevehouse
Champion 2-Year-Old Gelding: Psychedelic Scott, owned by Paint Horse Queens of Inola, Oklahoma
Champion 2-Year-Old Filly: Imahotchicken, owned by Shirley Wheeler of Boynton, Oklahoma
Champion 3-Year-Old & Champion 3-Year-Old Gelding: Texas Silk, owned by Charles Leggett of Muskogee, Oklahoma
Champion 3-Year-Old Filly: Wagon On Turnpike, owned by Nolan Pevehouse
Champion 3-Year-Old Colt: Cowboy Mafia, owned by Ralph Young of Columbus, Montana
Champion Aged Horse & Champion Aged Mare: Tiffanys Sparkle, owned by Kathryn Robinson of Lytle, Texas
Champion Aged Gelding: Uno Peach, owned by Rene Rodriguez of Valley Center, Kansas
Champion Aged Stallion: None Eligible
No. 1 Honor Roll Stallion: Painted Turnpike
No. 1 Honor Roll Mare: Imahotchicken
No. 1 Honor Roll Gelding: Psychedelic Scott
Leading Breeder: Nolan Pevehouse – $239,144
Leading Owner: Nolan Pevehouse – $275,954
Leading Trainer: Matt Whitekiller – $315,023
Leading Jockey: Cody Smith – $317,429
Canadian Champion: Splashy Mamacita, owned by Barry and Janice Sather of Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada
Distance Champion: Surprised Again, owned by W.S. Farish of Versailles, Kentucky
Claiming Champion: Uno Peach
Broodmare of the Year: High Class Turnpike, owned by Nolan Pevehouse
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