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DTL Samureye and Southern Electric earn 2019 APHA World Champion Running Horse titles

Photo of DTL Samureye (above) and Southern Electric (below) courtesy Dustin Orona/Remington Park
Photo of DTL Samureye (below) courtesy Will Rogers Downs

Congratulations to DTL Samureye and Southern Electric, APHA’s World Champion Running Horses for 2019.

World Champion Running Horse: DTL Samureye

A previous Paint racing champion at age 3, DTL Samureye returned to the track in 2019 at age 4 to claim his first Running World Championship honor, along with Championships in the Aged bracket. in 2019, he earned six wins and a third in eight starts, adding $78,631 to his record. DTL Samureye’s lifetime record is 12-3-2 out of 21 starts, with $153,966 in total earnings.

The gelding’s 2019 stakes wins include the Paul Harber Memorial Handicap, the Mister Lewie Memorial Handicap G1, the Cowboy Western Heritage Stakes and the Colors of the Wind Stakes. Owned by Almada Racing of San Antonio, Texas, DTL Samureye is a 2015 sorrel tobiano gelding by $7 Million Sire Royal Quick Flash and out of Eysa Savvy Queen. He was bred by Dean and Tonya Lester of Skiatook, Oklahoma.

World Champion Solid Paint-Bred Running Horse: Southern Electric

In his first year running, Southern Electric lit up the tote board in 11 out of 12 starts, racking up an impressive $185,398 in earnings. His four stakes wins included the PSBA Futurity G1, the Speedhorse Paint & Appaloosa Futurity G1, the Pot O’ Gold Futurity and the Speedhorse Championship Futurity.

The 2017 sorrel solid gelding by CRM Livewire and out of Ze Southern Girl (QH). Owned and bred by Dan and Kaye Jones of Kemp, Texas, Southern Electric helped push his sire to $2 Million Sire status in 2019 and helped the Joneses claim 2019 Leading Owner honors, too.

Full 2019 Paint racing champion results appear below:

2019 American Paint Horse Champions

  • 2019 Leading Breeder: Dean & Tonya Lester – $383,818
  • 2019 Leading Owner: Dan & Kaye Jones – $336,394
  • 2019 Leading Trainer: Dee Keener – $362,183
  • 2019 Leading Jockey: Cody Smith – $494,341
  • 2019 Paul Harber Distinguished Service Award: Herbert & Ginger Graham


2-Year-Old Colt: Heza Fancy PYC
2-Year Old SPB Colt: None Eligible

2-Year-Old Filly: Bell N Wire
2-Year-Old SPB Filly: CL Victorias Secret

2-Year-Old Gelding: Hey Ladeez
2-Year-Old SPB Gelding: Southern Electric

2-Year-Old Champion: Heza Fancy PYC
2-Year-Old SPB Champion: Southern Electric


3-Year-Old Colt: CL Loaded Flash
3-Year-Old SPB Colt: None Eligible

3-Year-Old Filly: RP Livewire Papasbaby
3-Year Old SPB Filly: Bullet Bonnie

3-Year-Old Gelding: Ima Real Livewire
3-Year-Old SPB Gelding: Memories Of Lil Hero                                                                

3-Year-Old Champion: Ima Real Livewire
3-Year-Old SPB Champion:
Memories Of Lil Hero


Aged Stallion: Ruthies Hotrod
Aged SPB Stallion: None Elibible

Aged Mare: SM Miss Royal Snow
Aged SPB Mare: Fanci Flyin

Aged Gelding: DTL Samureye
Aged SPB Gelding: Bully Pulpit

Aged Champion: DTL Samureye
Aged SPB Champion: Bully Pulpit


World Champion: DTL Samureye
SPB World Champion:
Southern Electric


Broodmare of the Year: Shez Showin Off
Distance Champion: Bully Pulpit
Claiming Champion: Valiant Jess


Regular Honor Roll:
#1 Gelding: DTL Samureye

#1 Mare: Bell N Wire
#1 Stallion: PHQ Apollitical Jess

Solid Paint-Bred Honor Roll:

#1 Gelding: Southern Electric
#1 Mare: Babe Wired
#1 Stallion: Cat Scratch Dash

[Reprinting all or part of this news release is permitted, so long as credit is given to the Paint Horse Journal and a link provided back to apha.com.]
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