Track aficionados have been waiting and watching to see if Painted Turnpike could break the longstanding record for APHA lifetime racehorse earnings, and the 2013 bay solid Paint-bred stallion did not disappoint. His July 8 win in the 2017 Lewis Wartchow Paint & Appaloosa Stakes at Fair Meadows Racetrack launched Painted Turnpike into the role as APHA’s new lifetime leading Paint racehorse by money earned.
Recording a final time of 17:452 over 350 yards in the Lewis Wartchow Stakes, Painted Turnpike bested a field of five earning $8,460. Dashin JJ finished second a length-and-a-half behind, and CRM Radio Flyer was third. The victory surged Painted Turnpike’s lifetime earning to $363,872, overtaking the No. 1 spot on the lifetime leaders list from the legendary Got Country Grip.
Got Country Grip, a 2003 bay solid gelding by Country Quick Dash and out of Got A Grip, amassed $361,881 over his racing career. The gelding earned five consecutive World Champion Solid Paint-Bred racing titles from 2005–2009 and was the lifetime leading money earning Paint Horse for more than a decade.
Painted Turnpike was the first horse to sweep the Speedhorse Triple Crown by winning all three G1 Speedhorse Paint & Appaloosa Futurity races in 2015. He was crowned as APHA’s 2015 and 2016 World Champion Running Solid Paint-Bred, along with earning four other year-end champion racehorse titles.
Owned and bred by Nolan Pevehouse of Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, Painted Turnpike is a 2013 bay solid stallion by PYC Paint Your Wagon (QH) out of the Royal Quick Flash mare High Class Turnpike. Trained by Matt Whitekiller, Painted Turnpike has been piloted by jockey Cody Smith in all 20 of his starts, garnering a record of 17 wins and three seconds in 20 starts.
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