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Sister Judy has great run at Great Falls Paint Derby

August 25, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

APHA, Fort Worth, TX — Sister Judy, a 3-year-old sorrel tobiano mare,
won the Great Falls Paint Derby, held July 23 in Great Falls, Mont. The mare is owned by Richard Clay of Helena, Mont., trained by Cheryl Uphaus and ridden by Antonio Perez.

As most owners do, Clay said he had high expectations before the race.

“She was looking great and was really acting like she was ready to run a good race,” Clay said.

Sister Judy cleared the 300-yard distance in 15.36 seconds. The mare sired by Judys Lineage and out of Silk Twayna, earned $2,650 for the win, inceasing her earnings to $9,458. Clay has plans for Sister Judy to start in a few more races this year beginning with thw Yellowstone Downs in September.

Judys Polecat, a bay tobiano mare also sired by Judys Lineage out out of Bugsy’s Scarface (TB), placed second with a time of 15.47 seconds. She is owned by Katie Cooper of Billings, Mont., trained by Amber Flom and ridden by Mark Boag.

Raves Beauty, a bay tobiano mare sired by Texas Hero and out of Rave Reviews, posted a time of 15.52 seconds for third place. She is owned by Robert Joscelyn amd Betty Uphaus of Glasgow, Mont., trained by Cheryl Uphaus and ridden by David Brown.

Ironica Too, BXT Castle Valley PTA, Solid Dash and Crafty Cochise were also starters in this race.

More about Paint Horse racing
Horse racing has long been one of America’s favorite spectator sports. With the recent growth of the Paint Horse breed, it’s no wonder that 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 2005, more than 600 starters competed in more than 800 APHA-recognized races for purses totaling more than $5.1 million.

A total of 18 states now feature Paint racing, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Paint Horses also race in Canada.

“The future is really bright for Paint racing,” said Lex Smurthwaite, APHA’s executive director. “Owners from other racing breeds are getting involved with Paints because of the strong and steady growth of our program. It is still relatively easy to get involved and be competitive.”

For more information on Paint Horse racing, contact APHA’s racing
department at (817) 222-6444, e-mail,