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Effects Of Magic leads way in Yellowstone Downs Paint Derby

October 12, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

APHA, FORT WORTH, TEXAS—Effects Of Magic, a 3-year-old bay solid Paint-bred mare, blew away her competition at the Yellowstone Downs Paint Derby, held Oct. 1 in Billings, Mont. The 300-yard race provided a purse of $7,000.

The mare is owned by Nancy Garoutte of Wolf Point, Mont., trained by Jesse Villegas and was ridden by Chad Benjamin.

"I was not really expecting her to win, but she came through with flying colors," said Garoutte. "This was her last race, so it's always nice when they end their racing career with a win."

Effects Of Magic completed the race in 15.35 seconds, more than a length and a half faster than the second-place horse. The mare, sired by Suchanimage and out of Magic Stuff AQHA, earned $3,850 for the win, bringing her lifetime earnings to $24,403.

The Bear, a sorrel tobiano gelding sired by Judys Bear and out of Dellas Isaw AQHA, came in second with a time of 15.6 seconds. The gelding is owned by Ron Cook and Steve Wyatt of Mills, Wyo., trained by Ron Cook, Jr. and was ridden by Kym Espy. His second place finish was worth $1,740.

Ironica Too, a gray solid Paint-bred mare posted a time of 15.61 for third place and received $910. The gelding is sired by Treasured Too and is out of Sex N Candy AQHA. He is owned by John M. Loomis of Kalispell, Mont., trained by Jesse Villegas and was ridden by Jake Olesiak.

Paint Horses Raves Beauty, Judys Sharper Melody, Sister Judy, Crafty Cochise and Judys Polecat completed the field.

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, or visit