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Appaloosa Tears Up Track in Oklahoma

CLAREMORE, Okla.—Appaloosa, Mr Coupe de Ville, took the blue ribbon in a 300-yard maiden claiming race at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla., Mar. 22. The maiden claiming race offered a purse of $6,000.

Mr Coupe de Ville, a 3-year-old Appaloosa gelding, drew off under Tony Bennett and crossed the finish line in 16.145 seconds. The Oklahoma-bred Appaloosa won $3,528, bringing his lifetime earnings to $6,690. Mr Coupe de Ville is by Dispensing Speed (ApHC), and out of Kacies Secret Pie (AQHA), by Raise a Secret. Mr Coupe de Ville is owned and was bred by John Diediker of Parsons, Kan., and is trained by Angie Jones.

Following in second was Last One, a 4-year-old Appaloosa gelding. With Berkley Packer aboard, the Oklahoma-bred gelding completed the race in 16.365 seconds. The Appaloosa won $1,167, bringing his lifetime earnings to $2,105. Last One is by Bully Bullion (AQHA), and out of Perfect Once (ApHC), by Ichibon (AQHA). Last One is owned and was bred by Donna and Jerry Lawley of Tishomingo, Okla., and trained by John Wartchow.

Lucky Way Gal, a 4-year-old Appaloosa mare, earned third place by completing the track in 16.423 second. The Oklahoma-bred Appaloosa mare won $647, bringing her lifetime earnings to $707. Lucky Way Gal is by ZBar Dash (AQHA), and out of Lucky Way (ApHC), by Right of Way (ApHC). The Appaloosa mare is owned and was bred by Dwane Laymon of Sand Springs, Okla., is trained by Carla Cain, and was ridden by Justin Shepherd.

Other horses who completed the field include Kittys Contender (APHA), Arctic Chrome (APHA), Beautiful Dreams (APHA), Koolaid Jammer (APHA).

The horses who competed in this claiming race were available for purchase for $15,000.

Appaloosa Racing

Appaloosas have long been an integral part of one of America’s most popular spectator sports—horse racing. The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) officially recognized the sport in 1962, beginning Appaloosa racing history with four races and 23 starters competing for $12,000 in total purses. In 2006, 203 starters competed in 440 races for $2,904,774 in total purses.

Racing fans can find Appaloosas crossing the finish line in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.

For more information on Appaloosa racing, contact Alexcia Livingstone, Racing Coordinator, at (208) 882-5578 ext. 280 or racing@appaloosa.com.


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