|Shero Fastest of All in Graham
Paint Futurity Trials
(Thursday, October 9, 2003)
- Shero, a 2-year-old daughter of Texas Hero, was the fastest qualifier
to the $100,000-estimated Graham Paint Futurity at the completion
of four trial races Thursday night at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie,
Trained by Tommy Barnes and ridden by Randy Wilson, Shero collected
her first career win with a swift 350-yard clocking of :18.014 over
a main track labeled “muddy.”
“She’s still real green,” Wilson said of the
immature daughter of Texas Hero. “She had a full sister that
won this futurity.”
Wilson was referring to Runaway Rosie, who won the inaugural running
of the race in 1998.
The complete list of qualifiers: Shero (:18.014; owned by Marion
Hoskin; trained by Barnes; ridden by Wilson); Bold Bucephalus (:18.034;
Charles Trochta and Sam Hester; Hester; Larry Payne); Tushkas Texan
(:18.034; Bobby Barnett and Michael Zingelmann; Zingelmann; Gilbert
Ortiz); Nee O Got See (:18.069; Trochta and Hester; Hester; Payne);
Friona (:18.083; Herbert Graham; John Wartchow; Roy Brooks); Ima
Texas Rebel (:18.097; Jayme Buck; David Drake; Mike Harvell); Ima
Solid Hero (:18.109; Ponie McCrary; John Garvin; Denise Lambeth);
Snafols Hero (:18.110; The Painted Pitchfork; Brandon Parum; G.R.
Carter Jr.); Diamonds N Jets (:18.112; Bob Johnson; Matt Whitekiller;
Juan Vazquez); and Town Painter (:18.127; Fred Wahlenmaier; Mark
The Graham Paint Futurity, set to be run for the sixth time on
Oct. 25, is restricted to Paint Horses sired by stallions of the
legendary horse breeder Hebert Graham, including Texas Hero, Raise
A Jet, Relentless Jet and Lonesome Hero. Nine of the 10 qualifiers
were sired by Texas Hero. The lone exception was the ninth-fastest
qualifier, Diamonds N Jets, a daughter of Raise A Jet.
Texas Hero made his mark during the 1993-94 racing seasons, winning
back-to-back World Championships as well as topping the $100,000
mark. The loud-colored bay tobiano stallion, by Raise A Jet and
out of Breakaway Baby, won both the PSBA and Pot O’ Gold Futurities
Graham, who resides in Gardendale, Texas, has a chance to win his
race for the third time with Friona, a full sister to 2000 winner
Verona. Graham’s other victory came in 2001 with Texas Wildcat.
Friona is conditioned by John Wartchow, the son of prominent trainer
Lewis Wartchow, who passed away earlier this year.
The Graham Paint Futurity is the second richest race for Paint
Horses in the nation and the richest of its kind in Texas. Paint
Horses exhibit a minimum amount of white hair over unpigmented skin.
Markings can be any shape or size, and located virtually anywhere
on the Paint’s body. Although Paints come in a variety of
colors with different markings, there are only three specific coat
patterns: overo, tobiano and tovero.