IMA REAL LIVEWIRE WINS GRADE 1 AMERICAN PAINT DERBY, HIS FOURTH WIN IN FIVE STARTS, SETS TRACK RECORD FOR PAINTS

OKLAHOMA CITY - April 27, 2019 – Despite winning for the fourth time in five starts lifetime, the betting public overlooked Ima Real Livewire and he made them pay for it. This 3-year-old gelding won the Grade 1 $67,200 American Paint Derby at Remington Park on Saturday night at 7-1 odds.

This son of CRM Livewire, out of the Red Storm Cat (qh) mare Ima Stormy Valentine, was laid off for almost a year after beginning his racing career with two wins from three tries as a 2-year-old in 2018. His victories include a stakes win almost exactly a year ago tonight, on April 28, when he won the Victoria Ennis Memorial.

“He colicked last year and had to have surgery,” said the gelding’s trainer Michelle Hurdle. “That’s why he was off so long. But he sure has come back good.”

Ima Real Livewire is two-for-two in 2019. He earned $25,536 for the win and now has $63,206 lifetime in those five starts. Jockey Jose Vega has been in the irons for all four wins for owner Carole Stacy of Warner, Okla.

“Carole wasn’t here tonight; she’s not feeling well, but this really should brighten her day,” said Hurdle.

Ima Real Livewire appears to be getting better and better since the surgery, winning tonight by 1-1/2 lengths at 400 yards and setting a track record for Paints or Appaloosa at Remington Park. His running time was 19.320 seconds over the fast track, good for a 101 speed index and the new record. The old mark for the distance was 19.414, set by Major Tom, an Appaloosa, on April 19, 2014.

“He left the gates real good,” said Vega. “Never looked back. He beat them pretty easy. I just sat there the last 100 yards. We really liked this horse as a 2-year-old and have a lot of confidence in him.”

He paid $16.60 to win, $7 to place and $4 to show. Live Moonshine ran second, a neck in front of third-place finisher Memories of Lil Hero. Ima Real Livewire was bred in Oklahoma by his owner. He won his third consecutive race dating back to his victory here in the 2018 Victoria Ennis Memorial.

This was Hurdle’s first win in this stakes race and Vega’s second. He also won the American Paint Derby in 2016 aboard Sturgis.

Racing continues Sunday at Remington Park with a nine-race card that starts at 1:30 p.m. The day includes Extreme Racing with Clydesdales, ostriches, camels and zebras between actual horse races.

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