Appaloosa Journal

AUG 2018

Appaloosa Journal is the official publication of the Appaloosa Horse Club, the international registry for the Appaloosa horse.

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96 Appaloosa Journal August 2018 versely, why do some stand much longer? Why are a significant number of world records broken in one year and in the next or subsequent years, no new ones are set? How many Appaloosas have set multiple world records (2 or more) and who are they? Are racing Hall of Famers more likely than non-Famers to have set world records? Answering these questions has produced an enormous amount of insights and data which we start to report now and will continue in subsequent sections. Variables or Factors Influencing Competition A combination of at least six factors would seem to influence the number of world records set/broken each year. − Number of races each year: more vs. fewer races equal more or fewer opportunities. − Number of races each year at each official distance. − Number of horses competing each year at each distance. − Total number of starters/starts each year. − Improved breeding/training practices. − The quality of competition in each race. Data & Analysis A rough correlation seems evident between the number of new world records set or tied each year and the number of races, starters, and starts. We've tracked the raw data for each year from 1964 through 2017, but will limit reporting to various time frames, starting with the first world records (1963-64) and end - ing with 2017. 1964: 132 races, 291 starters, 857 starts, in 10 states on 19 different tracks. 1969: 212 races, 382 starters, 1,573 starts, in 11 states on 32 different tracks, 7 new world records. 1976: 421 races, 630 starters, 3,196 starts, in 11 states on 48 different tracks, 14 world records set or tied. (Note: the distances run each year from 1969 through 1977 included records for straightaways and 1 or 2 turns.) 1990: 810 races (the all-time high), 874 starters, 6,051 starts (another all-time high), in 13 states on 49 dif- ferent tracks, 3 new world records. 2005: 455 races, 234 starters, 3,556 starters, (states/tracks not available), 1 new world record. 2014: 196 races, 115 starters, 1,483 starts, in 7 states on 17 different tracks, 6 new world records, 3 by Major Tom! 2017: 171 races, 63 starters, 300 starts, no new world records. General observations: Understanding that the raw number of races, starters, starts increased rather steadily through the 1970s and 80s, the trend upwards began a slow decline after 1990 and continued through 2017. Consider the changes in the number of new records with - in these time frames. 1971: 9 new world records. 1974: 8 new records. 1978: 10 new records set or tied. 1981: 9 new records set/tied. 1985: 6 new records set/tied. Racing in 1979 at Salem, Oregon's Lone Oak Park for owner Frank Stevens, Buddy Bar W set a new 3 1/2 furlong world record time of 40.20 and winning by 4 lengths. Breaking the old record of 40.80 co-held by 4 different horses, Buddy's new record was tied in 1986 by Golden Dustem and stood until broken in 1992. His other "world" outing at Klamath Falls in 1979 tied the 770 yard world record time of 41.44, set only a week earlier down Florida-way at Pompano Park by Frosty's Lark. Their co-held record stood until Mr. Big Horse broke it at "Pompano" in 1982, set- ting the new time at 41.42. Don Heil's Granite Girl winning the 4 1/2 furlong Invitational Handicap on No- vember 7, 1979 at Los Alamitos. Her 1979 world record "resume" is loaded with significant achievements, measured by who's records she broke or tied, how long they lasted, and broken by whom. Some fascinating details: new world record, 5 1/2 furlongs, 1.04 at Sacramento, lowering the previous year's record of 1.05 co-held by Mr. Parrot and Hayfork Creek; reducing her record to 1.03 in 1981 re- quired the speed of eventual Hall of Famer, Viking Song; tied two world records: 4 furlongs-then co-held by Nellies Girl, Joaquin Nite Cap, with Bar-T's Man added in 1982, and finally broken in 1983 by Zav Dancing Kid; 5 furlongs-co-held by Nellies Girl, Leasure Lea, Mr. Parrot, and Manitou Rock, who'd set the original record in 1974. The group's record stood for only one year and was broken in 1980 by the "lady" with a "record-breaking habit", once again it was Viking Song. Some kinda year for Granite Girl-beating the best, co-holding with the best, and taking another best to beat them all! George Lambert's Mighty Chick Deck winning the 1981 Kansas Sunflower Classic Futurity by 1 1/2 lengths at La Mesa Park and setting a new world record of 19.91 for 400 yards. The stallion's triumph broke The Hooper Honker's old record of 20.16 set in 1978 at Centennial. Tied by Union Bullet in 1989, their record was finally broken in 1990.

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