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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RACING HISTORY: PART XIV 97 Don Tyson's Viking Song winning the 1979 World Wide Futurity Consolation. Sel- dom mentioned in her career resume are the 2 world records set at major stakes races and breaking previous records held by a host of eventual Hall of Famers. The raw data is instructive: 1980, new world record 5 furlongs, 57 3/5ths at Santa Rosa and winning the California Derby, breaking the 1979 record of 58 1/5th co-held by a host of superlative racehorses; 1981, new world record 5 1/2 fur- longs, 1.03, winning the California State Fair Marathon and breaking the previous record of 1.04 set in 1979 by Granite Girl. What more could have been expected! Undercover Willie set two 440 yard world records to top off his many major wins and awards. The first lasted only one year but for good reason. It happened in October 1981 at Midway where he won the Sire & Dam Futurity with a new world record time of 21.68 and setting a new Appaloosa and All-Breed track record. Why one year? Willie broke his own record in early March 1982 at Blue Ribbon Downs with a winning time of 21.59 in the Finals of the Cricket Bars Maturity, which set what became one of racings longest standing world records. Sillie Girl was special, in a very unique way. Racing for the first time in California after somewhat unspectacular outings elsewhere, she broke her maiden at Fresno in 1985 with a win by 10 1/2 lengths, a good start against tough competition but not quite our story. Her win at 4 furlongs equaled the world record set in 1983 by Zav Dancing Kid. Their 44.60 time broke the previous 44.80 held by four others and first set in 1978 by Nellies Girl. The new record stood until 1989. The Girl's first race in California, her first-ever win, and one that tied a world record. Maybe a famous first in racing history? Dr. Leffie Carlton's Double Clutch set 3 world records and tied one other between 1981 and 1985 racing pri- marily in California (details in Multiples section). His 5 1/2 furlong time of 1.02 3/5ths winning the California State Fair Marathon in 1982 broke Viking Song's 1.03 from 1981 and stands as the current world record. Like more than a few other records investi- gated, his 4 1/2 furlong new world record time of 50.80 at Fresno in 1985 is not listed on the 1985 official roster of world records. Why? Brazen Lad lowered it to 50.20 later in the year on the same track, thus the years-end official world record. The world record for 700 yards was first recognized by the ApHC in 1977. Set by Myshkin (dam was an own daughter of Joker B.) at Pompano Park with a time of 38.2, it was destroyed a year later on the same track by Near Gold. Racing for Michigan's Dun Rovin Farms, the gelding is pictured here with his 8 3/4 length win setting a new world record time of 36.82. Races at 700 yards were run 68 times between 1978 and 1982, but far fewer times in subsequent years. Gold's 1978 time is 2017's standing world record.

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