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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98 Appaloosa Journal August 2018 1989: 11 new records set/tied. 1992: 4 new records, 3 tied. 1995: 1 new record. 1997: no new records. 1998/99: 1 new record each year. 2001: 3 new records 2003/04: no new records. 2005/06: 1 each year and 1 tied in 06. 2007-2010: no new records. 2011: 3 new records. 2013: 3 new records (all Major Tom, noted above with 3 more new records in 2014). 2015-2017: no new records. Although the correlation between an increase or decrease in races/starters/starts and setting new records is not exact, the data suggests a strong connection. Fewer races and racehorses usu - ally decrease the odds of setting new records, usually because of one critical exception—any given season when an especially talented and vastly superior Appaloosa is competing. Without defining talented or superior, we contend that horses who have set at least 2 world records in the same year fit any possible defi - nition. Only a handful of horses have done so, and will be dis- cussed in a later section and the picture captions. However im- pressive this category of talented, five specific Appaloosas have risen to a higher level and created a new standard of excellence. In the long history of racing, only five horses have set three world records in the same year: Apache King S. in 1963, Big Buck in 1969, Apache Double in 1972, Mr. Parrot in 1976, and Major Tom, who did it two years in a row, 2013 and 2014. Tracking World Records Tracking world records involves studying each year's records for each racing distance and determining which records have changed from year to year. We've accumulated that data and will start tracking it, but only after first explaining several serious dif - ficulties arising from the data itself. The number of races run at each distance each year varies radically. That data exists for each year from 1962 through 1986 and was apparently published only in the Chart Books. The information is fascinating and sheds fur - ther light on the earlier idea of opportunities for setting new records. The more races run at a given distance each year, the greater the chances for setting new world records. The converse is also true, and in some respects, may account for some records standing much longer than others. Another variable affecting opportunities is even more important—the number of horses racing at each distance, each year. That data does not exist anywhere and could potentially impact how frequently records stand or are broken when combined with the number of races run at each distance. In short, when more or fewer races are run at a particular distance, and more or fewer horses race at such distance, the greater or lesser the chances of setting new world records. Regardless, records can be tracked, but would require charting the changes over time for 27 to 38 different distances. Tracking the records for virtually all those distances is possible, but doing so would require far more reporting than we intend in this section. The solution? We've studied the number of races run each year at each distance and by adding the numbers, have 1982 was a good season of racing for Montana's Peggy Metcalf and her stallion 3 Ten Leroy. On top of winning two tough competitions, the Centennial Senior Stakes and Golden Spike Maturity, he set a new world record for 660 yards winning the Colorado State Fair Stakes with a time of 34.99. It broke the old world record of 35.12 set in 1979 at Pompano Park by Alledged. Leroy's record stood for six years until T & R Lucky Strike broke it in 1988 with a new time of 34.97 racing at Hender- son, Kentucky's Riverside Downs. Margaret Hanson's Scotish Action won the 3 1/2 furlong 1982 Chief Joseph Fu- turity, and after continuing successes set a new world record for 770 yards racing at Oregon's Lone Oak Park in 1985. Bred, owned, and raced by Ms. Hanson, her mare's record of 40.44 stood for 9 years until Speed Viking lowered it to 40:10 in 1994 at Fair Meadows. Bennett Sawtelle's Brazen Lad winning at Fresno in October 1985 and setting a new Appaloosa and All-Breed world record time of 50 1/5th for 4 1/2 furlongs. The old All-Breed record of 50 2/5ths had been held by five different Thoroughbreds. 1985 was certainly a record-breaking year for the Lad. If his All-Breed performance wasn't convincing enough, it was rounded out by three track records tied and two broken. The new Appaloosa record lasted for three years until 1988 when Chigger's Spirit re- duced it to 50. flat racing at Sacramento and setting another All-Breed world record.

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