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 101 David Mackie's Ole Wilson breaking Chigger's Spirit's Appaloosa and All-Breed world record, winning the 1989 Coast to Coast Stakes and setting another new Appaloosa and All-Breed 4 1/2 furlong world record, 49.80. It stands today as the current record, one of the longest standing, and the only time in the long history of 4 1/2 furlong races to be run under 50 seconds. Mr. Poverty setting a new world record and winning the 350 yard 1989 Texas Futurity at Blue Ribbon Downs. His time of 17.65 broke the 10 year old record of 17.67 set in 1979 at Sunland Park by his sire Easy We Go who won the same Futurity! Poverty's new record stood for the next 12 years, longer than his sire's, until broken twice in 2001. Christopher Brandon's Oklahoma-bred gelding Appocalypto is the current world re- cord-holder at two different distances. The first, 550 yards with a time of 26.95, was set in 2014 at Wyoming Downs. His second was even more notable. The only Ap- paloosa in a field of seven racing at 1,000 yards in 2015 at Arizona's Turf Paradise, his record-setting time of 53.37 broke Easy Encounter G's old record of 54.29 set in 1992 at Remington Park. Even more important: "Appo" was the only Appaloosa to set a new world record in 2015, and no more have been set through 2017. Keep The Change, pictured winning the 1987 Kansas Sunflower Classic Futurity at Sallisaw, set two world records during his career but is credited in the Chart Books with only one. The first was at Remington in 1989, 550 yards, 27.34, breaking the old record of 27.36 set earlier in the year by J & K Fleet Street. It stood until broken in 1990 by Mama's Legacy. Change's second record requires explanation. Until 1990, the existing 400 yard world record was 19.96, set in 1981 and tied in 1989. By winning the 1990 400 yard Cricket Bars Maturity on April 8th with a time of 19.87, he in fact set a new world record, which was broken only a few months later on July 21st by Rare Glass's time of 19.70 at Wyoming Downs, the official world record listed on the 1990 roster of world records. Despite standing for only a short time, Keep The Change did in fact set a new world record and deserves recognition that does not appear to have been properly recognized. Rare Glass after winning the July 1, 1990 Western States Futurity for David Nemel- ka's Wagon Wheel Ranch at Evanston, Wyoming. Roughly three weeks later at the same site, the big colorful gelding won his Evanston Fall Futurity 400 yard trial heat setting a new world record time of 19.70. It became one of racing's longest stand- ing records until broken by Moon Bully in 2010 at Remington Park.

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