Appaloosa Journal

AUG 2018

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102 Appaloosa Journal August 2018 Park; broke in 1978 by The Hooper Honker, 20.16 at Cen- tennial; broke in 1981 by Mighty Chick Deck, 19.96 at Las Mesa Park; tied in 1989 by Union Bullet at Blue Ribbon Downs; broke twice in 1990, 19.87 by Keep The Change at Blue Ribbon Downs and Rare Glass, 19.70 at Wyoming Downs' tied in 1993 by J & B Boogie Woogie at Rock Springs, Wyoming; (Note: official ApHC data for 2010 is contradictory. one lists Moon Bully as setting a new 400 yard world record, 19.53 at Remington Park. the other con - tinues the co-held record from 1993. issue is unresolved) next record change, twice by Major Tom in 2013, 19.62 and 19.57, both at Lone Star Park, Texas; current (2017) set in 2014, 19.41 by Major Tom at Remington Park. 440 yards: 23.04, Joker's Moneca, 1964 at Midway; broke in 1969 by Big Buck, 22.3 at Sunland Park; broke in 1970 by Vandy's Vi, 21.8 at Sunland Park; broke in 1978 by The Hooper Honk - er, 21.77 at Sunland Park; broke in 1981 at Midway, 21.68, by Undercover Willie and again in 1982 by Willie, 21.59 at Blue Ribbon Downs; stood until new and current record was set in 2014, 19.41, Major Tom at Remington Park. Longer "Common Distances" Considering the number of different record-setters at these lon- ger distances involving no turns, 1 or 2 turns, and then in specific time frames, continuing to list the same data provided for the short distances would be prohibitive. Its a voluminous amount of infor - mation which if included, would equate to a very long chapter in a book. We have all the information, but instead will only identify virtually all the horses who have set and co-held records at these dis - tances over the years. (Note exceptions below for 3, 3 1/2 furlongs) 3 Furlongs: The world record data for 3 furlongs has been studied very carefully. Multiple problems with the records were found for various years prior to 1989, could not be resolved by further research, and essentially compromised any fair and accurate tracking of 3F records until starting with 1989. These problems are far too complicated to even consider explaining here. Therefore, starting with 1989, a new 3 furlong record was set by Dolly Double, 32.00, at Grants Pass, Oregon. It stood until broke in 2000 by Re- ally I Eighty Four, 30.10, at Burley, Idaho, and remains the current world record. 3 1/2 Furlongs: The 1969 roster of world records was the first time 3 1/2 furlongs was listed as a distance, but included around one turn. The 1969 chart was also the first time for listing the year in which a record was set. The record of 42.5 by Apache King S. was set in 1964. We checked records for 1964. The time and winner were the same, but the distance listed was 770 yards, not 3 1/2 furlongs. (Note: we've found many examples of this discrepancy in early racing records) At any rate, the record continued to be listed as 3 1/2 furlongs 1 turn through 1970/71 and was broke in 1972 by Counterpoint with a time of 41 3/5ths at Salem, Oregon. Dusty Way set a new record of 41.0 in 1973, again at Salem, which was broke by Spotted Hope in 1976, 40 4/5ths, and tied the same season by Chanta- Lea Lady, both records at Boise. Syringa Double tied the record in 1977 running at Lone Oak Park, which was tied again in 1978 by Moolah Biscuit. Buddy Bar W. lowered the record to 40 1/5th in 1979 at Salem, and Golden Dust - em tied it in 1986. A new record was set in 1992, 40.0 by Nuther Dustem and tied the same year by Jet On Dusty, both at Klamath Falls, Oregon. Nuther Dustem broke the record again in 1993 at K-Falls with a time of 39.0, which stands as the current world record. (Note: From 1969 through 1977, the record distance was 3 1/2 furlongs and one turn, but the times above after 1977 exclude any turn). Additional Distances The remaining common distances of 4, 4 1/2, and 5 furlongs demonstrate the complexity of tracking world records prior to 1978. Tracking them fairly and accurately required dividing each into number of turns (or none) and then within precise time frames. Hopefully, the format below will provide needed clarity. We start with certain time frames, each listing the record-holders in the re - spective division of distances. − The first world records for 4, 4 1/2, and 5 furlongs, absent any indication of turns, were included in the Charts for 1967 and 1968. The following were record holders in that time frame: 4 furlongs, Apache King S. 4 1/2 Furlongs, Double Patch and Rock Bottom Red; 5 furlongs, Apache King S. and Rock Bottom Red. − Starting in 1969 and continuing through 1977, the three com- mon distances being discussed all included 1 and 2 turns, thus producing record holders for six different distances during any particular year within the time frame. 4 furlongs 1 turn: Star Diver, Deep South. 4 furlongs 2 turns: Happiness Is. 4 1/2 furlongs 1 turn: My Host Bright, Apache Double, Time Flies. 4 1/2 furlongs 2 turns: Gold Strike's Equal, Mr. Doo Lea, Deep South, Kaskaskia Chico, Leasure Lea, Another Charli. 5 furlongs 1 turn: Star Diver, Ocala Flight, Manitou Rock, Mr. Parrot. 5 furlongs 2 turns: Easter Kidnap, My Host Bright, Apache Double, Manitou Rock, and Leasure Lea. − Starting in 1978 and continuing through 2017, record dis- tances no longer included any turns, but presented an inter- esting and unexplained problem. Some records set with turns in the previous time frame continued to stand after 1977, but were listed as current records for the same "no-turn" distance. An example helps clarify the problem: In 1976, the world record for 5 furlongs 1 turn was 58 1/5th, co-held by Mani - tou Rock and Mr. Parrot. In 1977, the record for 5 furlongs 2 turns was also 58 1/5th, held by Leasure Lea. Now consider the 1979 world record for 5 furlongs (no turns)—58 1/5th, and co-held by the same horses holding the record for 5 furlongs,1 and 2 turns from the previous years—Manitou Rock, Mr. Par - rot, and Leasure Lea. We discussed the situation with Bob Blair, long-time ApHC Director of Racing who had departed the ApHC after 1977. He was at a loss to explain why turns had been eliminated from the line-up of distances and world records. At any rate, we end "Tracking World Records" by list - ing all the Appaloosas who held world records for each of our 3

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