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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92 Appaloosa Journal August 2018 Appaloosa "held" or "set" a world record, without mentioning what kind of world record they were claiming. Setting a world record regardless of age or sex means that an Appaloosa was the best in the country at a given distance out of all the horses who had raced at that distance up to a precise point in time. Having the best time at a given distance for all 2-year-old-colts, 3-year-old fillies or geldings might be laudable, but often falls well short of the ultimate pinnacle achieved by any other horse regardless of age or sex. It is clearly appropriate to tout in an ad, but only if the context is included. Star Diver's "World Records" Through 1972, this famous stallion and major stakes winner held the following Appaloosa racing records: − Three overall world records, all ages/sexes: 350 yards, 17.9 set at Albuquerque in 1970; 4 furlongs 1 turn, 46.0, set at Santa Rosa in 1971; 5 furlongs 1 turn, 58.8, 1971, at Pleasanton. − Colts & Horses, all ages: 350 yards, same as above; 4 fur- longs 1 turn, same/above. − 2-year-old Colts: 350 yards, same/above. − 3-year-old Colts: 440 yards, 22.4, Sunland Park in 1971, which tied Ledge Deck's record set at Albuquerque in 1969 (co-holder of record); 4 furlongs 1 turn, same/above; 5 fur - longs 1 turn, 58 4/5ths, set in 1971 at Pleasanton (California). The bottom line? Through 1972, Star Diver legitimately held 9 world records in 4 different categories at 3 different distances. Clearly an advertiser's dream, but only so long as the "complete and accurate" picture is presented, but if not, a clear and factual misrepresentation of achievements. Note that Star Diver's many ads did not cross that threshold. Observation: Why were all these "divisional" world record categories elimi- nated after 1977? We searched ApHC Board and Racing Com- mittee minutes for answers and consulted with several "old-tim- ers" active in the 1970s. No one seems to know why and could only speculate. That said, we think their elimination was a mis - take even though someone in an official position obviously had their reasons. Curiously though, the categories were eliminated immediately following the departure of George Hatley and Bob Blair from the ApHC. The World Record Competition Since the start of official racing in 1962 and through 2017, 24,896 Appaloosa starters have raced in roughly 21,300 races accumulating 118,700 starts. Those numbers have produced 55 years of world records, starting with the first listing of records set in 1963-64 and continuing each year through 2017. The obvious is clear: a significant number of opportunities for world records to be set, tied/co-held, and broken, although no horses are en - tered in any races for the primary or fundamental purpose of set- ting/breaking a world record. In effect though, racing as such is an unintended competition for world records, for virtually every race at every distance has the potential for setting and break - ing one. We've studied each year's world records and found the following intriguing questions well-worth investigating: Why do some world records change more frequently than others? Con - Enos and Glenn Hansen's Nebraska-bred stallion Chief L & R holds the historic distinc- tion of setting the first official world record for 660 yards, 36.6, earned at the ApHC's 4th World Championship Show in 1964 at Sedalia, Missouri. Racing almost exclu - sively at multiple distances in California throughout his career, the record was broken the following year by multiple world record-setter Double Patch's time of 35.20. George Hatley's Double Patch racing at Centennial in 1967 and setting one of his 5 world records with a time of 52.1 for 1/2 mile + 70 yards. The stallion's win by 2 1/2 lengths out-dueled two world record-holders, Ben Johnson's My Ole Still and Dr. John Keys' High Fourmile of Arrow K., who later sired Mr. Parrot. Patch's record stood until 1970. Bill Dreiling's Big Buck in a tight race with L.W. Moore's record-setting mare Minidoka Sunday in 1969 at the Colorado State Fair and setting the 2nd of his 4 world records. The new record of 28.7 over 2 1/2 furlongs 1 turn held as the new standard until 1978. (details in Multiples section)

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