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 93 Jake Snipes' Gold Strike's Equal racing at Centennial in 1966 and smashing My Ole Still's previous world record, 870 yards, 48.75. Gold's win of the Mountain & Plains Senior Stakes by 10 1/2 lengths set the new record at 45.87, which stood until 1985, becoming one of racing's longest-standing records. Hayes' Roman Cloud is remembered far more as a sire of champion halter horses than his own major racing successes and those of his offspring. The more complete story of this famous stallion's own record and contributions to Appaloosa racing history as a sire has never been told and is quite worthy of a future separate story. Racing basically only one season for Wayne Hayes and J. E. Baker in 1967 with 9 starts, 6 wins, 1 place and 2 show, he tied War Don's 400 yard 21.0 world record in 1967 at Centennial, outrunning 3 eventual world-record setters, Big Buck, Happiness Is, and Minidoka Sunday. David Mackie's Vandy's Vi setting a new world record at Centennial in her last race of the 1971 season, outrunning two World Wide Derby winners, My Host Bright and Hootie. With 5 world records at 5 different distances to her credit from 1969 through 1971 (details in Multiples section), the first record of 24.1 over 475 yards blew away the old record of 26.1, set in 1967 at Centennial by Nava Hobo. Rock Bottom Red ended his 1968 racing season having set two new world records for owner Herb Webb. Shown here at Santa Rosa setting a new 4 1/2 furlong record, his second occurred less than a week later, still at Santa Rosa, when he won the 5 furlong Santa Rosa Invitational Handicap (details in Multiples section). Although we've credited "Red" with only two, further recent record-checking of individual racing charts uncovered important additional data. In fact, RBR broke the 1967 5 furlong record twice during the June 1968 Vallejo Race Meet and once again in July at Santa Rosa, which is the appropri- ate time recorded on 1968's official roster of world records. Actually then, he set four new world records, all in the same racing season. Joe King's Apache King S. (right) dom- inated the early years of Appaloosa racing in spectacular fashion, setting 6 different world records at 5 different distances from 1963 through 1966. (details in Multiples section). Only two Appaloosas in the long history of racing records have matched or ex - ceeded this "Apache's" world record feats—Mr. Parrot's seven from 1973 through 1976 and Major Tom's six in only two years, 2013/2014.

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