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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94 Appaloosa Journal August 2018 Ruth Baker's What's Up Ghost winning the 1970 Texas Futurity at Sunland Park and edging Star Diver to set a new 300 yard world record time of 15.43, breaking Boogie Britches' old record of 15.82 set in 1965. One of racing's longest standing records, the Texas time stood until 1990 when Bo Beau won his trial heat at the Paint & Appaloosa Futurity in Emmett, Idaho with a new time of 15.42. Ghost's second world record is seldom known or remembered. Racing for Ben Mears Jr. in 1976, he won the Appaloosa Turf Stakes Championship at Cincinnati's River Downs by 4 1/2 lengths, setting a 4 1/2 furlong 1 turn Turf world record time of 54 2/5ths. Interestingly, that Turf records is included in only the 1976 world record roster and appears in no subsequent years. Mike Hanna's Ocala Flight, with at least 5 multiple distance track records on his resume, set a new world record in 1972 at Santa Rosa. The pretty stallion's 4 length win with a time of 58 3/5ths over 5 furlongs 1 turn broke Star Diver's 58 4/5ths record set in 1971, but stood only until Manitou Rock broke it in 1974. Iola Hatley's Apache Double winning the 1973 5 1/2 furlong 1 turn Santa Rosa Invitational Handicap with a new world record time of 1.05 1/5th and breaking the previous record of 1.06 3/5ths set in 1971 by California legend-to-be named Charli. An Appaloosa legend himself, Double set 4 world records (details in Multiples section), many track records and was eventually so dominant that no owners or trainers would run against him! Laurence Ellis's 8 Percent Charge setting a new 330 yard world record at Ski Hi Park in 1971 and edging Dr. Leffie Carlton's great filly Carlton's Bolodier for the record win while breaking the old record set in 1966 by Sleepy's Queen. (details in Lon- gest Standing section). Jim Hitt's Miss Go Go Kid winning the 3 1/2 furlong race in 1972 at Kennewick, Washington over two of the best in the Northwest, Bimbo's Appeal and E2's Absarokee Maid. A 3-time world record- setter at much longer distances in 1970/71 (details in Multiples section), the mare set 14 track records (half of them in Califor - nia) racing against top-flight competition at 8 different distances on 10 different tracks in 4 different states. How strong were her w-r performances? Two were broken by Apache Double and Mr. Parrot while the other, 1/2 mile + 70 yards, was still standing through 1977 but no longer listed on the annual roster of world records for any year thereafter. No explanation for its deletion!

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