Appaloosa Journal

OCT 2018

Appaloosa Journal is the official publication of the Appaloosa Horse Club, the international registry for the Appaloosa horse.

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78 Appaloosa Journal October 2018 Racing at the World Championship Show Building on the popularity and success of racing at ApHC National Shows (see Special Racing Series Edition, Appaloosa Journal, June 2018), the ApHC Board of Directors approved racing for four of the first five World Shows. We examine these races in two separate sections. The first identifies show loca- tions, dates, number of races and their distances, supplement- ed with a few interesting tidbits of information. The second and likely the most important will present all the race winners. (Note: Races at the 1st World Show in 1961 took place a year before the start of official ApHC racing record-keeping in 1962 and were therefore excluded from the official records for all participating Appaloosas. Noting below that no races were conducted at the 1962 World, the races held from 1963 through 1965 were all officially approved and became part of a horse's official ApHC racing records. Although each year's re- sults were published in issues of the Appaloosa News, accuracy required checking them against the more official records in the Racing Chart Books. In addition to consulting the Charts, we reviewed the National/World data published in The Referee. Race results for every National Show through 1967 are de- tailed year by year, but in the section covering World Shows, no racing results are included for more than 30 races hosted from 1963 through 1965. As featured and wildly popular events at these early Worlds, we're amazed by their exclusion from one of the ApHC's most historic publications). Initial World Show Racing Data 1st World 1961: Missouri State Fairgrounds, November 3-5, Sedalia, Missouri. 3 races, 1/8 mile, 1/4, and 1/2 plus the 2nd running of the Missouri ApHC Futurity. 2nd World 1962: Same location, October 25-27, but no rac- ing. Stories about this World fail to explain the absence of any races. After reviewing Board of Director min- utes for each meeting in 1962 and discussing the issue with several "old-timers," still no explanations. Several possibilities might explain racing's exclusion. We don't know but wonder if the Missouri track was undergoing construction. Better yet, however, might have been the running of the ApHC's first World Wide Futurity barely a month earlier in New Mexico, limiting the desirability for another series of races at a major ApHC event. Conjec- ture aside, racing's absence in 1962 remains a mystery. 3rd World 1963: Thunderbird Downs, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 14-17, 12 races over two days, 220 yards, 250, 330, 350, 2 at 400, 2 at 440, 2 at 500, 770, 870, and 1 at 660 for non-winners at the Show. These were the first ApHC-approved and Charted races for Appaloosas in the State of Nevada. 4th World 1964: Back to Sedalia, October 28-31. 8 races, all on the 31st, 220 yards, 350 for 2 year olds, 350 for 3 year olds, 350 open, 400 open, 440 for non-winners, 660 and 880 yards open. Lee Linson's Silver Spur Playboy winning at 500 yards on the Thunderbird Downs track during the 1963 World Show. In the stallion's only other race between 1962 and 1971, he finished 3rd to Apache King S. in the 870 yard race at the same show. Hall of Famer Dawndee outrunning 1963 Champion Run- ning 3-year-old filly Aspen Antelope Maiden by 2 1/2 lengths over 440 yards and winning the first of her two wins at the 1963 World in Las Vegas. Owned and trained by Hall of Famer Glade Draper, this Appaloosa legend won the 770 yard fea- ture race of the entire Show, beating Joe King's Hall of Famer Apache King S. by 2 1/2 lengths and ending her year as 1963 Champion Running Aged Mare.

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