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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RACING HISTORY: WORLD SPECIAL 81 Dr. Jack Ketcham's Bim Bim was a 3-time winner at the 5th World Show. Shown here after beating Ami- go's Bull Lee and Tico Tornado at 660 yards, the big stallion won two 440 yard races (for different ages) and finished 2nd by a head to Miss High & Mighty's world record setting win over 5 furlongs. Sired by Hall of Famer Peavy Bimbo who also sired the ApHC 1964 Running Champion Aged Stallion Billy Pepper, "Bim" ended his season as the ApHC's Champion Running Aged Stallion. One of his earlier more notable races was at Centennial's Appaloosa Special Stakes where he outdistanced the great Dawndee for an 870 yard win. A year later back at Centennial, he finished 2nd in the Mountain & Plains Senior Stakes to Gold Strike's Equal's 870 yard world record setting feat. John Howell's Tico Tornado winning a 350 yard race over Java B. at the 1965 World Show. His only win topped off 2nd and 3rd place finishes to Bim Bim at 440 and 660 yards. Although a multiple race winner during his career, the stallion is far better remembered as an outstanding performance horse, earning Na - tional Champion Performance Horse at the 1967 Na- tional, Reserve in 1968, and in 1967, Reserve World Champion Performance Horse, all titles based on mul - tiple National and World event Championships. Java B., owned by Californian Bill Benoist who had also owned and raced Java's grandsire Joker B., win - ning a close 300 yard race for maidens over the High Hand daughter Cuchara Handy Buck at the World's 5th Show. Sired by the good Joker B. son, M.J.B., who sired the 1964 World Wide Futurity winner Gimpy's Wimpy, Java won his second race at the World, winning a 440 yarder by a length over Tico Tornado. Benoist's stallion was also impressive in 1966, with two 2nd place fin - ishes in California to the great Madam Chic and at the World Wide Derby, another 2nd to Hall of Famer Gold Strike's Equal in his trial but "only" a 5th in a Finals loaded with famous Appaloosas, among them winner Domleo Bar, Top Etta, and once again Madam Chic. Lace, owned by Dick Ferguson, winning her 300 yard race at the 5th World in Scottsdale, Arizona. Entered in four races, the mare finished 2nd to Bim Bim at 440 yards and a 3rd at 300 to Java B. An earlier race meet at Wyoming Downs was also a success where she won at 3/8 mile, 2nd at 1/2, and was named the Meet's Champion Race Horse. 1965 ended with the ApHC's title of Champion Running Aged Mare. Miss High & Mighty, in her only 1965 start for owner Spencer Symons, setting the ApHC's first official world record for 5 furlongs and edging the Peavy Bimbo stallion Bim Bim by a head during the World Show races at Country Club Downs, Scottsdale, Arizona. Racing and winning primarily in California the next season, the mare returned to C/C Downs to win a 6 furlong race by 10 lengths. After finishing 4th behind Miss High & Mighty's 5 fur- long record-setting win at the first race of the 1965 World Show, John Hodell's Ruff's Ranger came back to win his 220 yard race by 1/2 length over the High Hand daughter Cuchara Handy Buck. Although Ranger had no official ApHC starts until 1965, the stallion pro- duced earlier wins at 440 and 660 yards in California and a 220 yard victory at the Oregon State Fair. Back to California for the 1966 season, he added three more wins, showing versatility at 550, 600, and 660 yards.

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