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 83 World Racing Winners 1961-1965 During the years when races were featured as special events at the World Championship Shows, Appaloosas competed in a total of 34 races which produced 26 different winners. After extensive searching, appropriate pictures were found for only 22 of those winners and are presented here along with extensive and detailed captions. Who were the 34 race winners? 1st World 1961: 1/2 mile, General Custer; 1/4 mile for 2-year-olds, XIT Hancock; 1/8 mile, Carey's Cricket Britches; Missouri ApHC Futurity, Cindy Britches. 2nd World 1962: no racing. 3rd World 1963: 1st day, 220 yards, Joker's Moneca; 350, Boogie Britches; 400, Brave Pawnee; 440, Dawndee; 870, Apache King S. 2nd day, 250 yards, Joker's Moneca; 330, Boogie Britches; 400, Ragland Miss; 440, War Paint Lady; 500, Apache King S.; 500, Silver Spur Playboy; 700, Dawndee. 4th World 1964: 220 yards, Edmonson's Red Lion; 350, Hawk's Scat Away; 350, Nava Star; 660, Chief L & R; 400, Nava Star; 350, Hoddy Star; 880, Imboden's Kee Yon; 440, Frosty Hancock. 5th World 1965: 1st day, 250 yards, Chan's Clabberette; 350, Tico Tornado; 440, Bim Bim; 300, Java B.; 5 furlongs, Miss High & Mighty; 2nd day, 660 yards, Bim Bim; 300, Lace; 440 for 4 & over, Bim Bim; 440 for 2 & 3 year olds, Java B.; 220, Ruff's Ranger. Closing Thoughts The historic significance of the ApHC's creation of a World Championship Appaloosa Performance Show cannot be over- stated. Beginning as an idea probably originating with long-time National Show Manager and ApHC Board member Roy Young, it has survived the tests of time and matured into one of our pre- mier events. It was more than merely unique, serving perhaps as a prototype event for other breeds to consider (the AQHA's World Show didn't start until 1974). Comments about the 1st World in Sedalia and several Worlds thereafter captured the importance of such a landmark event and now provide an appropriate closing to this Special Edition: "It was a Show made up of all-stars and not bit players." "It was an innovative and exciting concept that fired the imagination of the Appaloosa World." From the last paragraph in a story about the 1st World: "Everyone who had the privilege to attend or participate felt they were fortunate to be there. When the show concluded everyone was convinced that the National Appaloosa Performance Playoff was here to stay." And stay it has as this issue of the Journal previews the Show's 2018 edition. The word champion is often used to describe the best horse in an event or a show, or a race, but is there something bigger, a true champion? George Hatley thought so, and several years after the 1st World offered what might have been the best-yet description: "When the high point horses (from Regional Clubs) go to the Show and meet the best from all other areas and wins, it has the truest and most reliable claim to a championship that has ever been de - vised." Good fortune to all those attending this year's World Show. May you understand and appreciate the historic legacy that created the opportunity for your pursuit of a true championship. Analysis: − Three of the ApHC's first official listing of racing world records were set at the World Shows: 500 yards, by Apache King S. in 1963 at Thunderbird Downs in Las Vegas, Nevada; 660 yards by Chief L & R in 1964 at the Missouri State Fairgrounds track in Sedalia; 5 furlongs by Miss High & Mighty in 1965 at Country Club Downs, Scottsdale, Arizona. Later in his racing career, Apache King S. would set 5 more world records. − Seven Appaloosas were multiple race winners. Each outran the competition in at least two different World races and in the early years of Appaloosa racing across the country, were known as some of the best. The "Select Seven": Joker's Mon- eca, Boogie Britches, Dawndee, Apache King S., Nava Star, Java B. and Bim Bim. With the exception of Java B., each multiple winner would move on from the "Worlds" and even- tually end their careers having set at least one racing world re- cord. Apache King S. was far and away the most notable, for his historic world record-setting feats were just getting started with the big win at the 1963 World in Las Vegas. − How good was the competition? The following Appaloosas were all multiple race winners throughout their careers, ex- cept during their starts at the World Shows. Some eventually set world and track records, but at the World races, all had to settle for 2nds, 3rds, or worse. The 10 legitimately famous and competitive also-rans: Shavano, Hawk Eye, Chief of Four- mile, Sirdar, Billy Pepper, Apache Patch, Slate Rock, Amigo's Bull-Lee, Don O's Someone, and Babsarkee Bull Pup. − Parity is a word most often used in different sports to describe the balance among competing teams in divisions or confer - ences. On any given Saturday, Sunday, or game-day, each team has a very good chance of winning regardless of their re - cord or standing in a conference. We found this "parity" scat- tered throughout the 34 races at the World Shows. In other words, at least 8 of the 26 different race winners had multiple starts but sometimes came up short, finishing behind the same horses they'd defeated in other races. Who were these winners who felt the effect of racing parity? Apache King S., General Custer, Tico Tornado, Java B., Lace, Imboden's M'Sarto, Sil - ver Spur Playboy, and Bim Bim.

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