Appaloosa Journal

DEC 2018

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

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16 Appaloosa Journal December 2018 S Submitted by Sandra Mantooth Photos courtesy of O.A.R. eptember 15, 2018. The Oklahoma Appaloosa Racing (O.A.R.) group had been waiting for this date for nine months. Hard work earning the money to add to the 51st running of the Cricket Bars paid off. The Stallion Auction, White Elephant sale and entries from the horses made it all possible. The 400-yard race would have a purse of approximately $25,000. Originally there were twelve entries, but after the summer months four horses dropped out for various reasons. The final race included eight of some very prestigious Appaloosa 2-year- olds. Several had already won races, earned their ROM, and made some money. Two of the top running horses to date had met in other races at Remington Park and Fair Meadows. Admiral Tom (Red Storm Cat x Eyesa Knockout—brother to the impressive race champion, Major Tom) drew the #3 gate position—6-5 odds. Right next to him in #2 gate was Teejus Living at 5-2 odds (Cartel Success x Boppin Js Fastball, related to Captain Bucko, another champion runner). These two were predicted "the challenge." Everyone was anxiously waiting to see the outcome between these two. The rest of the field had some merit, too. #1 gate, Lota White Sox (Lota PYC x Dashing Susie) was a winner. #4 Inde- structibull (Agouti x Omega Bull) had been a money-winner in four races. #5 Dilly Dally Dash (Easy Doux x Dashing Cleta) was the only filly in the race among the geldings and had run a third. #6 Dash Of Geneous (First Smart Money x Frosty Rose JJ) was scratched because of emergency colic surgery. #7 Chasing Utah (First Prize Stone x Good As Gone) had a ROM and a third place previously. #8 Howdys Express (SR Boy Howdy x Geneos Dar- ling) had very limited racing with one out. The race was definitely diversified. The crowd was glued to the paddock as the horses were being saddled. Prior to the race each horse had been presented with its own 2018 Cricket Bar halter. The horses came on the track for the post parade showing their anxiety, vim and vigor. The post parade revealed some of the best Appaloosa athletes—some with louder coloring than others. The trainers and jockeys were among the best and all eyes were fixed on the starting gates. Gates 1-2-3 opened with a blast of power with Gate 7 rushing forward from the other side. The race was on! Lota White Sox was on the rail and flying. Teejus Living was eye-to-eye with him and Admiral Tom was right with him. The crowd was screaming, standing on tip-toes and some were holding their breath. The horses flew across the finish line with a roar. It looked like a photo finish, but Lota White Sox outran the favorites and prevailed. Teejus Living was second and Admiral Tom was third. All three ran an 86 SI—it was that close! At first, the crowd just stood there and slowly looked at one another and waited for the announcer to declare the winner. Bruce Miller, Stroud, OK, had been an O.A.R. member for more than 40 years and was stunned that he'd just won the Crick- et Bars. You can just imagine his amazement, pride, and smiles! The trophy was a beautiful colored Appaloosa. The owner, Bruce Miller, the trainer, Cody McCort, and jockey, Paul Nieto all received fancy, decorated buckles. The order of finish: 2nd Teejus Living, Joy N Holder-Smith; 3rd Admiral Tom, Gary Vaughan; 4th Chasing Utah, De Rae Rac- ing LLC; 5th Dilly Dally Dash, Linda Taylor; 6th Indestructibull, Jodee Rowe; 7th Howdy's Express, Robert Rowe. Wow, what an exciting race and finish! Forty-five minutes be- fore the race, the O.A.R. had a brief meeting to discuss and plan for some end-of-the-year money making projects, ApHC Hall of Fame nominations, and the 2019 Stallion Auction. Hopefully in 2020, the O.A.R. and the Oklahoma Paint group plan to work to- gether to bring back a mixed derby that was cancelled a few years back, and work together to better purses and activities with mixed racing in Oklahoma. The Speedhorse Lone Star Triple Crown Futurity (now called the Championship Futurity) will be running in 2018 at Will Rog- ers Downs. These same great 2-year-old Appaloosas may be meet- ing again. What a way to finish a great year of racing. 2018 Futurity Cricket Bars

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