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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70 Appaloosa Journal December 2018 F PART XV(a) LEADING SIRES OF APPALOOSA RACEHORSES: THE EARLY YEARS 1962-1978 Wild Hope's first foals went to the track in 1969. Most of his 61 starters raced during the early to mid 1970s. When all the siring numbers from racing's first era are compiled and combined, Dollars Earned, Most Race Winners, Most Wins, Wild Hope emerges as the All-Time Leading Sire of Appaloosa Racehorses from 1962 through 1978. rom the start of official ApHC racing records in 1962 through the end of the 20th Century in 1999, Appaloosas had compet - ed in 26,896 races. That's well over 26,000 race winners and thousands more starters who competed against each other on tracks throughout the country. Their successes by various mea - sures provided clear and unequivocal answers to the fundamental questions at the heart of this edition's focus: Which stallions, by unquestionably objective and definitive criteria, became Leading Sires of Appaloosa Racehorses for a given year and then periodic All-Time lists? Who emerged from the pack as the Leading Sire of Money-Earners, the Leading Sire producing the Most Winners, and the Leading Sire with the Most Wins by his babies? (The dams were featured in an earlier edition of our series, Part XIII [a/b/c/d], "Leading Ladies of Appaloosa Racing", Appaloosa Journal Septem - ber and November 2017, February and April 2018.) More "numbers" however are critical to understanding and ap- preciating the quality of the stallions who became leaders. Accord- ing to data compiled from the ApHC Racing Department's first major racing publication, Appaloosa Race Horses 1962-1971, virtu - ally all the starters competing during that time period were sired by 1,241 different stallions. Moving forward to just the 1974 racing season, all starters that year were sired by 359 different stallions and at the end of the 1978 season, the number of different sires produc - ing starters had increased to 435. Think about all these numbers, literally thousands of stallions whose racing babies would determine if "dad" would become a Leading Sire for any given year or later rank somewhere on the ever-changing lists of Top 10 or even Top 50 All-Time Leading Sires. Almost by definition, the stallions who became Leaders in any of the three Leading Sire categories were the best producers from among the hundreds of them sending their babies to the tracks each year. And if they didn't rank at the top in subsequent years but were still among the yearly leaders and over time earned a ranking on any of the All-Time Top lists, claims of being among the best-ever producing stallions would be very hard to challenge. This fifteenth edition of our racing series introduces a multi- part examination of the stallions whose successes as sires ranked them among the Leading Sires of Appaloosa Racehorses. Some are very well-known, have become legends, and were featured in fairly recent issues of the Appaloosa Journal (see articles "The Greatest Racing Stallions of All-Time", February 2016 and December 2017). However, many others ranking just behind these all-time stars have yet to receive appropriate attention and recognition. Some were leaders or among the leaders for a given racing season while others at various points in time were ranked on the Top 10, 20 or 50 lists of All-Time Leading Money-Earning Sires. (Note-The ApHC has never compiled and published any data listing the All-Time Leading Sires with Most Winners and Most Wins. Year-by-year data does exist and has been researched but results for only select years will be included in our series.) From Saddle Hor S e S W H o r aced To Building a n i ndu ST ry: THE HISTORY AND EVOLUTION OF APPALOOSA RACING BY ROBERT A. LAPP

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