Appaloosa Journal

DEC 2018

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RACING HISTORY: PART XV(a) 71 Navajo Britches was a well-known champion hal- ter, roping, and all-around performance horse in the 1950s before being purchased by Bill Hudlow and becoming a Leading Sire of Appaloosa race- horses. His first and most successful foal to start and compile an official ApHC racing record was the multiple stakes-winning stallion Boogie Britches, who ended 1963 as the ApHC Champion Racing Stallion all ages, Champion 2-year-old Colt, and for 1964, Champion Running 3-year-old Colt. M.J.B., a Joker B. son who was better known as a multiple GCS halter horse, produced only 17 ApHC foals between 1960 and 1967. The best of his 5 starters was Gimpy's Wimpy, winner of the 1964 World Wide Futurity and three ApHC racing awards, 1964 Champion Racing Mare all ages, Champion 2-year-old Filly and 1965 Champion 3-year-old Filly. The legendary High Hand foaled in Kansas in 1952, and before becoming a racing sire, was a multiple- winning cutting and halter horse. Purchased in late 1965 by Harold Calhoun, this son of Hands Up pro- duced three starters who were among the best of all Appaloosas racing in the early to mid 1960s, Patty Hand, Ipana Maid, and Doctor Judge. Hope Straw, owned by Bob Snipes, outrunning eventual Racing Hall of Famer Mr. Parrot at Fresno in 1975. The stallion was Wild Hope's leading mon- ey-earner, winner of 14 races, and for 1976 was named ApHC Champion Running Aged Stallion. Coffee Royal, M.J.B.'s first foal to race, pictured just before competing at the 1963 World Show's races at Thunderbird Downs, Las Vegas, Nevada. Owned by Californian Bill Benoist who years earlier had owned Joker B., the filly finished 2nd to Joker's Moneca in a 220 yard race at Thunderbird. Raced only lightly, this "Royal" baby with a strong pedigree won her trial heat at the 1963 World Wide Futurity and qualified for the Finals at the 1964 World Wide Derby. In the Finals of both events, she finished a good 5th be- hind the strongest competition of the times, Boogie Britches, Joker's Moneca and Ipana Maid. Ginger Britches winning her trial heat at the 1965 World Wide Futurity and a week later finishing 2nd to Gold Strike's Equal in the Futurity Finals. Earlier in the season, the Navajo Britches filly won the Texas Futurity, finished 2nd in the Oklahoma, and ended her first year as ApHC Champion Running Mare all ages, and Champion 2-year-old filly. The First Leaders The history of Leading Sires can be tracked most appropriately by dividing our coverage into specific time frames or eras. Part XVa examines the first era, starting with data from 1964 and ending with 1978. Although sire records exist for the first several years of Appaloosa racing, the numbers don't seem to justi - fy beginning our analysis until 1964. What were those earlier numbers? Official Appaloosa racing began in 1962 with only 4 races and 22 starters, all at the his - toric first running of the World Wide Futurity. 1963 produced modest growth, 38 races and 131 starters, but still only limited siring data. Racing seemed to begin hitting its stride in 1964, adding 124 races and 301 Appaloosa starters to the data base, enough to begin our analysis of Leading Sires. The list of Leading Sires Money Won in 1964 includes only five stallions, four Appaloosas and one Quarter Horse. A Joker B. son, M.J.B, led the way with earnings of $14,147. The more famous Navajo Britches was second with $11,618, fol- lowed by the equally famous Wapiti and earnings of $9,319. Next was another legend, High Hand, $5,920, and not far behind in fifth place was the Quarter Horse stallion, War Glory and $5,912. Remember these first five "Leaders", for most will appear shortly on the ApHC Racing Department's historic first-ever listing of the All Time Leading Money Earning Sires. (Important note: we've not found any further listing of All-Time Leading Sires until publication of far more inclusive data in the 2nd edition of Appaloosa Champions, 1948-1978, Appaloosa Data, Inc, March 1979.) The historic "first": Through 1964, which includes virtually all rel- evant data from 1962 and 1963, only five stallions, all Appaloosas, were recognized as All-Time Leading Money Earning Sires. The list also contains another first that has never been recognized, the first time (more will follow) a sire and one of his sons ranked among the Top Leading Sires. Below are those we recognize as first-time hon - orees, the first listing of All-Time Leading Sires of Appaloosa Racehorses, even though based on data from only three years of racing history. 1. Navajo Britches, by Whistle Britches, $25,560. 2. M.J.B., by Joker B., $16,008. 3. High Hands, by Hands Up, $14,762. (Note: The original source's incorrect spell - ing is repeated here for emphasis. High Hand does not have an "s" in his name. However, the mistake has been repeated for years in numerous publications.) 4. Joker B., by Red Dog (QH), $9,500. 5. Wapiti, by Gold Heels (QH), $8,989.

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