Appaloosa Journal

DEC 2018

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72 Appaloosa Journal December 2018 Leading Sires of Money Earners: 1962-1978 After an extensive search through years of Racing Chart Books and issues of the Appaloosa News, we've determined that the data which follows was never compiled and published anywhere by the ApHC. Many thanks are owed to Oklahoman Jim Chro - nister and his Appaloosa Data Inc. for publishing the informa- tion in his 2nd Edition of Appaloosa Champions 1948-1978. Based on official ApHC earnings records, it represents the first identification of the Top 20 All-Time Money Earning Sires, from 1962 through 1978. Without this source of exceedingly valuable historic information, no All-Time Siring data appears to have been published by the ApHC until 1985. That information will be included later in Part XV(b) of our series. The following stal - lions represent the first comprehensive listing of All-Time Lead- ing Money Earning Sires. After identifying each one and their earnings, we'll add further analysis utilizing data we complied from each year's Chart Books. 1. Easy Jet (AQHA), $137,615. 2. Wild Hope, $137,271. 3. Apollo (JC), $103,972. 4. Navajo Breeze, $94,297. 5. Mr. Spotted Bull, $93,679. 6. Brent Lea, $90,004. 7. Navajo Britches, $82,685. 8. Hayes' Roman Cloud, $80,387. 9. Lady Bug's Moon (AQHA), $76,340. 10. Moolah March, $70,993. 11. Splash Plaudit, $66,613. 12. War Don, $60,340. 13. Private World (JC), $59,565. 14. Luminary II (JC), $56,577. 15. High Four Mile of Arrow K, $53,698. 16. Red Chigger Bar (AQHA), $50,970. 17. Double Patch, $49,313. 18. Ghost of Comanche, $48,188. 19. High Hand, $46,080. 20. Bar Gill, $43,054. Top 20 Analysis − For the second time in "All-Time" history, a father and son are ranked as Leading Sires. Navajo Breeze outranked his sire Navajo Britches. A further observation may not be important but seems noteworthy. Although opinions will vary, we think an outstanding sire is one whose babies outperform "pop." The first to do so was Joker B's son, M.J.B. The extent to which this phenomenon occurs remains under investigation. − The degree to which stallions from other breeds rank on the Top Sire Lists also remains under investigation. This first extensive list includes six Quarter Horses/Thoroughbreds. Once again, its relevance is subject to varying opinions. − Only six of the Top 20 Sires were Leading Money-Earning Sires for any given year: Easy Jet in 1975 and 1976; Apol- lo for 1973 and 1974; Mr. Spotted Bull in 1977; Navajo Britches in 1963 and 1965; Hayes' Roman Cloud, 1972, and Splash Plaudit, 1978. Time Flies running away from the field at Santa Rosa in 1974, winning his trial heat and a week later the Finals of the 4th running of the California Derby. Sired by Apollo and his 3rd foal to race, Time Flies' earnings were tops among the all Apollo starters and helped the Thoroughbred stallion to a 3rd-place ranking in the first era's listing of All-Time Leading Money Earning Sires. Easy Walt, the first Easy Jet foal to race, winning his trial heat at the 1973 World Wide Futurity. As one of Easy Jet's first 7 dollar-earning starters, Walt contributed to the legendary Quarter Horse stallion's rank as the top All-Time Leading Sire of Money Earners between 1962 and 1978.

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