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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RACING HISTORY: PART XV(a) 75 didn't produce enough dollar-earning starters or their rac- ing babies just didn't earn enough money. Regardless, they deserve recognition for producing superior Appaloosa racehorses that are identified. 1964: M.J.B., $14,147, all by Gimpy's Wimpy. 1966: Double Hancock, $20,816, primarily from Zero Hancock's earnings of $18,879. 1967: Radio Rome (JC), $17,576, all by Hayes' Roman Cloud. 1968: Top Deck (JC), $17,137, all by Ledge Deck. 1969: Blazing Vandy (QH), $19,512, all by Vandy's Vi. 1970: Chief Devil Diver, $19,270, all by Star Diver. 1971: Wapiti's Haunta, $19,457, all by Powder Smoke. The Pictures The pictures selected for this edition include the top three lead- ing stallions from the first All-Time Leading Sires group (through 1964) and several of their offspring. Other pictures feature stal - lions ranked in the Top 10 of the Top 20 All-Time Leading Sires list (1962-1978) along with their more notable dollar-earning ba - bies. Several pictures are special, very rare racing photos of two Appaloosas long before they became legendary and current All- Time Leading Sires. The Appaloosas in some pictures will prob - ably not be recognized but deserve inclusion for contributing to their sires' rankings. However unknown, they've earned a place in racing history and should be remembered. Moving Forward − To lead is to be in front, ahead of others, the best at a partic- ular moment in time or at the end of something. Sometimes however, we forget to recognize those who were behind a leader, the defeated competition who might have added special flavor to a leader's success. "Who'd you beat" is sometimes equally if not more impressive than being ahead when the race is over. Thus, our investigation of Leading Sires will not be limited to only those who were ahead of others although many remain to be discussed. Those oth - ers, the stallions ranked highly and ahead of a much larger unranked group of sires, are as responsible for building and growing an Appaloosa racing industry as their more well- known and legendary counterparts ranked at the very top. − Our examination of those who led the way has barely be - gun, having identified the sires who became leaders by pro- ducing successful babies during racing's first era. Post-1978 opened an entirely new and very different era. The ApHC resumed approval of nonpari-mutuel races that had been discontinued after 1969. Creation of the CPO program in 1982 and its beginning in 1983 along with Oklahoma's approval of pari-mutuel racing in 1984 were major game- changers for the Appaloosa racing industry. Some sires from the earlier era were still producing babies and becom - ing even more successful while new stallions began making their mark. It was a new and exciting time for the racing industry, adding volumes of historical information about racing's sires that we'll provide and analyze in the upcoming sections of Part XV. Moolah March, shown here winning at Santa Rosa in 1968, was an underrated and underappreciated halter stallion, racehorse, and sire. Although produc - ing only 20 lifetime starters between 1974 and 1987, his first 8 babies who raced during our era, led by Moolah Biscuit, Moolah Sis, and Sillie Fillie, earned enough to rank him 10th among the Top 20 All-Time Leading Sires. Pretty im - pressive with so few starters considering those ranked above and below him. Beep Beep did make some noise and earnings for her sire Moolah March and is pictured winning a 3-furlong race in 1977 over the tough Wild Hope colt Jet Silver Spur at the Western Montana State Fair. She also won the 1976 Appaloosa Handicap Stakes at Missoula setting a new track record. Like others we've featured, she was overshadowed by her siblings yet combined earnings with them to rank daddy among the Top 20 All-Time Leading Sires.

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