Appaloosa Journal

JAN 2019

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

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82 Appaloosa Journal January 2019 Up & Down The Rankings The stallions who achieved a Top-20 All-Time Leading Money Earning Sires ranking in our first era, 1962-1978, were identified and analyzed in Part XV(a). How did their rankings change as their babies continued racing into the 1980s? The next available All-Time Dollar Earning Sires rankings identified the Top 32 stal - lions through 1985. (Note: The number of stallions identified in all the All-Time lists we've studied varied radically, from the Top 71 to only the Top 10). We'll start answering our question by list - ing the stallions from the 1962-1978 era and their placement, if any, on the 1985 listing. Earnings will be included only if a given stud achieved a ranking on both lists. Thereafter, we'll identify the stallions newly ranked in 1985 and their respective earnings. 1. Easy Jet (QH): $137,615, then ranked 8th with $287,807. 2. Wild Hope: $137,271, then ranked 14th with $138,749. 3. Apollo (JC): $103,972, then ranked 20th with $106,258. 4. Navajo Breeze: $94,297, then ranked 12th with $167,962. 5. Mr. Spotted Bull: $93,679, then ranked 3rd with $693,770. 6. Brent Lea: $90,004, then ranked 9th with $271,184. 7. Navajo Britches: $82,685, then ranked 31st with $83,496. 8. Hayes' Roman Cloud: $80,387, then ranked 24th with $95,051. 9. Lady Bug's Moon (Q): not in Top 32. 10. Moolah March: $70,993, then ranked 21st with $101,948. 11. Splash Plaudit: $66,613, then ranked 10th with $219,392. 12. War Don: not in Top 32. 13. Private World (TB): $59,565, then ranked 16th with $125,717. 14. Luminary II (JC: not in Top 32. 15. High Four Mile of Arrow K: not in Top 32. 16. Red Chigger Bar (QH): not in Top 32. 17. Double Patch: not in Top 32. 18. Ghost of Comanche: not in Top 32. 19. High Hand: not in Top 32. 20. Bar Gill: $43,054, then ranked 27th with $92,193. Why all the changes between All-Time eras? Why did some rankings increase or decrease? Why were some no longer on the Top 32 list? Possible reasons include no starters well into the new era, fewer babies racing, fewer with insufficient earnings to maintain a ranking, the increase in parimutuel handles and purses, and one of the most likely, the emergence of new stal - lions and their babies. New All-Timers/Rankings Through 1985: Remember that none of these stallions were listed in the first era's Top 20, even though some of them had already produced starters and dollar-earners. 1. Apache Double: $1,021,006. 2. Deep South: $747,837. 4. Bull Nunneley: $598,062. 5. Easy We Go: $545,331. Syringa Double became a history-maker in 1977 when Apache Double's first foals began their racing careers. As one of his 8 starters that year, she achieved the historic distinction as Double's first baby to win a stakes race and earn a Bronze Racing Medallion. Ending 1977 with earnings of $9,007 from 7 wins and 1 place from 9 starts, the filly's record was far ahead of the other 7 starters. Turf Bug B. raced only one season, finishing 1982 with earnings of $27,622, high- lighted by a 2nd in the Cricket Bars Futurity and 3rd in the Oklahoma. His sire Scooter Bug G produced 105 lifetime starters. Only 5 of those starters won over $20K, and Turf ranked 2nd highest among them. More interesting however was his race at the 1982 World Wide Futurity and a seldom remembered if even known result: he actually won the Finals over Little Lady Oh but was DQ'd for bumping and moved to 8th place. Come Easy Go Easy was one of Easy We Go's first 16 starters. This "Easy" earned $17,967 in 1983 and ended 5 racing seasons with lifetime earnings of $75,902, ultimately 2nd highest earnings among all of Easy We Go's 169 lifetime starters. Come Easy's best season was 1984, after which he was named ERC Supreme Champion 3 year old & older (all sexes) and Champion 3 year old Gelding.

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