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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84 Appaloosa Journal January 2019 Double's first foals went to the track in 1977 while Bull Nunnely's first babies to race started in 1981. − Although Easy We Go was a Leading Dollar Sire for only one racing season, the section to follow will demonstrate how he was only beginning his rise to All-Time fame. − A comparison of data from the previous era's yearly Dollar leaders with the current era provides insight into how the number of starters and increase in purses and handles af- fected becoming a Leader. A few select examples: 1. 1968 Leading Dollar Sire, Top Deck, with only one starter, Ledge Deck, earnings of $17,137; 2. Hayes' Roman Cloud, Leader in 1972 from one starter, Roman's It Girl, $21,951; 3. For 1973 and 1974, Apollo (JC) was the Leader with 2 starters each year—$29,851 in 1973 and $31,196 for 1974, nearly all both years from Time Flies; 4. Mr. Spotted Bull, 10 starters in 1977 with earnings of $84,869 with Stayready Bull contributing $44,167 and $28,034 from Bull Nunneley; 5. Finally for 1978, Splash Plaudit was the Leader with only 1 starter, Bettabound Splash who won $66,613. The critical insight? As the number of races and start- ers increased through the late 70s and into the 80s, the number of starters produced by a given stallion impacted tremendously on the odds of becoming a Leader. Leading Sires: Most Wins and Most Winners As we'll see shortly, three stallions dominated the 12 years from 1979 through 1990. Their dominance is best understood by listing the sire and years with Most Wins and Most Winners. Apache Double: Leader with Most Wins and Most Winners for six years: 1979, 21 wins and 14 winners from 24 start- ers; 1980, 44 wins, 22 winners from 36 starters; 1981, 21 wins, 14 winners from 24 starters; 1982, 49 wins, 22 winners from 37 starters; 1983, 57 wins, 26 winners from 35 starters; 1990, 36 wins, 18 winners, from 41 starters. Easy We Go: Leader with Most Wins and Most Winners for five years: 1984, 47 wins, 18 winners from 32 starters; 1985, 52 wins, 23 winners, from 46 starters; 1986, 29 wins, 15 winners from 35 starters; 1988, 23 wins from 31 starters and tied with Bull Nunneley, 11 winners (Bull Nunnely had 34 starters); 1989: 35 wins, 15 winners from 24 starters. Bull Nunneley: 1987, 35 wins, 19 winners from 35 starters and tied in 1988 with Easy We Go for Winners in 1988. Observation: The above data is readily available but has never been com- piled in the manner we've presented it. While virtually everyone associated with Appaloosa racing is familiar with these three legendary stallions, their rise to greatness through the years is perhaps the more interesting story. Rock Bottom Red won the 1968 Cal-Western California Derby, set two world re- cords at Santa Rosa, 4 1/2 and 5 furlongs, and five track records at three different California tracks. The big stallion ended 1968 as Cal-Western's Top Racehorse out of 100 starters. With his first foals hitting the tracks in 1973 and racing into the ear- ly 1980's, he entered the first All-Time Leading Sire's list through 1985 ranked 11th, slipping to 12th on the 1987 list with only 26 starters and earnings of $184,578. Dollar Sign I was Rock Bottom Red's first significant winner and dollar earner. As a two year old in 1975, he compiled $12,000 in earnings and in 1986, won the Fresno Sprint, finished 3rd to We Go Easy in the California Derby, and at season's end, was named the ApHC Champion Running 3 year old Colt. Pictured defeating Time Flies and win- ning at Pleasanton in 1978, Willyroc 2 a year earlier outran the great Moolah Sis while setting a new track record at Stock- ton. Foaled in 1974 and another early Rock Bottom Red winner, he won the prestigious 1976 Cal-Bred Futurity and at the end of 1977, earned Cal-Western Racing's award as Top 3 year old Colt, never finishing out of the money that year with a record of 11 starts, 3 wins, 3 place, and 5 show, all on the highly com- petitive California circuit.

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