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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RACING HISTORY: PART XV(b) 87 The Pictures For too many years, Appaloosa racing history has all but ig- nored the stallions in a category we call The Other All-Timers, those ranked in the Top 20 to 50 All-Time Leading Sires at various points in time but below the Top 10. These others and even more outside of the Top 50 have historically been racing's backbone. Without them and obviously the babies they sent to the track, Ap - paloosa racing could not have survived much less grown through the years. The pictures we've selected for not only this edition but Parts throughout the entire series have attempted to honor these "others" and grant them their due. Our current pictures also in - clude notable babies from some of these stallions, notable for hav- ing been either their first significant dollar earners and winners or their primary standouts over time. Future editions of this Leading Sires series will continue that same priority for selecting pictures. Moving Forward The next edition of Leading Sires, XV(c), will move our analy- sis into the 1990s. Particular attention using unpublished and highly detailed data will be devoted to the rise of three stallions, Geneo JJ, I Love Willie, and one of those others who has been ignored, Right of Way. While the first two have been featured in many stories throughout their careers, we'll provide considerably more information that explains how they became legends. As for the third stallion, his story has not been told to the extent war - ranted and is likely to surprise many who probably recognize the name but not his record. Beyond these three, we'll cover more territory and topics examining racing's history as it moved toward the 21st Century. We're terribly excited about this particular part of our on-going Series and hope you are too. Having already featured the moms of Appaloosa racehorses, the more complete analysis of the Leading Sires has been long-overdue. Their catch - ing-up time has now arrived, and we're pleased to be able to pro- vide it. Following the completion of Part XV, we'll backtrack in time to another all-but-ignored facet of racing history, the yearly and All-Time Leading Starters. Who were they and which Lead - ing Sires produced the greatest number of them? Straw Bug, Grand Champion halter stallion, stakes winner, and sire of win- ners, also sired two World Wide Futurity Winners, Tom Mixer in 1984 and Fast Break in 1986. Although research is in- complete, we wonder how many other stallions sired two winners of the WWF. Straw Bug himself carried on the win- ning traditions of his sire, Scooter Bug G. He won his trial heat in the 1978 Kan- sas Sunflower Classic Futurity and after failing to qualify for the Finals, won the Sunflower Consolation. "Bug's" 1979 season was very interesting. A 13-3-2-6 record included 2nds and 3rds at major events to some of the best Appaloosas of the times, Comin' Easy, Nellies Girl, and Bettabound Splash. His climb up the All-Time Leading Sires rankings was im- pressive: 32nd through 1985 with earn- ings of $80,206, then 14th, 33 starters, $197,996 through 1989 and our pe- riod's final ranking through 1990, 15th from 45 starters and $258,966 earnings. Straw Bug's Tom Mixer as a yearling halter champion with multiple awards at major stock shows and State Fairs in 1983. The little boy grew up the next year and won the World Wide Futurity with an impressive win over Mundo Dinero and Some Kinda Easy. A year later he won the Cricket Bars Maturity over 1983 World Wide Winner Na- tive Splash. As a two year old he earned $58,170, and through 1986 and no starts thereafter, his earnings rose to $65,605. Fast Break after winning the 1986 World Wide Futurity. His record that year was outstanding, 8 starts, 7 wins, 1 place and total earnings of $63,197 that included a 2nd at the Cricket Bars Futurity and wins at the Oklahoma and O.A.R. Express Futurities. The year ended with 2 ERC awards, Supreme Champion 2 year old all sexes and Champion 2 year old Sprint Gelding. His lifetime earnings of $72,963 through 1990 placed this Champion 47th on the Top 50 list of All-Time Leading Starters, not bad considering the thousands of starters not on the list! Sired by Mr. Spotted Bull, Salty Bull raced for three seasons, 1983-1985. With lifetime earnings of $84,093, highest among Mr. Spotted Bull's 199 starters, this "Bull" won the 1983 Kansas Sunflower Classic Futurity, finished 2nd to Native Splash in the World Wide and 3rd to I'm Easy Goin' in the Cricket Bars, ending the season having earned $76,693 and the ERC's award as Champion 2 year old Sprint Gelding.

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