Horse Racing

April Racing History

April 2, 2012

This month in racing history saw some legendary Quarter Horse racehorses create memorable moments on and off the track.

Maddon's Bright Eyes

Racing at Rillito Park n April 1950, Maddon's Bright Eyes scores consecutive wins in the Cele Peterson Handicap, Speed Stakes and Rillito World Championship. (Photo courtesy of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum)

Every month, Richard Chamberlain, The American Quarter Horse Journal’s senior writer, recalls racing history on aqha.com/racing. Enjoy this month’s history with legends such as Peter McCue, Dash For Cash and recent American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductee Indigo Illusion.

1897
April 27 – Peter McCue wins his first start by four lengths. Bred and owned by Sam Watkins of the Little Grove Stock Farm at Petersburg, Illinois, the 2-year-old colt by Dan Tucker goes 3 1/2 furlongs in :42 flat at Forsyth, Indiana (or Illinois; the official record probably is off by a state).

1946
April 7 & 14 – Racing at Rillito Park in Tucson, club-footed Queenie defeats Prissy and Tonta Gal in her first start of the month and Prissy in her second. Bred by Richard Martin of Rayne, Louisiana, and owned by George Orr of Pineville, the 8-year-old mare was last year’s world champion. Queenie is by Flying Bob out of the Old DJ mare Little Sis.

1948
April 30 – Clocking a world-record :22 flat over the quarter mile, the King Ranch Thoroughbred Woven Web (who races as “Miss Princess” on the Quarter tracks) defeats Stella Moore and Lightfoot Dun at Val Verde Downs in Del Rio, Texas. A 5-year-old mare by Bold Venture, Woven Web is out of the Livery mare Bruja, who to the cover of Depth Charge this season foaled the Thoroughbred filly Encantadora.

1950
April – Consolidating the recent mergers with the American Quarter Racing Association and National Quarter Horse Breeders’ Association, the AQHA Racing Division holds its first meeting in Tucson, Arizona. In attendance are representatives of several state racing commissions, track operators and members of AQHA’s executive and racing committees. Rules and regulations are adopted along the lines of the now-defunct AQRA, including provisions for drug testing and electrical timing. AQHA agrees to fund half of the Racing Division budget, with the remaining coming from tracks and sales of The Quarter Running Horse Chart Book.

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April 2, 16 & 23 – Racing at Rillito Park, Maddon’s Bright Eyes scores consecutive wins in the Cele Peterson Handicap, Speed Stakes and Rillito World Championship. Bred by Warren Shoemaker of New Mexico, the 4-year-old mare by Gold Mount out of the King Plaudit (TB) mare Plaudette is owned and trained by C.L. Maddon of Albuquerque.

April 28 & 30 – Racing at Val Verde Downs, Blob Jr breaks his maiden on his first start, but returns to finish sixth and last to Stella Moore and Leota W. Never started in official races at 2, the 3-year-old colt by Blob (TB) out of the Doc Horn mare Nora is bred by Earl Barrett of Dry Creek, Louisiana.

1951
April 10 – Monita beats Savannah Gray and a field including Clabber’s Lady V, Grey Question, Hy Myrt and Clabbertown G at Bay Meadows racetrack near San Francisco, California. Bred by J.F. Goodwin of George West, Texas, the 4-year-old Joe Moore mare races for Lewis Blackwell of Amarillo.

April 22 – Gold Bar becomes the first American Quarter Horse stakes winner by Three Bars (TB) via the disqualification of Parker’s Trouble in the Baby Stakes at Rillito Park in Tucson, Arizona. Gold Bar finishes second, but Parker’s Trouble is disqualified for a positive test when penicillin (which had been administered for a cough) is detected in the urine of the Ed Echols colt. Gold Bar races for her breeder, Sid Vail of Tucson, who also owns Three Bars.

1952
April 13 – Coming off a win over champion Rukin String in the March 30 Southwestern Futurity, Bardella scores her sixth consecutive in the Baby Stakes. Both races are at Rillito Park. A homebred racing for Art Pollard of Sonoita, Arizona, Bardella is a Three Bars (TB) filly out of the great Doc Horn (TB) match-racing mare Della P.

1953
April 25 – Making her third start of what will be a world championship season, Miss Meyers finishes second to champion Robin Reed in a 385-yard allowance test at Los Alamitos. Racing for her breeder, O.C. Meyer of Minnesota, Miss Meyers is a Leo filly out of Star’s Lou by Oklahoma Star.

1954
April 9, 17 & 24 — Scoring the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-consecutive victories in what will be a record 14-win streak, world champion Josie’s Bar wins the Shue Fly Stakes, an allowance and the Pacific Coast QHRA Derby at Los Alamitos. Bred and owned by Oscar Cox of Lawton, Oklahoma, the Three Bars filly is out of the Raffles (TB) mare Josephine R.

April 20 –Scoop Bam wins her first official start. Already a national celebrity, the 2-year-old War Bam (TB) filly gained fame as a 7-month-old suckling when she was featured in a December 1952 Life magazine for winning the first Milk Runs competition at Los Alamitos Race Course. Bred and owned by Frank Vessels Jr., who with his father also owns the sire, Scoop Bam is out of the Clabber mare Clabber’s Lucky V.

1955
April 15, 22 & 27 – Go Man Go wins the first three races of his career, a maiden and two allowance events at Los Alamitos. Bred and owned by J.B. Ferguson of Wharton, Texas, Go Man Go is by Top Deck (TB) out of the Cajun match-racing mare Lightfoot Sis by Very Wise (TB).

1956
April 14, 21 & 28 – World champion Go Man Go wins his trial but finishes fifth behind champions Vannevar, Dolly’s Ace and Arizonan, and the track-record-holding Sure Now, in the Pacific Coast QHRA Derby. Go Man Go then returns to score in the Barbra B Handicap.

1957
April 17 – Mr Bar None finishes second to Eagle Top in a Los Alamitos allowance. Bred and owned by June and Zelma Jeffers of Wagoner, Oklahoma, the colt by Three Bars is out of Murl L by Moco Burnett, and is a half brother to the Leo mare Miss Adelita, who defeated champions Bobbie Leo and Palleo Pete in the 1954 Oklahoma Futurity.

1958
April 12 & 19 – Go Man Go finishes second to Roan Man in the Shue Fly Stakes at Los Alamitos and then dead-heats for third with champion Vanetta Dee in the Miss Princess Invitational Handicap, behind champions Clabber’s Win and Double Bid.

1959
April 10, 18, 25 & 29 – Miss Louton runs second to champion Missle Bar in the Inaugural Handicap at Los Alamitos. Racing for Marion Seward of Wray, Colorado, the filly by Tonto Bars Gill then finishes third to champions Triple Lady and Pana Bar in the trials to the Pacific Coast QHRA Derby and eighth to Tidy Too in the final, but goes out a winner in her final start of the month, defeating Pap and Cute Trick in the St. Mary’s Hospital Guild Stakes.

1960
April 12 & 23 – Starting the first two races of what will be a world championship season, Vandy’s Flash defeats Miss Louton, Pap and Tidy Too in the Shue Fly Stakes, but then runs seventh and last behind Miss Louton and Pap in the Barbra B Handicap. By Vandy out of American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Garrett’s Miss Pawhuska, Vandy’s Flash is owned by John Askew of Belleview, Missouri.

1961
April 10 & 22 – Pap wins the Shue Fly Stakes and Barbra B Handicap at Los Alamitos. Bred by C.E. Fauntleroy of Tucson, the 7-year-old gelding by Papitas out of the Trim Comic (TB) mare Maudine Davis races for N.S. Krems and S. Lasher of Los Angeles.

April 22 – In a test of champions, Rebel Cause beats Tonto Bars Hank by a neck in the Pacific Coast QHRA Derby. By Top Deck (TB), Rebel Cause is bred and owned by Chet and Dale Robertson’s Haymaker Farms at Yukon, Oklahoma.

Tonto Bars Hank earns $5,738 for finishing second, which pushes his earnings to $101,048 and makes the colt by champion Tonto Bars Gill the first American Quarter Horse with a six-figure bankroll.

1962
April 9, 14, 21 & 28 – No Butt finishes second and reigning world champion Pap third to Alamitos Bar in the Shue Fly Stakes, but then defeats Pap and champion Fly Straw in the Miss Princess Handicap. Fly Straw returns to win the Barbra B Handicap, with No Butt fourth, and the Chicado V ‘Cap, with No Butt second. Racing to a world championship, No Butt, a 7-year-old mare by Joe Less, is bred by Guy Corpe of Sacramento, California, and races for Guy Purinton of Hollister.

1963
April 9, 13 & 20 – Jet Deck finishes eighth and last in champion Caprideck’s Shue Fly Stakes, but then wins his trial and the final of the Pacific Coast QHRA Derby. Bred by William Carter of Idaho, the Moon Deck colt is owned by J.B. Chambers of Littleton, Colorado.

1964
April 11, 18 & 25 – Goetta wins the Shue Fly Stakes, her trial and the final of the Pacific Coast QHRA Derby. Bred by E.L. Gosselin of Edmond, Oklahoma, the Go Man Go filly races for Hugh Huntley of Gilroy, California.

1965
April 9, 17 & 24 – Go Josie Go wins the Inaugural Handicap, her trial and the final of the Pacific Coast QHRA Derby. Bred by Frank Vessels, the Go Man Go filly out of world champion Josie’s Bar is owned by A.O. Phillips of Dallas.

1966
April 2 & 9 – Coming off a win in the February 5 Magic Empire Winter Futurity, Top Ladybug wins her trial and the final of the Magic Empire Spring Futurity at Midway Downs in Stroud, Oklahoma. The Top Deck (TB) filly out of the blue hen Sergeant mare FL Lady Bug is bred and owned by Marvin and Lela Barnes of Ada, Oklahoma, and is trained by Marvin Barnes.

April 21 – Joe Pat Badger, Static Charge and Yankee Lass win in a triple dead heat at Los Alamitos.

1967
April 2 & 9 – Laico Bird wins her trial and the final of the Texas Futurity at La Bahia Downs in Goliad, Texas. Barne’s Ladybug finishes second in the final, with Turf’s Best fourth. A filly by Good Bird (TB), Laico Bird races for Floyd Jones Jr. of Norman, Oklahoma.

April 16 – Mark T Bars breaks his maiden on first asking at Sonoita, Arizona. Bred by George Holland and racing for American Quarter Horse Hall of Famers Harvey, Jerry and Dale Allred (who partner as the Allred Bros.), the gelding by Saint Mark will win 64 of 115 races before retiring in September 1978 at age 13 as the all-time winningest American Quarter Horse.

1968
April 7 – Three Oh’s finishes fourth to Miss Sports Bar in the Texas Futurity at La Bahia Downs in Goliad, Texas. By Three Chicks out of Oh My Oh by Spotted Bull (TB), Three Oh’s races for Dr. Don Strole of Abilene, Texas.

April 5 – Three Bars (TB) dies of a heart attack, just two days shy of his 28th birthday, on Walter Merrick’s 14 Ranch at Sayre, Oklahoma. The all-time leading sire of racing American Quarter Horses, Three Bars is the sire of 64 stakes winners and the earners of $3,274,732.

1969
April 6 – Easy Jet finishes second by half of a length to Mighty Moon in the Texas Futurity at La Bahia Downs in Goliad, Texas. Jet Master is third, with Hell’s To Betsy fourth. By Jet Deck out of the Three Bars (TB) mare Lena’s Bar (TB), Easy Jet is bred, owned and trained by Walter Merrick.

1970
April 5 & 25 – Howdy Jones wins the South Texas Derby at La Bahia Downs in Goliad and the Los Dos Laredo Derby at L.I.F.E. Downs, on the grounds of the Laredo International Fair & Exposition at Laredo, Texas. The colt by Red Jones (TB) races for his breeder, Jean Dillard of Ringling, Oklahoma.

1971
April 10 & 24 – Mr Kid Charge finishes third in his trials to the Laredo International Futurity at L.I.F.E. Downs in Laredo and the West Texas Futurity at Sonora Park in Sonora, Texas. Owned by Will Whitehead of San Angelo, Texas, the colt by AQHA Supreme Champion Kid Meyers fails to qualify for either.

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1972
April 1, 9, 22 – Walter Merrick’s homebred Good Bird (TB) filly Byou Bird wins her trial and the final of the West Texas Futurity at Sunland Park and her trial to the Sun Country Futurity, also at Sunland.

April 22 & 30 – Callmemyoh wins her trial and the final of the Sun Country Futurity, with Fly Laico Bird second, Summer Of Seventy third and Byou Bird fourth. A Go Man Go filly racing for Dr. Don Strole, Callmemyoh is trained by C.W. “Bubba” Cascio and ridden by Jerry Nicodemus.

1973
April 1 – Truckle Feature finishes third behind Fly Laico Bird and Jet Creek in the West Texas Derby at Sunland Park, but is moved to second when Fly Laico Bird is disqualified to eighth for interference. By Truly Truckle (TB) out of Sunland Derby winner Feature That by That’s For Sure, Truckle Feature is owned by Gordon Howell of El Paso, Texas. He is trained by Bill Drawe and ridden by Willie Lovell.

April 17 – Dash For Cash is foaled on breeder B.F. Phillips Jr.’s Phillips Ranch at Frisco, Texas. The sorrel colt is by champion and All American Futurity winner Rocket Wrangler out of Find A Buyer, a Thoroughbred daughter of To Market.

April 27 – Truckle Feature wins his trial to the West Texas Championship at Sunland Park.

1975
April 6 – Racing at Sunland Park, Bugs Alive In 75 scores in the West Texas Futurity. The colt by Top Moon out of Ralph’s Lady Bug by Jack’s Jet (TB) is a homebred racing for Ralph Shebester of Wynnewood, Oklahoma. He is trained by J.B. Montgomery and ridden by Jerry Burgess.

April 26 – Bugs Alive In 75 and Dash For Cash both win their trials to the Sun Country Futurity.

1976
April 4 – Smooth Johny wins the Texas Futurity at Goliad, with Topless Dancer second, Megahertz third and Lord Winsalot fourth. Smooth Johny, a colt by Mon Go, is owned by Charles Mitchell of Semmes, Alabama.

April 26 – Racing for $4,000 tags, Bid Who, Big Royal Bob and Time And Again finish winners in a triple dead heat at Bay Meadows.

1977
April 4 & 10 – Champion and All American Futurity winner Real Wind wins her trial and the final of the West Texas Derby at Sunland Park. By Go With The Wind, the filly races for Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Kitchens, both of whom are retired school teachers in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. Trained by Walter Merrick, Real Wind is ridden by Gary Sumpter.

1978
April 9 & 16 – Vespero wins his trial and the final of the G. Rollie White Downs Spring Futurity in Brady, Texas. Bred by Patricia Ann Crone, the St Bar gelding races for Crone’s parents, Gordon and Juanita, of Lakin, Kansas.

1979
April 8 – Sizzle Te, Kiptys Charger and Black Sable finish 1-2-3 in the Golden State Derby at Bay Meadows. By Azure Te (TB), Sizzle Te is owned by Rulon Goodman of Oracle, Arizona. Sizzle Te is trained by Wayne Charlton and ridden by John Ward.

April 29 – Starting her third race, Easy Angel breaks her maiden at Val Verde Downs in Del Rio, Texas. The Easy Jet filly is a homebred racing for Mr. and Mrs. Myron Palermo of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

1980
April 6 – Super Sound Charge runs second to Charro’s Rocket in the Alameda Handicap at Bay Meadows. Charro’s Rocket is a 6-year-old El Charro Rocket gelding owned by James and Levine Weatherill of Long Beach, California.

April 18 & 30 – Easily Smashed wins his trial and the final of the Sun Country Futurity. The Easy Jet colt races for Sue May, Bill Leach and Carol Child of Fort Stockton, Texas. Trained by Leach, Easily Smashed is ridden by Jacky Martin.

April 19 & 26 – Racing in an 870-yard allowance and at the same distance in the Northwest Endurance Handicap, both at Portland Meadows, Destiny Drummer scores the first two of what will be a record-tying string of 14 consecutive victories. The 5-year-old Tet Bare stallion races for his breeder, Dorothy Jones of Vancouver, Washington.

April 20 & 27 – Dash For Cash is represented by his first stakes winner, Baby Hold On, when the filly scores in her trial and the final of the Alamo QHBA Futurity at Val Verde Downs in Del Rio, Texas. Owned by Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Blue of Carpinteria, California, Baby Hold On is out of the winning St Bar mare Country Mama.

1981
April 2 & 12 – Sgt Pepper Feature, a homebred Truckle Feature gelding racing for Tom Neff of Colorado City, Texas, wins his trial and the final of the Golden State Derby at Bay Meadows. Sgt Pepper Feature is trained by Mike Robbins and ridden by Kenny Clerisse.

1982
April 3, 9 & 25 – Dynago Victory breaks his maiden and then wins his trial to the Sun Country Futurity, but in the Sun Country final runs second to Glo Billy Sims. Dynago Victory is a homebred Victory Stride (TB) gelding racing for Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Trained by Shirley Montgomery and ridden by Larry Byers, Glo Billy Sims is a Little Glo (TB) gelding owned by R.L. Sharp.

1983
April 7 & 21 – Tolltac, a Beduino (TB) colt racing for David Payne of Salt Lake City, wins his trial and the final of the Bay Meadows Futurity (G1). John Ward rides Tolltac for trainer Denny Ekins.

April 23 – Making her first start, Dashs Dream breaks her maiden at Lubbock Downs. The Dash For Cash filly races for her breeder, Joe Kirk Fulton of Lubbock, Texas.

April 23 & 30 – Starting her first race, Indigo Illusion finishes seventh at Val Verde Downs, but then goes to Manor Downs, where in her second start she breaks her maiden. The Beduino (TB) filly is owned by Jerry Windham of College Station, Texas.

1984
April 14 – Dashs Dream wins an allowance at Lubbock Downs. The filly by Dash For Cash is starting her first race since finishing third to Indigo Illusion and Rise N High in the August 13 Faberge Special Effort Futurity at Los Alamitos.

April 19 29 – Eastex wins his trial and the final of the Bay Meadows Futurity (G1). Trained by James McArthur and ridden by Bruce Pilkenton, the Texas Dancer (TB) gelding is bred and owned by Mr. and Mrs. H.D. Hall of Ada, Oklahoma.

1985
April 13 & 21 – Cash Rate wins the Woodside Handicap at Bay Meadows but returns to finish eighth in Miss Jordash’s Peninsula Championship (G1).  The 5-year-old Dash For Cash gelding races for B.F. Phillips and Minnie Rhea Wood of Texas.

April 14 – Juana Mystica scores in the $325,936 Busch Graham Farms Futurity at Val Verde Downs. Owned and trained by Jeff Chambers, with Tim Wortman up, the Mystic Eye filly is winning the richest nonpari-mutuel race ever in Texas.

April 18 & 28 – Blue Ribbon Futurity (G2) winner Gold Coast Express runs second in his trial and dead heats for sixth in the final of Keep On Turning’s Bay Meadows Futurity (G1). Both homebreds, Gold Coast Express is a Moon Lark gelding racing for Bill and Louella Mitchell of California, while Keep On Turning is a Mr Big Wheel colt owned by Brooks Bros. of Oklahoma. John Creager rides Keep On Turning for trainer Monty Brooks.

1986
April 5 & 26 – Gold Coast Express wins a Bay Meadows allowance and then scores in the Town Policy Handicap at Los Alamitos. John Ward rides Gold Coast Express for trainer Lee Gladd.

1987
April 10 & 26 – Shoot Yeah wins his trial and the final of the Sun Country Futurity (G1). Trained by Jack Brooks and ridden by Jacky Martin, the Easy Jet colt is owned by Liese Gulliksen of Oklahoma.

1988
April 15 – Merganser wins his trial to the Sun Country Futurity (G1). Jack Brooks trains the Duck Dance (TB) colt for Jerry Wells and Ronald Shalz of Oklahoma.

April 21 & 30 – Jean Dillard’s homebred On A High filly See Me Do It wins her trial and the final of the Oklahoma Futurity-Spring Division (G3) at Blue Ribbon Downs. Vernon Cogburn rides See Me Do It for trainer Bobby Cox.

1989
April 5, 14 & 30 – Strawberry Silk breaks her maiden on first asking and then scores in her trial and the final of the Sun Country Futurity (G1). Trained by Jack Brooks and ridden by Jacky Martin, the Beduino (TB) filly is owned by Jacqueline Spencer of Alto, New Mexico.

1990
April 14 – Felipe Tiscareno’s Takin On The Cash wins the Bay Meadows Futurity (G1). The Dash For Cash colt is trained by Caesar Dominguez and is ridden by Danny Cardoza.

1991
April 4 & 21 – Royal Quick Dash wins his trial but finishes eighth in Steppin For The Moon’s Sun Country Futurity (G1). Owned by David Morales, Royal Quick Dash is by freshmen sire First Down Dash. Trained by Jack Brooks and ridden by Jacky Martin, the Moon Lark colt Steppin For The Moon is bred by Jerry Wells and owned by Wells and Joan Crews Hoyt.

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April 20 – Griswold is defeated a neck by Valiant Pete (TB) in a special match race at Santa Anita. The three-time distance champion, a 5-year-old gelding by Merridoc owned by Pete Parella’s Legacy Ranch, is the first American Quarter Horse to race at the sprawling art-deco track in Arcadia, California. Kip Didericksen rides Griswold for trainer Dan Francisco.

1992
April 4 & 11 – Femmes Frolic wins his trial but finishes fourth in the final of Easily An Episode’s Graham Farm Derby (G2) at Bandera Downs. Femmes Frolic is a homebred Beduino (TB) filly owned by Roger Knight Jr. of Madisonville, Texas. Trained by Robert Madrigal and ridden by Raul Ramirez Jr., the Bold Episode colt Easily An Episode races for Raul Del Toro of Dundee, Illinois.

1993
April 2 & 18 – Treacherously wins his trial and the final of the Sun Country Futurity (G1). By Runaway Winner, the gelding is owned by Wayne Dallas of Farmington, New Mexico. Treacherously is trained by Sam Sandoval and ridden by Nancy Summers.

April 30 – A Classic Dash breaks his maiden on first asking at Los Alamitos. The First Down Dash colt is owned by Abigail Kawananakoa of Honolulu.

1994
April 29 – Mr Jess Perry wins his trial to the Louisiana Breeders’ Laddie Futurity (RG3) at Delta Downs. The Streakin La Jolla colt is owned by Cheryl Brasseaux of Vinton, Louisiana.

1995
April 15 – Winalota Cash runs second to Rare Jet Extremes in the West Texas/Sun Country Futurity Consolation. The Light On Cash gelding is owned by Andra Meridyth of Odessa, Texas. Trained by Gregg Sanders, Winalota Cash is ridden by Salvador Estrada.

April 27 – Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino opens in Iowa.

1996
April 11 & 27 – Streakin Flyer wins his trial but finishes second to Pies Lil Dasher in the Oklahoma Futurity (G1) at Blue Ribbon Downs. Streakin Flyer is a Strawfly Special gelding owned by Mike and Janelle Green’s Southern Rose Ranch at Pelzer, South Carolina. A filly by One Slick One, Pies Lil Dasher is owned by Robert Hart of Stella, Missouri. Pies Lil Dasher is trained by Robert Dunkle and ridden by Larry Payne.

1997
April 19 – SLM Big Daddy defeats Heza Ramblin Man and Kool Kue Baby in the Eastex Handicap (G2) at Remington Park. Trained by Don Mourning and ridden by Jacky Martin, the homebred 5-year-old Daddy Hold On gelding races for Steve and Lindsey Mitchell of Brownwood, Texas.

April 20 – Winalota Cash defeats Ducky Fred, Kuhi Kuhi, Treacherously and others in the MBNA America New Mexico Challenge (G2) at Sunland Park. Trained by David Meridyth, the 4-year-old gelding is ridden by Oscar Ortega.

1998
April 4 – Special Impac, Hadtobeclever and Major Link score allowance wins in a triple dead heat at Manor Downs.

April 10 – Dash For Rainbow breaks her maiden at Manor Downs, becoming the first winner from Dash For Cash’s last crop. The filly races for her breeder, Ginger Graham of Gardendale, Texas.

April 18 – Starting his first race since being named world champion, SLM Big Daddy defeats Heza Ramblin Man and Blues Dash in the Eastex ‘Cap (G2) at Remington Park. Trained by Don Mourning and ridden by Jacky Martin, SLM Big Daddy is a homebred racing for Steve and Lindsey Mitchell of Brownwood, Texas.

1999
April 17 – Separatist breaks his maiden on his first start at Los Alamitos. The Chicks Beduino colt is owned by Jackie and Rod MacPherson of Perris, California. Separatist is trained by John Cooper and ridden by Eddie Garcia.

2000
April 14 & 29 – Eyesa Special wins his trial to the Remington Park Futurity (G1) but is scratched from Celeb’s final. Trained by Jack Brooks and ridden by Dennis Means, the Mr Eye Opener colt is owned by Terry Bell, Jim Pitts and Homer “Bud” Hill of Burkburnett, Texas.
Celeb is a Chicks Beduino colt racing for Benito Tello of Houston. Celeb is trained by Manuel Gonzalez and is ridden by Jacky Martin.

2001
April 8 – With Juan Vazquez in the irons for Tony Sedillo, Southern Beduino sprints the quarter mile in :20.978 in the MBNA America New Mexico Challenge (G2) at Sunland Park. Owned by Sedillo, Leroy Martinez and Henry “Butch” Southway’s SMS Racing, the 4-year-old gelding by Chicks Beduino earns a $100,000 bonus for completing a triple including the Grade 3 Sunland Express Handicap and West Texas Maturity in the same year.

2002
April 7 – In the first race in which the top two finishers sprint sub-21-second quarter miles, Kendall Jackson clocks a world-record :20.733 in the MBNA America New Mexico Challenge (G1) at Sunland Park, while Dash For A Fortune clocks :20.965. A 4-year-old Dash Ta Fame gelding owned by Mac and Janis Spencer Murry’s MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico, Kendall Jackson is trained by Mike Joiner and is ridden by Kenny Hart. Ridden by Juan Vazquez, the 4-year-old First Down Dash gelding Dash For A Fortune races for a partnership headed by trainer John Stinebaugh of Sunland Park, New Mexico.

April 7 – Eye Opening Episode wins the West Texas Futurity (G1). The Mr Eye Opener gelding races for his breeder, Sandy Erwin of Dallas. He is trained by James Lackey and ridden by Freddie Martinez.

2003
April 6 – Kendall Jackson becomes the first horse to repeat a sub-21-second quarter mile when he clocks :20.976 in the MBNA America New Mexico Challenge (G1) at Sunland Park. Still trained by Mike Joiner, MJ Farms’ 5-year-old Dash Ta Fame gelding is ridden by G.R. Carter Jr.

April 10 – Making his first start, Be A Bono breaks his maiden at Los Alamitos. Trained by Dan Francisco and ridden by Alex Bautista, the homebred Bono Jazz gelding races for American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Spencer Childers of Fresno, California.

April 13 – Oak Tree Special wins his trial to the Heritage Place Derby (G1) at Blue Ribbon Downs. The Special Task colt is owned by Raul Rubalcava of Wylie, Texas.

2004
April 17 – Ocean Runaway finishes eighth in his first start at Los Alamitos. The First Down Dash colt is owned by Gary Muller’s Muller Racing LLC of Kansas City.

2005
April 3 – In the first race in which the top three finishers clock sub-21-second quarter miles, A Long Goodbye clocks a world-record :20.686 in the MBNA America New Mexico Challenge (G1) at Sunland Park, with second finisher Special Task Force clocking :20.850 and third-placed Viva La Vicky at :20.952. A Long Goodbye is a 5-year-old Pure D Dash gelding owned by Julian DeVargas of Laguna, New Mexico.

April 3 – Leading Spirit scores in the West Texas Futurity (G1). Trained by Blane Wood and ridden by James J. “JJ” Gonzales, the Special Leader gelding is bred and owned by Barry Thompson of West, Texas.

April 30 – Making his first start, Wave Carver breaks his maiden in a trial to the Kindergarten Futurity (G1). Racing for a syndicate, Wave Carver is by First Down Dash out of Runaway Wave by Runaway Winner, and is a full brother to champion Ocean Ruanway.

2006
April 2 – A Long Goodbye ran his win streak to three with a 1 1/2-length victory in the $111,150 MBNA America New Mexico Challenge (G1) at Sunland Park. The 6-year-old gelding by Pure D Dash covered 440 yards in :20.845, about 16/100ths off his own stakes and world record established in last year’s New Mexico Challenge.

April 14 – Volcom’s victory in the El Primero Del Ano Derby (G1) is the 93rd Grade 1 stakes win by an offspring of First Down Dash, pushing the 22-year-old stallion past his sire, Dash For Cash, as American Quarter Horse racing’s all-time leading sire of both Grade 1 winners and Grade 1 wins. First Down Dash’s 93 Grade 1 stakes wins were accomplished by 55 of his foals, while Dash For Cash’s 92 stakes wins were posted by 42 of his foals. Bred by John Andreini of San Mateo, California, Volcom races for P.K. Thomas of Weatherford, Texas. He is trained by Paul Jones and ridden by Cody Jensen.

April 14 – Facing the starter for the first time, No Secrets Here finishes third to Pritzis Honor and Red Hot Hawk in a maiden race at Los Alamitos. A colt by First Down Dash out of $203,666 earner Dicey Secret by Raise A Secret, No Secrets Here races for the partnership of his breeder, Vessels Stallion Farm of California, and Benny Rosset of Brazil.

2007
April 13 – Freaky starts his first race. Scot Willoughby sends out Raul Ramirez Jr. on the Dr. Ed Allred’s homebred TR Dasher gelding to run third in a maiden event at Los Alamitos.

2008
April 19 – Starting the second race of his career, Stolis Winner sustains the only defeat in what will be his world championship campaign. Going 330 yards in allowance company at Manor Downs, Jerry Windham’s homebred colt by champion Stoli is bumped at the start but recovers to make a late bid and come in second, a nose behind Rolando Alaniz’s RK Flyin Prospect. Tommy Zarate trains Stolis Winner, who was ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo.

2009
April 12 – First Moonflash sets a quarter-mile world record in the Bank of America New Mexico Championship Challenge (G1). With Alejan Medellin in the irons for Jose Gonzalez, the 5-year-old stallion sprints 440 yards in :20.274. From the only crop by champion First To Flash, First Moonflash is owned by Leslie and Pierre Amestoy and M. Gonzalez of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

April 25 – Starting his first stakes race since being purchased by Armando Aguirre of Surprise, Arizona, Freaky finishes third to A Mere Chocolate in the Kaweah Bar Handicap (G3). The 4-year-old TR Dasher gelding is trained by Adan Farias and is ridden by Rodrigo Aceves.

If you witnessed or know of an historic event whose anniversary is next month, please contact the Journal’s Richard Chamberlain at richc@aqha.org.