Horse Breeding

Horse-Breeding History: Streakin Six

November 22, 2013

An impressive racehorse in his own right, Streakin Six continues his legacy as a great sire of broodmares and stallions alike.

Streakin Six was a talented racehorse in his own right as well as a legendary broodmare sire.

Streakin Six was a talented racehorse in his own right as well as a legendary broodmare sire. Photo courtesy of the AQHA Hall of Fame.

From America’s Horse.

Streakin Six – that’s a name you hear a lot. When people are talking about the fastest horses on earth, Streakin Six enters this conversation.

Streakin Six was one of the top racehorses of his generation, and now, nearly 30 years after he left the track and five years after his death, he is a major influence on the top racehorses of today’s generations.

The stallion is in the pedigree of the winner of the most recent All American Futurity, Handsome Jack Flash – and the five previous consecutive winners, 11 winners altogether and as sire of the 1994 winner.

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Streakin Six is in the top dozen all-time leading sires of racing American Quarter Horses, with progeny earnings of more than $17.3 million.

The stallion has sired nearly 600 winners in 20 crops raced, including champions Sixty Chick, Six Fortunes, Sir Alibi, Dean Miracle and Sterling Sport; track-record setter and All American Futurity winner Noblesse Six ($1,125,024); and 67 other stakes winners.

Streakin Six is also in the top half dozen all-time leading broodmare sires. His daughters have produced the earners of more than $28.6 million, led by the track-record-setting champion and All American Futurity winner AB What A Runner ($1,342,389).

In other words, Streakin Six was a pretty good horse.

“To start off with, he was a heckuva racehorse,” says Dr. Glenn Blodgett. An AQHA Executive Committee member, Dr. Blodgett is the manager of the Burnett Ranches’ Four Sixes Ranch horse division at Guthrie, Texas, which for many years stood Streakin Six.

“He was inches away from winning a whole lot more than he did,” Dr. Blodgett says. “Streakin Six was a heckuva sire in his own right and a heckuva broodmare sire, too. He was just a real good horse.”

A bright chestnut son of major winner Easy Six out of the stakes winning Little Request (TB) mare Miss Assured, Streakin Six was foaled in April 1977 on the Ted Wells ranch in Alex, Oklahoma.

Sent to trainer Don Farris, who put future Hall of Fame jockeys Danny Cardoza and Jerry Nicodemus on him, Streakin Six during his first two seasons at the track ran 15 races against only top-flight competition and was never worse than third – and was that far back only once.

He was second in his first two starts as a freshman, to eventual champion Easy Angel in the trials for the Kansas Futurity and to eventual world champion Denim N Diamonds in the Kansas Futurity Consolation.

Then he reeled off four consecutive victories, capped by his score in the Rainbow Futurity, and finished the year with a second to champion Pie In The Sky in the All American Futurity.

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Returned to action at 3, Streakin Six was third to champions Jamie Jay and Denim N Diamonds in the Kansas Derby, finished second to six-figure earner Alamitos Feature in the World’s Championship Classic and scored by daylight going away in the All American Derby Consolation.

Finally, in his first career start away from Ruidoso Downs, he put a length on a very good field of stakes horses in the New Mexico State Fair Handicap at Albuquerque. Streakin Six came back at 4 to win a January allowance at Los Alamitos Race Course, but after three off-the-board finishes following his first season at stud, Streakin Six was retired with a career record of 19-10-5-1 and $473,934 in earnings.

So, yeah, Streakin Six was a real good horse. The stallion is the latest in a long line of Hall of Fame horses, in a tail-male line from his paternal grandsire Easy Jet, great-grandsire Jet Deck, great-great-grandsire Moon Deck and great-great-great-grandsire Top Deck (TB), and through various stallions and mares to other Hall of Famers Three Bars (TB), Joe Reed and Peter McCue.

Now Streakin Six extends his family’s long and distinguished line through the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, where he was inducted in March 2011.

“The influence through his daughters and sons is Streakin Six’s biggest impact on the breed,” Dr. Blodgett says. “A stallion can’t get into the Hall of Fame solely by his race record. He also has to be a great sire, too. Streakin Six is a very deserving horse. I’ve been fortunate to have been involved with a lot of great horses, and he’s definitely one of them.”

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