Horse Racing

July Racing History

July 11, 2012

On July 19, 1672, the first race known to be recorded between Celebrated American Quarter-Of A-Mile Running Horses is run in Westmoreland County, Virginia, and winds up in a lawsuit.

On July 2 and 4, 1950, reigning world champion Maddon’s Bright Eyes wins back-to-back races at Ruidoso Downs.

By Richard Chamberlain for the Q-Racing Journal

1672

July 19 – The first race known to be recorded between Celebrated American Quarter-Of A-Mile Running Horses is run in Westmoreland County, Virginia, and winds up in a lawsuit. The race (most likely on the Coan Race Paths) was for a stake of 10 pounds sterling between a Quarter Horse belonging to Mr. John Stone of Rappahannock County and a Quarter Horse of Mr. Yowell of Westmoreland. When Mr. Stone’s horse won, Mr. Yowell at first refused to pay up and was immediately arrested. But according to court records documented by Alexander Mackay-Smith in “The Colonial Quarter Race Horse,” Mr. Yowell “after some further consideration – passed his bill to ye sd. Mr. Stone” for the 10 pounds. Two years later, in August 1674, Stone was successful in his suit to recover the money.

1949

AQHA and the Tucson-based American Quarter Racing Association assign committees to explore possibilities for merging.

July 8 – In her first race since winning the New Mexico State Fair Futurity the previous September, Maddon’s Bright Eyes wins her first start at Ruidoso Downs. Bred by J.W. Shoemaker and owned and trained by C.L. Maddon of Albuqueque, the famed “Bright Eyes,” a 3-year-old filly by Gold Mount, ends the year as world champion.

1950

July 1 – Encantadora, a King Ranch Thoroughbred filly who next year will break Pan Zareta’s world record at 5/8ths of a mile, wins the fifth running of Ruidoso Downs’ Central Bar & Grill Futurity, a forerunner of the All American Futurity (G1).

July 2 & 4 – Reigning world champion Maddon’s Bright Eyes wins back-to-back races at Ruidoso Downs.

1951

July 4 – Monita, who this year will share the world title with Maddon’s Bright Eyes, earns $443 for winning a race at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, California. The win was the fourth consecutive in a five-win streak for the 4-year-old mare by Joe Moore owned by Lewis Blackwell of Amarillo, Texas.

July 21 – Reigning world champion Blob Jr runs fifth in a race at Centennial Turf Club racetrack in Littleton, Colorado, near Denver. Bred by Earl Barrett of Louisiana, Blob Jr is a 4-year-old stallion by Blob (TB) out of a Doc Horn mare.

1952

July 13 & 26 – Former world champion Monita loses back-to-back starts at La Mesa Park in Raton, New Mexico, and at Centennial Turf Club in Colorado. The 5-year-old Joe Moore mare finishes second at Raton and seventh at Littleton.

Read about the lives of Beduino, Dash For Cash, Easy Jet, First Down Dash, Go Man Go, Jet Deck and Peter McCue in Quarter Paths.

1953

July 5 & 26 – Monita wins consecutive races at La Mesa Park, including the Bright Eyes Stakes.

1954

July 2 – Josie’s Bar defeats a field including Black Easter Bunny, Monita and Ed Heller at Centennial racetrack. Monita runs fourth. The race was the ninth consecutive win for Josie’s Bar, a 3-year-old filly by Three Bars (TB) who will extend the streak to a record 14 in a row and finish the year as the sport’s first horse to go undefeated in its world championship year. Josie’s Bar races for her breeder, Oscar Cox of Lawton, Oklahoma.

July 17 – Miss Mackay wins the Ruidoso Futurity. The filly by Top Deck (TB) out of the Very Wise (TB) mare Lightfoot Sis is owned by Claude Morein and trained by Percy Dean.

July 24 – Josie’s Bar again defeats Monita and Black Easter Bunny at Centennial.

July 31 – Former world champion Blob Jr runs ninth in a race at Centennial racetrack. The race is the next-to-last start for the 7-year-old son of Blob, who never won in six career races at Centennial.

1955

July 16 – Go Man Go incurs his first loss when Sure Now wins the Ruidoso Futurity. Ridden by Tecumseh Starks, Sure Now, a colt by Be Sure Now (TB), scores by a nose over the previously undefeated sensation out of California, who had won his first six consecutive races and will wind up the year as the sport’s first 2-year-old to be world champion. Trained by Wade Johnson, Sure Now races for Duane Ellsworth and Roy Snedigar.

1956

July 1 & 7 – Go Man Go defeats champions Ridge Butler and Dolly’s Ace in a Ruidoso handicap, and then returns to beat track-record-holder Bob’s Folly and champion Brigand (TB) in the Champion Stakes at Ruidoso. On his way to his second world championship, the full brother to Ruidoso Futurity winner Miss Mackay races for his breeder, J.B. Ferguson of Wharton, Texas.

July 28 – Go Man Go defeats Dolly’s Ace, Sure Now and Bob’s Folly in the Ruidoso Derby.

1957

July 27 – Mr Bar None, who will be world champion next year, wins his third stakes, the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Exhibitor’s Association Futurity at Garfield Downs in Enid, a race that evolves into the Oklahoma Futurity (G3) at Blue Ribbon Downs. Trained by Oscar Jeffers Jr., the Three Bars colt races for his breeders, June and Zelma Jeffers of Wagoner, Oklahoma.

July 28 – Vanetta Dee wins the Bright Eyes Stakes at Ruidoso. Former world champion Josie’s Bar runs sixth and retires after the race. Bred by Dee Garrett of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, the 5-year-old mare by Vandy out of American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Garrett’s Miss Pawhuska by Leo, Vanetta Dee is owned by B.J. Kiser and is trained by C.M. Kiser.

1958

July 19 – Vannevar defeats Go Man Go in the Peter McCue Stakes at Ruidoso. Bred by Dee Garrett, the champion gelding is a full brother to Vanetta Dee.

1959

July 18 – For the second consecutive year, Go Man Go finishes second in the Peter McCue Stakes at Ruidoso, this time to champion Pana Bar, a 3-year-old Lightning Bar colt bred by Art Pollard of Sonoita, Arizona.

1960

July 3 – Top-weighted at 128 pounds and running 350 yards over a sloppy track, Vandy’s Flash wins an overnight handicap at Ruidoso Downs, defeating champion Breeze Bar by half a length. Finishing fourth was Lena’s Bar, the Thoroughbred mare that will produce full brothers Jet Smooth and Easy Jet, both by Jet Deck. Bred by Dee Garrett and racing for John Askew of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Vandy’s Flash is a 6-year-old gelding and full brother to champions Vanetta Dee and Vannevar.

1961

July 28 – Bunny’s Bar Maid wins her trial to the Kansas Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. Bred and owned by American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Spencer Childers of Fresno, California, the Three Bars filly is out of Black Easter Bunny, a champion daughter of  Hysition (TB).

July 30—Rebel Cause wins the Ruidoso Derby. Bred and owned by Dale and Chet Robertson’s Haymaker Farms at Yukon, Oklahoma, the Top Deck (TB) colt is out of the match racing Worryman mare Bankette.

1962

July 8 & 29 – No Butt loses consecutive starts at Ruidoso, running fifth in both. The mare will win seven of 19 races to be this year’s world champion. The 7-year-old mare by Joe Less out of a Barney Owens mare is bred by Guy Corpe’s Corpe Ranch at Sacramento, California, and races for Guy Purinton of Tipton, California.

July 22 – Jet Deck runs third in Little Chloe’s Ruidoso Futurity. Little Chloe, the daughter of Three Bars who will end the year as champion 2-year-old filly,  is bred by Jack Casement of Sterling, Colorado.

1963

July 7, 20 & 27 – Jet Deck wins the Championship Stakes at Ruidoso Downs, his fourth in a string of seven consecutive wins that will earn him the year’s world championship. Racing for J.B. Chambers of Littleton, Colorado, Jet Deck follows with an allowance win and then a victory in his trial for the Ruidoso Derby.

1964

July 5 & 12 – Goetta wins back-to-back allowance races at Ruidoso Downs, before finishing fifth in her July 25 trial to the Ruidoso Derby. Trained by Newt Keck and ridden by “Choo Choo Charley” Smith, Hugh Huntley’s filly by Go Man Go will win eight of 13 races to be this year’s world champion.

1965

July 5 – Goetta defeats champions Tiny Watch, Anna Dial and Go Josie Go at Ruidoso Downs.

July 11 – Go Josie Go finishes second to Bar Tawny at Ruidoso Downs. Future champion Duplicate Copy runs fourth. C.L. “Chuck” Taliaferro trains the Go Man Go filly for A.O. Phillips of Dallas. Go Josie Go is out of champion Josie’s Bar, who holds the Quarter Horse record of 14 consecutive victories.

July 25 – Go Josie Go scores her first win at Ruidoso Downs, a trial for the first running of the Rainbow Derby. A.O. Phillips’ Go Man Go filly will win 12 of 19 races, including five stakes, to be this year’s world champion.

1966

July 9 – Making his first start since winning the Sunland Fall Futurity, All American Futurity winner Savannah Jr runs second to Ruby Charge in a Ruidoso allowance. Bred by Bert Altfillisch and Cecil Stanger of Corona, California, Ruby Charge is a Chudej’s Black Gold filly racing for Hugh Huntley and trained by Newt Keck.

1967

July 21 & 30 – Laico Bird wins her trial and the final of the Raton Futurity at La Mesa Park in New Mexico. Trained by Jimmy Jones for Floyd Jones Jr., the diminutive filly by Good Bird (TB) will win 11 of 17 races this year, including five stakes, to be the second 2-year-old to be world champion.

July 30 — Mark T Bars wins his first added-money event, scoring by half of a length in AQRA Laddie Stakes at Prescott Downs. Racing for the Allred Bros. of Mesa, Arizona, the Saint Mark gelding is undefeated in three starts.

1968

July 2 & 13 – Kaweah Bar wins his trial to the Bay Meadows Futurity at Bay Meadows racetrack in San Mateo, California. The gelding by Alamitos Bar then finishes seventh in Charging Mack’s final. However, the disqualification of Tuff Boss results in Kaweah Bar being moved to sixth in the final. Tuff Boss, who was the first horse across the line, is disqualified to 10th. Trained by Leon Woolery, Charging Mack is a homebred Tiny Charger colt racing for Monroe Browne’s Brown Cattle Co. of Columbia, California.

July 23 – Los Alamitos turns on the lights for its first season of night racing.

July 24 – On opening day at Del Mar racetrack, one of the winning Thoroughbreds is owned by Frank Vessels Jr., president and general manager of Los Alamitos Race Course – the Orange County Quarter Horse track where on this day the winner of the feature, Midnight Note, is bred, owned and trained by Johnny Longden, who won Thoroughbred racing’s 1943 Triple Crown as the jockey on Count Fleet. Longden next year will become the only person to win the Kentucky Derby as both a jockey and a trainer when he saddles Majestic Prince on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs.

July 26 – Kaweah Bar, who already is gaining fame as the “Palomino Express” and will finish the year as the sport’s third 2-year-old world champion, scores his first stakes win, taking the Leo Handicap at Los Alamitos. Bred by Charles Woodson’s Hadan Livestock Co. and racing for George Chittick of Long Beach, California, the Alamitos Bar gelding is trained by Larry Kleve and ridden by Robert “The Master” Adair.

1969

July 6 – Easy Jet finishes second to Hell’s To Betsy in the Oklahoma Futurity at La Mesa Park. The victory is the first major win for a young trainer named Jack Brooks, who trains the Jet Deck filly for W.R. Brannon and Bill Koch of Oklahoma.

July 25 – Easy Jet scores a three-length win in his trial to the Raton Futurity. Walter Merrick’s homebred colt by Jet Deck will win 22 of 26 races, including nine stakes, to be the third consecutive and fourth overall freshman world champion.

1970

July 11 – Kaweah Bar defeats champions Top Rockette and Go Derussa Go in the Go Josie Go Stakes at Los Alamitos.

July 31 – Kaweah Bar wins the Barbara B Handicap at Los Alamitos. The Palomino Express this year will win six of eight races, including five stakes, to become the first horse since Maddon’s Bright Eyes to repeat in nonconsecutive years as world champion.

1971

July 17 & 31 – Charger Bar wins the Chicado V and Go Man Go handicaps at Los Alamitos. Racing for Drs. Ed Allred and Kenneth Wright, the 3-year-old daughter of Tiny Charger will win each of her seven starts, including four stakes, to become the first Quarter Horse since Josie’s Bar to go undefeated in its world championship year. Jimmy Dreyer rides Charger Bar for trainer Wayne Charlton, who bred the mare.

1972

July 4 – Mr Jet Moore wins the Rainbow Derby at Ruidoso Downs. A homebred Jet Deck colt racing for Bob Moore of Norman, Oklahoma, Mr Jet Moore is trained by Newt Keck and ridden by Keith Asmussen, whose wife, Marilyn, will become the first woman to train the winner of a major futurity (champion Vespero, in the 1978 Rainbow Futurity); whose son Cash will become a champion jockey in France; and whose son Steve will become a top Thoroughbred trainer in the United States.

July 14 – Champions Osage Rocket and Kaweah Bar run 1-2 in the Chicado V Handicap at Los Alamitos. Finishing fourth is Mr Jet Moore, who will win nine of 13 races, including six stakes, to be the year’s world champion.

1973

July 8 – Salty Talent defeats Truckle Feature by a half length in the Rainbow Derby. Owned by Frank Weaver and trained by Tom Wiley, the Talent Bar gelding is ridden by Elbert Minchey.

1974

July 12 & 20 – Tiny’s Gay continues his undefeated streak, winning his placing trial to the Rainbow Futurity by 3 1/2 lengths and following with a 2 1/4-length score in his Rainbow time trial. The time trial was the 10th consecutive victory for the sensational Tiny Watch colt who has won the Tumbleweeds Futurity at Sun Downs in Washington, Bay Meadows Futurity in California and the Kansas Futurity at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico. Racing for John Colville of Paramount, Caifornia, Tiny’ Gay is trained by Larry Sharp and ridden by John Ward.

1975

July 6 – Easy Date, who the year before defeated world champion Tiny’s Gay in the All American Futurity and in May won the Golden State Derby at Bay Meadows, wins the Rainbow Derby. A homebred Easy Jet filly racing for Walter Merrick of Sayre, Oklahoma, Easy Date is trained by James McArthur and ridden by Donnie Knight.

July 18 — Easy Date wins her trial to the World’s Championship Classic at Ruidoso Downs.

July 20 – The promising 2-year-old Dash For Cash scores a daylight win in allowance company at Ruidoso. By Rocket Wrangler out of Find A Buyer, a Thoroughbred daughter of To Market, Dash For Cash races for his breeder, B.F. Phillips Jr., is trained by C.W. “Bubba” Cascio and is ridden by Jerry Nicodemus.

July 27 – Easy Date wins the World’s Championship Classic. Finishing second is champion Maskeo Lad, with champion Chicory Moon fourth and Easy Six sixth. Walter Merrick’s homebred sophomore filly by Easy Jet is trained by James McArthur and ridden by Donnie Knight.

1976

July 4 – Dash For Cash’s five-race win streak is snapped when he finishes second to I’m Gorgeous in the Rainbow Derby. Bred by Marvin Warner of Cincinnati, I’m Gorgeous races for Grafton Moore of Norman, Oklahoma. Ending the season as champion sophomore filly, the daughter of Hempen (TB) is trained by Don Farris and ridden by Ron Banks.

July 31 – Dash For Cash returns to the winner’s circle with a half-length win in a Ruidoso allowance.

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1977

July 2 – Dash For Cash defeats champion Flashy Go Moore by three-fourths of a length in the Vessels Maturity at Los Alamitos. The holder of five track records, Flashy Go Moore is owned by James Reece of Walters, Oklahoma, and will end this year and next as champion aged gelding.

1978

July 3 – Rainbow Futurity winner Miss Thermolark returns to run second by a neck to Biffy Pass in the Rainbow Derby. With Bruce Pilkenton in the irons for Bonnie Ferguson, Biffy Pass is a Pass ’Em Up (TB) filly owned by Wayne and Jim Johnson of Huntington, Texas.

July 15 & 23 – Miss Thermolark wins her trial to the World’s Championship Classic and returns in the final to defeat champion and All American Futurity winner Hot Idea by a length. Ronny Schliep’s homebred 3-year-old filly by Thermos (TB) will win five of nine races, including the Champion of Champions, to finish the year as world champion. Miss Thermolark is trained by Leo Craighead and ridden by Carl White.

1979

July 7 – After winning his trial by more than a length, Moon Lark scratches from the final of the Rainbow Derby Consolation.

1980

July 5 – Super Sound Charge scores a half-length win in the Vessels Maturity. Racing for Terrell Quarter Horses of Plano, Texas, the 4-year-old stallion by Roma Charge is trained by Blane Schvaneveldt and ridden by Kenny Hart.

July 12 – After disqualification to fourth in his placing trial to the Rainbow Futurity, Higheasterjet scores his first win at Ruidoso Downs, romping by 1 1/4 lengths over allowance company. The Pine’s Easter Jet gelding is owned by G.D. Highsmith, a plumber in La Grange, Texas.

July 18 – Taking his fourth consecutive win, Super Sound Charge beats Winning Copy by three parts of a side in the Go Man Go Handicap. Champion Town Policy finishes seventh in the race.

1981

July 2 & 9 – Coming off his length win in the Kansas Futurity, Special Effort goes into the trials for the Rainbow Futurity, taking his placing heat by 2 1/4 lengths and his time trial by 3 3/4 lengths. Bred by Allen Moehrig and owned by Dan and Jolene Urschel of Canadian, Texas, the Raise Your Glass (TB) colt is trained by Johnie Goodman and ridden by Billy Hunt.

July 26 – Winning his sixth consecutive race, Special Effort puts a length and a half on the Rainbow Futurity field.

1982

July 2 – Coming off a two-length score in the Kansas Derby and a length win in the trials to the Rainbow Derby, Special Effort is scratched from the Rainbow Derby Consolation, which is won by Charles Bo Shofner’s colt Wise Hi.

July 16 – Scoring the first of what will be a six-win streak that results in the world championship, Sgt Pepper Feature scores by a nose over Senator Sage and Shawnee Hoo in the Skoal Dash For Cash Maturity at Los Alamitos. A 4-year-old Truckle Feature gelding racing for his breeder, Tom Neff of Andrews, Texas, Truckle Feature is trained by Mike Robbins and ridden by John Creager.

July 24 – Sgt Pepper Feature defeats Es Es Te and Town Policy in the Chicado V Handicap.

July 30 – Higheasterjet, who became the sport’s first millionaire with his All American Derby win the previous August, wins a Ruidoso allowance by a length. The Pine’s Easter Jet gelding is trained by Johnie Goodman and ridden by Billy Hunt.

1983

July 4 – Champion and All American Futurity winner Mr Master Bug wins the Rainbow Derby. Jack Brooks trains and Jacky Martin rides the Master Hand (TB) colt for his breeder, Marvin Barnes of Ada, Oklahoma.

1984

July 13 – Winning her third of what will be seven consecutive wins, Los Alamitos Derby (G1) winner Dashs Dream beats stablemate Kellys Coffer in the Charger Bar Handicap. Joe Kirk Fulton’s homebred Dash For Cash filly is trained by Mike Robbins and ridden by Danny Cardoza.

1985

July 19 – First Down Dash goes through the ring at B.F. Phillips Jr.’s annual Phillips Ranch Sale near Frisco, Texas. Bred by Phillips and A.F. “Fred” Stanley Jr., the Oklahoma-bred yearling colt by Dash For Cash is purchased for $97,000 by Mrs. Mildred Vessels of Vessels Stallion Farm in California.

July 21 – Winning his sixth consecutive race, champion Brigand Silk sets a :19.37 track record over 400 yards in the Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. Racing for George Aubin’s Wichita Land And Cattle Co. of Houston, the Beduino (TB) colt is trained by Jack Dube and ridden by Jacky Martin.

1986

July 19 – Kansas Futurity (G1) winner Ronas Ryon runs second to Jet Go Chick in the Rainbow Futurity Consolation.

July 25 – Hollywood Park inaugurates its American Quarter Horse meet.

July 26 – Kindergarten Futurity (G1) winner First Down Dash suffers his only defeat in six starts as a freshman, when he runs eighth in Freedom Flyer’s Juvenile Handicap (G3) at Hollywood Park. Trained by James Maple and ridden by Kip Didericksen, Freedom Flyer is a homebred Easy Jet colt racing for Larry and Marjorie Stephenson of Wichita, Kansas.

1987

July 2 & 11 – Racing at Los Alamitos on his way to the world title, First Down Dash wins his trial to the Dash For Cash Derby (G1) by 1 1/2 lengths. The colt follows with a 1 1/4-length score over Hold All Tickets in the final named for his sire. Danny Cardoza rides First Down Dash for Mike Robbins, who conditions the Dash For Cash colt for Vessels Stallion Farm.

1988

July 17 – Merganser wins the Rainbow Futurity (G1) by a nose over Super De Kas, with Kansas Futurity (G1) winner Okeydokey Baby a length behind in third. Owned by Jerry Wells and Ron Shalz, the Duck Dance (TB) colt is trained by Jack Brooks and ridden by Jacky Martin.

1989

July 3 – Scoring her second win in what will be an undefeated season of six victories, See Me Do It wins the Rainbow Derby (G1). A homebred On A High filly racing for Jean Dillard of Ringling, Oklahoma, See Me Do It is trained by Robert Turner and ridden by Larry Layton, who teamed with her to finish second to Merganser in last year’s All American Futurity (G1).

1990

July 7 – Refrigerator finishes second, a neck behind Vital Sign, in the Heritage Place Futurity (G1) at Remington Park. Robert Bard rides Vital Sign for Lee Roy Heidelberg, who trains the colt by The Signature for breeder Jerry Windham of College Station, Texas.

July 15 – Dash For Speed wins the Ann Burnett Handicap (G1) at Los Alamitos. Owned by Bob Blakeman and Tom Bradbury, the 5-year-old Dash For Cash mare is trained by Blane Schvaneveldt and ridden by Kip Didericksen.

July 28 – Dash For Speed wins the Los Alamitos Championship (G1) by half of a length over champion Jazzing Hi.

1991

July 7 – Refrigerator finishes second to champion See Me Gone in the Rainbow Derby (G1). With Joe Martinez up, J.B. Montgomery trains the Behold A Beduino filly for breeder Jean Chavers and partner Nameless Inc. of Fort Lupton, Colorado.

July 13 – Sustaining one of her two defeats from 12 starts in the year, Corona Chick finishes fifth in Ed Grimley’s Bay Meadows Futurity (G1). Bred and owned by Robert “Strawberry Bob” Etchandy of Anaheim, California, Corona Chick is a filly by Chicks Beduino. Ed Grimley also races for his breeder, Mitch DeGroot of New Mexico; the gelding by No Tell Motel is trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Kip Didericksen.

July 18 & 28 – Special Leader wins his trial but finishes fourth in the final of Wicked Willa’s World Championship Classic (G1). Trained by Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath and ridden by Luke Myles, Wicked Willa is a 4-year-old Dash For Cash mare owned by Jane Egan McGuire of Ruidoso, New Mexico.

1992

July 24 – Coming off a win in the Vessels Maturity (G1), Jim Helzer’s Refrigerator wins his second consecutive Los Alamitos Championship by half of a length over Bills Ryon. Trained by Blane Schvaneveldt, the Rare Jet gelding was ridden by Kip Didericksen.

1993

July 22 – Making his first start since winning the Champion of Champions (G1) in December, Refrigerator wins his trial to the Vessels Maturity (G1). The 5-year-old gelding by Rare Jet will go undefeated through five races to end the year with his second world title.

1994

July 1 – Sam Houston Race Park inaugurates its American Quarter Horse meet.

July 17 & 30 – Kicking off a six-race win streak, Down With Debt wins an allowance at Los Alamitos and follows with a half-length score over Sables Secret in the Las Damas Handicap (G2). A homebred 4-year-old First Down Dash mare racing for Dr. George Haddad of Costa Mesa, California, Down With Debt is trained by Charles Bloomquist and ridden by John Creager.

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1995

July 1 – Louisiana legalizes video poker for tracks.

July 6 – The former Canterbury Downs reopens as Canterbury Park.

July 9 – Racing at Prescott Downs in Arizona, Pies Royal Request wins his 14th consecutive race, tying the record set by world champion Josie’s Bar in 1953-54 and equaled by Destiny Drummer in 1980-81. With Larry Gamez riding for Wayne Brasher, the 4-year-old Pie In The Sky gelding races for Howard and Wanda Lanus of Tempe, Arizona, who instead of ducking competition to seek the record in an easy spot, announce that Pies Royal Request would make his next start in the World’s Championship Classic (G2) at Ruidoso Downs.

July 15 – Turbine Jet beats Winalota Cash by a head in the Heritage Place Futurity (G1). A homebred Jet OJ gelding racing for Harold Gouker of Meeker, Oklahoma, Turbine Jet is trained by Jim Doolin and ridden by J.R. Hobbie.

July 30 – Pies Royal Request finishes seventh in Special Phoebe’s World Championship Classic (G2), ending his quest for a record 15 consecutive wins. A 4-year-old Special Effort mare, Special Phoebe is owned by Mrs. Gwendolyn Eaves of Midland, Texas. Casey Lambert rides the mare for Chris O’Dell.

1996

July 6 & 27 – Dashing Folly wins the Independence Day Handicap (R) and Vandy’s Flash ’Cap (G3), both by a length at Los Alamitos. Trained by Donna McArthur and ridden by Tami Purcell, the 3-year-old daughter of First Down Dash will go undefeated through 10 races on her way to the world championship. Dashing Folly is owned by McArthur’s brother-in-law, Oscar McArthur, who races the filly in the name of his Jaramar Ltd.

1997

July 5 – Tailor Fit breaks his maiden on first asking, by 2 1/2 lengths at Ruidoso. With Brett Shipley in the irons for Steve VanBebber, the Strawfly Special gelding is owned by Tom Ward of Oklahoma City.

July 19 – SLM Big Daddy finishes second by a neck to Blues Dash in their trial to the MBNA America Central Challenge Championship (G3) at Prairie Meadows. Bred and owned by Dr. James Burgess of Russellville, Arkansas, Blues Dash is a 4-year-old Dash For Cash gelding trained by Rex Brooks and ridden by Rodney Carter.

1998

July 24 – Finishing 1-2, Don Callender and Heza Ramblin Man beat reigning world champion SLM Big Daddy to the wire in the Go Man Go Handicap (G1). Bred and owned by Dr. Ed Allred, who named the 4-year-old Jazzing Hi gelding for his friend who founded the Marie Callender’s restaurant chain, Don Callender is trained by Heath Taylor and ridden by Joe Badilla Jr.

July 10 & 25 – Tailor Fit wins his first stakes, taking his trial and the final of the Sooner Trailer Texas Derby Challenge (G3) at Sam Houston Race Park. Steve Fuller rode for Steve VanBebber.

1999

July 25 – A Delightful Dasher defeats Significant Speed by half of a length in the Rainbow Futurity (G1). Gwendolyn Eaves’ homebred Takin On The Cash gelding is trained by John Bassett and ridden by Joe Badilla Jr.

July 30 – Corona Kool wins the Ed Burke Memorial Futurity (G1), while Separatist and Corona Czech dead-heat for sixth. Owned by Dan Lucas’ Lucas Racing Inc. of New Market, Maryland, the First Down Dash filly is a half sister to champion Corona Chick and is trained by Donna McArthur and ridden by Sam Thompson.

2000

July 21 – Winning his second race in what will be an undefeated season of five wins, A Ransom takes his trial to the Vessels Maturity (G1). Bred and owned by John and Kathie Bobenrieth of Costa Mesa, California, the 4-year-old First Down Dash gelding is trained by Connie Hall and ridden by Carlos Bautista.

2001

July 6 – Tres Seis scores an easy win in his Rainbow Futurity (G1) trial, but fails to qualify for the final. Gwendoyn Eaves’ homebred Sixarun colt is trained by John Bassett and ridden by Joe Badilla Jr.

July 22 – Racing over a sloppy track in the rain, Whosleavingwho runs second, half of a length behind Feature Mr Jess, in the Rainbow Derby (G1). A homebred Mr Jess Perry colt racing for Jumonville Farms at Ventress, Louisiana, Feature Mr Jess is trained by Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath and ridden by Jacky Martin.

2002

July 13 – Streakin Sin Tacha wins the MBNA America Texas Challenge (G1) by a nose over Streakin To Romance at Sam Houston Race Park. Alvin “Bubba” Brossette rides the 4-year-old Streakin La Jolla gelding for owner/trainer Janet VanBebber.

July 26 – Whosleavingwho wins his trial to the Vessels Maturity (G1) by a nose. Owned by Jim Geiler and Kim Kessinger, the 4-year-old Chicks Beduino gelding is trained by Paul Jones and ridden by Joe Badilla Jr. At the end of the year, Whosleavingwho and Streakin Sin Tacha will share the world title.

2003

July 19 – Making her first start since winning her trial to the Los Alamitos Million Futurity (G1), champion and All American Futurity (G1) winner AB What A Runner wins the seventh race, an allowance, at Ruidoso Downs. Four races later on the same card, Silvered Eyes sets a :20.963 track record while defeating Southern Cartel by three parts of a side in the quarter-mile Rainbow Derby (G1). Owned by Dennie and Kris Hill of Blackfoot, Idaho, AB What A Runner is a Royal Quick Dash filly trained by Bret Vickery and ridden by G.R. Carter Jr. Trained by Jack Brooks and ridden by Jacky Martin, Silvered Eyes is a homebred Mr Eye Opener gelding racing for Don Hill of Oklahoma City.

July 12 & 26 – Hawkish wins his trial and the final of the Ed Burke Memorial Futurity (G1). Trained by Concepcion Balderrama and ridden by Alex Bautista, the Dash Thru Traffic colt is owned Enrique Gonzalez’s EG High Desert Farms at San Fernando, California.

2004

July 24 – Brimmerton wins the Rainbow Derby (G1), going a quarter mile in :20.988. The homebred First Down Dash colt racing for Bobby Cox of Fort Worth, Texas, is trained by Mike Joiner and ridden by Juan Vazquez.

July 25 – Thewayouwantmetoo defeats Hardly Hateful and DM Shicago in the Rainbow Futurity (G1). Bred and owned by Carl and Shawnea Smith of Jacksboro, Texas, the Mr Eye Opener filly is trained by Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath and ridden by Roy Baldillez.

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2005

July 23 – All American Futurity (G1) winner DM Shicago wins the Rainbow Derby (G1) by a length over Ocean Runaway. Bred by Don Moler of Cheyenne, Oklahoma, the Separatist gelding races for Moler and Fredda Draper. Draper’s husband, Carl, trains DM Shicago, who is ridden by Juan Vazquez.

July 24 – Grade 1 winner Leading Spirit runs his undefeated streak to seven when he scores by a length over PYC Paint Your Wagon in the Rainbow Futurity (G1). Racing for his breeder, Dr. Barry Thompson, and partner Dan Urschel, the Special Leader gelding is trained by Blane Wood and ridden by James “JJ” Gonzales.

2006

July 15 & 29 – Wave Carver wins his trial and the final of the Governor’s Cup Derby (RG2). With Ramon Sanchez up for Paul Jones, the First Down Dash colt races for a syndicate headed by his breeder, Dan Lucas’ Lucas Racing Inc. of New Market, Maryland.

2008

July 3 & 20 – Stolis Winner scores in his trial and the final of the Rainbow Futurity (G1). Bred and owned by AQHA Past President Jerry Windham of College Station, Texas, the Stoli gelding is trained by Heath Taylor and is ridden by G.R. Carter Jr.

2009

July 2 & 19 – Runnning Brook Gal wins her trial to the Rainbow Futurity (G1), but is defeated in the final by half of a length after being overtaken by a late rally from Zoomin With Ease. With Russel Hadley up for John Buchanan, Zoomin With Ease is a homebred Azoom gelding racing for breeder Bobby Cox of Forth Worth, Texas.

July 18 – Paul Jones tops the $50 million mark in career earnings when he sends out Inseperable to win the Rainbow Derby (G1). The seven-time champion trainer has conditioned the earners of $50,418,820, second only to all-time leading trainer Blane Schvaneveldt, whose runners have earned $54,722,048.

July 25 – Winning his third consecutive race, Freaky scores by 1 1/4 lengths in the Spencer Childers California Breeders’ Championship (RG1) at Los Alamitos. Rubio Francisco is in the irons for trainer Adan Farias and owner Armando Aguirre of Surprise, Arizona.

2010

July 5 – Blane Schvaneveldt dies. At his stable’s height from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s, Schvaneveldt trained for many of the sport’s most prominent owners from all across the nation, and at one time maintained a division at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico. Schvaneveldt toppled D. Wayne Lukas from the No. 1 spot in races won in 1976, and the year after that became the first conditioner to saddle the earners of more than a million dollars in a single season. He led the sport’s trainers in money won and earnings in 1977, and repeated those titles for the next eight years, becoming in 1980 the first trainer to break $2 million. Schvaneveldt followed that two years later with the industry’s first $3 million year, and in 1984 set what until 2003 was the all-time single season record of $3,531,572. AQHA inaugurated a title for champion trainer in 1985, and Schvaneveldt won it every year through 1996.

Schvaneveldt won his first seven-figure race in November 2008 when Tres Passes won the Golden State Million Futurity (G1). He then won the richest race of his career the following month when he sent out Tres Passes to score in the $1,954,250 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1).222

Schvaneveldt saddled champion and American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Town Policy; world champions Miss Thermolark, Dash For Speed, Refrigerator, Cash Rate, First Down Dash, Winalota Cash and Super Sound Charge; and other champions Cash Perks, Easy Austin, First Sovereign, My Debut, Mini Rock, Sir Alibi, Cash Legacy, Sixy Chick, Better Than Never, Ive Been Blessed, Sign It Super, Dashing Val, Splash Bac, Jumping Tac Flash, The Casanova, The Black Alliance, Ed Grimley, Make Mine Bud, Extra Easy, Denim N Diamonds, Azure Three, Band Of Angels, Lady Juno and Speedy Lunch. In his own name, he bred the earners of more than $6.2 million. The full extent of his achievements is unrecorded. AQHA did not compile individual records for trainers until 1970. At the time of his death, Schvaneveldt had won 5,186 races in 32,173 starts, his starters earning $55,322,155.

2011

July 9 & 23 – Making his second start of the year, Cold Cash 123 comes off a last-place finish in his May 8 trial to the Heritage Place Derby (G2) at Remington Park to win his trial to the Rainbow Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. With Roy Baldillez in the irons for Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath, the Oak Tree Special gelding then returns to score in the $863,543 final.

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.