Appaloosas are middle runners,
competing in races from 220 yards to 8 furlongs,
with 350 yards and 4 furlongs being the
most popular distances. Appaloosas race
in 10 states with Oklahoma and California
leading followed by Idaho. The first Appaloosa
race under pari-mutuel was at Albuquerque,
New Mexico in 1962.
The highest handle
for a single Appaloosa race was $396,333 in
the 1996 California Appaloosa Derby.
The first Appaloosa
claimed anywhere was Dainty Doc in 1969
at the Sonoma County Fair in California.
In 1976, Appaloosa
Champion We Go Easy beat the Thoroughbred,
Right Pocket in a $20,000 match race at
Detroit Race Course.
In 1982, Appaloosa
Champion Undercover Willie beat the Thoroughbred,
Grey Moon Runner in an $8,000 winner-take-all
match race at the Valley Race Meet in California.
In 1985, Brazen
Lad set the first All-Breed World Record
for 4 1/2 furlongs in :50 1/5.
In 1989, Mama
T ran 4 1/2 furlongs in :50, setting an
All-Breed record for fillies.
4, 1989 at Sacramento, Ole Wilson ran 4
1/2 furlongs in :49 4/5 breaking the All-Breed
World Record which still stands.
In 1984, Oklahoma
legalized racing with the first pari-mutuel
race for Appaloosas held at Blue Ribbon
In 1991, the
first pari-mutuel race in Texas was held
at Trinity Meadows.
In 1991, Very
Easy won the Battle Of The Breeds at Remington
Park, beating the Quarter Horse, Heavenly
Smash and the Paint, Rollin La Ree.
In 1986, Blowing
Easy won the first $100,000 race in California
which was the richest purse for any breed
on the Northern California Fair Circuit.
He also became the first California-bred
to win over $250,000 and was the first three-year-old
horse to win the Coast To Coast Stakes.
In 1989, Appaloosas
ran their first race at Los Alamitos which
up until then had been an exclusive Quarter
Horse meet. Just Like Willie won the $20,000
Bull Nunneley Stakes, Appaloosas first stakes
race held at a major meet.
Wing It became
the first horse to win the Golden Stakes
Incentive Award by winning the 1989 Star
Of Stars Futurity and coming back in 1990
to win the California Derby. He became the
first Appaloosa eligible to compete for
the $100,000 bonus award but was defeated
in the Coast to Coast Stakes, the third
leg of the Incentive bonus award, which
was to win the Coast To Coast Stakes in
the same year as the Derby.
In 1992 at
Los Alamitos, Wing It won the Los Alamitos
Handicap, the first stakes race won by an
Appaloosa in a mixed race at the California
track. Winning the 1992 Bull Rastus Handicap,
Wing It outran AQHA distance Champion Griswold.
Also in 1992, Appaloosas ran their first
mixed race with Quarter Horses at Hollywood
In 1993, the inaugural Idaho Cup Appaloosa
and Paint Futurity was run at Les Bois Park
for Idaho-breds only. That same year saw
Trinity Meadows write mixed races for Appaloosas
and Paints during their Quarter Horse meet.
In 1994, Wing
It's earnings totaled in excess of $300,000,
making him the all-time Appaloosa money
In 1995, Apache Double, one of the first
Appaloosa race horses to earn a medallion,
became the all-time leading sire of money
earners with totals of $2,032,998.
The first Texas-bred
Appaloosa and Paint races were held at Trinity
Meadows in 1994.
associations in Colorado, Idaho, Utah and
Wyoming opened up their stakes races in
1994 to include Paints.
1994 saw the formation of the National Color
Breed Racing Council for the promotion of
Appaloosa and Paint racing, a joint venture
between members of the Appaloosa and Paint
The top horses,
owner, breeder, trainer and jockey are recognized
each year during the Appaloosa Convention
with bronze trophies presented to the Supreme
Champion two-year-old Appaloosa and the
Supreme Champion three-year-old and older
Appaloosa. Thirteen trophies are awarded
to the Champion Running Appaloosa in each
age/sex category while medallions are given
to the three top horses in each age/sex
category based on points determined by multiplying
the number of wins times the amount of money
earned in the current year. Forty-five Appaloosa
horses receive a Regional High Point Champion
certificate and Registers of Merit are awarded
to those horses running an 80 and above
speed index or 98 and above speed rating.
In addition, one Appaloosa and one person
are inducted into the Appaloosa Racing Hall
of Fame each year.
Appaloosas J&B Heza Jet Bar and J&B
Charlie Brown win 33rd Annual World Champion
Cutter and Chariot Championship's fifth
division for owners Gary, Marilyn and Jeff
Moore. The team posted a time of :22.04
to win against a field of Thoroughbreds
and Quarter Horses.