Major Tom Wins Speedhorse/Graham Farms Paint & Appaloosa Derby


Major Tom picked up where he left off last season by winning an important stakes race for the Paint and Appaloosa racing breeds with a dominating two-length score in the Grade 1, $46,200 Speedhorse/Graham Farms Paint & Appaloosa Derby.

Owned by Mary Hainline of Noble, Okla., the 3-year-old Appaloosa gelding sired by Red Storm Cat (QH) from Mr Eye Opener (QH) mare Eyesa Knockout did not disappoint his connections or his backers. The heavy 4-5 wagering favorite rolled home to a comfortable two-length triumph. Trained by Eddie Willis and ridden by Jimmy Brooks, Major Tom covered the 350 yards in :17.289 seconds.

“When he left like he did, I knew it was over,” Brooks said. “I never even had to uncock the whip on him.”The victory was the sixth win of seven lifetime races for Major Tom with his derby earnings of $17,556 pushed his career earnings to $166,831. The gelding was bred in Oklahoma by Gary Vaughan.

Major Tom paid $3.60 to win, $3 to place and $2.40 to show. Imflashinthechicks was second and paid $3.40 to place and $3 to show. Turbulence was third and paid $4.20 to show. Completing the field were Situation, Drc Big Red, Ww Diamond Lake, Ww First Baby, One Last Fling, Texies Little Corona, Tiz My Country, Sunset Success and Poker Lil.

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Captain Bucko takes Cricket Bars Futurity in record time!

Racing star Captain Bucko streaked to victory in the Cricket Bars Appaloosa Futurity this past Saturday and set a new track record for Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma. He clocked the 400-yard race in 19.891 and registered a speed index of 99. Congratulations to Captain Bucko, owners Racinms/Anita Ruiz, trainer Luis Villafranco and jockey Adalberto Candanosa. Gary Vaughan’s Ivory Queen was second and John Haid’s Special Jessie finished third. Total purse for the race was $43,250.

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Appaloosa racing’s current star, Captain Bucko, won a Speedhorse Sprint Futurity trial at Fair Meadows track here at Expo Square in Tulsa and set two new standards. Not only did he break the 350 yard track record, he also broke the 350 yard world record!

Both records were previously held by You R My Sunshine with a 17.51 won in 2005. Captain Bucko ran a 17.50!

Congratulations to RacinRNs – Anita Ruiz and Jessica McCurry, trainer Luis Villafranco, jockey Adalberto Candanosa and all Captain Bucko’s connections! The two-year-old is by Cartel Success and out of Joyball.

The futurity finals will be run Saturday July 23rd.

In case you missed it, the July issue of the Appaloosa Journal has a feature story about Captain Bucko (p. 126).

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Appaloosa races in Tulsa

There will be several opportunities for folks attending the National Show in Tulsa to gallop across the parking lot to Fair Meadows Race Track and watch some great racing. Friday July 8th is a special night featuring the first running of “The National Appaloosa” stakes race (the 12th and final race on the card, so it might be cool by then). It is for two-year-olds going a distance of 330 yards. Added money from the Oklahoma Appaloosa Racing Association and the Appaloosa Horse Club helped boost the guaranteed purse to $14,000. Also that night is the “Spots and Dots” Stake for Appaloosas and Paints, three years-old and up, with $10,000 added money. You can visit the Fair Meadows Web site for more information or check out the full schedule on the EquiBase site. Hope to see you there.

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Moon Bully takes the stakes

Congratulations to Moon Bully for winning the National Cowboy & Western Heritage $30,000 stakes race at Remington Park on Saturday May 21. He bested 8 other horses in thrilling come-from-behind fashion and won by a photo-finish nose. Follow the link to watch the replay. (10th race)

Moon Bully, 2010 ApHC Appaloosa Race Horse of the Year, is by Man With The Power and out of TB Fancy Moon. He’s owned by Dub Seely of Sallisaw, Oklahoma.

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Online convenience for racehorse owners

Greetings from the ApHC tech department,

Today we added to the web an option for those members participating in Appaloosa Racing the ability to pay their Racing fees online.

The Racing fees available for online payment are as follows:

This annual fee is to be paid before a horse’s first official race of the year. Races run prior to the payment of the Starters Fee will not be considered in year-end award calculations.

This fee enables those races that occurred prior to today’s date to be include in your racing year-end award calculations.

This one time fee enables Registered Appaloosas with an “N” registration type to be eligible for year-end racing awards. Payment of the Racing Starters Fee will also be required to receive year-end racing awards.

The option to pay these fees online can be found by clicking on the “Online Services” link located at the top of our web pages and then selecting the “Racing Fees” option. Or you can go to the Racing web page and click on the “Click here to pay fees online” link.

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2010 ApHC Running Champions

Visit the racing section of the ApHC website to see the complete listings of 2010 Appaloosa Running Champions. Probably no big surprise that Moon Bully was named Appaloosa Horse of the Year. In addition to equine all-stars, we honor leading breeder – Kevin and Jeannie Hullinger; leading trainer – Dee Keener; leading owner – Danny and Shauna Thomas; and leading jockey – Tony Ray Bennett. Congratulations to all!

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Oklahoma Appaloosa Racing, Inc.

johnandcakeOARThanks to all the members of Oklahoma Appaloosa Racing for their hospitality at this week’s meeting, stallion service auction and auction of other fund-raising items. In the case of this photo, OAR Vice President John Diediker is beckoning bids for a cake decorated with an Appaloosa. Turns out, the winning bid was offered by our own Darrell Bilke, ApHC judge and Pinto Association exec, who stopped by for a visit and became a soft target for the fund-raising auction.

Talk among OAR members has turned to the 2010 foal crop and, of course, horses already in training for racing season. The ApHC Executive Race Committee meets on Saturday morning prior to the final session of the Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale in OKC.

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Heritage Place sales

crowdHPSI’ve been attending the Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale in Oklahoma City this week to catch up with some of the folks involved in Appaloosa racing and to attend a couple of their meetings. Something like 1100 horses were consigned to the three-day sale that featured top racing bloodlines (mostly Quarter Horse) used in sprint races. It’s been fun to run into quite a few folks I already knew, but also interesting to meet some of the “other” people involved in the business.

Saturday morning we’ll get to be on hand for the announcement of year-end champions in Appaloosa and Paint racing. The names of those horses and people can also be found in the racing section of

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ApHC announces 2009 Racing Hall of Fame inductees

The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) is pleased to announce the 2009 inductees of the Racing Hall of Fame: Noted breeder and owner Victoria Ennis of Kingston, Okla. and the 1977 mare Viking Song.

See the News Spots section of the Web site for the complete news release.

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09 Appaloosa Racing Top Ten

10102009 Willies Chick 1rprYear-end results for Appaloosa racing are now posted on the Web site. Click on the “racing” button on the left side menu of the home page and then “Race Leaders.” Or, hey, I guess you can paste in this link:

Congratulations to all the breeders, owners, trainers, jockeys and, of course, the horses.

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Willies Chick wins Cricket Bars Futurity

10102009 Willies Chick 1rprFrom Blue Ribbon Downs

It is with deep admiration I write this press release. The breeder and owner of the winner was Victoria Ennis who was a champion of Appaloosa Racing in Oklahoma. She passed away earlier this year and she is truly missed in Oklahoma Racing.

Willies Chick, a gray filly by I Love Willie and out of the mare Lavish Moon was the winner of the 42nd running of the Cricket Bars Futurity G1 at Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. She was bred and owned by V. Victoria Ennis and Ronnie Joe Ennis. The Oklahoma Bred filly was trained by Kevin Willis and ridden by Matt Casebolt. They ran the 400 yards in 20.28 on an off track.

Bonnie Cusimano
Marketing Manager
Blue Ribbon Downs
Sallisaw, OK

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Victoria Ennis

love um n leave um victoria 1Sad news this week of the death of Victoria Ennis, matriarch of Texoma Appaloosas in Kingston, Oklahoma. Most of us knew Victoria as an Appaloosa breeder and racing industry promoter. Her horses, which she obviously loved dearly, were versatile enough to win halter championships, performance classes and stakes races. Of course, we loved her for the steadfast support she gave to the Appaloosa Horse Club. Victoria will be greatly missed, but long remembered in ApHC circles.

Visitation is Thursday August 6, 11:00 am at Watts Funeral Home in Kingston. The funeral service is Friday August 7th at 10:00 am at St. Williams Catholic Church. The site has all the pertinent information.

Performance Permit Color Incentive Fund

A full break-down of the money to be paid out this spring can be found on the site by clicking on the show, trail or racing buttons. The estimated total payout for 2008 activities is $46,500.

Total payout is divided into 20 divisions:
19 zones for regional show competitors in those zones; payout in each of the 19 zones will be for the year end high-point horses competing in open classes at any ApHC-approved regional club shows within that that zone. Horse must earn at least one point in a halter class and one point in a performance class.

20th division is split between ApHC Racing and Distance programs; 50% will go to the Race program — awarded to the year-end high-earning starter. 50% will go to the Distance program split between: Year-end high mileage endurance horse and Year-end high mileage competitive trail horse.

If there are no qualifying horses in a particular division, that money will be equally divided among all other divisions with qualifying horses and paid out in the same calendar year.

See the pdf document for complete details about qualifications, tie-breakers, etc.

Appaloosa Tears Up Track in Oklahoma

Equestrian News Release
CLAREMORE, Okla.—Appaloosa, Mr Coupe de Ville, took the blue ribbon in a 300-yard maiden claiming race at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla., Mar. 22. The maiden claiming race offered a purse of $6,000.

Mr Coupe de Ville, a 3-year-old Appaloosa gelding, drew off under Tony Bennett and crossed the finish line in 16.145 seconds. The Oklahoma-bred Appaloosa won $3,528, bringing his lifetime earnings to $6,690. Mr Coupe de Ville is by Dispensing Speed (ApHC), and out of Kacies Secret Pie (AQHA), by Raise a Secret. Mr Coupe de Ville is owned and was bred by John Diediker of Parsons, Kan., and is trained by Angie Jones.

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