Depth Charge (horse)

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Depth Charge
Sire Bold Venture
Grandsireimported St. Germans
Dam Quickly
Damsire Haste
Sex Stallion
CountryUnited States
Colour brown
BreederJohn D. Hertz
Record16 starts: 5-3-2
Major wins
3rd Myles Standish Stakes
AQHA Hall of Fame

Depth Charge (1941–1965) was a Thoroughbred son of Bold Venture who went on to become an outstanding sire of American Quarter Horse racehorses. [1] He was posthumously inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame

Thoroughbred Horse breed developed for racing

The Thoroughbred is a horse breed best known for its use in horse racing. Although the word thoroughbred is sometimes used to refer to any breed of purebred horse, it technically refers only to the Thoroughbred breed. Thoroughbreds are considered "hot-blooded" horses that are known for their agility, speed, and spirit.

Bold Venture, was an American Thoroughbred racehorse that won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Sire was a respectful form of address for reigning kings in Europe. It was used in Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Historically, Sire had a wider usage. During the Middle Ages, Sire was generally used to address a superior, a person of importance or in a position of authority, or the nobility in general.



Depth Charge was a registered Thoroughbred son of Bold Venture. His dam was a mare named Quickly, a descendant of The Tetrarch and the imported to the United States stallion Rock Sand. [2] Depth Charge was bred by John D. Hertz. [3] Quickly was also the dam of Count Fleet, a U. S. Triple Crown winner. [4] Depth Charge was a year younger than his famous half brother.

The Tetrarch Irish-bred Thoroughbred racehorse

The Tetrarch (1911–1935) was an Irish-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse. He was undefeated in a racing career of seven starts and was voted the best British-trained two-year-old of the 20th century according to the National Horseracing Museum. He did not race after 1913 and was retired to stud where he became an influential sire.

Rock Sand British-bred Thoroughbred racehorse

Rock Sand (1900–1914) was a British Thoroughbred race horse and sire. In a career which lasted from the spring of 1902 until October 1904 he ran twenty times and won sixteen races. After being a leading British two-year-old of his generation he became the tenth winner of the Triple Crown in 1903, winning the 2,000 Guineas Stakes The Derby and the St. Leger Stakes. He won another series of major races as a four-year-old before being retired to stud, where he had success in both Europe and North America.

Count Fleet American-bred Thoroughbred racehorse

Count Fleet was a champion American thoroughbred racehorse. In 1943, he became the sixth American Triple Crown winner when he won the Belmont Stakes by a then record margin of twenty-five lengths. After an undefeated season, he was named the 1943 Horse of the Year and champion three-year-old. Also a champion at age two, he is ranked as one of the greatest American racehorses of the twentieth century. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1961.

Racing career

Depth Charge raced on the Thoroughbred tracks, piling up a record of five wins, three seconds and two thirds from sixteen starts. His total earnings were $5,943.00, including a third place finish in the Myles Standish Stakes. [1]

Stud career

During his breeding career, Depth Charge sired 174 Thoroughbred foals, with 149 starters and 121 winners. [5] He also sired 220 Quarter Horse foals, with 80 of them earning their AQHA Race Register of Merits. [1] Among his offspring were the Quarter Horse racehorses Johnny Dial, Super Charge, Tiny Charger, Dividend, and Miss Queenie. [6] He also sired Thoroughbred stakes winners including Dark Charger, Free Stride, Queen Margie and Baloma. [5] His highest race earning Quarter Horse foal was Three Deep, who earned $35,258.00. [7]

Foal A horse of either sex up to the age of one year

A foal is an equine up to one year old; this term is used mainly for horses. More specific terms are colt for a male foal and filly for a female foal, and are used until the horse is three or four. When the foal is nursing from its great (mother), it may also be called a "suckling". After it has been weaned from its dam, it may be called a "weanling". When a mare is pregnant, she is said to be "in foal". When the mare gives birth, she is "foaling", and the impending birth is usually stated as "to foal". A newborn horse is "foaled".

Death and honors

Depth Charge died in 1965, [3] at Shamrock, Texas. [1] He was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 1991. [3]

Shamrock, Texas City in Texas, United States

Shamrock is a city in Wheeler County, Texas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 1,910. The city is located in the eastern portion of the Texas Panhandle centered along the crossroads of Interstate 40 and U.S. Route 83. It is 110 miles (180 km) east of Amarillo, 188 miles (303 km) west of Oklahoma City, and 291 miles (468 km) northwest of Dallas.

The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum was created by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), based in Amarillo, Texas. Ground breaking construction of the Hall of Fame Museum began in 1989.The distinction is earned by people and horses who have contributed to the growth of the American Quarter Horse and "have been outstanding over a period of years in a variety of categories". In 1982, Bob Denhardt and Ernest Browning were the first individuals to receive the honor of being inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame. In 1989, Wimpy P-1, King P-234, Leo and Three Bars were the first horses inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame.


=John O'Gaunt
=Canterbury Pilgrim
*St. Germans
=Maid of the Mist
Bold Venture
Running Stream
Royal Flush
Lida Flush
Lida H
Depth Charge
=Martha Gorman
Miss Malaprop
=The Tetrarch
*Stefan the Great
=Perfect Peach
*Rock Sand
Miss Hanover


  1. 1 2 3 4 Close and Simmons Legends: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares p. 125
  2. "Depth Charge pedigree". Equineline. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  3. 1 2 3 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). "Depth Charge". AQHA Hall of Fame. American Quarter Horse Association. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  4. Hogan Index to Stakes Winners Volume 2 p. 410
  5. 1 2 Bloodstock Research & Statistical Bureau Sires of American Stakes Horses p. 284
  6. Pitzer The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires pp. 26–27
  7. Wagoner Quarter Racing Digest pp. 288–290

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