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AA speed rating
|Phoenix Gold Cup Handicap (twice)|
|AQHA Race Register of Merit|
|American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame|
Rocket Bar (1951–1970) was a registered Thoroughbred stallion that made his mark on the Quarter Horse racetracks and as a breeding stallion.
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.
A stallion is a male horse that has not been gelded (castrated). Stallions follow the conformation and phenotype of their breed, but within that standard, the presence of hormones such as testosterone may give stallions a thicker, "cresty" neck, as well as a somewhat more muscular physique as compared to female horses, known as mares, and castrated males, called geldings.
Rocket Bar was a registered Thoroughbred son of Three Bars that foaled in Arizona in 1951.He raced until 1958, when he was sold and started a career in the breeding shed.
Arizona is a state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western and the Mountain states. It is the sixth largest and the 14th most populous of the 50 states. Its capital and largest city is Phoenix. Arizona shares the Four Corners region with Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico; its other neighboring states are Nevada and California to the west and the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California to the south and southwest.
On the Quarter Horse tracks, Rocket Bar started once and came in third. He reached an AA speed rating in that one start, earning him a Race Register of Merit with the American Quarter Horse Association (or AQHA).On the Thoroughbred tracks, he started 35 times in six years. From those starts, he won 16 times, came in second 6 times and was third 4 times. He earned a total of $22,904.00 and won the 1956 and 1957 Phoenix Gold Cup Handicap. ]
Speed index is a system of rating the performance of Quarter Horse racehorses. The American Quarter Horse Association has used two systems over the history of Quarter Horse racing to evaluate racing performances. The original system used a letter grade, starting at D, then C, B, A and the highest AA. Later AAA was tacked on the top, and later still AAAT was made the top speed. Eventually, this system became too cumbersome, and a new system was introduced: the Speed Index system, which used a number system, with 100 being roughly equivalent to the old AAAT. This change occurred in 1969.
The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), based in Amarillo, Texas, is an international organization dedicated to the preservation, improvement and record-keeping of the American Quarter Horse. The association sanctions many competitive events and maintains the official registry. The organization also houses the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum and sponsors educational programs. The organization was founded in 1940 in Fort Worth, Texas and now has nearly 234,627 members, over 32,000 of which are international.
During Rocket Bar's breeding career, he sired AQHA Supreme Champions Fire Rocket, He Rocket, and Sugar Rocket along with other notable horses including Rocket Wrangler, Osage Rocket, Mr Tinky Bar, and Top Rockette.
Winner of the All American Futurity, Rocket Wrangler (1968–1992) went on to sire Dash For Cash.
Rocket Bar died on October 23, 1970, after colic surgery.
Colic is a form of pain that starts and stops abruptly. It occurs due to muscular contractions of a hollow tube in an attempt to relieve an obstruction by forcing content out. It may be accompanied by sweating and vomiting. Types include:
Rocket Bar was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 1992.
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.
Go Man Go (1953–1983) was an American Quarter Horse stallion and race horse. He was named World Champion Quarter Running Horse three times in a row, one of only two horses to achieve that distinction. Go Man Go was considered to be of difficult temperament. While waiting in the starting gate for his very first race, he threw his jockey, broke down the gate, and ran alone around the track; he was eventually caught and went on to win the race. During his five years of competition until his retirement from racing in 1960 he had 27 wins, earning more than $86,000.
Depth Charge (1941–1965) was a Thoroughbred son of Bold Venture who went on to become an outstanding sire of American Quarter Horse racehorses. He was posthumously inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame
Joe Hancock (1926–1943) was an influential Quarter Horse sire in the early years of the American Quarter Horse Association.
Joe Reed II (1936–1964) was a Quarter Horse racehorse from the early days of the American Quarter Horse Association that became an influential sire with the breed.
Joe Reed (1921–1947), often known as Joe Reed P-3, was a Quarter Horse racehorse from the early days of the American Quarter Horse Association that became an influential sire with the breed.
Leo (1940–1967) was one of the most influential Quarter Horse sires in the early years of the American Quarter Horse Association.
Bert (1934—1956) was one of the most influential sires in the early years of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). He was posthumously inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame.
Driftwood (1932–1960) was originally known as Speedy while he was a rodeo horse. Driftwood was known for siring rodeo and ranch horses.
Jet Deck (1960–1971) was a Quarter Horse racehorse and sire.
Moon Deck (1950–1974) was an influential Quarter Horse sire and racehorse.
For many years, Oklahoma Star (1915–1943) was known simply as the Tommy Moore Horse, after his breeder, owner, trainer and race jockey. He was an influential Quarter Horse stallion in the early days of the breed.
Sugar Bars (1951–1982) was a Quarter Horse racehorse and stallion who sired many Quarter horse race and show horses.
Royal King was an outstanding cutting stallion and Quarter horse sire from the early days of the American Quarter Horse Association.
Sonny Dee Bar (1965–1994) was a Quarter Horse stallion and famous sire of show horses, not only Quarter Horses but Paint Horses and Appaloosas as well.
A registered Thoroughbred mare, Lena's Bar raced on the Quarter Horse racetracks and was the dam of Jet Smooth, Double Dancer and Jet Deck, three outstanding Quarter Horse stallions.
Top Moon (1960-1984) was a Quarter Horse racehorse and leading racehorse sire.
Zippo Pat Bars (1964–1988) was a Quarter horse racehorse and showhorse who became an influential sire in the breed.
Texas Dandy was a Quarter Horse stallion who not only raced well, and sired outstanding broodmares, he was a movie star also.
While successful at the Quarter Horse racetrack, Ought To Go was far more successful in the breeding shed, producing twelve foals. Ten of those foals started and won races.
Lightning Bar (1951–1960) was an American Quarter Horse who raced and subsequently became a breeding stallion. He was bred by his lifelong owner Art Pollard of Sonoita, Arizona, and was the offspring of Three Bars, a Thoroughbred, and Della P, a Quarter Horse mare from Louisiana, then noted for the breeding of sprint horses. Lightning Bar raced ten times, achieving four victories and four other top three finishes. His racing career was cut short by illness after only one year, following which he spent two years as a show horse. As a breeding stallion he sired seven crops, or years, of foals, among whom Doc Bar was the best known. In 1960 Lightning Bar died of an intestinal infection at the age of nine. He was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Association's (AQHA) Hall of Fame in 2008.