Three Bars

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Three Bars
SirePercentage
Grandsire Midway
DamMyrtle Dee
Damsire Luke McLuke
Sex Stallion
Foaled1940 died 1968
CountryUnited States
Color Chestnut
Record28: 12-3-1
Earnings$20,840
Major wins
Speed Handicap
Honours
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame
Last updated on July 5, 2007

A famous sire of Quarter Horses, Three Bars was a registered Thoroughbred racehorse before going on to become a member of the American Quarter Horse Association's (or AQHA) American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1989. [1]

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Life

Foaled April 8, 1940, Three Bars was sired by Percentage and out of Myrtle Dee. [2] After a promising showing in race training, he developed leg problems and never raced well before he was six years old. By that time, he was in Arizona, owned by Sidney H. Vail, who paid $10,000 for him in 1945. [3] Eventually, his leg problems cleared up enough for him to race and show great early speed. He won the Speed Handicap in 1946 at Hipodromo de Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico; which was a three-fourths of a mile, $4,000 ungraded stakes race for horses three years old or older. The winning time was 1:10 and a fifth. [4] Vail leased him to Walter Merrick, an early breeder of racing Quarter Horses, for a few years, but also stood him in Arizona and California. [2] Three Bars died in March, 1968 in Oklahoma on Walter Merrick's ranch. [2]

Sire Record

Three Bars was the sire of 29 AQHA Champions, 4 AQHA Supreme Champions, 317 Racing Register of Merit earners, and his foals earned more than $3 million on the racetrack. [2] Among his famous offspring were Mr. Bar None, Gay Bar King, Sugar Bars, Lightning Bar, Tonto Bars Gill, St. Bar, Steel Bars, and Bar Money. Others include Triple Chick, Alamitos Bar, Bar Depth, Royal Bar, Josie's Bar, and Galobar. His grandson Doc Bar became one of the most influential sires of cutting horses ever known. Another grandson, Tonto Bars Hank, sired all around horses. Jewel's Leo Bars (Freckles), an outstanding cutting horse and sire of cutting horses, was another grandson of Three Bars (TB). Impressive, a triple descendant of Three Bars, became the most prepotent sire of Quarter Horse halter horses from the 1970s through the 1990s. [5] His offspring Rocket Bar (TB), Sugar Bars, Lena's Bar (TB), Lightning Bar and Zippo Pat Bars were all inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame. [1] Of his grandget, Doc Bar, Zippo Pine Bar, Easy Jet, Kaweah Bar, Zan Parr Bar, and The Invester were inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame. [1] Four of his sons were AQHA Supreme Champions — Kid Meyers, Bar Money, Fairbars, and Goldseeker Bars. [6]

Pedigree

*Voter
Ballot ch. 1904
*Cerito
Midway ch. 1914
Sir Dixon
Thirty-third brn. 1902
High Degree
Percentage ch. 1923
Disguise
Bulse ch. 1913
Nethersole
Gossip Avenue ch. 1918
Magneto
Rosewood ch. 1914
*Rose Tree II
Three Bars
Commando
Ultimus ch. 1906
Running Stream
Luke McLuke brn. 1910
=Trenton
*Midge brn/blk. 1902
*Sandfly
Myrtle Dee blk. 1923
Ben Brush
Patriot bay 1906
*Sandfly
Civil Maid bay 1915
Carlsbad
Civil Rule bay 1899
Semper Victoire

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). "Three Bars". AQHA Hall of Fame. American Quarter Horse Association. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Simmons Legends p. 55
  3. Nye The Complete Book of the Quarter Horse p. 409
  4. The American Racing Manual: 1947 p. 374
  5. Pitzer The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires p. 136-137
  6. Mattson The Real American Quarter Horse p. 5,7,9,51

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