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Wrangling on the Range #43

Horse Records on Dirt Tracks


                          WRANGLING ON THE RANGE #43


Horse Racing Records: The fastest horses in the world.


Thoroughbred Horse Racing speed and distance records for North 

                  American Dirt, Turf, and World records.


     
     Thoroughbred  Racing  North  American  DIRT  Records


Distance  (furlongs) Horse  Age  Weight  
Track  Date  Time


2  Pensglitter   7yrs   116        
Penn National   10/09/2004: 20.71

2half  Nice Choice  7yrs  121 
Nuevo Laredo   09/25/1984: 26.1/5

3   Eclat    5yrs   123  
Remington Park  11/28/2005: 31.01

3half  Steel Penny  Black  2yrs  115    
Northlands Park  06/14/1984: 38.1/5
               
Spiderwoman    5yrs   122     
Douglas   04/23/2000: 38.2

4  Ameri Brilliance 4yrs  121 
Timonium   08/23/2003: 43.76

4half  Valiant Pete 4yrs  121 
Los Alimitos   08/11/1990: 49.20

5  Chinook Pass     3yrs  113 
Longacres   09/17/1982: 55.1/5

5half  Plenty Zloty 5yrs  118 
Turf Paradise   04/18/1995: 1.01.0

6   G Malleah   4yrs  120     
Turf Paradise   04/08/1995: 1.06.6

6half  Sabertooth   7yrs  118 
Emerald Downs   05/22/2005: 1.13.00

7   Rich Cream   5yrs  118    
Hollywood Park   05128/1980: 1.19 2/5

    Time To Explode 3yrs  117 
Hollywood Park   06/26/1982: 1:19 2/5

7half  Awesome Daze  5yrs  119     
Hollywood Park   11/23/1997: 1:26.26

1 Mile  Dr. Fager   4yrs  134 
Arlington   08/24/1968: 1.32 1/5

Najran  4yrs  113   
Belmont Park   05/07/2003: 1:32.24

1 1/16 Miles Hoedown's Day  5yrs  119   
Bay Meadows Fair  10/23/1983: 1.38 and 2/5
     
1 1/8 Miles  Simply Majestic  4yrs  114 
Golden Gate   04/02/1988:1:45

1 3/16 Miles  Riva Ridge  4yrs  127     
Aqueduct  07/04/1973:1:52 and 2/5

Farma Way   4yrs  119     
Pimlico   05/11/1991: 52 2/5

1 1/4  Miles  Spectacular Bid  4yrs  126     
Santa Anita   02/03/1980: 1:57 4/5

1 3/8 Miles  Demi's Bret  4yrs  116     
Aqueduct  10/26/1997: 2:12.31

1 1/2 Miles  Secretariat  3yrs  126     
Belmont Park   09/06/1973:2:24.00

1 5/8 Miles  Swaps  4yrs  130 
Hollywood Park  07/25/1956: 2:38.20

1 3/4  Miles  Paper Junction  4yrs  123 
Lincoln State  Fair   11/10/1985: 2:50 2/5
          
2 Miles  Kelso  7yrs  124     
Aqueduct   10/31/1964: 3.19 1/5

NOTICE HOW MANY RECORDS STILL HOLD BEFORE 2000.

NOTICE HOW MANY RECORDS STILL HOLD BEFORE 1990

NOTICE HOW MANY RECORDS STILL HOLD BEFORE 1985

NOTICE HOW MANY RECORDS STILL HOLD BEFORE 1980

NOTICE HOW MANY RECORDS ARE HELD BY HORSES 4 YEARS AND OLDER

NOTICE THAT 4 RECORDS ARE STILL HELD BY 7 YEAR OLD HORSES


SO WITH ALL THE MODERN "THIN IT DOWN TO LOOK LIKE A HUGE
GREYHOUND" (hence prone to more injury and led braking) MENTALITY
IN THE THOROUGHBRED RACE HORSING WORLD, IT DOES NOT WORK, AND
REALLY SHOULD BE PROHIBITED FOR THE REASON OF LOVING THE HORSE,
AND NOT DEMANDING A 1,000 POUND PLUS HORSE RACE ON SUPER SPIDER
LEGS. 
THERE HAS ONLY BEEN ***6*** WORLD RECORDS SET SINCE AND 
INCLUDING THE YEAR 2,000.

I CALL ON THE THOROUGHBRED HORSE WORLD TO GET BACK TO BREEDING AS IT WAS IN THE PAST DECADES BEFORE 1990, FOR THE LOVE OF THE
HORSE, AND NOT THE LOVE OF MONEY.
...........


QUARTER HORSE WORLD RECORDS



Horse/ Year/ Weight Carried/ Time


220 Yards
Junior Meyers/ 1969/ 120/:11.62

250 Yards
Dashing Scott/ 1994/ 125/:12.92

300 Yards
Taking Risks/ 1998/ 122/:14.91

330 Yards
Crash Thru Traffic/ 1998/ 120/:16.33

350 Yards
Stat Expressl/ 1998/ 123/:17.18

400 Yards
Bold Lovel/ 1980/ 120/:19.18 Honor Easel 1998/ 120/:19.18

440 Yards
Evening Snowl/ 1996/ 122/:20.94

550 Yards
Tuxerl/ 1995/ 122/:26.33

660 Yards (Around Turn) Deckum Larum/ 1983/ 122/:33,51

660 Yards (straightway)
Holme of the Count/ 1993/ 121/:32.67

770 Yards
Miami Prince/ 1994/ 120/ :39.53

880 Yards
Griswold/ 1991/ 125/:43.99

INTERESTING THAT THE 1/4 MILE AND 1/2 MILE ARE PRETTY WELL NOSED
OUT BY A THOROUGHBRED HORSE, BUT IN THE 1/4 MILE THE QUARTER
HORSE WAS CARRYING 6 POUNDS MORE WEIGHT, AND WHO KNOWS WHAT THE TRACK AND WIND CONDITION WAS. IN THE 1/2 MILE THE THOROUGHBRED NOSED OUT THE QUARTER HORSE, BUT THE QUARTER HORSE CARRIED 4 POUNDS MORE WEIGHT, AND AGAIN THE TRACK AND WIND CONDITIONS ARE NOT RECORDED.
LOOKING AT THE RACING QUARTER HORSE TODAY YOU CANNOT TELL VERY
MUCH DIFFERENCE FROM THE RACING THOROUGHBRED, MAYBE IN HEIGHT IS
THE LARGEST DIFFERENCE, PUTTING ASIDE THE MODERN BREEDING OF
SPIDER TYPE LEGS IN THE THOROUGHBRED.

You may be asking as to the reason why there could be about 2 seconds
faster today in many of these world records, as compared to the
days and era of the 1930s. Is it really that the horses are just
that much better today than Man O War, Seabiscuit, War Admiral and com-
pany? No, not really! It's pretty simple as Laura Hillenbrand (who 
been writing about thoroughbred racing since 1988 and contributing 
editor/writer of "EQUUS" magazine since 1989) tells you in the 
"Seabiscuit" book - the modern dirt race tracks are about 2 seconds 
faster than the ones in the 1930s. Space-age dirt kinda (except when
it rains).

IT'S ALL INTERESTING IF YOU ARE INTO RACE HORSES.


Keith Hunt (September 2009)


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