Crossing Over: Thoroughbred Bloodlines in Racing Quarter Horses

by | 08.12.2014 | 7:04pm

Storm Cat, Favorite Trick, Alydar, and Hennessy are all well-known names in the Thoroughbred world, but the quartet are also influential in the world of Quarter Horse racing, according to a Daily Racing Form report.

Thoroughbreds are of course part of the foundation of the Quarter Horse breed: Janus, a grandson of the Godolphin Arabian was imported to America in 1752 and crossed with horses bred by the Chickasaw Indians to create the beginnings of the American Quarter Horse. Today, 18 Quarter Horse Hall of Famers have a Thoroughbred on the dam or sire's side, and seven Hall of Famers are full Thoroughbreds.

The AQHA's permission of artificial insemination, together with its registration of half Quarter Horses, half Thoroughbreds as “appendix” Quarter Horses has occasionally led breeders to seek out Thoroughbred lines with a propensity for sprinting. In most cases, those crosses were the result of stallion owners bending the rules a little, although Storm Cat was briefly advertised as a cross for racing Quarter Horses toward the end of his career. His fee for artificial insemination was $20,000 and he sired just one Quarter Horse: a colt named Stray Cat who has won one of 13 starts. Ten sons of Storm Cat are currently marketed toward Quarter Horses, including Hennessy, who has Grade 1 winners of both breeds.

Read more at the Daily Racing Form

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