World Champion Go Man Go died on October 14  at Buena Suerte
Ranch, Roswell, New Mexico at the age of thirty. The strawberry roan
stallion was sensational on the track, and he proved to be just as great
a sire as he was a runner. For several years he was the leading sire of
money earners, and he is the all time leading maternal grandsire
Go Man Go was bred by J.B. Ferguson of
Wharton, Texas. He was by the Thoroughbred Top Deck out of Lightfoot
Sis, a daughter of the Thoroughbred Very Wise.
As a two-year-old in 1955, he won nine
times and ran second once from 10 outs, earning $16,121 and taking the
first of his three consecutive World Champion titles. At three, he won
10 of 13 outs, earning $29,431. At four, he had five firsts and three
seconds from eight tries, worth $26,821. At five he compiled a 1-4-2
record in 10 races for $10,615. In his final season on the trrack as a
six-year-old, he went 2-1-1 from six starts for $3,160.
In 47 lifetime starts, he put together a
record of 27 wins, nine seconds and three thirds, with earnings of
$86,151, to be leader of his day.
Jockey Robert Strauss, who rode Go Man Go during most of his
career, was quoted in the April 1958 issue of the Quarter Horse Journal,
"Go Man Go is in my heart," he said. "He is a good natural horse. He
loves to run at all times, and I always get a thrill when riding him.
But he does have funny ways. It is terribly hard to gallop him with a
grey pony because when he was a three-year-old he fell in love with a
grey pony and still remembers it."
Go Man Go did double duty, in the stud and
on the track after his four-year-old campaign. In 1959, before his
small, first crop had competed, Frank Vessels, Sr. and W.H. Peckham
bought the young stallion for the unheard of price of $125,000.
Eventually Harriet Peckham became the sole owner, and the horse stood at
Buena Suerte Ranch during he early seventies.
Go Man Go sired World Champions Goetta and
Go Josie Go as well as Dynago Miss, Miss
Steam to Go, Whataway to Go, Go Derussa Go and Duplicate Copy, who were
all named Quarter Running Horse Champions. All-American Futurity winners
Hustling Man in 1962 and Goetta in 1963 were both sired by Go Man Go.
From 942 foals and 778 starters, Go Man Go
saw 555 of his babies reach Register of Merit standard. Among them were
83 stakes winners and 63 stakes placed. Forty ran AAAT times, 272 ran
AAA and 236 ran AA. They had combined earnings of $7,629,895. Only Easy
Jet and Dash For Cash, whose babies .whose babies are running after
today's much larger purses, have sired with greater total earnings.
Some of Go Man
Go's notable daughters:
dam of Rocket Wrangler;
granddam of Dash For Cash.
Ought To Go
Bluehen mare, dam of Fishers
3rd dam of Check Him Out
dam of Easy Kiss; granddam of Such An Easy Effort;
3rd dam of Fredricksburg
Four Forty Queen
dam of Lady Winsmore, Sir Rambler, Sir Winsalot;
4th dam of Bono Jazz
dam of Game Plan
Queena Go Go
2nd dam Jetta O Toole
dam of Illusivo
dam of Shake It Toem
dam of By Yawl
Tiny Be Mine
dam of Especially For You; granddam of
Man Go's daughters have gone on with the job as broodmares.
Through 1982, his daughters had produced 792 Register of Merit
qualifiers. Their starters had earned $10,283,360. By comparison, his
closest rival as a broodmare sire
was Jet Deck, whose grandchildren have earned $7,604,303 through the end
of last year.
In 1982 alone, Go Man Go's daughters
produced 105 Register of Merit qualifiers and 161 individual winners
with earnings of more than $1.3 million.
While Go Man Go spent the last few years
in comfortable retirement at Buena Suerte, his get kept his name to the
forefront on the track and and at stud, as they will continue to do for
years to come.
GO MAN GO PHOTOS
Connie Danielson Gainor, of Clinton, British Columbia,
Canada, shared some fantastic photos of the great Go Man Go with Circle
D Horses. These photos, taken by Connie's father, Art Danielson, in
1961, were taken when the champion racehorse was 8-years-old.
Art Danielson bred and raised Quarter Horses for more than half a
century. In 1961, Art took his favorite mare, Paula Babe (by Paul A) to
Go Man Go. The resulting filly, Baby Go, was absolutely full of GO! She
had a record of 12-3-2 from 31 starts. Baby Go won the Paulouse Empire
Derby and set a new track record doing so, she placed 2nd in the
Waitsburg Futurity, set a new track record at Colfax Racetrack (400
yards in 0:20.900) and set a new track record at Portland Meadows (350
yards in 0:17.940).
She went on to be an important broodmare
for Art and his family, producing 11 nice foals during her lifetime.
Art's daughter Connie and her husband, of
British Columbia, have a nice herd of well-bred horses from those Art
began putting together many years ago.
See them at
Baby Go, bred by Art