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 1960 - 1971

Moon Deck - Miss Night Bar, Barred

 

Reference article—Jet Deck By Jim Scarborough, The Quarter Horse Journal, April 1972

 


 
 
Moon Deck si 95 Top Deck TB Equestrian
River Boat
Moonlight Night Peace Pipe TB
Mae
Miss Night Bar si 95 Barred si 95 Three Bars TB
Ready
Belle of Midnight Midnight Jr
Myrna Loy

 

 

The story of Jet Deck could be the subject of a murder mystery, a story of true greatness – or both. The heritage and blood of Jet Deck affect so many of our best barrel horses as well the hopes and dreams we tie to them.

 

When Bud Warren of Perry, Oklahoma first set eyes on Jet Deck, he said “If that’s a race horse then I’m a getting’ out of the business.” We all have to eat our words now and then. Bud Warren certainly ate his.

 

Jet Deck was foaled April 19, 1960 in California. He was the son of Moon Deck and a daughter of Barred name Miss Night Bar. Miss Night Bar was a granddaughter of Three Bars TB.

 

J.B. Chambers of Colorado bought the colt as a yearling and it was in Chambers’ barn that Warren first saw the bay colt. Recently hauled from California, Jet Deck was on the thin side. Warren said he “Looked like nothing but a long neck and a pot belly.”

 

Jet Deck indeed was a racehorse. He was put in training with Wilbur Stuchal, who soon realized he had a serious racehorse on his hands. From 31 official starts, the runner won 22, placed four times and showed twice. He earned $200,625 and was the first Quarter Horse to bank over $200,000. His wins as a two-year-old included the Los Alamitos Futurity, the Pacific Coast Cal-Bred Futurity, Arizona Downs Juvenile Championship, the Kindergarten and the Los Alamitos Juvenile Championship. As a three-year-old, Jet Deck won the Pacific Coast Derby, Los Alamitos Championship, Ruidoso Championship, Ruidoso Derby, Rocky Mountain Derby and the Wonderland Stakes.

 

Only twice in his career did Jet Deck fail to run AAA or top AAA time. Jet Deck ran 440 yard races seven times in his official career and failed to run the distance under 22 seconds only once. The fast stallion consistently ran 350 yards under 18 seconds.

 

Jet Deck was named Champion Quarter Running Two-Year-Old-Colt and Champion Stallion in 1962. The following year AQHA named him World Champion, Champion Stallion, and Champion Three-Year-Old Colt.

 

Bud Warren kept an eye on Jet Deck’s career. He really liked the horse and had great admiration for his talent.

 

In 1944 Warren had purchased a mare named Swamp Angel that was in foal to Leo. The 1945 filly, which Warren named Leota W, was so outstanding as a youngster in early training that Warren bought her sire, Leo. He paid $2,500 for the unproven stud. He picked Leo up in a corral where he was running with pigs and cows. This was one of the best decisions he ever made.

 

In 1947, Leota W and Flit (both by Leo and both owned by Warren) ran first and second in the Oklahoma Futurity at Tulsa. The two fillies started a Leo domination of the Oklahoma Futurity. In 1955, Warren purchased Sugar Bars cross with Leo daughters was phenomenal. So, when the 60s rolled around and Bud Warren was thinking of another outcross stallion, Jet Deck, the horse Warren scoffed at as a colt, was all he could think about.

 

Bud Warren’s ownership of Jet Deck began was a lease and the story of Jet Deck’s career at stud started the following spring at Warren’s ranch near Perry, Oklahoma.

 

“Jet Deck was the finest breeding stud that I’ve ever handled,” said Warren. “We bred him artificially almost entirely. He was all business, no foolishness about him, very easy to collect and the best dispositioned stallion that I’ve ever fooled with. He was a perfect stallion to handle.” Warren bought half interest in Jet Deck in 1967.

 

Jet Deck’s first foals hit the ground in 1965 and they made their presence felt on the race tracks in 1967. Wasting no time, 89’ers Jet won the Midway Downs Futurity at Stroud, Oklahoma; Custom Jet captured the Oklahoma Thundering Downs and Senorita Futurities and Jet Smooth raced to victory in the Kansas Futurity. Fly Little Jet finished 2nd in the Kansas Futurity, 2nd in the New Mexico Futurity, and Miers’ Jet ran 2nd in the West Texas Futurity. The totals for 1967in the 1-2-3 categories saw the sons and daughters of Jet Deck winning 5 stakes, 3 seconds and 3 thirds. Incredible!

 

In 1968, the same thing happened only a little stronger. Jet Deck Junior won the Oklahoma and Rocky Mountain Futurities and the Laddie Stakes. Jolly Jet Deck won the Zeff Walters Memorial and the Timberline Handicap, Jet Smooth walked away with All-American Congress Derby, Jet Runner won the Wisconsin Futurity and Shujet made the Northwestern folk look up as he won the Northern Racing Quarter Horse Derby and the Portland Meadows Derby. In 1968, the Jet Deck’s captured nine stakes, placed in seven and ran five thirds.

 

Then in 1969, Jet Deck’s son Easy Jet (out of Lena’s Bar) dominated racing. The tough Easy Jet captured nine major futurities himself, including the rich All American. Easy Jet got lots of publicity, but in the meantime, the other Jet Deck sons and daughters were doing their share of winning, too. Hell’s to Betsy won the Oklahoma Futurity, Cuter Yet won the Evangeline Futurity and Jolly Jet Deck won five stakes races. The stakes wins in 1969 by Jet Deck’s offspring included 25 firsts, 14 seconds and 12 thirds. Amazing!

 

The credentials and statistics Jet Deck compiled as a stud before the end of 1971 were stellar – Leading Sire of 1971 money earners, he sired the Leading Money Earner of all time (at that time), Easy Jet, $445,721). He was the 3rd All-Time Leading Sire of Money Earners at the time ($2,660,758). 1971 Leading Sire of both winners and horses with the most wins. Through 1971, Jet Deck had 186 horses that started on official tracks of which 139 earned Racing Registers of Merit (a fantastic 74.7 percent ROM). Fifty-nine percent of the ROM qualifiers earned AAA or AAAT speed ratings (speed indexes between 90 and 100 or over 100).

 

The people who were breeding to Jet Deck were making money and so were Jet Deck’s owners.

 

In the early morning hours of August 26, 1971, Jet Deck was in his paddock at the Warren Ranch. The Warrens were in Ruidoso for the All-American Futurity trials. A watchman was on duty at the ranch.

 

Warren said, “We have an older fellow who stays at the place at night, mainly to help people who might come after hours to pick up a mare or to visit. Our watchman doesn’t get up on schedule all through the night but on the night in question he wasn’t sleeping well and happened to wake up around 1 a.m. He walked down to the stallion paddock, checked to see that everyone was all right, spoke to Jet Deck and went back up to bed. This was about 2 a.m.

 

About 7:00 a.m. Jet Deck was found dead in his paddock. Dean Schultz, a longtime Warren employee discovered the tragedy as he arrived at the ranch to start the chores.

 

Schultz immediately ran to the telephone and called Warren in Ruidoso. “Dean was all out of breath over the telephone,” recalls Warren. “He said, ‘Jet Deck’s dead’ and all I could do was just stagger a little bit.” Warren remembered thinking that maybe Jet Deck had had a heart attack or something.

 

Veterinarians were phoned immediately and Dr. Starling Miller of Perry went racing to the scene. Miller recommended taking the stallion to the Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine for a post mortem examination due to its close proximity.

 

A member of the OSU Veterinary Medicine staff was in charge of the post mortem examination of Jet Deck. He suspected something wrong after smelling a peculiar odor. The pathologist tediously skinned out the jugular vein and discovered evidence of reaction to a foreign substance around and within the vein. After laboratory tests were completed, the scientists found there was a massive overdose of barbiturates in Jet Deck’s bloodstream.

 

Tire tracks were found on a country road where someone had parked a vehicle. Boot tracks were found leading to and from Jet Deck’s paddock. Jet Deck was so gentle natured that it would have been easy to convince him that you were a friend.

 

The identity of the person who injected him has never been determined. The mystery has never been solved.

 

Before his death he sired 383 race Register of Merit earning horses, several world champion Quarter running horses, two AQHA High Point horses, and five AQHA Champions. Among his offspring are Easy Jet, Jet Smooth, Jet Threat, Jet of Honor, Flaming Jet, and Mr Jet West.

 

He was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 1991.

 

Trainer Wilbur Stuchal said, “He had great conformation, great desire and determination and the best coordination of any horse I’ve ever seen in my life. As a sire, he was the greatest. His loss to the horse breeding industry can’t be evaluated.”

 

Though he stood at sire for such a short time, his blood and spirit are still very present in some of our very best barrel and racehorses today.

 

 

 

One of the last photos

taken of Jet Deck

before his untimely death.

 

 

 

 

 

The Quarter Horse Journal, October 1971.

Click to enlarge.

 


 

     Jet Deck's son Gallant Jet is the sire of First Prize Rose, the dam of the great First Down Dash.

Generations of Speed -- First Down Dash, First Prize Rose, Gallant Jet, Jet Deck

 

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Jet Deck's daughter Jet Together is the dam of the great Seperate Ways, dam of Separatist

 

Separatist

 

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JET DECK'S SON Jet Creek is the sire of Splashing Bunny,

the dam of the great Beat Your Pants Off, dam of Splash Bac

 

Splash Bac

 

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Jet Deck's Son Easy Jet (another "legend" in his own time) is the sire of Easy Six,

the sire of the great Streakin Six

Generations of Speed -- Streakin Six, Easy Six, Easy Jet, Jet Deck

 

 

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