Frank Vessels Jr. took one look at his new filly and decided she was a racehorse. She ought to run, she ought to go.
Ought To Go was sired by Go Man Go and out of Do Good Bam by War Bam (TB) in 1967. She ran her first race in 1969. During her racing career, the sorrel mare won seven out of 29 races and earned $11,852.
The blue-hen mare was more successful off the track than she was on it. Ought To Go was the mother of 12 foals, 10 of which started and won races. Earning a total of $492,019, they included stakes winners Fishers Favorite, Ought To Be First and Garland Stephens (named for Mildred Vessels’ longtime accountant, financial advisor and friend), and stakes-placers Oughterdo Sumpin’ and Behold A Beduino.
Fishers Favorite is the dam of four stakes winners, seven other winners and the earners of more than $650,000 from 15 starters, including champion sire Fishers Dash; Grade 1 winners Dash To Chivato and Check Her Twice (dam of multiple Grade 1 winner Check Him Out); First Femme, dam of champion Old Habits; Class With Cash, dam of distance champion Hateful Hanna; and Society Road, a leading sire in the Intermountain West. Another of Ought To Go’s daughters, Oughterdo Sumpin’, is the dam of champion Solvency, and the earners of more than $800,000. Behold A Beduino is the sire of champion See Me Gone and the earners of more than $3.2 million.
Ought To Go’s daughter Bedawee is the dam of the stakes-placed Miss Eye Opener, who is the dam of racing world champion Special Leader. Bedawee also produced successful sire Somekindadash; Grade 1 winner and All American Futurity finalist Daring Difference; and Mr Eye Opener, sire of champion 2-year-old colt and All American Futurity winner Eyesa Special and the earners of more than $14 million.
Ought To Go was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2003.
Biography updated as of March 2003.