When people are talking about the fastest horses on earth, sooner or later Streakin Six enters the conversation.
Streakin Six was one of the top racehorses of his generation, and now, nearly 30 years after he left the track and five years after his death, he is a major influence on the top racehorses of today’s generations.
The stallion sired nearly 600 winners in 20 crops raced. Streakin Six also sired 32 AQHA point earners who won two performance world championships and two reserve world championships.
A bright chestnut son of major winner Easy Six out of the stakes-winning Little Request (TB) mare Miss Assured, Streakin Six was foaled in April 1977 on the Ted Wells’ ranch in Alex, Oklahoma.
Sent to trainer Don Farris, who put future Hall of Fame jockeys Danny Cardoza and Jerry Nicodemus on him, Streakin Six during his first two seasons at the track ran 15 races against only top-flight competition and was never worse than third – and was that far back only once. Streakin Six was retired with a career record of 19-10-5-1 and $473,934 in earnings.
The stallion is the latest in a long line of Hall of Fame horses, in a tail-male line from his paternal grandsire Easy Jet, great-grandsire Jet Deck, great-great-grandsire Moon Deck and great-great-great-grandsire Top Deck (TB), and through various stallions and mares to other Hall of Famers Three Bars (TB), Joe Reed and Peter McCue.
“The influence through his daughters and sons is Streakin Six’s biggest impact on the breed,” Dr. Glenn Blodgett, manager of the Burnett Ranches’ Four Sixes horse division, said. “A stallion can’t get into the Hall of Fame solely by his race record. He also has to be a great sire. Streakin Six is a very deserving horse. I’ve been fortunate to have been involved with a lot of great horses, and he’s definitely one of them.”
Streakin Six was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2011.
Biography updated as of March 2011.