Miss Night Bar
In the midst of a successful racing career, this mare became one good mama.
By Richard Chamberlain | January 1, 0001
There was a saying among old-time breeders of Quarter Horses that went, "Good horses, like good men, have good mothers." If you subscribe to that theory, then you would likely accept as fact that Miss Night Bar was a good mother. Most Quarter Horse people remember Miss Night Bar as the mother of Jet Deck. And true enough, when Jet Deck made a name for himself, the glory was more than abundant, spilling over to everything else connected with him, his mother included.
But great as Jet Deck was, he was but one of Miss Night Bar's many contributions to the blood (and speed) of the modern Quarter Horse. Bred by William H. and Myrna Carter of Lodi, California, Miss Night Bar was foaled in 1950, a member of the first crop by the good Three Bars (TB) stallion Barred. Her dam was Belle Of Midnight, a daughter of Midnight Jr, who produced seven starters from 15 foals. While none of the offspring of Belle Of Midnight ever achieved widespread lasting acclaim by their athletic prowess, neither were they forced to slink from competition, tails tucked between their legs. Belle Of Midnight produced four full brothers and sisters to Miss Night Bar, and one of them was the nation's high-point pole bending horse in 1961 and another was the top pole bending stallion the next year.
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Miss Night Bar was a sprinter of, if not spectacular, at least uncommon ability, a winner of six races, who earned a paycheck in 17 of 26 starts over four years. Those checks added to a mere $2,700, but consider that in 1955, the last year Miss Night Bar raced, Pokey Vandy was named world champion distaffer with $9,009 in earnings. In the midst of her race career, Miss Night Bar became a mother. Her first foal, a son of the Thoroughbred Piggin String, was conceived during a lull in the mare's training in 1953. Though the resulting colt, Piggin Bar, never started a race, he was shown in AQHA performance events and would later sire more than 160 foals. In the meantime, the new mama went back into race training: Piggin Bar was weaned in the fall of '54, when Miss Night Bar still had 14 races ahead of her - and from those, she would win five of her six lifetime victories. At the time, a couple of colts by the Thoroughbred Top Deck were making news on the Quarter tracks. The first was named Moon Deck, who hung up his running shoes after winning the Los Alamitos Championship in 1955 (the same year that another of Top Deck's colts, Go Man Go, became world champion as a 2-year-old). Sent to Moon Deck in his first year at stud, Miss Night Bar produced a little bay filly that Carter decided to call Miss Jet Deck. Miss Jet Deck started 48 races, winning or placing in a dozen stakes races at tracks up and down the West Coast. Miss Jet Deck earned $19,560 and would later produce one foal before her untimely death in 1959. She was followed by Bar Deck, another son of Moon Deck, and Clovis Deck, the dam of eight foals.
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Then came Jet Deck, who was the highest money-earning horse and champion stallion as a 2-year-old. Winning 13 stakes races and earning more than $200,000 for his career, for a decade Jet Deck became the greatest living sire of Quarter running horses. If Miss Night Bar never did anything else, her place in the annals of Quarter Horse history would have been secure. But Jet Deck was followed by nine more sprinters. Miss Night Bar was a good mama.