Q-Racing Blog: World Champion
Q-Racing Blog: World Champion
By Ty Wyant
For a moment, think of great racehorses who were never named world champion. There are plenty. That shows just how great the world champions were on the racetrack. They were determined to have had superior years over horses who are also part of history.
There are plenty of superb horses who could have been world champion. They were champions, just not the world champion.
The first to come to my mind are Corona Chick, Denim N Diamonds and Florentine. There are more. That is not to say they should have been world champion, rather they showed the qualities of a world champion.
The honor of world champion has multiple dimensions.
Just having those two words — world champion — in front of a horse’s name is the ultimate credential. It means that of all the American Quarter Horses to have raced during that year that this horse was named by a select group as the best horse at the classic distance of 440 yards to have raced that year. A world champion raced at the highest level and was deemed superior to his esteemed Grade 1 rivals. Just to race at the Grade 1 level with any success is incredible. To be honored as the best of the best is the ultimate respect.
The title of world champion goes with a horse forever. A horse can set a track record and that is a supreme accolade, however there will be another horse come along sometime in the future and lower that track record. In track and field, many Olympic gold medal winners have also set a world record in their sport. When asked, “Do you give more value to your Olympic gold medal or your world record?” they virtually all respond, “The gold medal.” That’s because that medal goes with them for life. There will come a time when they will be called a gold medal winner and a former world record holder.
The gold medal is akin to the world champion trophy. That trophy will stand in a prominent place in the winning owner’s home or office for a long, long time. It probably will be passed down to ensuing generations.
There is no direct cash that goes with the world champion trophy. Of course, the value of the horse increases, especially with colts or stallions and fillies or mares. Their reproductive ability combined with the world champion title means more money is coming.
Dr. Ed Allred’s homebred He Looks Hot is the 2019 World Champion Racing American Quarter Horse. It sounds like a royal title because it denotes royalty.
He Looks Hot is a champion on several levels by showing his class, grit and determination.
The 7-year-old gelding is fortunate to be alive. He has survived three colic surgeries and has come back to be proclaimed the best of the best in 2019.
A son of Walk Thru Fire, He Looks Hot won the 2014 Los Alamitos Two Million and then lost all of his promising 3-year-old season due to his two initial colic surgeries. Then, in 2018, he had another bout with colic and surgery just days before he was set to run in the Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship. He came back to win Grade 1 races within the year after the surgeries.
Last year, He Looks Hot won the $600,000 Champion of Champions, the $100,000 Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship (RG1) and the $35,000 Moonist Handicap.
He Looks Hot is a world champion in the fullest extent of the title.
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