Champion died on November 23.
By Richard Chamberlain | November 24, 2014
Champion Treacherously died of natural causes at age 23 on Saturday night, November 22.
Bred by Roger Knight Jr., Treacherously was a gray gelding by Runaway Winner out of the winning Grand Alliance (TB) mare Okie Affair. He raced for Wayne W. Dallas of Farmington, New Mexico, who purchased him for $7,000 as a yearling at the All American yearling sale in Ruidoso. He was trained throughout his career by Sam Sandoval, and ridden in his most of his races by Nancy Summers, who was at the reins in all of his Grade 1 races and all but one of his six stakes wins.
Treacherously was the champion 2-year-old gelding in 1993, when he won his first eight consecutive races, including the Grade 1 Sun Country, Ruidoso and Rainbow futurities, and then finished third behind A Classic Dash and Heza Fast Man in the All American Futurity (G1). The gelding returned at 3 to score in the Southwest Derby (G3) at Albuquerque, run second in the West Texas Derby (G3) and contest the finals of the Grade 1 Ruidoso and Rainbow derbies.
As a 4-year-old, Treacherously was second in the AQHA New Mexico Challenge Championship (G3) and ran in the Grade 2 Rainbow Silver Cup, World’s Championship Classic and All American Gold Cup. Treacherously came back at 5 to win the West Texas Maturity (G3) and scored his final stakes win at 6, when Chris Zamora rode him in the El Camino Real Handicap at Santa Fe.
Treacherously retired with a record of 38-15(6)-4(2)-4(1), and $622,004. Dallas then gave the horse to Sandoval, who used him for years to pony other horses.
“Treacherously was a great horse,” said Wayne Dallas, 96, who was a retired driller for the gas company in El Paso, Texas, and was a B-17 pilot who flew combat missions over Germany in World War II. “Treacherously died at a natural death – one day he was fine, the next day he was gone. We’re going to miss him.”
Treacherously is buried on Sam and Jonna Sandoval’s ranch at Bloomfield, New Mexico.
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