Go Man Go Memorial Nears Completion
The Ruidoso Downs memorial will honor the three-time world champion.
April 6, 2016
The Go Man Go Memorial at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack is nearly completed, with the addition of Go Man Go’s cremated remains and landscaping this week.
The only remaining addition is a bronze plaque describing the three-time world champion Go Man Go’s accomplishments. Go Man Go, a 1953 foal, was world champion from 1955-1957, and he was the racehorse who fueled American Quarter Horse racing’s popularity during the early years of the pari-mutuel era.
The Top Deck (TB) son is the only colt to ever be world champion at age 2, 3, and 4. Sometimes called a rogue, Go Man Go in his first start burst through the starting gate, ran around the track, was reloaded and won the race. He went on to win 27 of 47 starts with 17 stakes wins. He set three track records and world records at 350 yards and 440 yards.
Dr. Leonard Blach, the resident veterinarian at Buena Suerte Ranch, said Go Man Go became a gentleman in his later years when he stood at the ranch near Roswell, New Mexico. Go Man Go's remains were moved from the former Buena Suerte Ranch to Ruidoso Downs, with Blach handling the negotiations with the ranch’s current owners.
Go Man Go became a leading sire. He sired seven champions and 83 stakes winners, including two All American Futurity winners. His daughters produced numerous stakes winners, including two-time world champion Kaweah Bar and All American Futurity winner Rocket Wrangler, the sire of two-time world champion Dash For Cash. Two-time Champion of Champions winner Dash for Cash was the all-time leading sire of money earners until he was surpassed by his son First Down Dash.
Go Man Go is a member of the Ruidoso Downs’ Racehorse Hall of Fame and the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame. The track's summer meet starts on May 27, and there will be a ceremony honoring Go Man Go on opening weekend.
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