Jose Nelson Fakri Dies
Respected Brazilian horseman died June 16.
By Abdalla Jorge Abib, translated by Marcos Sa | June 20, 2016
Revista de Milha
On Thursday, June 16, the Brazilian Quarter Horse Association (ABQM) lost one of the most renowned associates of Quarter Horse racing in Brazil. At 89 years old, Jose Nelson Fakri was one of the visionaries in breeding race horses and idealized one of the most important equine reproduction centers in Brazil, Rancho das Americas.
Besides being an important breeder, he was President of the Quarter Horse S/A entity focused on racing and also ABQM´s Counselor, being immortalized as a member of the ABQM (Brazilian Quarter Horse Association) Hall of Fame in 2013.
“Nelson Fakri leaves a great legacy to the Quarter Horse breeding in Brazil. All of us want to comfort all his family, his wife Suzette, his five children, 10 grandchildren, among them the famous country western singer, Fernando Fakri Assis, known nationally as Sorocaba, and his four great-grandchildren,” said ABQM President Fabio Pinto da Costa.
The Speed Visionary
Jose Nelson Fakri´s history (Rancho das Americas) with Quarter Horses started around the 80s at Sao Luiz Ranch. The first horse he bought from the USA was Rumbull Along (Bullwinkle) who became Halter Champion in 1984. He also imported Sweet Daddy (Tiger Rocket), record holder at four distances. It wasn't long before Nelson Fakri became one of the most famous breeeders in the country. He decided to project and build a new facility and move to a new location at kilometer 101 Castelo Branco Highway(SP). Other stallions were bought and became new stars at Rancho das Americas including Pivot Point (Easy Jet); Tokanon (Azure Te (TB)) and Beduino Bomber (Beduino (TB))
Rancho das Americas also brought to Brazil, in 1986, the black stud Timeto Thinkrich (Aforethought (TB)), All American Futurity winner, champion at 2, horse champion at ages 2, 3 and 4, outstanding producer of 3 World Champions and more than 200 off springs with Register of Merit. In 1987, already with approximately 100 mares and 6 US studs, Fakri promoted with great success the First Speed Sale, becoming reference for the Quarter Horse racing market.
In 1994 he brought the three-times world champion and record holder, Tolltac (Beduino (TB)) to Rancho das Americas, producing stakes winners such as: Summer Toll, Dinastia Toll BRZ, Picasso Toll and Platoon.
Fishers Dash, the producer of countless classic winners in the USA and Brazil, was also imported and syndicated by him in 1999.
It is important to mention that all transactions concerning Fakri horse racing in USA, horses and semen to and from Brazil, were always with commercial and technical advice from Bill Verdugo and Vince Genco, his long time good friends.
In 1990, Jose Nelson Fakri was president of Quarter Horse S/A and member of ABQM´s Council, when Ovidio Vieira Ferreira was President (1995/96).
Rancho das Americas became four-times Champion Owner at Jockey Club de Sorocaba (1991/1998/1999/2002).
After Rancho das Americas Dispersal Sale in 2008, Fakri projected and built the International Reproduction Center Rancho das Americas.
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