BE-A-BONO Photo by Scott Martinez

Be a Bono


Earnings

$1.3 million

Record

26 starts, 14-4-1

Retired

2007

Be a Bono won the first seven races of his career, including a record-breaking win in the Golden State Futurity.

Be a Bono made his mark on racing with tenacious consistency, a flair for the dramatic, and a legendary breeder/owner.

A true homebred, Be A Bono was the result of a decades-long breeding program undertaken by Spencer Childers, a breeder and owner of Quarter Horses for more than 50 years.

Spencer Childers was thrilled when his homebred won a race named in his honor. He was humbled when Be a Bono did it again the next year, and the next– winning the Spencer Childs California Breeder’s Championship three years in a row.

At the end of his three-year-old season, Bono finished second in the Champion of Champions. He repeated that performance in 2006. Both losses were by a tiny margin­­–less than a nose.

Be a Bono made an impact off the track, as well. He became the first racehorse to receive stem cell therapy to treat a joint problem. That experimental treatment, (placing stem cells in his knee to repair damage caused by bone chips) was a success.

He returned to racing in 2006 and won the Vessels Maturity for the second time, as well as the Go Man Go Handicap.

Post-surgery, his final 220-yard times were among the fastest ever recorded at Los Alamitos Race Track.

Be a Bono was retired from racing in 2007 and joined the Hall of Champions in 2009.

Be a Bono was the first World Champion for his 96-year-old owner/breeder Spencer Childs.


All 9 of his Stakes wins came against top-notch competition in Grade 1 races.


As a 3-year-old, Be a Bono was named World Champion Racing American Quarter Horse.


At the end of his three-year-old season, Bono finished second in the Champion of Champions.

Notable Wins

2002

Golden State Futurity (G1)

2004

Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1)
Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship (RG1)

2005

Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship (RG1)
Vessels Maturity (G1)

2006

Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship (RG1)
Vessels Maturity (G1)
Go Man Go Handicap (G1)

“Be a Bono prefers to make things interesting and exciting. I guess he’d rather win by a nose or a head. We’ll take it either way.”

Trainer, Dan Francisco


Facts

Earnings

$1.3 million

Record

26 starts, 14-4-1

Retired

2007

Pedigree

Bono Jazz,
Be Peacefull

Nickname

Bono

Attributes

Sorrel Gelding

Foaled

2001

Died

April 2021

Height

16.2 hands

Trainer

Dan Francisco

Breeders

Spencer Childers

Owner

Spencer Childers

Jockey

G.R. Carter

2004 World Champion

AQHA Register of Merit

Hall of Champion Resident

2009 – April 2021

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