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.
“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
26 starts, 14-4-1
2004 World Champion
AQHA Register of Merit
Hall of Champion Resident