Sgt. Pepper Feature

American Quarter Horse champion, Sgt. Pepper Feature, was foaled in 1978 and was bred by Tom S. Neff of Colorado City, Tx. His sire, Truckle Feature, still holds the record fastest time for the 440-yard distance — 21:02 recorded at Ruidoso Downs in 1973. His dam, Marketina (TB), by Corner The Market (TB), was at one time a co-world record holder at the same distance for Thoroughbreds.

Sgt. Pepper Feature claimed numerous stakes titles and championships in his racing career, including selections by the American Quarter Horse Association as the 1981 Champion Quarter Running Three-Year-Old and Champion Quarter Running Three-Year-Old Gelding. The next year, at the top of his career, Sgt. Pepper Feature claimed the title of 1982 World Champion Quarter Running Horse.

The American Quarter Horse Association awarded championship titles to Sgt. Pepper Feature three times, including World Champion Quarter Running Horse of 1982. He won 13 stakes races, including the remarkable accomplishment of winning five major stakes in succession, and earned nearly $1 million on the track.

Sgt. Pepper Feature earned more than $900,000 on the track, claiming 20 wins including 13 stakes victories. At one point in his career, Sgt. Pepper Feature won a remarkable series of five major stakes races in succession, culminating with the prestigious 1982 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos Racecourse.

Sgt. Pepper Feature arrived at the Kentucky Horse Park in 1988 at the age of nine. On October 13, 2003 at the age of 25, he was humanely euthanized due to complications of colic. He is buried at the Hall of Champions alongside his former stablemates.

American Quarter Horse

Bay Gelding

Foaled February 1, 1978 in Colorado City, Texas

Died October 13, 2003 at the Kentucky Horse Park

By Truckle Feature, out of Marketina (TB)

Breeder: Tom S. Neff

Owner: Owner: Messrs, Baffert, Mitchell, Hubbard, Pegram, Earnhardt and Earnhardt

Trainer: Mike Robbins

Titles / Awards

AQHA Register of Merit (1980)

AQHA Superior (1981)

Champion Quarter Running Three-year-old (1981)

Champion Quarter Running Three-year-old Gelding (1981)

World Champion Quarter Running Horse (1982)

Champion Aged Quarter Running Horse (1982)

Champion Aged Quarter Running Gelding (1982)

Ranked 8th on all time money earners list (1982)

Won 11 consecutive races (one short of the record)

Lifetime earnings: $900,237

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Notable Wins

Champion of Champions

Los Alamitos Derby

Golden State Futurity

Golden State Derby

Foster City Handicap

Dash for Cash Derby

Laddie Handicap

Skoal Dash for Cash Maturity

Chicado V Handicap

Director’s Handicap

Los Alamitos Championship

Big Profit Handicap

Ruidoso 550 Championship

Quarter Horse Racing

Quarter Horse racing is a form of horse racing open only to American Quarter Horses. These horses are generally short and stocky and are known for running short distances. Quarter Horse races are measured in yards and an average race is around 440 yards, or ¼ of a mile.

Hall of Champion Resident

1988 – October 2003

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