Pedigree Pursuits - the Perfect TRee HOuse for Pedigree Biffs and Nuts! Articles about the history and equine legends of the breed.

Excerpts from
Speed and the Quarter Horse:
a Payload of Sprinters . . . By Nelson C. Nye

Three Chicks

Sired by Three Bars (TB) and out of Chicado V (by Chicaro Bill), Three Chicks might be said to have been foaled under the sign of the Silver Spoon. Bred by Fran Vessels at Los Alamitos, a brown horse colt of 1959, he had a great deal going for him from the very first instant the Vessels’ interest made up their minds to breed AAAT Chicado V to Sid Vail’s phenomenal Thoroughbred, Three Bars.

Chicado V was going great guns when she pulled up lame, never to run again. In the breeding pen, though her name has been immortalized by the pounding hoofs of a succession of superlative offspring. Near as I recall she’s produced five Top AAA sprinters, plus several AAAs and one begetter that never set hoof on a track – Triple Chick.


Right here we’re concerned with that Top AAA Champion – that do-it-all horse, Three Chicks, certainly one of her finest sons. During three years of running, though campaigned lightly under the conditioning of Earl K. Homes, he took three firsts, two seconds and one third from a total of ten starts, and has been described as one of straightaway’s most consistent performers. He ran ROM every time out with two Top AAA plus six other AAA races to his credit, retiring to go into the show ring with track earnings of $22,624.66.

As a sire, Three Chicks very definitely has arrived. He was credited (January, 1970) with 124 points-earning get, of which fifty-four are racing ROM qualifiers – twenty-two AAA or AAAT; his sons and daughters have earned in excess of $430,000 in straightaway competition and, in the show ring, have piled up 385 halter points and twenty working points.

Among his most impressive track performers are Le Etta Chicks (stakes-winning AAAT), Miss Three Wars (stakes-winning AAAT), and the AAAT All American winner, Three Oh’s, which made his dad the leading sire of money-earners in 1968.

Some of the mares who have come to his court are Moon Dial (AAA), Oh My Oh (dam of Three Oh’s), Rose of Diamond (AAAT), Miss Leo War (dam of Miss Three Wars), Leo’s Countess (AAA), Miss Leotoe Bars (AAA), Cha Cha Chere (AAA), Top Spot (AAA), Lady Gann (AAA), Vanetta Dee (AAA and a AAA producer), Vandy’s Candy (AAA), Hi B Hind (AAA), Quincy A Go Go (AAA), and Toydell (producer of four AAAs). There’ve been a few other good ones, plus a lot of unknown hopefuls – it takes good mothers, too.

Three Chicks’ first three crops to go on the tracks had earned at last count $433,799, which Travis Ranch advertising has rather smugly compared to the first three foal crop earnings of Go Man Go, Rocket Bar (TB), Moon Deck, Little Request (TB), Mr. Bar None, Triple Chick, Tonto Bars Gill, Sugar Bars, Don Bar and Chudej’s Black Gold. What the ads did not point out is the increased moolah of certain major stakes.

But one can’t fault the fact that Paul Travis’ Three Chicks (standing in Norman, Oklahoma) is the only living AAAT AQHA Champion that has sired a winner of the All American Futurity (1968) and sired a sprinter that was second in the 1969 renewal of that richest of all stakes. Nor that he was fourth leading sire of 1969 racing money earners, fifth leading sire of 1969 race wins, sixth leading sire of 1969 race winners and 22nd on the list of Leading Sires of Money Earners (1949-1969).


SPEED AND THE QUARTER HORSE: a Payload of Sprinters
Mint out-of-print. book still shrink wrapped in original shipping box.

$179.00  includes Priority Mail shipping within USA.

Click to email for International shipping cost.

Tiny Charger

A brown stallion, standing 15.1 and weighing 1250, Tiny Charger is perhaps the greatest son of Depth Charge (TB) available today.

Bred by Frank Vessels, foaled in 1960 and campaigned by Western Stables under conditioner Earl K. Holmes, Tiny Charger was out of Clabber Tiny (by Clabber II from Tiny Iny, TB). As a two- and three-year-old, he earned $73,356 from straightaway performance. A Top AAA, as a three-year-old in 1963, he won the following stakes: the Inaugural at Bay Meadows (January 5) over Jet Deck and Pacific Bars; the Hollywood Handicap at Bay Meadows (January 26) over Copan Buck and Golden Note; and the Inaugural at Los Alamitos (April 9) over Chudej’s Rhoda and Moolah Bar.

He Ran during a period when competition was at its toughest. He outran such paragons of speed as Anna Dial, Straw Flight, Top Moon, Dari Star, Dariman, Scooper Chick, Bar Depth and Hustling Man. He outran Jet Deck twice – a considerable accomplishment.

Tiny Charger was second in the Pomona Quarter Horse Championship to Anna Dial and second in the Los Ninos to Joe Sherry; and third in the Josie Bar behind Jet Deck and Anna Dial. This was in 1963. He was fourth in the Los Alamitos Championship Stakes, fourth in the Los Alamitos Derby at 440, fourth in the Clabbertown G Stakes. He set a new three-year-old colt record in a 350 allowance at Los Alamitos, taking the win by a nose in :17.72 over Straw Flight and Dari Star. His first year on the tracks he ran second in the Los Alamitos Futurity, beaten three-quarters of a length by Hustling Man; second by a neck to Jet Deck in the California Bred Futurity; and third to Jet Deck and Top Moon in the Kindergarten Stakes.

From thirteen starts in 1962 he took four firsts, five seconds and three thirds, earning $58,561.84, running twelve of these in AAA. In 1963 he ran twelve races, for five wins, three seconds and one third all AAA – earning $15,920.

Spencer Childers leased Tiny Charger for stud services, standing him through 1969; he was brought back to the Vessels Stallion Farm for the 1970 season. His get, doing well on the tracks and in show business too, seem to inherit his good disposition and fine conformation. His total track earnings, including Cal-Bred awards, amounted to $84,506.84. He is a half brother to the 1966 Co-Champion Quarter Running Stallion, Tiny Watch.

Tiny Charger (AAAT) is the sire of Blobby Charger (stakes-winning AAA), Charging Mac (stakes-winning AAA), Red Chigger Bar (AAA), The Poltroon (AAA), Tiny Hop (AAA), Charge For Three (AAA), Steeldust Guy, (stakes-winning AAA), One for the Money (AAA), Real Charger (AAA), The Varlet (AAA), Tiny Thunderbird (AAA), and Reller (AAA), among others.


SPEED AND THE QUARTER HORSE: a Payload of Sprinters
Mint out-of-print. book still shrink wrapped in original shipping box.

$179.00  includes Priority Mail shipping within USA.

Click to email for International shipping cost.

The Travis Ranch at Norman, Oklahoma, has currently one of the finest bands of broodmares ever assembled under one owner in the annals of Quarter Racing. The ranch, owned by Paul Travis, has twenty matrons devoting their full-time energies to the production of superior track performers; each has been campaigned on the nation’s straightaways and not one has a rating lower than AAA.

The roll call reads like a hall of fame and is worthy of note: Bar Repetition (AAAT AQHA Champion), Decketta (AAAT AQHA Champion), Fantacia (AAAT AQHA Champion), Pal’s Tamak (AAAT AQHA Champion), Three Cookies (AAAT AQHA Champion), Chaundell (AAAT), Mackay’s Image (AAAT), Pitti Rockette (AAAT), Miss Three Wars (AAAT), Dializ (AAAT),

Tiny Watch

Milady Liz (AAAT), Dimples Too (AAA AQHA Champion), Miss Pana Star (AAA AQHA Champion), Three Deep (AAA AQHA Champion), Triple Me (AAA AQHA Champion), Fantasy (AAA), Gay’s Delight (AAA), Gold Hustler (AAA), Rocket Joleen (AAA), and Wise Duchess (AAA). If the two Travis stallions, Three Chicks and Tiny Watch, can’t get the job done with this kind of harem we’ll give up in disgust.

Tiny Watch, a brown foal of 1961, was bred by the late Frank Vessels ... founder of Los Alamitos ... and was sired by Anchor Watch (TB), a paternal grandson of Calumet Farms’ celebrated Bull Lea;  dam of Tiny Watch is AAA Clabber Tiny by AAA Clabber II (a son of the Iron Horse out of Do Good by St. Louis). Clabber Tiny’s dam was a topline granddaughter of Gallant Fox (TB).

Tiny Watch, for superior performance, was elected Champion Quarter Running Stallion of 1965 and Co-Champion Quarter Running Stallion and Aged Stallion of 1966. In the 1966 Annual Review the editor stated: "Two of Quarter Horse Racing’s most celebrated campaigners, Duplicate Copy and Tiny Watch, have been named….The AQHA Racing Committee took a long look at the 1966 records of both horses and decided that the two should share these honors."

Duplicate Copy started fourteen times, never finishing worse than third; he earned $25,312 and forty-eight racing points; he won four features, was second or third in seven and ran Top AAA five times.

Tiny Watch ran six races, took three firsts, two seconds and a fourth, ran twice in Top AAA, earned sixteen points and $17,287, won three features and placed second in another. He carried from 120 to 130 pounds.

In 1963, as a two-year-old, Tiny Watch from eleven starts took four, was five times second and once third, earning $57,371.34. In 1964, from four outings, he took two, including the Clabbertown G stakes, and was twice third, earning $5,376. In 1965 he went to town with seven wins (including the Miss Princess, the Washoe County Fair, the Pomona Quarter Horse Championship, and the Go Man Go), and five seconds from seventeen outings, banking $26,955.36. At five, in 1966, he again took the Clabbertown G stakes, the Hard Twist, and the Josie Bar, and was second in the Autumn Championship at Los Alamitos behind Go Josie Go and ahead of Duplicate Copy.

Said Jim Goodhue: "In the Championship, Go Josie Go took the lead at the top of the stretch and opened up a half length margin at the wire to earn $16,500. Tiny Watch was second, Duplicate Copy third and the remainder of the field consisted of The Ole Man, Cee Bar Deck, Miss Gold Angel, Bar None Doll, Bunny Capri and Joe Sherry- no easy field by any standard."

Tiny Watch and Duplicate Copy matched strides that year on six occasions, Tiny Watch on four of these came out on top. He was trained by Earl K. Holmes.

From four years of racing and thirty-eight starts, Tiny Watch took sixteen wins, twelve seconds, three thirds, and ran twenty-eight times in AAA or TAAA, earning $106,989.70.


SPEED AND THE QUARTER HORSE: a Payload of Sprinters
Mint out-of-print. book still shrink wrapped in original shipping box.

$179.00  includes Priority Mail shipping within USA.

Click to email for International shipping cost.

This page, and all contents copyright 1993-2011 by /, Wamego, Kansas, USA All rights reserved.  No text or images may be used without written permission from the copyright holder. is not responsible for errors and assumes no liability for the content or use of any information found on this site.   This page was last updated on Friday, March 08, 2013 at 12:11 AM