Rocket Bar

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Rocket Bar
Sire Three Bars
Grandsire Percentage
Dam Golden Rocket
Damsire Cartago
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1951
Country United States
Colour Chestnut
Record 36 starts: 16-6-5
AA speed rating
Earnings $22,904.00
Major wins
Phoenix Gold Cup Handicap (twice)
Awards
AQHA Race Register of Merit
Honours
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame

Rocket Bar (1951–1970) was a registered Thoroughbred stallion that made his mark on the Quarter Horse racetracks and as a breeding stallion.

Life[edit]

Rocket Bar was a registered Thoroughbred son of Three Bars that foaled in Arizona in 1951.[1][2] He raced until 1958, when he was sold and started a career in the breeding shed.[1]

On the Quarter Horse tracks, Rocket Bar started once and came in third. He reached an AA speed rating in that one start, earning him a Race Register of Merit with the American Quarter Horse Association (or AQHA).[3] On the Thoroughbred tracks, he started 35 times in six years. From those starts, he won 16 times, came in second 6 times and was third 4 times. He earned a total of $22,904.00 and won the 1956 and 1957 Phoenix Gold Cup Handicap.[4]

During Rocket Bar's breeding career, he sired AQHA Supreme Champions Fire Rocket, He Rocket, and Sugar Rocket along with other notable horses including Rocket Wrangler, Osage Rocket, Mr Tinky Bar, and Top Rockette.[5] Rocket Bar died on October 23, 1970, after colic surgery.[1]

Rocket Bar was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame.[6]

Pedigree[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ballot
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Midway
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thirty-third
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Percentage
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bulse
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gossip Avenue
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rosewood
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Three Bars
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ultimus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Luke McLuke
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Midge
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Myrtle Dee
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Patriot
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Civil Maid
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Civil Rule
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rocket Bar
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
=St. Amant
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Atwell
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
=Doro
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cartago
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Heno
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Polly H
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Polly
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Golden Rocket
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Runnymede
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Morvich
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hymir
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Morshion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Non Pareil
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cushion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hassock
 
 
 
 
 
 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Simmons, et al. Legends 2 pp. 134–139
  2. ^ All Breed Pedigree Pedigree of Rocket Bar
  3. ^ Wagoner Quarter Horse Digest pp. 1017–1021
  4. ^ Bloodstock Research & Statistical Bureau American Produce Records p. 3521
  5. ^ Pitzer Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires pp . 104–105
  6. ^ AQHA Hall of Fame

References[edit]

  • All Breed Pedigree Database Pedigree of Rocket Bar accessed on June 23, 2007
  • AQHA Hall of Fame accessed on October 31, 2011
  • Bloodstock Research & Statistical Bureau (1979). American Produce Records 1930–1979. Lexington, KY: Bloodstock Research & Statistical Bureau. 
  • Pitzer, Andrea Laycock (1987). The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires. Tacoma, WA: Premier Pedigrees. 
  • Simmons, Diane; Jim Goodhue; Holmes, Frank Wakefield; Phil Livingston (editors) (1994). Legends 2: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares. Colorado Springs, CO: Western Horseman. ISBN 0-911647-30-9. 
  • Wagoner, Dan (1976). Quarter Racing Digest: 1940 to 1976. Grapevine, TX: Equine Research. 

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