Lena's Bar

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Lena's Bar
Sire Three Bars
Grandsire Percentage
Dam Lena Valenti
Damsire Gray Dream
Sex Mare
Foaled 1954
Country United States
Breeder Walter Merrick
Owner Walter Merrick
Record 76 starts: 24-28-10
Earnings $28,311.00
Major wins
Bright Eyes Stakes
Buttons and Bows Handicap
Bright Eyes Handicap
AQHA Racing Register of Merit
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame

A registered Thoroughbred mare, Lena's Bar (born 1954) raced on the Quarter Horse racetracks and was the dam of Jet Smooth, Double Dancer and Jet Deck, three outstanding Quarter Horse stallions.


A Thoroughbred daughter of the stallion Three Bars, Lena's Bar was out of Lena Valenti, a granddaughter of Percentage.[1] Thus, Lena's Bar had Percentage, Three Bar's sire, on both sides of her pedigree. Lena Valenti raced on the Quarter tracks, ending with a record of two starts, one win, one third with an AA speed rating.[2]

Lena's Bar raced mainly in Quarter Horse races.[3] She started seventy-six times, winning twenty-four races. She placed second eighteen times and was third ten times. Her total earnings were $28,308.00 with 67 racing points with the American Quarter Horse Association (or AQHA). She rated an AAA speed rating in those races, and was a stakes race winner.[2] She once outran Go Man Go, Double Bid, Tidy Too, Miss Louton, Vandy's Flash and Vanetta Dee in one race. Her sister Little Lena's Bar set four world records at four different distances.[4]

After Lena's Bar retired from racing, she produced the Quarter Horse stallions Double Dancer, Jet Smooth, and Easy Jet, along with two Quarter Horse mares – Delta Ann and Mayflower Ann.[3] Her offspring earned $557,199.00 on the track, with all five being winners and Register of Merit earners.[5]

Lena's Bar was inducted into the AQHA's Hall of Fame in 2003.[6]


Gossip Avenue
Three Bars
Luke McLuke
Myrtle Dee
Civil Maid
Civil Rule
Lena's Bar
Gray Dream
Dark Love
Sunny Love
Lena Valenti
Gossip Avenue
General Thatcher


  1. ^ Lena's Bar Pedigree at All Breed Pedigree
  2. ^ a b Wagoner Quarter Racing Digest p. 631
  3. ^ a b Simmons, et al. Legends 2 pp. 170–177
  4. ^ Wiggins Great American Speedhorse p. 93
  5. ^ Staff "MMIII Hall of Fame" Quarter Horse Journal p. 48
  6. ^ American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). "Lena's Bar". AQHA Hall of Fame. American Quarter Horse Association. Retrieved September 1, 2017. 


  • All Breed Pedigree Database Pedigree of Lena's Bar accessed on June 26, 2007
  • AQHA Hall of Fame accessed on September 1, 2017
  • Simmons, Diane; Goodhue, Jim; Holmes, Frank Wakefield; Livingston, Phil, eds. (1994). Legends 2: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares. Colorado Springs, CO: Western Horseman. ISBN 0-911647-30-9. 
  • Staff (March 2003). "MMIII Hall of Fame". Quarter Horse Journal: 41–51. 
  • Wagoner, Dan (1976). Quarter Racing Digest: 1940 to 1976. Grapevine, TX: Equine Research. 
  • Wiggins, Walt (1978). The Great American Speedhorse: A Guide to Quarter Racing. New York: Sovereign Books. ISBN 0-671-18340-0. 

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