Top Deck (horse)

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Top Deck
Sire Equestrian
Grandsire Equipoise
Dam River Boat
Damsire Chicaro
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1945
Country United States
Colour Brown
Breeder King Ranch
Owner J. B. Ferguson
Record unraced
Earnings unraced
Major wins
unraced
Awards
unraced
Honours
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame

Unraced as a Thoroughbred, the stallion Top Deck (1945–1965) went on to become a famous sire of Quarter Horses.

Life[edit]

Top Deck was foaled in 1945 and was injured as a young foal, preventing a racing career.[1] His sire was a grandson of Man o' War named Equestrian. His dam was a daughter of Chicaro, a horse known for speed at the short distances.[2]

Top Deck died in 1965 in Purcell, Oklahoma.[1] He was the sire of Go Man Go, Rebel Cause, Top Ladybug, Mighty Deck, Decketta, War Machine and Moon Deck.[3] Two of his sons were inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame – Go Man Go and Moon Deck.[4] He sired 440 Quarter Horse foals, with four AQHA Champions, 219 Race Registers of Merit, twelve Performance Registers of Merit and twenty-one Superior Race Horse awards.[1] Two of his offspring earned the AQHA Supreme Champion award – Astro Deck and War Machine.[5]

Top Deck was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.[4] in 1990.[6]

Pedigree[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Peter Pan I
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pennant
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Royal Rose
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Equipoise
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Broomstick
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Swinging
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Balancoire II
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Equestrian
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fair Play
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Man o' War
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mahubah
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Frilette
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Broomstick
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Frillery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Petticoat
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Deck
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
=Spearmint
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Chicle
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
=Lady Hamburg II
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chicaro
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Peter Pan I
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wendy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Remembrance
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
River Boat
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Teddy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Sir Gallahad 3rd
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
=Plucky Liege
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Last Boat
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Man o' War
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Taps
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shady
 
 
 
 
 
 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Close and Simmons Legends pp. 118–119
  2. ^ All Breed Pedigree Database Pedigree of Top Deck
  3. ^ Pitzer Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires pp. 144–145
  4. ^ a b AQHA Hall of Fame
  5. ^ Mattson Real American Quarter Horse pp. 25, 83
  6. ^ American Quarter Horse Foundation – Top Deck

References[edit]

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