Go Man Go (1953–1983) was an American Quarter Horse stallion and race horse.
He was named World Champion Quarter Running Horse three times in a row, one
of only two horses to achieve that distinction. Go Man Go was considered to
be of difficult temperament. While waiting in the starting gate for his very
first race, he threw his jockey, broke down the gate, and ran alone around
the track. He was eventually caught and went on to win the race. He retired
from racing in 1960. During his five years of competition he had 27 wins and
brought earnings of more than $86,000 ($634,000 in 2007 dollars). Neither of
his parents raced. His sire (father), the Thoroughbred stallion Top Deck,
was bred by the King Ranch. His dam (mother) hailed from Louisiana; Go Man
Go is thought to have gained his swiftness on the track from her. For the
first years of his racing career, Go Man Go's owner faced difficulty in
registering him with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), a matter
that remained unresolved until 1958. Go Man Go went on to sire two All
American Futurity winners and seven Champion Quarter Running Horses. He was
inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, along with two of his
offspring. His daughters also produced, or were the mothers of, a number of
race winners, including the Hall of Fame member Kaweah Bar.
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