Appaloosa Stallion

Registration:  ApHC #T-261867
Foaled:  March 31, 1977
Died:     July 19, 1991
Color:   Chestnut

Easy we Go
Easy We Go
"One Out Of Two Ain't Bad"
(photo courtesy Appaloosa Journal)

Easy We Go was supposed to win the Triple Crown. He was then supposed to retire from racing and become a great sire. Oh well, one out of two ain't bad.

The product of breeding Easy Jet (AQHA) to We Go Charge (ApHC Racing Hall of Fame), the great producing mare and dam of Racing Hall of Famers, We Go Easy, and Scooter Bug G, Easy We Go was foaled in 1977, destined to be a great one.

Easy We Go made his first contribution to the breed as a great runner. winning eight out of nine races as a two-year-old, ridden by jockey Jerry Burgess. At Sunland Park, he set a world record for 350 years with :17.67, a mark that stood for 10 years until his son, Mr Poverty, lowered the mark to :17.65 at Blue Ribbon Downs in 1989. Owner and breeder Gene Miles of Wichita, Kansas, vividly remembers Easy We Go's run at the Triple Crown in 1979, when he easily mastered the Texas and Kansas Sunflower futurities, then entered the World Wide as the clear choice. It wasn't a question of whether he would win, rather, how many lengths Easy We Go would lead by when he crossed the finish line. Hard luck, bad weather, and a bad start saw him finish second by a half-length after starting three lengths behind the field. The come-from-behind surge to do as well as he did was perhaps indicative of the stallion's heart. Miles recalled it as one of the stallion's greatest moments. "He just wouldn't quit. He had such heart."

Easy We Go won the 2-year-old sprint colt title in 1979 and with a 10-8-1-0 record, he earned $92,375.87 and a bronze medallion.

The plan was for Easy We Go to race his 3-year-old season, then retire to stud. But, when he cracked his cannon bone, Miles didn't want to risk further injury. It was now that Miles would have to concentrate on his other plan to turn Easy We Go into a great sire. "I knew he would likely go on to set all kinds of records, but I thought he was too valuable to the breed."

While standing at stud, Easy We Go sired about 50 foals each year. The new generation inherited their father's conformation, balance, speed, and many of them also have the blanketed hips from their sire.

Easy We Go died in 1991, at the age of 14, but he left an indelible mark on Appaloosa racing with a legacy of racing get. From Michelle Berg Anderson's article in the August 2002 Appaloosa Journal:

"The stallion sired 269 foals. His get include 169 starters, 90 winners, 26 stakes winners, 43 stakes placed, three supreme champions, five champions and three regional champions. His starters collected 66 registers of merit and 18 racing bronze medallions. Mr Poverty (out of Lots Of Larks, AQHA) leads Easy We Go's money earners with $99,768.39, followed by Come Easy Go Easy (out of Fussy Madam, JC) with $75,902.14. Easy We Go's son Some Kinda Easy (out of Kinda Nice We Go) joined Easy We Go in the Hall of Fame in 2000.

Nine of Easy We Go's foals earned 194.5 performance points and four earned 5.5 halter points. Charms Easy Going, a colt out of Mighty Charming, earned 185 performance points in a variety of rail and speed events. Who Said Easy, out of Tulsa Girl, earned 70 performance points and four registers of merit in over-fence classes."

His list of get include such champions as: Mr Poverty, Some Kinda Easy, Come Easy Go Easy, Ready Say Go, Cofern, Easy Brandy, Easy Diamond, Easy Go Star, Easy Jettin, Easy Jick, Easy Larkin, Easy Weekend, Go Kloud Pacer, Go Perfect, I'm Easy Goin', Mighty Dyna-Mite, Right Of Way, Ten And Easy, Time We Go Win, Win C Deck, and We Go Diamonds. They've won a total of more than $1,164,946.

In an Appaloosa Journal article written at the time of Easy We Go's death, Miles paid tribute to the great stallion. "Easy We Go has a living legacy that will continue for years to come. I feel very lucky to have had him pass through my life. Yes, he was a good one."

Easy We Go certainly has proven himself as a sire. No sir, one out of two ain't bad at all.

{Some of the above information came from the June 1991, March 1993, and August 2002 issues of Appaloosa Journal.}

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