DECEMBER 1998 BACK ISSUE
Part of Horse Previews Magazine website. Posted on 12/03/98; 2:00:00PM.
by Christie Miller
Unnamed Lot 35's sale catalog bio read in part: "This could be a race horse. This WILL be a halter horse." Trainer Don Drake would later state this palomino Quarter Horse stallion "...could run at least AA in combat boots." Neither claims were far off.
Foaled in 1971, Oklahoma Fuel is now 27, still siring foals. Oklahoma Fuel possesses a speed index of 108, is a stakes winner and track record holder, and holds official AAA ratings at all seven AQHA track distances. The stallion is owned by C.G. `Gib' Mason of Ardmore, Oklahoma.
By Jet Fuel, Oklahoma Fuel's paternal line rocks with race engines. Jet Fuel was by Jet Deck (Moon Deck X Miss Night Bar). Jet Fuel's dam, Bar Tacky, was by Three Bars (TB), and out of Leo's Tacky, a daughter of Leo.
Oklahoma Fuel's dam, Yellow Hankie, was by Prince Hank, a son of Hank H. (Prince Hank mares have produced seven AAA colts.) Prince Hank's dam, Princess Ann Bradley, was out of a Waggoner-bred mare, and by the Thoroughbred, Disturb, by Upset--the only horse to outrun Man O'War.
Yellow Hankie's dam, Oklahoma Rosie, traces twice to Waggoner on her paternal side, and was out of E.Z., a mare of unknown breeding.
Oklahoma Fuel has sired outstanding runners like Yeller Fuel, Jet Switch, Oklahoma Hanka, Dynamite Fuel, Ole White Lightning, Native Fuel, and Bells Fuel.
In the arena, Charles Pogue's gray gelding, Oklahoma Top Hat, was the 1991, '92, '93 and '97 PRCA Heading Horse of the Year, and placed second in '96. Another son, The Oklahoma Kid, possesses an ROM in Dally Team Roping Heading and Heeling.
In the PHBA, Oklahoma Fuel has sired 23 golden-coated barrel racing, pole bending and roping award winners, including Cut Outta Gold, also 4th in AQHA World Show Calf Roping. Okie Mia Fuel Pac was the PHBA's top barrel horse in 1990.
Machete Edge was in the 1997 NDHSRA Top 10 Pole Bending, and Laras Fuel holds an AQHA ROM in barrel racing. Number 32 in early 1998 Equi-Stat Top 77 Barrel Racing Horse listings was Fueled With Honor, a maternal granddaughter of Oklahoma Fuel.
Barrel horse trainers like Ed and Martha Wright of Dublin, Texas are not alone as Oklahoma Fuel admirers. In fact, according to Mr. Mason, barrel racers are racing the hands of time to breed their mares to Oklahoma Fuel.
Between the years of 1993-94, Oklahoma Fuel sired only five foals. In August of 1994, he was purchased by Mr. Mason. In 1995, Oklahoma Fuel sired no foals. Rumors that the old stallion was sterile were calmed in 1996, when 33 Oklahoma Fuel babies rolled off the sire line. He repeated that total in '97, and '98 numbers are similar.
Oklahoma Fuel's resurgence in popularity seems to be mirroring his racing style. Said an earlier owner, Mignon Williams of Wilson, Oklahoma, "He was smart enough to know when he was daylighting the other horses, and he'd just slack off...then...he'd pin back his ears and open the gap."
Even at 27, Oklahoma Fuel possesses spunk, good health, and drop-dead-gorgeous looks. Watch for his son, Grump, racing in the Black Gold Futurity. And pay attention to barrel futurity pens in 1999--there'll be some entries running on Oklahoma Fuel.