Speed Index = 104 Earnings = $1,219,950
Special Effort's racing career will be etched in Quarter Horse Racing history as one of the finest ever. Special Effort began his racing career at Ruidoso Downs in the Grade 1, Kansas Futurity Trials. He won his first race by an awesome 4 1/2 lengths. He continued this campaign by winning the Kansas Futurity, the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity, followed by the rich Grade 1 All American Futurity. This made Special Effort the first and only American Quarter Horse to sweep the triple crown at Ruidoso Downs. He dominated the All American field by 4 lengths over a muddy course in 1981. Special Effort went on to be named Champion 2 year old Stallion, Champion 2 year old, and World Champion for 1981.
He would return in the 1982 season to capture the Grade 1 Kansas Derby, before retiring to stud with a race record of 13 wins in 14 starts. Special Effort continues to be a champion sire, just as he was a champion race horse.
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