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AQHA #0573195 - 1967-1992 Sorrel

Breeder:  Walter Merrick


Easy Jet was sired by the great Jet Deck, and out of a mare named Lena's Bar, a thoroughbred that was a truly great race horse herself, outrunning such legends as Go Man Go and Double Bid.  As a 2 year old, Easy Jet won the All American Futurity and numerous other prestigious races.  He was named Champion 2-year-old colt, and in this same year was named World Champion Quarter Running Horse and Champion Stallion, titles seldom bestowed upon a 2-year-old.  He rose to fame at the height of the Quarter Horse racing game, when the southwest was rich with oil and gas money.

In 1980, Easy Jet stood for a fee of $30,000, and was later syndicated for $30 million!  He produced just over 2,500 registered foals, placing him near the top of the all time AQHA producer list.

Easy Jet remained an equine celebrity throughout his life, influencing people as well as horses.  There is little doubt that he will remain one of the greatest Quarter Horses of all time.

Easy Jet endured an incredible schedule during his 2-year-old year, racing way more than other horses his age, and he remained sound and willing.  In fact, he remained sound his entire life.

Then there is energy.  It was said of him that he was a "busy" horse, always active and wanting to move.  When that energy was channeled into racing, he achieved greatness.



Easy Jet and Walter Merrick

And Easy Jet wasn't just fast, he was quick.  Walter Merrick, Easy Jet's owner, made these comments in interviews with Barrel Horse News:  "I think his bone had a lot to do with it (his retiring sound).  He was just always sound.  He never had a sore day in his life."  "He never was a mean colt at all, but he was on his toes all the time.  He never did have any buck in him, but he was just a hyper-kind of horse ... he could move so quickly, so fast, it was hard to stay with him."  "Anything that's got Easy Jet in it, they could run.  They have good minds on them, and they're smart.  You could teach them about anything."

Easy Jet achieved success as a stallion because he was able to pass on the traits that made him great.




1969 World Champion Quarter Running Horse
1969 and 1970 Champion Quarter Running Stallion
1969 Champion Quarter Running 2 Year Old Colt
1970 Champion Quarter Running 3 Year Old Colt
Superior Race Horse
Racing ROM
Racing Record:  38-27-7-2
Race Earnings:  $445,721.00

Major Wins:  1969 All American Futurity; All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity;
Kansas Futurity; Laddie Stakes; Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Derby





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