Longtime Appaloosa racehorse breeders and owners Kin and Kay Pirtle, of Norman, were inducted into the Appaloosa Racing Hall of Fame this summer.
They raced Appaloosas and had 45 wins from 1984 to 2008. They bred more than 60 Appaloosa racehorses born on their farm, with the Pirtles present for and assisting with every birth, usually at night.
During the same ceremony, The Pirtle's mare Cash Blues was named to the Appaloosa Racing Hall of Fame for her racing career and the successes of her foals.
For nearly 25 years, the Pirtles were active in the Appaloosa community, especially with Oklahoma Appaloosa Racing, including 20 years of service in various board positions and as treasurer and secretary.
Cash Blues and another of their foundation mares, Go Raney Cloud, earned bronze dam production plaques. Cash Blues was also a race medallion earner, as were Cash In Any Form, KP Funny Money, Eye Full of Cash, Gold Nuggets Rane, Tears, and Open Range. Gold Nuggets Rane and Tears won the prestigious Americana Futurity in 1998 and 2001 respectively.
The Pirtles started as breeders with the help of veterinarian neighbor B.J. Trimmell, purchasing mare Christi Cloud, who had been bred to Easy We Go. They became involved in racing a couple years later, with the resulting foal We Go Roman, who won her schooling race. Sadly, this filly died from a spinal-cord infection prior to the Texas Futurity.
But that didn't stop the Pirtles from breeding more winners, starting with Go Kloud Pacer, who won five of 23 starts. Another Christi Cloud foal, Go Raney Cloud, became a leading dam, with 13 foals who raced.
Cash Blues foaled in 1986 and raced for three seasons, 1988-1990. Sired by Roll The Cash (QH) X Shavano's Blues, her 12 wins, three place, and three show from 30 starts. She set a new 440-yard track record in 1989 at Remington Park.
Cash Blues was bred by Danny and Sheila McIntyre of Norman, raced by Flying Eagle Stables and then became a broodmare for the Pirtles. Eleven of her 12 foals raced from 1996 through 2011, with three being awarded a Bronze Racing Medallion and eight running fast enough to earn a Register of Merit.