The number of wins, a horse’s speed index and the dollar sign are quantitative proof of a Quarter Horse’s running ability. Go Man Go had all the right numbers, but one – an AQHA registration number. The roan colt was foaled in 1953 on J. B. Ferguson’s ranch in Wharton, Texas. The stallion was by Top Deck (TB) and out of Lightfoot Sis, by Very Wise (TB). Bred to run, Go Man Go’s lineage included Equipoise, Man O’War, Old D J and Sir Gallahad.
Maintaining the family heritage, the roan was named the World Champion Racing American Quarter Horse in 1955, 1956 and 1957. A. B. Green, Purcell, Oklahoma, bought the stallion in 1955, and pushed for Go Man Go to be transferred from appendix to tentative registration. The AQHA Executive Committee waited for the roan’s first foals before finally giving Go Man Go registration No. 82,000.
In 1960, two things happened. Go man Go was sold to Frank Vessels Sr. and Bill and Harriett Peckham, and the roan’s first foals hit the track. Go Man Go proved a potent sire. The roan sired All American Futurity winners, stakes winners and racing champions. A few of his progeny were Go Josie Go, Goetta, Duplicate Copy and Hustling Man. He was grandsire of Kaweah Bar, Mr. Kid Charge, Real Win and Rocket Wrangler, sire of Dash For Cash. Go Man Go died in 1982 and was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2010.