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Top Deck (horse)

Top Deck
Sire Equestrian
Dam River Boat
Grandsire Equipoise
Damsire Chicaro
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1945
Country United States
Color Brown
Breeder King Ranch
Owner J. B. Ferguson
Record unraced
Earnings unraced
Top Deck is a thoroughbred racehorse out of River Boat by Equestrian. He was born around 1945 in the United States, and was bred by King Ranch.
Major wins
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on June 22, 2007

Unraced as a Thoroughbred, the stallion Top Deck went on to become a famous sire of Quarter horses.



He was foaled in 1945 and was injured as a young foal, preventing a racing career.[1] His sire was a grandson of Man o' War named Equestrian. His dam was a daughter of Chicaro, a horse known for speed at the short distances.[2]

He died in 1965 in Purcell, Oklahoma.[1] He was the sire of Go Man Go, Rebel Cause, Top Ladybug, Mighty Deck, Decketta, War Machine and Moon Deck.[3] Two of his sons were inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame - Go Man Go and Moon Deck.[4] He sired 440 Quarter Horse foals, with four AQHA Champions, 219 Race Registers of Merit, twelve Performance Registers of Merit and twenty-one Superior Race Horse awards.[1] Two of his offspring earned the AQHA Supreme Champion award - Astro Deck and War Machine.[5]

He was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame[4] in 1990.[6]


Peter Pan I
*Royal Rose
*Balancoire II
Fair Play
Man o' War
Top Deck
=Lady Hamburg II
Peter Pan I
River Boat
*Sir Gallahad 3rd
=Plucky Liege
Last Boat
Man o' War


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Simmons, Legends: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares p. 118-119
  2. Top Deck Pedigree at All Breed Pedigree retrieved on June 22, 2007
  3. Pitzer The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires p. 144-145
  4. 4.0 4.1 AQHA Hall of Fame accessed on February 3, 2008
  5. Mattson The Real American Quarter Horse p. 25, 83
  6. American Quarter Horse Foundation - Top Deck accessed on February 3, 2008


  • Mattson, Paul The Real American Quarter Horse: Versatile Athletes who proved Supreme Wamego, Kansas:Premier Publishing 1991 ISBN 1-879984-77-6
  • Pitzer, Andrea Laycock The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires Tacoma, WA:Premier Pedigrees 1987
  • Simmons, Diance C. Legends: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares Colorado Springs:Western Horseman 1993

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