Cementing his position as an elite sire of Paint racehorses, Judys Lineage recently surpassed $5 million in offspring earnings. The 1989 sorrel tobiano stallion by Special Lineage (TB) and out of Judys Chick is only the second stallion to reach this premier benchmark for racing-bred Paint Horses.
Judys Lineage had been encroaching on the $5 million mark for quite some time. Ultimately, it was a maiden claiming race victory by Turnpikes Lineage, a 3-year-old chestnut tobiano gelding out of Turnpikes Texas Hero, on May 15 at Remington Park in Oklahoma City that pushed his sire over the $5 million mark.
Bred by Chuck Bowlan of Tecumseh, Oklahoma, Judys Lineage is owned by Chuck and his father, Henry. Even from a young age, the Bowlans knew the colt was something special.
“He’s always been a special horse,” Bowlan family matriarch, Linda, said. “From the time he was a baby, he just had that specialness about him. He was always there in your face and the first one to meet you in the pasture—not mean, but just a little ornery.”
Hitting the track as a 2- and 3-year-old, Judys Lineage earned more than $45,000 and was named APHA’s Champion Running 3-Year-Old and Champion 3-Year-Old Colt in 1992.
Retiring to breeding duty, Judys Lineage’s first foal crop was born in 1994. Since then, Judys Lineage has sired 916 foals with 455 racing to date. Collectively, they’ve collected 584 wins—including 95 stakes wins—out of 4,181 starts and earned $5,016,443, ranking their sire No. 2 on APHA’s Lifetime Leading Sires chart by money earned. He’s sired three World Champion Running Paint Horses—My Name Is Joe in 2002, Treasured Judy in 2003 and I Do One Two Three in 2010—along with 25 Champion runners, a 2002 world champion in Jumping, a 2003 world champion in Pole Bending and a 2010 reserve world champion in Barrel Racing and Stake Race.
“When we first started standing him, my son, Chuck, said, ‘He’s going to be the Three Bars of the Paints,’ ” said Linda Bowlan. “He’s been a legend in his own right. We’re very proud of him.”
The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded. APHA creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses.