LARC NEWS Posted: 4/13/2018 9:07:47 AM

Saturday’s 870-yard feature is named in honor of one of the top Quarter Horse distance horse of the mid 1970s. Foaled in 1971, the gelding by Rocket Bar and out of Kate’s Quest won 16 of 58 starts with nearly all of his outings coming at either Los Alamitos or Bay Meadows. Wheatland enjoyed his best year in 1975 when the Browne Cattle Company-bred 4-year-old won eight of 10 starts while earning $46,595.

            His first stakes win took place at Bay Meadows on April 27, 1975 in the San Mateo Marathon Stakes. This was the third of eight consecutive wins for Wheatland that year. He won the Hillsdale Handicap at Bay Meadows three weeks after his San Mateo win.                            

When Quarter Horse racing returned to Los Alamitos for the second half of the year, Wheatland would win three stakes races in a row starting with the Endurance Handicap followed by the El Ocho Setenta Handicap and then the Marathon Handicap. The AQHAdid not begin awarding a divisional crown for distance horses until 1987, otherwise Wheatland would have likely been one of the top contenders for the 1975 title.

            The following year, Wheatland continued to be a prominent figure at 870 yards, running second in the Los Alamitos 49er Stakes and fourth in the Bull Rastus Handicap during the winter meet here. He would also finish second in that year’s San Mateo Marathon Stakes. He also had a solid campaign in 1977, winning the Pap Stakes and War Chic Stakes, while also running second in the El Ocho Setenta and third in the Endurance, Hillsdale, and Bull Rastus Handicap. Wheatland retired after an out of the money finish at Los Alamitos on January 11, 1980, but remembered as the king of the 870-yard division at Los Alamitos in 1975.

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