<P>CHATTER Q-RACING JOURNAL SEPTEMBER 2013 13 PASSINGS KIRK E. BREED, 73, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE CALIFORNIA HORSE Racing Board, died August 7 following a battle with cancer. Breed grew up on the family farm in Choctaw, Oklahoma, and in the late 1950s, he helped his father train and race Quarter Horses while he was attending Oklahoma State University on a football scholarship. Upon graduating with a degree in zoology, he volunteered for the Peace Corps and spent five years in Chile and two years as director of the Peace Corps in Colombia. After returning home in 1972, he worked six years as director of plan- ning and development with the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation. Breed began his own lobbying and consulting firm in 1990. His principal client was the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association. Kirk was instrumental in Quarter Horse Racing legislation, said Dominic Bud Alessio, the president of the PCQHRA. PCQHRA was one of his first clients. He was a personal friend to me and PCQHRA. I kept in close contact with him through- out his battle with cancer and he will be deeply missed. The California racing commissioners selected Breed from a long list of candidates to be executive director effective February 26, 2008. He was a Master Mason in Tehame Lodge #3, Sacramento, and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and Past Master of Rose Croix, Sacramento Scottish Rite Bodies. He is survived by wife Mary Ann and their daughter, Cloe; three children from a previous marriage, Ashley Neumann, Shayna Guigliano and Monte Breed; three grandchildren and three sisters. Donations can be made to the Scottish Rite Childrens Language Center, 6151 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95819. Kirk Breed L.R. Bob French Jr. Hiclass La Jolla RESTRICTED GRADE 1 WINNER HICLASS LA JOLLA DIED AUGUST 1. The 9-year-old stallion was euthanized due to complications of founder. Owned by Robert and Karen Nunnally, Hiclass La Jolla raced 16 times, with seven wins, three seconds and four thirds and earned $349,118 during his two-year career. As a 2-year-old, Hiclass La Jolla won the Speedhorse Gold & Silver Cup Futurity (RG1), Heritage Place Juvenile Invitational (R) and All American Juvenile Invitational (R). He also placed in the All American Derby (G1), Texas Classic Derby (G1) and Retama Park Derby (G2), and was a finalist in the Dash For Cash Derby (G1). With the exception of his first start, a maiden race, all of his races were in stakes races or stakes trials. Hiclass La Jolla stood at the Nunnallys Granada Farms at Wheelock, Texas, and has three crops to race. He has sired 24 winners from 50 starters, including stakes winners The Scotch Is Dun ($119,517) and Hiclass Vodka ($189,410). Last year, he was the eighth-leading second-year sire, and cur- rently sits at No. 12 on the list of third-year sires. Bred by Jo Rice of Pryor, Oklahoma, Hiclass La Jolla is by American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Streakin La Jolla out of the Royal Quick Dash mare Hiclass Cloned. Hiclass La Jolla is a full brother to stakes-placed runner and Grade 1 finalist Hi On The List ($78,527). L.R. BOB FRENCH JR., 87, A RESPECTED INDEPENDENT OIL AND GAS operator, rancher and horseman, died August 2. Born in Brownwood, Texas, on September 17, 1926, French was the son of Rita Kirkpatrick Bettis, a still-life countryside and wildflower art- ist, and Lloyd Robert French, co-founder of the Permian Basin Oil Show. He was a resident of Midland and Fort Worth, Texas, and Palm Springs, California. In 1945, French joined the U.S. Air Force, where he earned his wings and love of flying. He began piloting his own planes in the early 1950s and acquired his jet pilot license in the early 1970s. He launched his business career in Odessa in 1946 as French Tool and Supply. He was involved in both American Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing for many years and won many stakes races with both breeds. He was considered an outstanding horseman and received multiple honors from both AQHA and Thoroughbred associations for the champions he raised. One of his best Quarter Horses was two-time champion Little Blue Sheep, who won eight stakes races in California, including the 1976 Vessels Maturity (now Grade 1) for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. She was my first good one for Bob French, said Lukas of Little Blue Sheep. She was one of the best-looking mares Ive ever had. French and Lukas combined to race many top Thoroughbreds in the 70s and 80s, including multiple grade stakes winner Terlingua ($423,896), the dam of all-time leading Thoroughbred sire Storm Cat. In addition to his wife of 50 years, Marcia Fuller French, Bob is survived by five children: Drue Boyles and husband David, Robin French and wife Anne, Fuller French and wife Kara, Bo French and wife Sheridan, and Powhatan French and wife Alyson; grandchildren Perry Howell, Sharber Howell, Lloyd French, Eve French, Millicent French, Anabelle French, Bobby Fulton French, West French, Mazarine French, Hawk French, Hattan French and Lyles French; and half-brother Kirk French and wife Barbara, and half-sister Julee French, and their families. Contributions can be made to Community Hospice of Texas, 6100 Western Place, Fort Worth, TX 76107, or a charity of choice.</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/335/josgoiuzx/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/335/josgoiuzx/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/335/josgoiuzx/3/3/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/335/josgoiuzx/4/4/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/335/josgoiuzx/5/5/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/335/josgoiuzx/6/6/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/335/josgoiuzx/7/7/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/335/josgoiuzx/8/8/">Page-8</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/335/josgoiuzx/9/9/">Page-9</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/335/josgoiuzx/10/10/">Page-10</a></LI> <LI><a 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