<P>Q-RACING JOURNAL SEPTEMBER 2013 9 H HERES A CASE OF HISTORY MARCHING HAND IN HAND WITH, well, history. C.W. Bubba Cascio (who now is 81 and whose stable the Journal is following in the Making Runners series) recalls one of his early mounts at the Val Verde County fair- grounds in 1948 at Del Rio, Texas. Cascio was 17 at the time, riding a mare for J.B. Ferguson, the Wharton, Texas, rancher who later bred and raced Go Man Go. I was up in the grandstand one afternoon and Mr. Ferguson walked up to me, said, ‘Bubba, I got May West matched against Little Dick Priest a quarter of a mile for $10,000, and Id like you to ride her, he said. May West was a 6-year-old Marco Way (TB) mare named for actress Mae West. There was already another Quarter Horse mare named for the Hollywood sex symbol, so Ferguson registered her as May West Ferguson. Like the human Mae West, May West Ferguson was a star of her day, regularly racing against the likes of Barbra B, Hard Twist, Pelican, Miss Bank and Blondie L. And Cascio, though still in high school, was a top hand who prided himself on being able to ride anything with hair. But this invitation was less than welcome. May West was a rank ol mare, Cascio said. She was one of those kind that when youd crosstie her, shed kick with her hind legs and bite at the rope and stuff like that. Give her a chance and shed paw you. But a mount is a mount. I was the first boy to ever ride May West to the starting gate, he said. When they had a match race, theyd pony her to the starting gate. Shed sit back, flip over backwards, what- ever, if you had a boy on her while you were trying to pony her. So they would put the boy up behind the man on the pony and pony her to the gate without a rider on her. But they passed a rule that you had to be on the horses back going to the gate, so this time I had to ride her. That was before the race. As with May Wests namesake in Hollywood, the drama always continued after the performance. You couldnt just pull her up, stop her and turn her around, Cascio remembered. When you were pulling her up, you had to either be way out ahead of everybody or pull her to the outside fence with nobody behind you. You had to go on until you got her pulled to a trot, then make a real big swing – itd take up the whole track to turn her around – and then shed go right on. If you ever stopped her, shed rear up and paw on you. Well, a mount is a mount. So they said, ‘Well, youre going to have to ride her, Cascio recalled. I said, ‘OK, just get me a good pony man. Well, here comes a girl riding up. I said, ‘What?! Goldang, youre going to let this little girl pony this stud mare???!!! Johnny said, ‘Dont worry about her, youll be alright. Turned out, she was Jim Bob Altizers sister – Blanch Altizer. She knew what she was doing on the back of a horse. Yes, she did. All of the Altizers knew what they were doing. The Altizer (all tie zer) family ranched near Del Rio, and Jim Bob was a world champion steer and calf roper and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer. Everybody in the family was a hand with rough stock. Blanch got Cascio to the gate. And while he never rode Little Dick Priest, Cascio sure liked him – although not so much on that particular day. Little Dick Priest outrun me about half a side. Thats horse racing. Little Dick Priest was a stout little horse, Cascio recalled. He wasnt way up off the ground, he didnt have a big long neck on him. He was what youd probably call a typical Quarter Horse back then. But he sure could run a whole lot. So heres one more bit of history. Or two: May West Ferguson went on to be the dam of Diamond Mae, who pro- duced Hustling Man, the track-record-setting winner of the 1962 All American Futurity (now G1). Little Dick Priest sired champion Go Dick Go, winner of the 66 All American. History marches on, hand in hand. Richard Chamberlain is senior writer for AQHA Publications. To comment, write to richc@aqha.org. Bubba Cascio remembers two standout =uarter Horses. 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