Champion Noconi Dies

Champion and millionaire Noconi has died.

Q-Racing Journal

Champion Noconi winning the 2011 All American Gold Cup. PHOTO: Q-Racing Journal

Champion Noconi has died.

The 11-year-old sorrel gelding was co-owned by R.D. Hubbard and Johnny T.L. Jones’ J Bar 7 Ranch LLC, and was enjoying retirement at Jones’ Quanah, Texas, ranch.

Noconi was bred by his owners and was by Mr Jess Perry and out of the Dash For Cash mare My Dashing Lady. He is a half brother to champion Brenda Beautiful.

He made 36 starts in his six-year career, winning 15, finishing second eight times and third five times. He earned $1,348,900 and had a career-high speed index of 105. Noconi stands at No. 37 on the list of all-time leading money earners.

Noconi’s biggest victory came in the 2008 All American Derby (G1), when he gamely defeated heavy favorite Heartswideopen by a head. He would win 12 stakes in total during his career, with his other Grade 1 victories including the 2010 Zia Park Championship and Championship at Sunland Park. He was the 2008 champion 3-year-old gelding and 2010 champion aged gelding. He was also honored as an AQHA Supreme Race Horse.

“He will undoubtedly be missed by not only those of us here at the ranch but his buddies Ochoa and Down Side Magician as well,” his owners wrote on Facebook. “He was laid to rest here at his home surrounded by those who loved him and with a heartfelt prayer from Johnny.”

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