The Western Thoroughbred History: Uproar

Uproar was foaled on April 7th, 1959, in Kentucky. His sire, Olympia, was by Heliopolis and out of Miss Dolphin, by Stimulus. Olympia won fifteen races including the San Felipe, Wood Memorial and Withers Stakes. Olympia sired champions Decathlon and Pucker Up and later became a leading broodmare sire in North America. When Uproar was born, his dam, Rumpus, was owned by renowned horse breeder Fred W. Hooper. Rumpus produced a total of six registered foals including four winners – Play Room, Rumpus Room, Miss Melinda and Noisemaker. Noisemaker, a full brother to Uproar, also sired both Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, including stakes winners Disturbingthepeace, Groovy Lisa and Robaline Gump.

In 1962, after a short racing career of just two starts, Uproar entered stud at the J-V Ranch in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He stood for a fee of $500. His first foal crop included Roar More, a sorrel Quarter Horse stallion out of Rainy Moore, by Stormy Day Moore. Roar Moore was bred by Sidney Vail, owner of the great Three Bars. Roar More won five races including the Illinois Derby at the Illinois State Fair. After he retired from racing, Roar More stood at McWilliams Farms in Illinois. He sired halter and performance horses as well as race winners such as Magnolia Roar, Melody Roar More and Miss Roar More.

Photo of Uproar form his advertisement in the December 1963 issue of The Quarter Horse Journal.

Little Lady Roar, Uproar’s best Quarter Horse starter, was bred by Earl Hart. She was a chestnut mare out of Debra Time, by Overtime Leo. Little Lady Roar won the Endurance Handicap, Thoroughbred Jockey Invitational Handicap, El Ocho Setenta Handicap, Table Tennis Stakes, War Chic Handicap and Marathon Handicap. She won a total of 21 races and earned $74,438 on the track. After she retired from racing, Little Lady Roar produced Quarter Horse stallions Roaring Bug and Roaring Ohs.

Photo of Roar More, a stakes winning son of Uproar, from All Breed Database.

Other Quarter Horse stakes winners by Uproar include Stretch Drive, Uproar Jr and Roaring Kitty. He also sired Whatta Roar, a mare out of Sweeter n’ Wine, by Scooper Chick, who set a new track record at Eureka Downs for 440 yards in 22.110 seconds. His Thoroughbred race winners include Hy Roar, Tribal Uproar, Mr. H. M., Alcy Roar, Flying Irishman, King’s Roar, Roaring Star, Roar Bar and Ola Mae Roar. Uproar also sired a handful of Appaloosas and Paints. In total, he sired 182 registered Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse foals. Among those were 49 race winners, 20 ROM-earners, five stakes winners and two Superior Race Award-earners, with earnings of $718,245 on the track.

LQHBA Hall of Fame Induction Video for Rocket’s Magic, a grandson of Uproar.

As a broodmare sire, Uproar was more successful. His Thoroughbred daughter Magic Spots produced multiple stakes winners Magic Injun and Rocket’s Magic. Magic Injun was a sorrel gelding by Jet Injun. He won the Old South Futurity, Louisiana Breeders Winter Derby and Golden Triangle Derby. In total, Magic Injun made 42 starts, won 21 races and earned $234,725 on the track. Rocket’s Magic, a chestnut stallion by Rocket Wrangler, won the Old South Futurity, Florida QHA Futurity and ran the fastest qualifier for the 1975 All American Futurity. Rocket’s Magic retired due to an injury with six wins and $117,075 in earnings. He was inducted into the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association Hall of Fame in 2016. Uproar was also the dam sire of Cashcan, Cousin Edrie, Easy Like Magic, Painted Jun, Scam and Teenie Jet.

Hez A Rare Deal, a Ruby Buckle and Future Fortunes stallion, traces his direct dam line back to a daughter of Uproar.

Uproar died in 1986 at the age of 27. Most of his prominent descendants are linked to him through Roar More and Rocket’s Magic. Some notable horses are connected to him through his daughters. The third dam of Hez A Rare Deal, a stallion with significant 1D barrel racing earnings, was a daughter of Upraor. Many of his descendants also compete in halter and performance events.

Sources: Equineline, Equibase, All Breed Database, The Quarter Horse Journal, Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association

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