Foaled in 1953, Go Man Go dominated the American Quarter Horse racing scene like no other in history. He was named World Champion Quarter Running Horse three times in a row (1955, 1956 and 1957), one of only two horses to achieve that distinction and the first 2-year-old to ever claim the World Champion honor. In addition, he earned multiple divisional titles, set three track records and a world record, and equaled a world record.
Go Man Go was considered to be of difficult temperament. While waiting in the starting gate for his very first race, he threw his jockey, broke down the gate, and ran alone around the track; he was eventually caught and went on to win the race. During his five years of competition until his retirement from racing in 1960 he had 27 wins, earning more than $86,000 (approximately $769,000 as of 2019).
Neither of Go Man Go’s parents raced. His sire (father), the Thoroughbred stallion Top Deck, was bred by the King Ranch. His dam (mother) hailed from Louisiana; Go Man Go is thought to have gained his swiftness on the track from her. For the first years of Go Man Go’s racing career, his owner faced difficulty in registering him with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), a matter that remained unresolved until 1958.
Go Man Go went on to sire two All American Futurity winners and seven Champion Quarter Running Horses. He was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, as were two of his offspring. His daughters also produced, or were the mothers of, a number of race winners, including the Hall of Fame members Kaweah Bar and Rocket Wrangler. Go Man Go was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame in 1990. The director of racing for the AQHA once compared his impact on Quarter Horse racing and breeding to that of Man o’ War in Thoroughbred racing.