Year Inducted: 2018
Owner and Breeder Weetona Stanley, has been working to produce top racing American Quarter Horses for the majority of her life. Whether alone or in partnership, Stanley is responsible for some of the greatest Quarter Horses to compete in the sport.
Weetona and her husband A.F. “Sonny” Stanley began their racing careers in 1965. They were the initial operators of the famed Ladybug Stallion Station in Madill, Oklahoma from its opening in 1970. The Stanleys ran the farm for Marvin and Lela Barnes, handling their successful stallion and broodmare business. In the late 1970s, the Stanleys purchased Ladybug Stallion Station and have continued its operation as the owners for over four decades.
Sonny passed away in 1993, leaving Weetona and their sons, Stan, Steve and Fred, to continue the family business.
The breeding farm responsible for historic all-time leading money earning sire and racing 1987 World Champion First Down Dash, continues a top-flight operation that regularly produces stakes winners of the highest quality.
Weetona Stanley owned First Prize Dash, a 2006 AQHA Dam of Distinction and Broodmare of the Year. First Prize Dash produced four Grade 1 stakes winners and six stakes winners overall. As a racing owner, Stanley has won by herself, or in partnership, most of the major races offered at Remington Park, including:2002 Heritage Place Futurity with Fast First Prize; 2006 Heritage Place Futurity with First Carolina; 2007 Remington Park Derby with First Carolina; 2009 Remington Park Futurity with First Prize Leesa; and the 2014 Decketta Stakes with First Prize Shaunda.
Stanley has also had plenty of success with runners away from Remington Park, winning stakes events wherever Quarter Horse racing is conducted. Among the more notable outside Oklahoma City, Heza Fast Dash winning the 2000 Blue Ribbon Downs Futurity and Fast Prize Zoom, winning the 2008 West Texas Futurity at Sunland Park, New Mexico. Owned in partnership with William “Ed” Smith, Fast Prize Zoom set a new world record for the 300 yard distance with his West Texas Futurity score.
A main point of pride for Weetona Stanley, every mare in her breeding operation has been raised at home at the Ladybug Stallion Station, dating back to First Prize Rose, the dam of the great First Down Dash and First Prize Dash.
As a breeder, Stanley has earnings of $10 million to her credit and over $15 million overall when considering her various partnerships. Much of the success has taken place at Remington Park where her name is attached to winning horses on a daily basis.