This is probably the photo that is most widely recognized of the Legendary Sire and Running Quarter Horse, LEO P-1335. One look at the massive hindquarters on this animal and it is very easy to see why Leo set and broke so many track records in the early 1940's. One such record was set in 1944 at Pawhuska, OK.
Leo ran for 300 yards in 16 seconds flat !!! It is reported that Leo was practically unbeatable in the Pawhuska area, a belief well founded considering that he won 20 of his 22 starts while there. At his prime Leo is reported to have been 14.2 hands and weighed around 1,100 pounds. Leo sired 554 registered foals from 24 foal crops, and earned an AQHA Register of Merit in Racing, with his progeny turning in an impressive record with, 24 AQHA Champions, 69 Halter-Point Earners, 46 Performance-Point Earners, 33 Performance Register of Merits, 211 Racing Register of Merits, and 4 AQHA World Champions in Racing.
While best known as a speed horse and speed horse sire, Leo remains one of the all time great broodmare and performance sires in Quarter Horse history as well. Siring Holey Sox who was rated AA on the track, and who was also the 1963 NCHA World Champion Cutting Horse. Leo San, a son of Leo was a leading sire of AQHA and NCHA champions, siring both Peppy San, who was the 1967 NCHA World Champion Cutting Horse, and
Mr San Peppy who won the same title in 1974 and 1976. Lemac another son of Leo won his yearling halter class at the 1950 Ft. Worth Fat Stock Show, Lemac went on to sire Leolark, an AQHA Champion who sired Alisa Lark, the dam of two-time AQHA "Super Horse" RUGGED LARK. The list of get, and the resulting generations from those get of the great Leo is long and distinguished, it is indisputable the mark left on the Quarter Horse Industry by this remarkable stallion.
There is no date for this photo, however it appears that Leo is well on in age.