World Grand Champion in 1971
Sensational Shadow
Sensational Shadow #654158

SENSATIONAL SHADOW was no stranger to the crowds at the 1971 Celebration, although few were familiar with his early life. He was foaled April 15, 1963 in Augusta, Georgia. He is by SHADOW'S SHADOW and was the only colt sired by this horse, who died shortly after being bred to GO BOY'S MISS BEHAVIN. SHADOW'S SHADOW was by GO BOY'S SHADOW, and MISS BEHAVIN was by GO BOY AGAIN by MERRY GO BOY.  Bred by J. L. Dye, Jr., the big stallion was black with both hind and off fore socks, a star and a snip.

The confident determination of owners Roy and Bonnie Davis was one of the prime reasons that SENSATIONAL SHADOW achieved the mantle of greatness in 1971. This, combined with the proven show ring abilities of trainer C. A. Bobo, brought the championship to this eight-year-old black stallion. In his fourth attempt to win the title, competing against 21 other great horses before nearly 25,000 fans, SENSATIONAL SHADOW etched his name in the record books with a championship performance.

The ownership of SENSATIONAL SHADOW has been restricted to four men. The original owner, J. L. Dye, sold him to L. Frank Roper of Florida. Roper sold him as a two-year-old to Roy and Bonnie Davis of Calhoun, Georgia.  The horse was first trained by Lightning Gregory in Greenville, South Carolina, and was moved to the Davises' Bel Air Stables in Calhoun following their purchase of him. Trainer Harold Kennedy showed him only once as a three-year-old, winning the blue at Cartersville; Georgia.  When Harold left Bel Air Stables, the Davises moved SENSATIONAL SHADOW to Wink Groover Stables in Etowah, Tennessee along with another of their promising horses, ACE'S SENSATION (1970 World Grand Champion).

Wink and SENSATIONAL SHADOW had a good junior season but a disappointing Celebration. The horse was then put in training with Steve Hill in Beech Grove, Tennessee and campaigned as a five-year-old. However, shortly before the Celebration Steve informed the Davises that he would not be showing the horse at the Celebration, so they hastily moved him to Wallace Brandon in Franklin, Tennessee.
Despite his late start with the horse, Wallace tied seventh in the Championship. In 1969, Wallace and SHADOW became better acquainted and had a great season leading into the Celebration. Wallace and the great black stallion were up to the test and won the Aged Stallion Class, but in the downpour that greeted the Grand Championship they were adjudged Reserve World Grand Champions.

1970 was a great season for the team, and they came into the Celebration high on the list of favorites. However, they did not make one of their better shows, tying fifth in both the Stallion Class and the Stake. Following the 1970 Celebration the horse was moved to the C. A. Bobo Stables in Shelbyville. Bobo and SHADOW got off to a running start by winning the Montgomery Southern Championship and entered the 1971 season with a large following.

After winning blues at Franklin, Eagleville and Lewisburg, Tennessee, they were among the contenders coming into the 1971. Bobo and SHADOW tied third in the Aged Stallion Class and knew they had their work cut out for them in the Championship. This magnificent team proved up to the challenge, sweeping the field of 21 others aged stallions to earn the 1971 World's Grand Championship.

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