Indigo Illusion

Inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2012

Indigo Illusion, AQHA Hall of Fame

A striking mare of impeccable breeding and near-flawless conformation, Indigo Illusion kicked off her career as a track record-setting champion.

Bred by William Carter and Allen Baitzor of Clovis, California, and foaled in 1981, the dark brown filly was by Beduino (TB) out of the Duplicate Copy mare Copy Capri. Former AQHA President Jerry Windham of College Station, Texas, bought her for $7,000 at the Pacific Coast QHRA yearling sale.  

In 1983, Indigo Illusion won nine of 13 races while earning $476,890, but was a force to be reckoned with her entire career. From July 1983 through July 1984, Indigo Illusion came home in front in 13 consecutive races. Setting three track records while recording seven speed indexes in excess of 100 – the Illusion was no mirage.

She was retired to the broodmare pasture in 1985, and produced 19 foals, 13 of which went to the track, 10 of them returned winners.  

Indigo Illusion finished her life still among the top 60 all-time leading earners, just ahead of champions Town Policy, Moon Lark and First Down Dash. She died on November 10, 2007 at age 26, and was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2012.