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Leggett Joins Prairie Meadows Hall of Fame

Jockey Tad Leggett, Chaplain Dennis Luft join Prairie Meadows Hall of Fame.

July 18, 2012

Prairie Meadows

American Quarter Horse jockey Tad Leggett and Chaplain Dennis Luft have been selected to enter this year’s Prairie Meadows Hall of Fame on Friday, August 3.

Tad Leggett began riding at Prairie Meadows in 1989 during the track’s inaugural year. Though he also rode Thoroughbreds, Leggett was primarily noted for his success in the Quarter Horse standings while leading those boards from 1997-2001, and again in 2007. With 438 wins overall, Leggett is Prairie Meadows’ overall leading Quarter Horse rider in front of Tom Wellington, in second place with 406 wins. Among Leggett’s 27 Quarter Horse stakes wins at Prairie Meadows, he scored multiple victories in the Central Distaff Challenge, Juvenile Central Challenge, Altoona Derby (G3), Iowa Double Gold Derby, Iowa Double Gold Futurity, Jim Bader Memorial Futurity, Polk County Derby, and Terrace Hill Stakes.

In his national career of 8,784 starts, Leggett earned 33,364 points and purse earnings totaling $13,438,821 to currently place him 19th on the list of all-time leading American Quarter Horse riders. Beginning his career in 1987 at his hometown track in Broken Bow, Nebraska, Leggett would venture to Prairie Meadows, Remington Park, Ruidoso, and Sunland Park among others to record 1432 wins in his career that include eight Grade 1 victories in 131 stakes wins. Leggett was the American Quarter Horse Association’s Central High Point Jockey in 2005, 2008 and 2009. He was second in the Central High Point Jockey category in 2003, 2004, 2006, and he was third in the Central High Point Jockey category in 2007. His most notable wins on the national level include the 2002 Texas Classic Futurity (G1)  with Capones Vault; 2010 Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1) with Jess You and I; and the Distaff Challenge Championship (2008, Snow Burn; 2001 Fast for Money). Tad Leggett resides in Bandera, Texas, with his wife, Tina, and their sons Travis and Trevor. A daughter, Tiffany Leggett, works in the racing program at Canterbury Park, located in Shakopee, Minnesota. 

Prairie Meadows also welcomes Chaplain Dennis Luft to the Hall of Fame in recognition of his benevolent, spiritual ministry over the past 12 years to those individuals in the racing industry working in the backside horse stables. As part of his spiritual ministry, Chaplain Luft offers the daily morning prayer, fellowships with workers in the horse stables, holds prayer services with the jockeys each race day, and offers blessings on the horses each day prior to the races. In addition, he holds Sunday church liturgy service and coaches life skills. Dennis Luft is married to Sarah Luft. The couple has four sons Matthew Luft, O.S.B; Tom (Heather) Luft; James Luft; Peter (Kimberly) Luft; two daughters Mary Beth (Jeff) Chandler and Michelle Ball; and 10 grandchildren Phillip, Katie, Samantha, and Sarah Chandler; London and Alex Ball; and Abbie, Ethan, Elijah and Izzie Luft.