John Buchanan Passes Away

Posted by Press Release on 08/31/2020

RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 29, 2020—Longtime Quarter Horse trainer John Buchanan passed away from heart failure on Friday (August 28) at the age of 69. 

Buchanan, a resident of Peaster, Texas, was just a few days away from saddling Ratification in the first-ever All American Oaks, Sunday, September 6th, and Jettz in the Grade 1 All American Futurity on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs. 

Born in Waverly, Tennessee John lived most of his life in Florida before moving to Texas. John met and married Iris Buchanan in 1973. 

Buchanan trained Elans Special to a win in the 1987 All American Futurity, Speedy Express to a second-place finish in the 1996 All American Futurity and Dominyun to a third-place finish in the 2010 All American Futurity. 

Buchanan was a fixture at tracks in Texas, including Sam Houston Race Park, Lone Star Park and Retama Park. 

"I knew John for 45 years and this is a big loss for the industry. I'll miss him," longtime jockey agent Donny Stewart said. "He was an honest man, a great, hard-working man. He trained for many years and was a man of his word." 

Since 1991, Equibase reports that Buchanan saddled 882 winners with earnings of more than $13.1 million. His other top runners include Grade 1 All American Derby winner Dont Let Down, Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity(G1) winner Zoomin With Ease, Dash For Cash Futurity (G1) winner Pivotal Decision to name only a few. 

John is survived by his wife Iris of the home in Peaster, a daughter Amanda Hamilton, son-in-law Scott Hamilton, granddaughters Brix Hadley, Bailey Hamilton and Hannah Hamilton; and a sister Diane Lafosse. 

Funeral arrangements will be posted when they become available.

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