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From Speedhorse, April 15, 1985

by Larry Thornton

The naming of Dashs Dream as the 1984 World Champion allows those of us interested in quarter horse history to inquire—Does history repeat itself? The correlation between the honors achieved by Dash For Cash and Go Man Go provides a good example of this concept.

In 1965, Go Josie Go was named the World Champion Quarter Running Horse. Her title gave Go Man Go his second consecutive World Champion daughter. Goetta by Go Man Go had previously won the world title in 1964. Now, almost twenty years later [1985], Dash For Cash has duplicated this honor with his 1983 and 1984 World Champions—Dashingly and Dashs Dream.

Ironically, it was Dash For Cash that became the first runner since Go Man Go to put together consecutive World Championships in 1976 and 1977. Go Man Go had won his championships twenty years early in 1955, '56, and '57.

The duplication of honors earned by these great horses is reinforced by their genetic link to each other. Go Man Go is the broodmare sire of Rocket Wrangler—the sire of Dash For Cash. The close association between Dash For Cash and Go Man Go brings into focus the close association between other great stallions. Let's examine some common ground between Dash For Cash and Secretariat, two all-time great runners.

Dash For Cash is genetically linked with Secretariat through the mare Imperatrice. Dash For Cash was foaled in 1973, the same year Secretariat became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. Secretariat won his consecutive Horse Of The Year honors in 1972 and 1973.

Imperatrice and Somethingroyal

Imperatrice is the dam of Somethingroyal, the dam of Secretariat. Imperatrice is the fourth dam of Dash For Cash. She was the stakes winning daughter of Caruso by Polymelian. Coincidentally, she died in 1973. Her stakes wins came  in the New England Oaks, Fall Highweight Handicap, the New Rochelle Handicap and the Test Stakes.

Imperatrice had 12 starters with ten winners and six stakes winners. One of her non-winners was Somethingroyal by Princequillo. Besides Secretariat, Somethingroyal is the dam of three other stakes winners including the successful sire Sir Gaylord.

Imperatrice's 1945 foal was Scattered, a stakes winning daughter of Triple Crown winner Whirlaway. Scattered received her stakes victories in the Coaching Club American Oaks and the Pimlico Oaks. She is a stakes producer through here foals Disperse and Here And There.

Scattered is the dam of Hide and Seek, the maternal granddam of Dash For Cash. Hide And Seek is an unraced daughter of Alibhai, that produced 12 foals with all 11 of her starters being winners. Find A Buyer was Hide And Seek's 1966 foal by the good sire To Market.


Dash For Cash and Secretariat are not only genetically linked but show physical similarities as well.


Dash For Cash and Secretariat are not only genetically linked but show physical similarities as well. They are "almost identical measurement wise," stated B. F. Phillips, Jr. while explaining his reasons with Mr. Crimson Ruler, a son of Secretariat. Phillips discovered the similarity in the measurements when he commissioned Jim Reno to do a bronze of Dash For Cash. Reno had also created a bronze of Secretariat, commissioned by Mrs. Penny Tweedy.

"Dash For Cash has a little longer hip and a little shorter back," added Phillips. He continued, "He [Dash For Cash] is a little shorter in the ear and about a half-inch smaller than Secretariat."

Phillips talked about the other key measurements, such as the distance from the knee to the ground being shorter than the distance from the knee to the shoulder in Dash For Cash. His hock is similar to Secretariat's. The distance from the ground to the hock is shorter than the distance from the hock to the stifle.

The horseman who studies ideal conformation has found that the shorter the cannon bone and the lower the hock to the ground, the more desirable the conformation of the leg. Phillips adds that this type of conformation is "indicative that they (Secretariat and Dash For Cash) could run close to the ground. They didn't pick their feet up off the ground very far; they just kind of floated over the ground." He suggested reviewing film and pictures of the to champions to prove his point. Phillips objective is to set these characteristics by a Dash For Cash cross with Mr. Crimson Ruler.


Secretariat and Dash For Cash



The mating of Rocket Wrangler and Find A Buyer appears to hold a key as to why these physical characteristics came about in Dash For Cash. Phillips selected Find A Buyer as a broodmare based on her conformation and outstanding pedigree. "She had all the desired characteristics you'd want in a running horse," stated Phillips. He called her "a big, rangy, stretchy mare" that was "not exceptionally good in her head." The first step was to look around for an appropriate mate, and he settled on Rocket Wrangler. He pointed out that Rocket Wrangler was an "awfully nice, well-balanced, small horse." He had an "extremely nice head, and I was just hoping they all fit together," commented Phillips. Needless to say, Dash For Cash fits nicely together.

Dash For Cash and Secretariat are considered among the greatest runners of their prospective breeds. Secretariat started 21 times and won 16 of them. Dash For Cash started 25 times and won 21 of them. They dominated their competition with record performances and each participated in a race that sets them apart: Dash For Cash in the 1976 Champion of Champions and Secretariat in the 1973 Belmont Stakes. Dash For Cash's 1976 win in the 440 yard Champion of Champions in :21:17 set a record that some feel may never be broken. Secretariat literally buried his competition in the '73 Belmont by 31 lengths and a record  2:24 for the mile and a half.

Dash For Cash and Secretariat are not only linked physically and genetically their syndication have also played a key role in changing the face of the breeding industry. Secretariat's $6.7 million syndication set the ground work for the super syndicates in today's thoroughbred industry. Dash For Cash's $2.5 million syndicate is having a similar impact on the quarter horse industry.

Dash For Cash's phenomenal success as a sire indicates that Secretariat and Dash For Cash may have some differences. Secretariat has been a good sire, but the legend on the track makes his sire record look below par, although he has sired 25 stakes winners, and has a 2.75 Average Earnings Index. In 1983, Secretariat was the broodmare sire of the Two-Year-Old Champion Chief's Crown.

In 1977, Phillips started the syndicate procedure by test breeding mares owned by prospective syndicate members. At the end of the breeding season, Dash For Cash went back to the track to earn his second World Championship.

In 1978, the Dash For Cash test babies hit the ground running. Two of them, Baby Hold On (si 109) and Queen For Cash (si 102), became racehorses to reckon with. Baby Hold On won $418,372 and Queen For Cash $482,933 while competing from 1980 to 1982.

In some respects, the initial success of these two mares and their sisters, Justanold Love and Dashingly, cast a gray area on the producing ability of Dash For Cash's successful  daughters left a doubt in some minds that a weak link existed in this young sire's producing ability.

Phillips defends Dash For Cash by explaining that 75% of the foals born to the test mares were fillies and that the better mares bred that year produced fillies. He feels the initial success "labeled" Dash For Cash as a sire of good fillies and that his sons were not going to measure up to the fillies. Phillips concedes that once the "label" was set, it would take a great effort to "disprove" it. He readily thanks the syndicate members for their faith in Dash For Cash as a sire.


Secretariat and Dash For Cash

Dash For Cash has rewarded syndicate members' faith by becoming a leading sire. His 1984 honors include the leading sire of money earners with over $3 million and the leading sire of stakes winners with 14. A breakdown of his 1984 stakes winners indicates that his sons are beginning to erase the "good fillies only" label. Dash For Cash's 1984 stakes winners include seven sons and seven daughters. Dash For Cash's stakes winning sons not only represent their sire, but they also represent some good female families as well.

On A High, si 113, is out of the thoroughbred mare Yankee Doll by Mito Paint, out of Crafty Yankee by Crafty Actor. On A High won the 1984 National Stakes Derby Championship in track record time. On A High, the winner of the 1983 All American, is credited with breaking the hold Dash For Cash fillies had on major stakes wins by the young sire's offspring.

Yankee Doll is the dam of three starters and two stakes winners. Her first stakes winner, Yankee Win by Windy Ryon, was the 1982 Champion Two-Year-Old Filly....

Cash N Balance, si 103, is the 1984 stakes winner of the Pines Easter Jet Derby. He is out of the Top Moon mare Lela Barnes Bug. Lela Barnes Bug is a stakes placed daughter of Barnes Lady Bug by Mr Bar None and out of the great FL Lady Bug. Cash N Balance has a 3/4 sister named Dash It by Dash For Cash and out of Barnes Lady Bug. Dash It recently became stakes placed in the 1985 National Stakes Derby.

Sir Cashanova, si 100, is a 1984 stakes winner in the Dixie Downs Derby. He is out of Chargeability by Tiny Charger and out of Rhoda Watch by Anchor Watch. Chargeability is a full sister to Chronometer, dam of the 1973 All American winner and the successful sire Timeto Thinkrich.

Sir Cashanova carries the always important Depth Charge breeding through his dam. It should be noted that B. F. Phillips, Jr. selected the King Ranch mares because many of them carried Depth Charge breeding. The late Some Kinda Man is an example of the influence of this breeding. Some Kinda Man is the broodmare sire of World Champion Dashs Dream.

Lil Easy Cash, si 104, is the stakes winner of the 1984 Alameda Handicap and the 1984 Woodside Handicap. He was second in the 1984 Grade 1 Peninsula Championship.

His dam is Becky Meyers Jet by Easy Jet and out of Becky Meyers by Mr Meyers. Becky Meyers is the producer of 6 ROM from six starters. Her dam is Keiter Bar by Band Bar by Sugar Bars by Three Bars.

Browns Dasher, si 107, is the first foal of Little Blue Sheep, the 1977 and 1978 Champion Aged Mare. Browns Dasher became a stakes winner in the 1984 State Fair Handicap. Little Blue Sheep has three starters, with two ROM and two stakes winners....

In 1984, Dash For Cash sired only one two-year-old stakes winner—Send Cash, the winner of the

first division of the Mr. Afton Bug Handicap. Send Cash is out of Ask And Answer by Azure Te and out of the Three Bars mare, First Call.


2005 Postscript to this article:


Dash For Cash son First Down Dash, si 105,

had earnings of $857,256.

He was named World Champion in 1987,

World Champion Three-Year-Old, and

World Champion Three-Year-Old Colt.

His wins included the Dash For Cash Futurity, Kindergarten Futurity, The Champion of Champions, and the Los Alamitos Derby. Additionally, First Down Dash was 1st in the QHBC Championship Classic,

1st in the Dash For Cash Derby,

1st in the Laddie Handicap, and

1st in the Hollywood Park Invitational.

He won an impressive 13 of 15 starts.


His flawless conformation and an exemplary attitude has capitalized into progeny earnings exceeding $50 million. His incredible

success as a sire is also attributable to the

maternal side of his pedigree, which connects him to the incomparable FL Lady Bug


This mark in earnings eclipses the

gross earnings figure of his sire, the legendary

Dash For Cash, by more than $10 million,

and putting him more than $20 million

in front of every other sire in the history

of racing American Quarter Horses!


Dash For Cash's stakes winning sons will be given the opportunity to carry on the successful Three Bars line. The Three Bars' sire line has been most successful through Rocket Bar, as demonstrated by Rocket Wrangler and Dash For Cash.

Along with their ties to the Three Bars' sire line, each of these stallions demonstrates Dash For Cash's ability to cross with some of the most successful bloodlines in the industry. The common denominator in five of these crosses is the influence of Three Bars in the female families....


Does history repeat itself? Dash For Cash's common bonds to Go Man Go and Secretariat certainly don't prove the concept of history repeating itself, although their association does provide the industry with some very interesting correlations between great horses. However, the success of Dash For Cash does indicate that if history repeats itself, we will again have the opportunity to see a truly great horse—another Go Man Go, Secretariat or Dash For Cash.






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