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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
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 , 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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....
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.
Postscript to this article:
Dash For Cash son First Down Dash, si 105,
earnings of $857,256.
He was named World Champion in 1987,
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.
an impressive 13 of 15 starts.
His flawless conformation and an
exemplary attitude has capitalized into progeny earnings exceeding $50 million.
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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