All American Derby Qualifier: Big Dashing Perry

Bay gelding, Mr Jess Perry-Marcys Dashin Bye by Dashin Bye

Race Record: 7-5-0-2 $168,230
: Grant Farms LLC
Owners: Grant Farms LLC, Tommy Hays and Bobby Barnett
Trainer: Toby Keeton
Qualifying jockey: G.R. Carter Jr.
Qualifying time: :21.184

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Race record: Big Dashing Perry won the first of 12 trials and his :21.184 for 440 yards held up throughout the afternoon as the fastest-qualifying time to the $1,920,887 All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

“This is the first time I’ve ridden him,” said champion jockey G.R. Carter Jr. “I stood him in the gate and he was perfect. Today he just ran a nice race. He broke well and finished strong. He’s a pro and he likes the distance.”

Big Dashing Perry was making his first start since finishing a close third in Mr Big’s $167,300 Sam Houston Derby (G3) on April 19. Now the winner of five of seven starts, the gelding started his career with three consecutive wins, a streak capped with Bobby Martinez sending him out under David Alvarez to score a three-quarter-length win in the $265,775 Firecracker Futurity (G2) on July 4 at Delta Downs.

Pedigree: Big Dashing Perry is one of 120 stakes winners by champion and third-all-time leading sire Mr Jess Perry ($687,184), who from 1,111 starters in 16 crops raced has sired eight champions and the earners of more than $44.5 million. The 22-year-old son of Streakin La Jolla and the winning Sinn Fein mare Scooopie Fein ($15,807) is a top-10 all-time leading sire of broodmares and was the No. 1 broodmare sire in 2013.

Big Dashing Perry is out of the winning Dashin Bye mare Marcys Dashin Bye ($76,117), who in 2007 ran in the Louisiana QHBA Futurity (RG1), Louisiana QHBA Sale Futurity (RG1) and the Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile (RG2). Marcys Dashin Bye is out of the stakes-winning Six Fortunes mare Marcy Darling ($40,429), who has produced the earners of more than $909,000, including the stakes-winning Chicks Beduino gelding GW Chick ($96,804), graded stakes winner First To Shine ($141,622, by First Down Dash) and the champion First Down Dash stallion First To Flash ($494,835), whose champion son First Moonflash sired All American qualifier Mad About The Moon. Marcys Dashin Bye has produced five winners and the earners of more than $232,000 from seven starters.
Breeder: Big Dashing Perry was bred by Jon and Donna McPherson’s Grant Farms at Pineville, Louisiana. Since 2010, Grant Farms has bred five stakes winners, 26 other winners and the earners of more than $1.3 million from 67 starters.

Purchased for $45,000 at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, Big Dashing Perry races for the Elgin,Texas-based partnership of Grant Farms; Tommy Hays, D.V.M.; and Bobby Barnett.

Trainer: Toby and Cindi Keeton train horses on their ranch at Seguin, Texas. Since 1981, Toby has sent out 1,301 winners and the earners of more than $12 million from 7,557 starters, and in Grade 1 races this season has won the Ruidoso Futurity with Kiss My Hocks and the Heritage Place Futurity with Lovethewayyoulie. Cindi also trains in her own name, and since 2007 has saddled 80 winners and the earners of more than $.08 million from 458 starters, including winning the 2012 Sam Houston Derby (G3) with Charmin Chief Corona, and the 2012 and 2013 TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2) with Cash Flow Cartel and Won To Watch, respectively.

Jockey: The all-time leading jockey in American Quarter Horse racing, Carter rode champion Dashing Perfection to win the 1997 All American Derby and qualified three of the four-fastest qualifiers to this year’s Derby: Big Dashing Perry, Kates Dynasty and J Bar. The 10-time AQHA champion jockey is the all-time leader by money, having ridden the earners of more than $65.8 million, and by wins, having gone into the trials with scores aboard 3,663 winners from 23,141 starts. He has won the All American Futurity (G1) twice, on Falling In Loveagain in 1998 and on world champion Stolis Winner in 2008, and qualified four horses to this year’s Futurity: Thunderball B, Im A Fancy PYC, JM Miracle and Tempting Destiny.