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By Andrea CaudillQ-Racing JournalJune 23, 2014
Heza Dasha Fire wins the Ed Burke Futurity. PHOTO: Scott Martinez
For more than three decades, Ed Burgart has been the voice of Los Alamitos. He has called for us countless moments of racing history, and analyzed the races and runners with a talented handicapper’s eye. So needless to say, when he speaks, it is worth listening.
In Thursday’s live chat on the Q-Racing Aces Facebook page, Burgart, as the day's special guest, talked about the weekend’s upcoming $985,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) and the race’s fastest qualifier.
“When Heza Dasha Fire broke his maiden, he reminded me of the effortless wins by Foose and Blues Girl Too in their debuts,” Burgart said. “He might be as good.”
It’s now 12 hours after the race, and I believe that opinion has been backed up by fact. Heza Dasha Fire trounced the field by broad daylight, hand ridden to the wire at the end of the 350-yard test while still posting the third-fastest time in the stakes’ history (behind champions Carters Cartel and the aforementioned Foose). The sorrel gelding is now 3-for-3 with earnings of $401,830.
Burgart, via Twitter, called the performance “one of the best 2-year-old wins I have ever seen.”
Heza Dasha Fire is a Washington-bred who races for breeder S-Quarter K LLC of Kennewick. S-Quarter K is comprises Don and Kathy Meneely and their son, Shawn. The gelding is by Walk Thru Fire and out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Dasha Freda.
Walk Thru Fire was foaled in 1997, and he was born to be great. By the time the son of First Down Dash out of the Allred Bros.’ Beduino (TB) mare Sweet Beduino hit the ground, he already had stakes winning-siblings This Jet Is Royal (by Easy Jet, $91,613) and A Dash Of Beduino (by Dash For Cash, $103,934) representing the family. (Of course presently, Walk Thru Fire has an even more fruitful family tree – his full sister One Sweet Dash is the dam of world champion One Dashing Eagle ($2,079,065) and Grade 1 winner One Sweet Jess ($953,592).)
The horse was initially trained by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame member D. Wayne Lukas, who obviously thought a lot of the colt. After all, at the 1998 Vessels/Schvaneveldt Sale, Lukas and partners Eddie Gaylord II (who owned Lazy E Ranch at the time) and William S. Farish Jr. (then vice chairman of The Jockey Club and owner of Lane’s End Farm), paid $270,000 for the horse, who was at the time named “Beduinos Free Agent”.
Here’s the bad news: The horse, bearing a new name, didn’t run as much as they’d hoped. Walk Thru Fire had talent – he was in stakes competition by his second start, and contested the finals of A Delightful Dasher’s $555,942 Golden State Futurity (G1) and Corona Kool’s $1,228,198 Los Alamitos Million Futurity (G1). But, unable to hit the homerun, he would retire after 21 starts with $94,280 in earnings.
Here’s the good news: Owner Jaime Gomez would send the stallion to stud and Walk Thru Fire’s first crop of 28 foals would hit the track in 2005 like wildfire in front of a Santa Ana wind. First among them was champion Higher Fire ($1,314,742), as well as Grade 1 winner Gold Nugget Rd ($122,543) and Grade 1-placed runner In Dispute ($148,916). The then-8-year-old stallion was quickly purchased by Dr. Ed Allred and Mike Abraham, and currently stands at Burns Ranch at Menifee, California.
Walk Thru Fire from 10 crops to race has sired the earners of $18.4 million, with 352 winners from 585 starters. He is the sire of last year’s world champion Last To Fire ($1,089,345) as well as divisional champions Separate Fire ($631,250), Flame N Flash ($439,151) and Pink Boots RM ($139,345).
In the case of Heza Dasha Fire, the sire certainly had help from one of the top damlines in the industry, a product of the great legacy left by the late Gentry Bros. of Lubbock, Texas.
Dasha Freda is a 12-year-old daughter of Mr Jess Perry and the Dash For Cash mare Fearless Freda. S-Quarter K bought the mare as a yearling at the 2003 Heritage Place Yearling Sale and they would see her win four of 16 starts, including the 2005 California Derby Challenge (G3), and contest three Grade 1s, including a fifth-place finish in the 2004 Ed Burke Memorial Futurity. She would earn $111,741 in her career.
She has produced four winners from five starters, but this is her first stakes winner. She has a yearling colt by Valiant Hero named Ima Fearless Hero.
Dasha Freda’s dam, of course, is the dam of distinction Fearless Freda. The mare, named for the Gentry brothers’ mother, won multiple Grade 1s and earned $262,121 before beginning the task of mastering her next career as a broodmare.
Fearless Freda would produce nine winners from 11 starters. Two of them – the Mr Jess Perry progeny Fredricksburg ($396,304) and Fredaville ($325,321) – were champions. She is also the dam of stakes-placed runner Fearless Fritz (by Shazoom, $100,085).
Fearless Freda’s 1999 foal, Fearless Chick (by Chicks Beduino) is dam to Mexican stakes winner Funaway (by Ocean Runaway, $86,681), and her last foal, Harrisburg (by Azoom) two weekends ago was second in the Adequan Arapahoe Derby Challenge.
Fearless Freda died in January.
Her dam is Such An Easy Effort (Special Effort-Easy Kiss by Easy Jet), who raced 33 times while earning $496,127, and notched memorable performances in the 1987 Denim N Diamonds Futurity (G1), La Primera Del Ano Derby (G1) and QHBC Distaff Classic (G1), among others.
In addition to Fearless Freda, Such An Easy Effort is also the dam of two-time champion Deelish ($604,153), who is herself dam to stakes winner Deeheiress (by Mr Jess Perry, $127,058). Deeheiress is the dam of stakes winner Rollickin Red (by Roll Hennessy Roll (TB), $333,802). Deelish and Fearless Freda also have sister Da Edge (by Separatist, $117,076) and Dashadee (by Mr Jess Perry), who is the dam of TF Ms Special Perry (by Special Leader, $116,625).
This immediate family also produced 1989 Ed Burke Memorial Futurity (G1) winner Flomont ($286,213); as well as Grade 1-placed Kiss Me High ($68,829) and Its High ($79,757); and stakes winners such as RG Special In Traffic ($159,579) and Quick Kisses ($105,113).
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