Tempting Dash Sells For $1.7 Million

Champion and sire brings record price.

By Andrea Caudill
Q-Racing Journal
November 1, 2013

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Tempting Dash sold for $1.7 million.

Tempting Dash sold November 1 for a record $1.7 million at the Heritage Place Fall Mixed Sale in Oklahoma City. The 6-year-old sorrel stallion was purchased by John Simmons’ Simmons Ranch of Burnet, Texas.

This is the highest price of any racing American Quarter Horse sold at public auction. The previous record was for the 1981 champion 3-year-old filly, Queen For Cash, who sold in 1982 for $1.1 million. Last year at this same sale, the 2-year-old A Dash Of Sweet Heat was sold for $1 million.

“We watched him run in the four races he ran in the (United) States, and he was an outstanding runner,” Simmons told the Q-Racing Journal. “We’ve seen some of the offspring he has produced that haven’t hit the track yet, and they all just look the part. You just don’t get a chance to buy a horse like that every day. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I think.”

The horse was sold by the VSE Consignment on behalf of the Department of Treasury, as was A Dash Of Sweet Heat last year.

Tempting Dash was sold in absentia, as he is blood positive for piroplasmosis. His semen is not affected. Piroplasmosis is a blood-borne parasite transmitted by biting ticks or contaminated needles.

Starting only four races in his official career, Tempting Dash won all four races that included the trials and finals of the $445,185 Dash For Cash Futurity (G1) and $1,105,397 Texas Classic Futurity (G1). Racing at 400 yards, he set a Lone Star Park track record in the Dash For Cash final, then broke his own record with a :19.205 run in the Texas Classic. He retired with career earnings of $673,970 and a career-high speed index of 111. He honored as the 2009 champion 2-year-old colt.

Tempting Dash is sired by all-time leading sire First Down Dash and out of the broodmare of the year A Tempting Chick, daughter of Chicks Beduino. The 2009 broodmare of the year has produced seven winners from 10 starters, including Tempting Dash’s full brother A Tempting Dash, a two-time Grade 1 winner who earned $541,959 in his career, and stakes-finalist sister Natalie Dash ($52,681).

Tempting Dash has 90 registered foals. The freshman sire has four starters from a limited first crop of only six foals, and three of the starters are winners.

Simmons said plans have yet to be finalized for where the stallion will stand in 2014.

“We will be sorting all that out in the next 30 days and have decisions about that,” he said. “He’s a fine horse, and we hope a lot of good mares get brought to him.”