Simply put, Dash For Cash defined Quarter Horse racing from the time he stepped onto the track in March 1975 until euthanized due to complications of equine protozoal myeloencephalitis at the 6666’s Ranch in Guthrie, Texas, in May 1996.
In between those dates, he charted a brilliant dual career as a racehorse and sire of racehorses.
Dash For Cash ran 25 races in three years, crossing the finish line first – usually with plenty of daylight to spare – in 21 of them. He finished second three times, and did worse than that only once. All this fast footwork earned him $507,688 during his career – years before Quarter Horses were earning million-dollar purses. He was the first horse to have consecutive victories in the Champion of Champions (1976 and 1977).
Dash For Cash was foaled April 17, 1973, on the Phillips Ranch near Frisco, Texas. By Rocket Wrangler, a paternal grandson of Three Bars (TB) and maternal grandson of Go Man Go, Dash For Cash was out of the King Ranch Thoroughbred mare Find A Buyer.
From 1,069 starters in 19 crops to race, Dash For Cash sired 751 winners, with 135 stakes winners, 880 earners of Registers of Merit, 112 earners of Superiors and 16 world champions. Together, they earned $37,386,838. The world champions include Dashingly (1983), Dashs Dream (1984), Cash Rate (1985), First Down Dash (1987) and Dash For Speed (1990). Divisional champions include Queen For Cash, Dashing Phoebe, Cash Perks, Florentine, Calyx, Dashing Val, Cash Legacy, Quick Fun, Takin On The Cash, Some Dasher and Sound Dash.
Dash For Cash horses also made great cow horses such as National Cutting Horse Association world champion Miss N Cash. Dash For Cash had great intelligence and ability that he passed onto his offspring. He sired 15 point-earners, one AQHA Champion and one reserve world champion. His offspring have earned $128,858 in National Cutting Horse Association events. Ranches such as the 6666’s and Pitchfork use Dash For Cashes for working horses.
The great stallion’s ashes were buried at the foot of a life-size bronze statue of his likeness in front of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum. He was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1997.
Biography updated as of March 1997.