First Down Dash Eclipses $80M Sire Mark

All-time leading sire continues to extend his lead.

Q-Racing Journal
September 2, 2013

First Down Dash

First Down Dash

American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame stallion First Down Dash continues to break records, as yesterday his foals pushed his all-time sire earnings past $80 million.

On September 1, the First Down Dash colt Point Break Dash finished third in the $2,809,784 All American Derby (G1), earning $280,978 for owners Jon and Donna McPherson and pushing First Down Dash's progeny earnings above $80 million. The Magic Dash was 10th. On September 2, Fatal Policy finished ninth in the $2.6 million All American Derby.

As of September 3, his sire earnings stood at $80,417,564.

Already the sport’s all-time leading sire by money earned, First Down Dash continues to extend his lead at nearly double the next closest horse on the list. Corona Cartel and Mr Jess Perry are close in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots – as of September 3, Corona Cartel has progeny earnings of more than $42.5 million and Mr Jess Perry has progeny earnings of just over $42.3 million.

First Down Dash was the sport’s world champion in 1987, and he was placed in the American Quarter Horse Association’s hall of fame in 2011. Sired by Dash For Cash, he is out of the Gallant Jet mare First Prize Rose.

From 23 crops to race, he has sired 1,266 winners from 1,797 starters, including 241 stakes winners and 36 champions. He stood his entire career at Vessels Stallion Farm at Bonsall, California.

First Down Dash died in 2010.