First Stakes Winner for First I Am

Idaho futurity victor becomes stallion’s first stakes winner.

August 12, 2012

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First I Am, a son of champion and All American Futurity (G1) winner Eyesa Special out of First Down Dash's full sister, got his first stakes winner on Sunday when Signature Rocket won the $34,400 Oneida County Fair Futurity in Idaho. The 8-year-old gray stallion stands at South Fork Farms, near West Point, Utah.

Gary Chambers saddled Signature Rocket to victory for owners Larry and Joyce Mower. Bernard Dinneen bred Signature Rocket in Utah from the Vital Sign mare Sheza Signature.

Bred in Oklahoma by Weetona Stanley, First I Am was unplaced in two starts to 3. His sire, Eyesa Special, was the champion 2-year-old in 2000, winning six of 10 starts and earning $1,394,911. Among his wins were the Grade 1 All American Futurity and Texas Classic Futurity. In the stallion barn, he has sired $4.5 million in earners and 29 stakes horses including Eyesa Jumpn ($460,270) and Eyesa Shaker ($256,473).

First I Am is out of former broodmare of the year First Prize Dash, a full sister to all-time leading sire First Down Dash. She is the dam of 23 ROM including Grade 1 winners First Prize Leesa ($488,270), First Carolina ($415,407), First Prize Robin ($244,929) and Fast First Prize ($244,929); Grade 1-placed First Prize Perry ($243,946); Grade 2 winner and a 2012 leading sire of money earners Heza Fast Dash ($136,123); and stakes-placed First Prize Paris ($92,910), First Prize Timber ($56,108) and First Prize Stone ($22,388).

For additional information, contact Ricardo Castillo at South Fork Farms at (801) 774.8811.