Q-Racing Blog: More Black Type

Q-Racing Blog: More Black Type

Sweet Dasha Fire adds luster to great family.

A blurry photo of a racehorse competing. PHOTO: Bee Silva

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By Ty Wyant

          
Sweet Dasha Fire added more black type on an already classic family when she raced to her first stakes win in the $137,000 PCQHRA Breeders Derby (G2) at Los Alamitos on October 1.
           
A full sister to world champion Heza Dasha Fire, Sweet Dasha Fire got a clean start from the seventh post position and was immediately in contention. She dueled with Jess Being A Friend before exerting her closing rush to win by a neck in :19.831 for 400 yards.
           
Valeriano Racing Stables LLC’s Sweet Dasha Fire carries a superb pedigree. Her first three dams have produced champions and her first two dams are AQHA Dams of Distinction. That is remarkable and the Breeders Futurity stakes win adds even more value to the already valuable Sweet Dasha Fire. If her yearlings are offered in yearling sales, they will certainly attract a lot of attention. 
           
The late Gentry Brothers, Robert and Bruce, are the creators of this family as the breeders of Sweet Dasha Fire’s first five dams as either both bothers or individually. They are also cofounders of Heritage Place.
           
Sweet Dasha Fire is by the First Down Dash son Walk Thru Fire. He is the fifth all-time leading sire of money earners at more than $40 million, and Heza Dasha Fire is his leading money earner at $2,240,112.
           
First dam Dasha Freda, by Mr Jess Perry, raced at Los Alamitos and was a genuine stakes runner. She won the California Breeders Challenge (G3) and was second in the La Primera Del Ano Derby (G2).
           
In addition to Heza Dasha Fire and Sweet Dasha Fire, Dasha Freda also produced champion and Los Alamitos Two Million (G1) winner Ima Fearless Hero. He earned $1,062,435.
           
Second dam Fearless Freda, a daughter of Dash For Cash, was an important stakes horse and won five consecutive races as a 3-year-old. These races included the QHBC Championship Classic (G1), Texas Classic Derby (G1) and the Retama Park Derby (G2). She also placed in five graded stakes.
           
Fearless Freda produced champion Fredricksburg along with champion Fredaville, the dam of champion Kiss Thru Fire.
           
Since Fearless Freda is by Dash For Cash and Walk Thru Fire is by the Dash For Cash son First Down Dash, Sweet Dasha Fire is bred 3x3 to Dash For Cash.
 
Third dam, Such An Easy Effort, by Special Effort, was also a premier stakes horse with wins in the QHBC Distaff Classic (G1), La Primera Del Ano Derby (G1), Denim N Diamonds Futurity (G1), Heritage Place Derby (G2) and Sunland Fall Derby (G3). Such An Easy Effort produced champion Deelish in addition to graded stakes winners Da Edge and Deheiress.

The fourth and fifth dams provided the foundation for this line of Gentry-breds. They are the Easy Jet daughter Easy Kiss and the Go Man Go daughter Cute Kiss, who was purchased by the Gentry Brothers. They each raced at the highest level of stakes company.

Sweet Dasha Fire competed in three graded stakes before gaining the important graded stakes win in the Breeders Derby. Somehow, it seems it was only a matter of time that she gained that win since she has talent and hails from one of the premier families in American Quarter Horse racing history.