Pedigree Analysis: Thermonuclear Energy

This family has energy.

Q-Racing Journal

Thermonuclear Energy. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

We have seen some exemplary performances on the track this year, but some of the most notable performances have been made out of the spotlight.

This year several broodmares have had exceptional seasons.

This summer, The Mixer Ranch’s PYC Paint Your Wagon mare First Painted Sign saw each of her three starters be stakes contenders, including Grade 1 winner First Valiant Sign ($693,680), Grade 1-placed A Tres Of Paint ($361,914) and stakes winner Apollitical Sign ($96,523).

Dr. Steve Burns also has had quite a year as a breeder, and he has gotten significant assistance from his Babe On The Fly. This year the Strawfly Special mare has had 12 starters, of which three are stakes winners – including Grade 1 winners Rock You ($788,565) and Little Talks ($461,869), Grade 1-placed Glock ($205,905) and stakes winner Wrap You Up ($48,445).

Then there is the unrivaled achievement of S-Quarter K LLC’s Dasha Freda, who in one 24-hour period saw two of her three starters this year win two of the sport’s biggest races – the Champion of Champions (G1) and Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1). Those, of course, were by champion Heza Dasha Fire and Ima Fearless Hero. The Mr Jess Perry mare’s other 2015 starter, Heza Fearless Dasher, is also a stakes winner this year.

Another broodmare is looking to enter this level of achievement; that being the Mr Jess Perry mare Terrific Energy. Owned by the Parsons Family Limited Partnership, the 10-year-old was herself a multiple Grade 1-winner in her racing career.

This year, she has four winners from five starters, including two stakes winners. On the same weekend as Dasha Freda notched her big achievement, Terrific Energy was represented by two 2-year-olds, Dynasty Energy finishing third in the Two Million, and her Grade 1-placed Thermonuclear Energy winning the Los Alamitos Two Million Juvenile (R). They have earned $251,186 and $141,972, respectively, this year.

Dynasty Energy is by FDD Dynasty, who from five crops has sired the earners of more than $10.7 million, including champion Kates Dynasty.

Thermonuclear Energy is by Walk Thru Fire, who from 11 crops to race has sired the earners of more than $27.4 million, including seven champions.

Terrific Energy’s first foal was the late Terrific Synergy, also a son of FDD Dynasty, who earned $307,026 while qualifying to five Grade 1s before dying too soon.

She has two coming 2-year-olds, a colt by Parsons Rock named Rockin Energy and a filly by FDD Dynasty named Designs By Dynasty.

Her dam, First Down Energy, is an unraced daughter of First Down Dash who also produced stakes winner Tejas Energy B ($34,161) and stakes-placed runner West Texas Energy ($25,961).

Terrific Energy’s half-sister, My First Corona, is the mother of stakes winner Coronas Boy ($381,063).

First Down Energy is a full sister to champion Tiny First Effort ($445,393), herself the dam of Grade 1-placed Eagles Span ($152,063), and Grade 1 winner Tiny First Down ($317,881), as well as being a half-sister to Grade 1-placed Crash Thru Traffic ($140,595), dam of stakes winner Crashed My Dooley ($102,882).

This is the immediate family of another mare that had an exceptional year, that being Sizzling. Sizzling is out of First Down Energy’s three-quarter sister Tiny Dash Of Cash. This year she saw two qualifiers in the Grade 1 All American Futurity and All American Derby, Giving It All ($87,958) and Fire Fortune ($354,346), respectively.

This is definitely a family with a lot of energy.

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