First Prize Stone Gets First SW

Otta Be A Prize gives the freshman sire his first stakes win in Saturday's Wild West Juvenile Stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Freshman sire First Prize Stone was a finalist in the 2011 Texas Classic Derby (G1) at Lone Star Park.

Freshman sire First Prize Stone got his first stakes winner on October 24 when Otta Be A Prize won the $15,000 Wild West Juvenile Stakes at Los Alamitos.

Otta Be A Prize races for breeders Ron and Laurie Moosman in partnership with Gordon Knudsen. He is out of the Proudest Effort mare Otta Be Special, who is herself a stakes winner, and has won three of seven starts so far this year. 

First Prize Stone is a sorrel son of Mr Jess Perry out of the dam of distinction First Prize Dash. The 7-year-old stallion was bred by Weetona Stanley and is owned by Ron and Laurie Moosman. The stallion won or placed in half of his eight career starts, including finishing second in the 2011 Mr Master Bug Handicap (R) and qualifying to the Texas Classic Derby (G1). He earned $32,633 in his racing career. 

From 20 starters, the freshman sire has gotten nine winners and 16 Register of Merit earners. 

First Prize Stone’s sire was a champion on the track, and is one of the sport’s all-time leading sires with progeny earnings of more than $46.7 million, as well as being a sire of sires. 

His dam, a full sister to all-time leading sire First Down Dash, has created her own dynasty. From 43 registered foals, she has gotten 34 starters and 28 winners that have accumulated more than $2.4 million. Among them are leading sire Heza Fast Dash ($136,123) and Grade 1 winners Fast First Prize ($244,929), First Carolina ($415,047), First Prize Robin ($295,147) and First Prize Leesa ($488,270). 

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