Pedigree Analysis: Dashin Gage

Dashin Gage shows off an outcross pedigree.

Q-Racing Journal

Dashin Gage wins at Delta Downs. PHOTO: Delta Downs

Dashin Gage kicked off Delta Downs’ opening weekend with a nice victory in the $50,000 John Alleman Memorial Stakes (RG3) for owner Douglas O. Traylor. The 4-year-old gelding notched a stakes record in the race, and increased his career earnings to $243,882 with six wins from 15 career starts. He is also the winner of the 2012 Louisiana QHBA Sale Futurity (RG1).

Bred by Margie Loup of Mount Hermon, Louisiana, Dashin Gage is by Oak Tree Special out of the Dash Thru Traffic mare Dash Lady Love.

Outcrosses are a valuable commodity in the breeding industry, and Oak Tree Special qualified as an outcross. Oak Tree Special was a durable racehorse, racing 26 times in three years. Through his sire, Special Task, Oak Tree Special is a tail-male representative of American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Special Effort and his sire, Raise Your Glass (TB). He is out of Easy Lady Oak, a daughter of Easy Dozen, who is by Easy Jet. Taking a look at the top 30 stallions on the 2013 list of sires by money earned, it is remarkable to note that, of those 30 horses, only two do not carry the blood of Chicks Beduino, Corona Cartel, Dash For Cash, First Down Dash or Mr Jess Perry within their first two generations. The two stallions sans the aforementioned bloodlines are Tres Seis (Sixarun-Our Third Delight by Reb’s Policy (TB)), and Oak Tree Special.

The nearly-black stallion Oak Tree Special was bred by Mrs. C.L. Loreant of Oak Hill Ranch in Franklin, Texas, and Raul Rubalcava raced the horse through a world championship career. Foaled in 2000 and retired to stud in 2004, the stallion from eight crops to race has sired the earners of more than $10.1 million. He has sired 198 winners from 338 starters (58.6 percent) and 27 stakes winners (8 percent), with 16 percent stakes placed. Oak Tree Special has gotten world champion Cold Cash 123 ($1,409,781) and champion El Duero ($299,606), among others. Oak Tree Special died in 2013.

Dashin Gage’s dam, Dash Lady Love, is a daughter of Dash Thru Traffic (a son of First Down Dash out of a Beduino (TB) mare) out of the Zevi (TB) mare Zevis Lady Love. She was a race winner, with earnings of $13,940 and is owned by Henry Kennedy Jr. of Waller, Texas.

She has to date produced four winners from five starters, with Dashin Gage her most successful. However, she is also the dam of stakes competitor Dashformoomoo (by Fast Prize Dash, $35,647).

Dash Lady Love comes from a dam line bathed in black type. Dam Zevis Lady Love is an Oklahoma-bred with a limited race record. She put forth her best effort as a broodmare, with 14 winners from 15 starters, including three stakes winners and three stakes-placed runners.

Among them are the Mr Houston-sired stakes-winning full siblings Duke Of Houston ($201,481), Mr Roberto ($113,487) and Sultan De Houston ($101,093), all of them forceful runners in New Mexico. She is also the dam of Grade 1-placed runner VGC Moon Walk (by Walk Thru Fire, $119,701) and Grade 3-placed runner Victor Andres (by Mr Houston, $111,601).

Zevis Lady Love’s daughter Authorized Love (by Dooley Authorized) is the dam of stakes winner Love Me Caliente (by Corona Caliente, $120,827) and the stakes-placed runner Authorized Rime (by Major Rime, $45,068).

Dash Lady Love’s second dam is Moon Lover, a daughter of Top Moon and a Superior Race Horse. She is the dam of stakes winner Zee Vee Love (by Zevi (TB), $48,248), who would go on to produce Superior Race Horses and First Down Dash-sired full siblings The Rainbow Royale ($53,759) and The Rainbow Ranger ($53,325).

From this family also comes stakes horses Blazin Zeena ($109,281), Heart Snatcher ($53,338), Mystical Cartel RR ($43,828), Mystical Ocean B ($31,703), Mission Dash ($27,275) and Mambo Moon ($11,820).

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