Pedigree Analysis: This Dude Can Fly

A fresh runner from a foundation family.

Q-Racing Journal

This Dude Can Fly wins the Heritage Place Derby. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Remington Park’s closing weekend hosted a number of big races.

The fleet Bon Accord nosed out Llano Cartel in the $257,740 Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1), and Louisana Corona made a fitting statement in the Junos Request Stakes (G2), as she carried Tami Purcell-Burkland and her autographed silks home on the evening of the “Betting on a Cure” celebration.

In the $1,020,980 Heritage Place Futurity (G1), Lovethewayyoulie nosed out the onslaught of BV Travelin Soldier to grab the winner’s purse. The filly is by Tempting Dash and out of the Streakin Sixes mare Witchs Streak, who was third in the 2007 Retama Park Futurity (G1) and a finalist in the Dash For Cash Futurity (G1). Witchs Streak is also the dam of stakes-placed runner Baby Witch (by Shazoom, $39,600).

Witchs Streak is out of the Strawfly Special mare Livorno, who is out of the Dash For Cash mare Juana Dinero. Juana Dinero is a 1990 mare out of the Lassie’s Go Man mare Lassie Jane. This immediate damline has also produced the likes of Classified As Dash ($334,835), Juana Mystica ($179,648), Mystical Reb ($118,860), Le Elecutrix ($74,722), Jacque Seis ($57,053) and Slow Way Home ($31,796).

On the futurity’s undercard, Luis De La Cerda and Abel Flores’ This Dude Can Fly was up to win the $257,050 Heritage Place Derby (G2) by a head.

The gelding has made eight career starts, and lit the board in each of them. He has earned $152,443.

Bred by Robert and Helen Wood of Seagraves, Texas, This Dude Can Fly is by One Famous Eagle and out of the First Down Dash mare Helens First Choice. He was purchased at the 2012 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale for $53,000.

One Famous Eagle has, indeed, been one famous horse. His first hint at fame came at 33 months of age, when the sorrel colt won the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1). Owned by breeder and AQHA President Johnny Trotter in partnership with Burnett Ranches LLC, he would roll on from there. In his sophomore year he would win the Golden State Derby (G1), Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) and then finish fourth in Jess You And I’s Champion of Champions (G1). He retired as the sport’s champion 3-year-old colt with earnings of $1,387,453.

One Famous Eagle’s fame came with him to his next career in the breeding shed. Standing alongside his sire, Mr Jess Perry, at the legendary Four Sixes Ranch at Guthrie, Texas, the young sire took full advantage of a strong court of mares. In his first year, he broke First Down Dash’s freshman sire earnings record with $2,925,206, including that of world champion and All American Futurity (G1) winner One Dashing Eagle ($2,079,065). Last year his runners pulled in more than $2.7 million, and this year their earnings already stand at $809,181. Now owned by a syndicate, the stallion stands atop the third-year sire list, and is No. 7 on all sires by money earned.

His Grade 1 winners are world champion One Dashing Eagle, One Handsome Man ($187,792), WR Golden Eagle ($142,167) and Jabuti Eagle SA ($92,041). He also sired Mexican champion One Famous Episode.

One of the mares brought to him that very first year was Helens First Choice, a product of one of the great damlines of the sport. Helens First Choice was foaled in 2005, and is by all-time leading sire First Down Dash and out of the Beduino (TB) mare Harems Choice. Helens First Choice was bred by the Woods, who owned Harems Choice, in partnership with Vessels Stallion Farm. Helens First Choice indicated that she’d inherited her family’s speed – she ran fifth in Wild Six’s $266,770 West Texas Futurity (G1) – and won a Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trial over eventual Grade 1 winner Feature Jess Rockin ($293,742) – but retired after four career starts with a modest $17,604 in earnings.

Her first foal, an Ivory James filly named Forbiden Ivory, posted a career-best 92 speed index and earned $19,072 in her career.

In 2009, she was crossed to first-year stallions Carters Cartel and One Famous Eagle. Her Carters Cartel filly, Lakeland, is unstarted. But the second cross resulted in One Handsome Man, a gray horse who in 10 starts would win the Dash For Cash Futurity (G1) and finish as a finalist in the Texas Classic Derby (G1) with earnings of $188,777.

This Dude Can Fly, foaled the following year, indicates the strength of that nick.

Helens First Choice has a yearling by One Sweet Jess named Sweet Baby Of Mine.

Of course, Helens First Choice’s family is a group of legendary producers. Dam Harems Choice was foaled in 1984, a product of the cross between Beduino (TB) and the Tiny Charger mare Flicka Your Bic, whose dam, Hy Flicka, is a full sister to the great producer and American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Black Easter Bunny.

Though only a modest runner, Harems Choice’s calling was as a nick with the great First Down Dash.

Their very first encounter produced champion, All American Futurity (G1) winner and successful sire Royal Quick Dash ($1,046,980), who from 17 crops has sired the earners of more than $20.1 million. This magical cross also produced champion Royal Sovereign, who was a two-time Grade 1 winner and earner of $278,829 before his untimely death; Los Alamitos Million Futurity (G1) winner and sire A Regal Choice ($735,507); Grade 1 winner and sire Harems Last Dash ($169,957); and stakes winner First Rate Choice ($98,220).

Harems Choice’s daughters, in addition to Helens First Choice, also are major producers. They have produced the likes of Grade 1 winners Red Clay Of Texas ($169,863); Grade 1-placed Redwood Creek ($143,892) and Buttlerfly Kisses ($53,398); and stakes horse Hiclass Heat ($108,421).

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