Champion, Leading Sire Dash Thru Traffic Dies

The All American Futurity winner was also a top sire.

All American Futurity winner Dash Thru Traffic has died at the age of 24. (Photo by Robbie Knudson)

Champion Dash Thru Traffic was euthanized Friday at the age of 24. The winner of the 1992 All American Futurity (G1) had suffered a breeding accident several years ago and his owners, Charlie and Debbie Therwanger, had pensioned him at Ronnie and Bonnie Stewart's Double S Farm near Holland, Texas, where he lived out his life comfortably.

"Charlie and Debbie Therwanger loved this horse," Ronnie Stewart said Saturday morning. "They spared no expense making sure this horse lived a long and comfortable life."

The Therwangers purchased Dash Thru Traffic for $32,000 at the Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City and campaigned him in the name of TNT Racing.

"We had seen him at Vessels (in California) a few months earlier and knew we wanted him," Charlie Therwanger said. "He was a big long striding horse that didn't hit his best until the All American Futurity."

From the second crop of all-time leading sire First Down Dash, the bay stallion won five of seven starts as 2-year-old including a devastating 1¾-length win in the $1.89 million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. He was also third in the Rainbow Futurity (G1), fourth in the Kansas Futurity (G1) and a finalist in the Rainbow Derby (G1).

The only horse to qualify for all three Triple Crown races (the Kansas Futurity has since been replaced by the Ruidoso Futurity) his 2-year-old season, Jack Brooks trained him in all but two outs. Making all of his starts at Ruidoso Downs, Dash Thru Traffic ended his career with a 13-6-2-1 record and earnings of $1,056,943.

In the stallion barn, Dash Thru Traffic was as equally successful. From 14 crops, he sired 284 winners (64%), 73 stakes horses (17%), two champions and the earners of $8.1 million with average earnings per starter of $18,290.

Among his leading performers were champion 2-year-old colt Hawkish SI 105 (8 wins, $685,631), champion 2-year-old gelding Hes My Dasher SI 102 (11 wins, $575,774), Grade 1 winner Sixy Thru Traffic SI 111 (10 wins, $209,748), Grade 3 winner Catscape SI 114 (11 wins, $203,176), Grade 2 winner Rojo Dancer SI 102 (7 wins, $164,266), Grade 2 winner RG Special N Traffic (6 wins, $159,579), stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Cash Thru Traffic SI 108 (9 wins, $140,595), etc.

As a broodmare sire, Dash Thru Traffic sired the dams of 20 stakes winners including Grade 2 winner Sixy Royal King SI 97 ($230,305), Restricted Grade 1 winner Dashin Gage SI 98 ($194,971), stakes winner Painted Sable SI 106 ($170,275), Grade 1 winner Check Cathy ($163,585), etc.

Vessels Stallion Farm bred the horse out of the Beduino (TB) mare Lady Meter Reader in California.

Dash Thru Traffic stood his first two years at JEH Stallion Station in Texas and then moved to Vessels Stallion Farm in California. He later returned to Texas before being pensioned at Stewart's Double S Farm in 2008.

"He loved his job and he always showed his class," Therwanger said Saturday morning. "We were truly blessed to have this magnificent horse."

Dash Thru Traffic was laid to rest at Double S Farm under a 100-year-old oak tree.

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