Pedigree Analysis: Lil Famous Dash

A little Texas filly makes a big stand.

Q-Racing Journal

Lil Famous Dash loomed large in the Texas Classic Derby. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

When Lil Famous Dash crossed the line on top in Saturday’s $291,868 Texas Classic Derby (G1), it was a little bit of a surprise. After all, the filly had never yet contested a stakes, and she’d been sent out as a 12-1 shot among the likes of millionaire Houdini, five-time stakes winner Separatist Firstdown ($427,091), fastest qualifier Wagon Full Of Gold ($100,624) and Big Dashing Perry ($322,201), who was coming off a fourth-place run in the All American Derby (G1).

But when the gates clanged open, it was the petite little filly with a Texas-sized heart who put forth a tremendous effort that brought her home a neck the best. And when you consider her pedigree, it’s really not a surprise at all.

Lil Famous Dash was bred, raised and raced by Gus Barakis’ Scarlett Hill Farm Inc. of Weatherford, Texas. She is by One Famous Eagle and out of the Dash For Destiny mare Dash Master Miss.

“She’s a fun little mare,” Barakis said of the filly. “She was the smallest horse in the field on Saturday night, but she just has such a big heart and a will to run. That’s one thing we as breeders hope for, that desire and will to run, but you can’t really put it there. They just have to have it on their own.”

And heart is just one of the traits Lil Famous Dash inherited from her parents, along with her speed.

The filly was one of three One Famous Eagle progeny in the Grade 1 race, which saw all of them finish in the top four.

The 9-year-old One Famous Eagle was bred by AQHA President Johnny Trotter, who partnered on the horse during his racing career with Four Sixes Ranch. The stallion is now owned by a syndicate.

The champion stallion, a son of Mr Jess Perry and the Chicks Beduino mare One Famous Lady, earned $1,387,453 in his 11-race career before retiring to stud at Four Sixes Ranch at Guthrie, Texas. The horse won the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity, Golden State Derby and Los Alamitos Super Derby, and was the champion 3-year-old colt before his retirement.

Hitting the record books straight out of the gate, he became the sport’s all-time leading freshman sire by money earned with $2,925,206. Now with three crops to race, he has sired the earners of more than $8.7 million, including world champion One Dashing Eagle ($2,079,065).

Lil Famous Dash’s dam, Dash Master Miss, is out of the Master Hand (TB) mare Uno Mas Tiempo. Officially bred by AQHA Past President Jim Helzer, Dash Master Miss hit the ground in March 1989, and has been producing results for Scarlett Hill ever since.

A few strides into her notable racing career was a fourth-place finish in the Rainbow Futurity (G1), a hint of what was to come. Dash Master Miss would continue marching through an impressive 31-race career that included six stakes wins, headed by the Kansas Derby (G1), and placed or ran in six additional Grade 1 races, including a second in Chicks Got Pazazz’s QHBC Distaff Classic (G1) and a third in Refrigerator’s Champion of Champions (G1). She would retire with earnings of $249,430 and begin her career as a broodmare.

Twenty-one years later, Dash Master Miss is still producing. She currently has 30 registered foals with 23 starters. Among them, 20 have seen the winner’s circle, six are stakes winners and every single one has earned a Register of Merit. Her progeny earnings stand just shy of $2 million.

Her biggest runner yet is her second foal, the Duel Fuel mare Significant Speed ($517,605). Raced by Scarlett Hill and now owned by Reliance Ranches LLC, Significant Speed was a two-time Grade 1 winner and a two-time racing champion. She was third in both A Delightful Dasher’s All American Futurity (G1) and his All American Derby (G1).

Like her mother, Significant Speed was first a runner and now is a producer. She is the dam of Grade 1 winner Jess Significant (by Mr Jess Perry, $419,635), who herself is the dam of Grade 1 winner Significant Heart (by Corona Cartel, $226,517) as well as stakes winner Catch Billy The Kid ($51,914). Significant Speed is also the dam of Grade 2-winner So Significant (by Relagate (TB), $103,708) and stakes-placed Dividends Expected (by Relagate (TB), $43,738).

Dash Master Miss has also produced Grade 1-winner Push The Pace (by Special Task, $513,119), Grade 2 winner Dash Master Jess (by Mr Jess Perry, $275,697), stakes winners Front Running Speed (by Vital Sign, $42,042) and Significant Cartel (by Corona Cartel, $132,333), stakes-placed runners Worthy Contender (by Relagate (TB), $41,638), Gate Master (by Relagate (TB), $41,901), Speed Transformed (by Relagate (TB), $84,553) and Romans (by Executive Menace, $32,185).

Dash Master Miss’ dam, Uno Mas Tiempo, was herself a Grade 1 qualifier, and is out of stakes winner Mona Pollita. This makes her a half sister to major producer Copasetti (by Three Oh’s, $74,588), dam of All American Futurity finalist Packin Sixes ($86,155) and Copalena, the dam of Grade 1 winner The Specializer ($58,997) and Superior Race Horse Chief Windham ($72,578) and second dam of stakes winner Copacorona Special ($56,224).

Copasetti is also the second dam of both Grade 1 winner Worth A Look (by First Down Dash, $209,891), the dam of Grade 1-placed runner Rieda Hay Worth (by Corona Cartel, $240,489), and Go You Must ($48,087), whose daughter Sarah Must ($121,433) in 2012 ran her eyeballs out to finish second in the $377,219 Texas Classic Derby at 22-1 odds.

Also from Mona Pollita’s immediate family comes the likes of stakes winner Charge It Mama ($26,972), stakes-placed Louisiana runner Adams Toast ($91,959) and Canadian runner My First Gold Card ($41,511). Barakis also owned Miss Ryon Dash, a member of this family who produced for him the likes of Grade 1-placed Executive Precision ($178,719), All American Derby finalist Gus The Greek ($92,561) and Grade 1 finalist Executive Miss Dash ($62,247).

But for now, we toast Lil Famous Dash and her big mama, the queen of Scarlett Hill.

“We love that mare so much,” Barakis said of the 25-year-old Dash Master Miss, who is still going strong. “We keep her in really good shape and housed well, but the reality is, if she wanted to live in my house, she could. She’s earned it.”

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