Heza Dasha Fire Wins Go Man Go Handicap

The 2015 world champion earns his first stakes win of the season.

Q-Racing Journal

Heza Dasha Fire earned his eighth career stakes victory in Sunday's $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Making his second start of ths season, S-Quarter K LLC's Heza Dasha Fire dominated his opposition in Sunday's Grade 1, $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap at Los Alamitos.

Heza Dasha Fire went 400 yards in :19.459, and his winning margin was 1 3/4 lengths from Flash N Bling. Cruz Mendez rode the homebred 5-year-old gelding for trainer Jose Flores.

Heza Dasha Fire earned $48,000 for his Go Man Go victory. The sport's world champion in 2015, he made his season debut with a second-place finish in the July 29, $100,000 Spencer Childers California Breeders' Championship (RG1).

“We were a little nervous going into the race, but he broke good, came in a little bit, but then accelerated,” said Don Meneely of S-Quarter K LLC. “He has that acceleration of about 50 to 150 yards where he just separates himself. We didn’t think that in his last race that he was striding out like he was in the past, and that had us a little concerned.

"He had a great work (before the Spencer Childers) off of that long layoff, and maybe that took a little bit out of him and maybe he got a little tired at the end," Meneely added. "Tonight, he just got out there and you could see that he was extending. Dasha was back tonight and that’s the Dasha we are used to seeing run. He just fills your heart with joy. It’s unbelievable the way he runs.”

Heza Dasha Fire might have earned a berth to the December 16, $750,000 Champion of Champions with his win on Sunday, as the Go Man Go is the first alternate race offering a berth to American Quarter Horse racing's richest and most prestigious race for older horses.

Flores was at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale earlier on Sunday, but he was not about to miss Heza Dasha Fire’s race in the Go Man Go.

“I came back from Ruidoso today, and I had to come and see my horse,” Flores said. “That horse is part of the family. We all love him. He’s the heart of my barn. I have a lot of great horses in my barn, but he’s the heart. I've had a lot of great horses in my career, but he’s at the top."

Flores added that Heza Dasha Fire might make his next start in the Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship (G1) on October 15 and then, hopefully, the Champion of Champions.         

“We’ll talk it over, but I’m pretty sure that’s the way we’re going to go,” Flores said. “We’ll give him a break until the Champion of Champions. We had an opportunity to go to The Downs at Albuquerque for their big race, but now that he’s earned this I think that’s out of the picture.”

Raced exclusively at Los Alamitos, Heza Dasha Fire has won 14 of 19 starts and has earned $1,989,237.

He Looks Hot, The Charm Of Corona, Dr Jess, Big Lew, Mr Pyc To You, and We Like Corona completed the order of finish.

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