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1984 - 2010    Sorrel AQHA Stallion

Dash For Cash-First Prize Rose, Gallant Jet


 

AQHA ALL-TIME LEADING SIRE OF MONEY EARNERS!

 

First Down Dash passes away at age 26

 

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Champion First Down Dash (Quarter Racing Record, Mar. 1988)

 

New photo of First Down Dash              First Sire of the All American (2006)

 


 

First Down Dash, si 105, is a legend! Sired by Dash For Cash, si 114, out of First Prize Rose, si 98 (by Gallant Jet), First Down Dash is the World's All-Time Leading Sire of Racing Quarter Horses!

 

first down dash is the all-time leading sire in every category. From 21 crops to race, he has sired 1,593 starters, 1,163 winners (73%), 224 stakes winners (14%), 2134 stakes-placed (13%), and 35 champions. Through November 23, 2010, his get have earned $73,743,088 with average earnings per starter of $46,292. He is also the #1 sire of millionaires with 11. 

 

Among his leading money earners are champion Ocean Runaway ($1,642,498), All American winner No Secrets Here ($1,637,095), champion Corona Cash ($1,542,880), champion Corona Kool ($1,296,797), champion Falling In Loveagain ($1,210,375), champion FDD Dynasty ($1,173,001), world champion A Ransom ($1,079,556), champion A Classic Dash ($1,078,617), champion Dash Thru Traffic ($1,056,943), champion Royal Quick Dash ($1,046,980), world champion Wave Carver ($1,005,946), etc.

 

As most stallions begin to "taper off" in their older years, First Down Dash has continued to dominate the industry. This season he is currently the #1 leading sire of two-year-old money earners with $2.59 million and #2 leading sire for money earners with $3.6 million.

 

He has sired four grade 1 futurity winners in 2010 including Bodacious Dash, Texas Classic Futurity(G1); First Down Illusion, Ed Burke Million Futurity(G1); Givinitaroyaleffort, Heritage Place Futurity(G1); and Hes Too Icy For Me, Rainbow Futurity(G1).

 

Every single horse in the 2010 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity(G1) field (to be contested on December 10th) is either a son of First Down Dash, out of a First Down Dash mare, or sired by a son or grandson of First Down Dash.

 

Bred in Oklahoma by A.F. Stanley Jr., and B.F. Phillips, Jr., out of the Gallant Jet mare First Prize Rose, First Down Dash surpassed the legacy at stud that started with his own sire, Dash For Cash.

 

Mildred Vessels purchased the phenomenal horse at the Phillips Ranch Yearling Sale in the summer of 1985 for $97,000. He was one of the first yearlings broke at the new Vessels facility near Bonsall, California.

 

Trained by Mike Robbins, at 2, the colt won five of six starts including the grade 1 Dash For Cash and Kindergarten futurities, while earning $518,120. Champion trainer Blane Schvaneveldt took over training duties in 1987 to saddle the sorrel speedster to eight wins in nine starts. Those wins included the Champion of Champions(G1), Los Alamitos Derby(G1), QHBC Championship Classic(G1), Dash For Cash Derby(G1) and Laddie Handicap(G2).

 

With 13 wins in 15 starts and earnings of $857,256, First Down Dash was named the AQHA Racing World Champion, Champion 3-Year-Old and Champion 3-year-Old Colt of 1987.

 

Under the guidance of Scoop Vessels, First Down Dash got off to spectacular start as a stallion by siring the winners of the rich All American Futurity(G1) in each of his first three crops to race.

 

In 1993 Vessels syndicated the stallion for $7 million, the first successful syndication in Quarter racing industry since the late 70's early 80's. The investor's earned tremendous returns and it opened a market for Quarter Horse stallion syndicates that continues today.

 

His incredible success as a sire is also attributable to the maternal side of his pedigree, which connects him to the incomparable FL Lady Bug. In an article in the American Quarter Horse Racing Journal (February 2004), Richard Chamberlain writes, "First Down Dash exhibits much more the phenotype of his bottom side than his top."

 

The great First Down Dash stood at Vessels Stallion Farm, in Bonsall, California, his entire stallion career. He passed away November 25, 2010, at the age of 26. Scoop Vessels, his good friend, preceded him in death. Scoop died in a tragic accident in August of 2010

 

It is Circle D's honor to stand a son of First Down Dash.     

 

 

Left: First Down Dash and Scoop Vessels, Vessels Stallion Farm, Bonsall, California (The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal, August 2004).

 

Above 2 photos by Robbi Knudson.

 


 

 

2010 Los Alamitos Stallion Segment Video About First Down Dash

 

 

First Down Dash is First Sire of the All American

 

Amarillo, Texas, September 3, 2006--If any doubts about First Down Dash’s influence on American Quarter Horse racing remain, check out the field for Monday’s $1.9 million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. All of the 10 starters in the 440-yard race have the stallion in their pedigree, which the crew at Vessels Stallion Farm in Bonsall, California, recognizes as a tremendous accomplishment.

 

“It means he is what he is,” said farm owner and AQHA Past President Frank “Scoop” Vessels about the 22-year-old son of Dash For Cash. “He’s simply the best sire in the history of Quarter Horse racing.”

 

In the pedigree rundown for this year’s All American starters:

 

-- First Down Dash is the sire of First Freeze, My First Passion and fastest qualifier No Secrets Here.
-- He is the broodmare sire of Genuine Botticelli, Mightys First Call and Separate Bet.
-- His son Stoli sired Dont Let Down.
-- His son Dash Ta Fame sired Gun Battle.
-- His son Okey Dokey Dale sired Okey Dokey Fantasy.
-- Remember Me Rose is by Corona Cartel, whose sire, Holland Ease, is a son of First Down Dash.


With 17 crops to race, First Down Dash also is the all-time leading sire of American Quarter Horses by progeny earnings with more than $55.5 million. He has sired a record five winners of the All American: Royal Quick Dash (1991), Dash Thru Traffic (1992), A Classic Dash (1993), Corona Cash (1997) and Falling In Loveagain (1998). Royal Quick Dash is the sire of 2002 All American winner AB What A Runner.

 

Vessels said First Down Dash’s offspring possess the uncommon intelligence and athletic ability of their sire.

 

“You can breed him to those Beduino (TB) mares that might be a little hot-blooded, and yet (the offspring) are calm, they want to learn, they want to do good for you,” Vessels said. “Anybody can train them. That’s not the case with a lot of horses. I think that’s one reason he’s done so well for so many people.”

 

First Down Dash raced for Vessels Stallion Farm, which also has had its share of All American success as an owner and breeder. The farm won the race in 1973 with Timeto Thinkrich, and bred Royal Quick Dash and Dash Thru Traffic. This year, Vessels is represented by three starters as the co-breeder of My First Passion with Martha Wells; the breeder of No Secrets Here, whom Vessels co-owns with Benny Rosset; and as the breeder of Separate Bet.

 

“To be able to see him every day is really special,” Vessels said. “Both Bonnie (Vessels’s wife) and I try very hard not to miss a time when we can stop by and see him. He’s very much a member of the family.”

 


 

First Down Dash at 26

Dinnell Family visiting with First Down Dash at Vessels Farm, June 10, 2010

 


 

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