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Dash Ta Fame died last night. The 22-year-old son of First Down Dash is the 14th-ranked all-time leading sire of racing American Quarter Horses and is the all-time leading sire of barrel racing horses.
Bred and owned by Bob Burt of Sandy, Utah, Dash Ta Fame stood for many years at MJ Farms at Vequita, New Mexico, before moving for the 2010-2011 season to Smart Ranches at Temecula, California.
“We don’t know what caused his death,” said William E. Swyers, D.V.M. and owner of Smart Ranches. “He was in excellent health and seemed to be fine. We fed him last evening, he ate part of his meal and then laid down and never got up.”
A post-mortem has been performed, but there were no overt signs of pathology, trauma or disease, according to Dr. Swyers, who said it might be a week or more before blood and tissue tests can prove anything conclusively.
Foaled in 1989 out of the winning Tiny’s Gay mare Sudden Fame, Dash Ta Fame earned $290,812 on the track while compiling a 13-7-1-3 record, including wins in the Grade 1 Golden State Futurity and El Primero Del Ano Derby, and finishing second in the Dash For Cash Futurity (G1). From 17 crops at stud, Dash Ta Fame sired 2,204 Quarter Horse foals. Of those, 1,140 started on the track, with 610 coming back winners, including 82 in stakes and the earners to date of $16,885,995. Dash Ta Fame’s leading earner is Zia Futurity (RG1) winner Gun Battle, which finished second by a neck to No Secrets Here in the 2006 All American Futurity (G1).
Through 2010, Dash Ta Fame’s offspring had earned more than $6.3 million in barrel racing, including more than $1.2 million in Barrel Futurities of America competition.