We have learned that a structure is only as strong as the foundation on which it is built. Horsemen have learned the same thing about breeding good horses. They have come to know that they have to start with a good foundation to develop their breeding program. Breeders see that foundation in the mares on the bottom line of the bracket pedigree. We call this line of mares the tail female line and every tail female line should trace to a Taproot Mare, which is the foundation of that mare family.
Breeding through the sire line has been a long-standing tradition that is very prominent today. Last year we looked at the status of the Three Bars sire line through Corona Cartel. This year we will look at the Top Deck sire line through Mr Jess Perry. Our look back at the life of Mr Jess Perry will give us a chance to see the backstory of how he came to form this very important branch of the Top Deck sire line.
A successful branch of the Three Bars sire line that has survived is through Dash For Cash, a great grandson of Three Bars. In turn, Dash For Cash’s son First Down Dash has formed his own powerful branch of the Three Bars sire line. We now see that Corona Cartel, a grandson of First Down Dash, is forming his own branch of the Three Bars sire line with quite a few of his sons joining the million-dollar sire list, a list that is growing.
Five years ago, a big gray Thoroughbred stallion arrived at the Vessels Ranch from deep in the heart of Mexico. He was big – muscular for a Thoroughbred – but well-balanced fore and aft. He stood with a commanding presence, a calm, almost arrogant air. His name was Beduino and probably because he was a mystery horse from Mexico, rumors began to fly around the Los Alamitos Race Track stable area that this was an unbeatable horse.
Whether it's in race results, a pedigree, or some other print or electronic race media, the name Dash For Cash signifies an elite position in Quarter Horse racing. Dash For Cash, a two-time AQHA Racing World Champion and all-time leading sire, holds that elite position. His name runs deep in our runners today as a modern foundation sire of the racing American Quarter Horse. Dash For Cash is like many of our racing stallions in that he has had an impact as a crossover.
The American colonists loved horse racing. With no racetracks, however, they improvised by limiting their races to shorter distances in clearings – and Quarter Horse racing was born.
Mr Jess Jenkins came into the All American trials with three starts, having failed to place in any of his races. He started with an eighth in his first start, a sixth in his second start and a fourth in his third start. Along the way, Mr Jess Jenkins went through a life changing event when he was gelded. The fourth start for Mr Jess Jenkins was in the first day of the All American trials, breaking his maiden and posting the third fastest time of the day in :21.751.
Our look at the win by Apocalyptical Jess will show us that it isn’t just patience and persistence that can get you to the winner’s circle.
The stallions Three Bars and Top Deck founded the two sire lines that battle it out each year to dominate the leading sire lists.
In a previous installment of Speedlines, we took a look at Southern Electric, the 2019 Speedhorse Paint & Appaloosa Triple Crown Hi-Point Co-Champion with DTL Chasin Tale.
The legendary Three Bars, the sire of Rocket Bar, is especially successful through his descendant Dash For Cash, and then through his son First Down Dash.
The Speedhorse Paint and Appaloosa Triple Crown Races have developed into a showcase that has become a great venue for the American Paint Horse and Appaloosa runners.