WHEELOCK, TX–MAY 5, 2022–Granada Farms announced their champion and champion sire Tempting Dash was euthanized today (May 5). The cause of death was diaphragmatic hernia which is not treatable with surgery.
"A once-in-a lifetime kind of horse, that was Tempting Dash," Granada Farms manager Jimmy Eller said. "I am saddened by the loss of this great stallion in the prime of his life. The shock of his untimely passing will not only be felt by the syndicate members, but by the entire industry. He will be greatly missed."
Tempting Dash was a stellar 2-year-old who captured four consecutive wins including the Grade 1 Texas Classic Futurity and Grade 1 Dash For Cash Futurity. Undefeated he earned $673,970 and was s named the AQHA Racing Champion 2-Year-Old Colt of 2009. He still holds the Lone Star Park 400 yard track record of :19.205 seconds.
He was retired following his 2-year-old campaign and entered to stud at Southwest Stallion Station in Elgin, Texas.
Tempting Dash's first full crop of 2-year-olds were led by two-time champion Kiss My Hocks, winner of the Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity, Grade 2 Sam Houston Futurity and runner-up in the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity. From 55 starters in 2014 he sired 26 winners, 4 stakes winners with earnings of $1,750,733.
Prior to his first crop hitting the racetrack, John Simmons pucahsed Tempting Dash for a record $1.7 million at the 2013 Heritage Place Fall Mixed Sale in Oklahoma City. At the time price was the highest ever paid for a race-bred Quarter Horse at auction. He was consigned by VSE Corp., on behalf of the U.S. Treasury Department.
Through May 3, 2022, he has sired 299 winners, 34 stakes winners, 29 stakes-placed earners of more than $13.1 million and average earnings per starter of over $27,500.
Tempting Dash top performers include the aforementioned two-time champion Kiss My Hocks SI 109 (9 wins to 3, $1,199,385 AQHA Racing Champion Two-year-old, AQHA Racing Champion Two-year-old Colt, Rainbow Derby-G1, -Ruidoso Futurity-G1, Sam Houston Futurity-G2, 2nd Rainbow Futurity-G1), Aint She Tempting SI 97 (5 wins to 3, $727,427 Oklahoma Futurity-G2, Golden State Derby-G2, 2nd Golden State Million Futurity-G1, Heritage Place Futurity-G1, etc.), Hotsempting SI 99 (7 wins to 4, $682,793 1Ruidoso Quarter Horse Derby-G1, 2nd Rainbow Quarter Horse Derby-G1, etc.), Lovethewayyoulie SI 96 (2 wins at 2, $456,472 Heritage Place Futurity-G1, 2nd Sam Houston Juvenile S.), Fm Im A Zatanaz Too SI 96 (7 wins to 3, $330,749 Sam Houston Futurity-G2, 2nd Firecracker Futurity-G2, etc.), Tempting Destiny SI 95 (5 wins to 3, $302,699 West Texas Derby-G3, 3rd Dash for Cash Derby-G3, etc.), Terrific Temper SI 104 (4 wins to 3, $294,817 2nd Ed Burke Million Futurity-G1, 3rd Los Alamitos Oaks-G3, etc.), Mister Illusion SI 101 (2 wins to 3, $249,294 2nd Rainbow Futurity-G1, etc.), A Dash Of Sign SI 97 (5 wins to 4, $213,018 Southern California Derby-G2, Decketta S.-G2, etc.), etc.