2007 Barrel Racing Statistics
Stallions, breeders and owners take center stage in Part II of BHN’s statistical review. This section also features the first installments of the nine geographical statistical breakdowns. These statistics highlight the top 25 Divisional Riders and Horses. It should be noted that horses are listed in the owner and top regional horse charts by the horse’s registered owner. No horses with barn names are included in the charts. If a horse sold during 2007 and was transferred, the money earnings are credited to the new owner after the date the horse was transferred, not on the date of the sale.
The horses featured in this throwback article are only from the top sires section of the statistics, including top paternal grandsires and top maternal grandsires.
Famous For Another Year
Dash Ta Fame leads sires for fifth straight year.
By Tanya Randall published in the 2008 April edition of Barrel Horse News
Backed by an impressive battery of futurity competitors, Dash Ta Fame captured leading sire honors for the fifth straight year. He had 180 barrel performers earn $953,905 for an average of $5,299 per horse.
Of Dash Ta Fame’s 180 barrel horses, 39 percent earned money as futurity horses in 2007. Those 71 futurity horses earned $641,407, or 67 percent, of Dash Ta Fame’s total offspring earnings. Even more telling is the fact that Dash Ta Fame’s get accounts for 8 percent of the futurity horses that competed in 2007 and they earned 22 percent of the futurity sector’s $2.9 million purse.
The age breakdown of the Dash Ta Fame futurity horses that ran last year is 40 4-year-olds (56 percent), 16 5-year-olds (23 percent) and 15 3-year-olds (21 percent). AQHA records show that Dash Ta Fame had 173 foals in 2003, 118 in 2002 and 147 in 2004, thus the percent of barrel futurity money earners per crop is 23 percent in 2003, 14 percent in 2002 and 10 percent in 2004. It should be noted that the 3-year-olds only ran in December.
Industry wide, Dash Ta Fame’s get accounted for 3 percent of money earning barrel horses and those horses won 7 percent of the industry’s $13.9 million total purse.
Old Fort Days Futurity Champion LA Fame, out of LA Cassia, by Lucky Aces N Eights, was his leading offspring with $87,943. Her full sister, Lady La Dash, is also among his top offspring, earning $15,626 as a 3-year-old.
Twist Ta Fame, out of JA Running Twister by Runaway Winner, was Dash Ta Fame’s leading 3-year-old futurity horse with $39,746. His leading 5-year-old futurity horse was Fames Licorice Kiss, out of Bouncing Bonnie, by Shawne Bug. Fames Licorice Kiss earned $19,479.
Famous Beda B Me, out of Beda B Fast, by Beda Cheng, was his leading older (non-futurity eligible) horse. The 2003 gelding ran out $17,170.
Dash Ta Fame also ranked 10th as leading broodmare sire with 22 maternal granger earning $92,687.
Of the top 25 stallions, 14 are still standing to the public – Dash Ta Fame; Frenchman Guy, age 21; Dash For Perks, 21; Bully Bullion, 21; Dashin Is Easy, 13; Special Elan, 21; Confederate Leader, 15; Judge Cash, 21; Alive N Firen, 15; Smoke N Sparks, 16; JA Runaway, 13; Rene Dan Jet, 18; Reckless Dash, 21, and Proudest Effort, 24. All the remaining top 25 sires are deceased, pensioned or no longer standing to the public.
Thirteen of the top 50 stallions were money earners during their respective barrel racing careers – Fire Water Flit, Frenchmans Guy, Confederate Leader, Dr Nick Bar, Alive N Firen, Nonstop Bubbling, Rene Dan Jet, Captain Biankus, Dashin Elvis, Panama Edition, Missin Freckle, Mr Honor Bound and Flit To Kill.
First Down Dash sired six stallions in the top 50 – Dash Ta Fame, Leaving Memories, Dashing With Cash, Crimewave, Title Contender and Holland Ease. His sire, Dash For Cash, sired five – Cash Not Credit, Judge Cash, Reckless Cash, Juno Dat Cash and Takin On The Cash.
Special Effort also sired three – Special Elan, Proudest Effort and Special Leader. Flit Bar sired two – Fire Water Flit and Dr Nick Bar. Easy Jet also sired two – Sticks An Stones and Easy Routine.
Jet Of Honor is joined by two sons on the list – Rene Dan Jet and Mr Honor Bound. Fire Water Flit is joined by Alive N Firen, Dash For Perks is joined by Smoke N Sparks, and Special Leader is joined by his son Confederate Leader.
First Down Dash For A Score
First Down Dash leads sire of sires.
Down the alley or down the track, First Down Dash has his legacy assured. The 24-year-old syndicated stallion the leading paternal grandsire in the barrel racing industry with 372 of his granger earning more than $1.3 million.
A son of the immortal Dash For Cash, First Down Dash’s legacy in the barrel racing industry has been well-established thanks to the dominance of his son Dash Ta Fame, the leading sire of barrel horses, Dash Ta Fame, 19, is out of the Tinys Gay mare Sudden Fame. Other leading barrel sires by First Down Dash include Holland Ease, 19, out of Easy Henrietta, by Easy Jet; Crimewave, 15, out of Antheria by Beduino (TB); and Leaving Memories, 19, out of Sweet Blush, by Hempen (TB).
All-time leading maternal sire Bugs Alive In 75 dominates again.
Even though his youngest daughters are now 21, Bugs Alive In 75 still heads the strongest maternal line in barrel racing. Daughter of the long-deceased Bugs Alive In 75 produced 77 barrel money earners of $207,731.
His top producing daughter in 2007 was Ms Wahini Bug, out of the great Wahini by Native (TB). She produced Famous Bugs, by Dash Ta Fame, and Wahini Cash, by Takin On The Cash. Collectively they earned $65,012.
Following Ms Wahini Bug was Flyin Hi Babe, out of Tweety Bird, by Good Bird (TB), who produced Flyin Hi Firewater, by Fire Water Flit, which earned $62,183, and Has The Touch, out of Rocket Charge, by Tiny Charger, who produced the Fire Water Flit performers, Alive Firewater, earner of $34,580, and Chasin Firewater, earner of $2,100.