Heza Dasha Fire swept through 2015 like a raging wildfire, and on January 20 was named the sport’s World Champion Racing American Quarter Horse, as well as champion 3-year-old and champion 3-year-old gelding.
A homebred racing for the Meneely family’s S-Quarter K LLC of Kennewick, Washington, Heza Dasha Fire was undefeated in five starts during the year. He began with a victory in the Golden State Derby (G2), followed by a win in the Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1). In a climactic finish on the year, the Jose Antonio Flores trainee took on both older horses and the classic 440-yard distance for the first time and won the Champion of Champions (G1) impressively. Ridden by Cruz Mendez in all his starts, he won every race by daylight and earned $726,432.
Sired by Walk Thru Fire and out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Dasha Freda, Heza Dasha Fire was also the champion 2-year-old gelding in 2014 and has a career record of 11 wins in 12 starts and career earnings of $1,689,388.
S-Quarter K also celebrates as the champion breeders, and his half-brother, Ima Fearless Hero, was named the champion 2-year-old gelding.
2015 CHAMPION RACING AMERICAN QUARTER HORSES:
WORLD CHAMPION, 3-YEAR-OLD, 3-YEAR-OLD GELDING: Heza Dasha Fire (Walk Thru Fire-Dasha Freda by Mr Jess Perry) 5-5(3)-0(0)-0(0) $726,432 B/O: S-Quarter K LLC T: Jose Antonio Flores J: Cruz Mendez
3-YEAR-OLD COLT: Apollitical Blood (Apollitical Jess-Brazilian Dasher by Fishers Dash) 5-3(1)-0(0)-0(0) $1,016,840
B: Bruce and Jill Thompson O: Rancho El Cabresto Inc. T: Juan Aleman J: Eduardo Nicasio, Omar Reyes
3-YEAR-OLD FILLY: Astica (Jesse James Jr-Alice K White by First Down Dash) 7-6(4)-1(1)-0(0) $267,263
B/O: MJ Farms T: Jason T. Giles, Wes Giles J: Adrian Ramos, Salvador Martinez
2-YEAR OLD, 2-YEAR-OLD COLT: Jess Good Candy (Good Reason SA-Jess Send Candy by Mr Jess Perry) 4-4(1)-0(0)-0(0) $1,519,240
B: Carl Pevehouse O: PV Quarter Horse Farms LLC T: Clint Crawford J: Ivan Carnero, G.R. Carter Jr.
2-YEAR-OLD FILLY: Walk Thru Crystal (Walk Thru Fire-Corona Crystal by Corona Cartel) 9-6(2)-1(0)-0(0) $664,059
B: La Presita LLC/ Armando Leon O: EG High Desert Farm LLC T: Yanet Rodriguez J: Alejandro Luna, Jesus Ayala Rios
2-YEAR-OLD GELDING: Ima Fearless Hero (Valiant Hero-Dasha Freda by Mr Jess Perry) 8-6(3)-1(0)-1(0) $982,699
B/O: S-Quarter K LLC T: Jose Antonio Flores J: Cruz Mendez
AGED CHAMPION, AGED GELDING: Moonist (foaled 2011, Separatist-Your First Moon by First Down Dash) 10-7(5)-2(2)-1(1) $342,276
B: Vessels Stallion Farm LLC O: Ronald J. Hartley T: John Cooper J: Cesar DeAlba
AGED STALLION: Open Me A Corona (foaled 2010, Coronas Leaving You-In The Open by Mr Eye Opener) 6-6(6)-0(0)-0(0) $222,000
B: Natalie Montgomery D.V.M. O: Tommy Hays and Charles Forbes Jr. T: Bobby Martinez J: Saul Ramirez
AGED MARE: Quirky (foaled 2011, Stel Corona-Dont Pass Bar by A Regal Choice) 5-4(4)-0(0)-0(0) $157,955
B/O: Dr. Edward C. Allred T: James Glenn Jr. J: Eulices Gomez, Carlos Huerta
DISTANCE CHAMPION: Executive Trust (2011 gelding, Executive Menace-Entrust by Relagate (TB)) 7-4(3)-2(2)-0(0) $127,062
B: Scarlett Hill Farms O: Sherree Meridyth T: Guadalupe Munoz Jr. J: Ruby Gonzalez, Aldo Arboleda, Ry Eikleberry
MEXICAN CHAMPION: Volcoms Heart (2011 mare, Volcom-Lethal Heart by Check Him Out) 8-5(4)-1(1)-2(2) $60,619
B: P.K. Thomas O: Jose Manuel Vasco Guzman T: Nicol Vivar, Carl Villanueva J: Eddie Cuellar, Moises Molina
CANADIAN CHAMPION: Panther Hero (2013 gelding, Valiant Hero-Rona Mountain by Panther Mountain) 6-3(2)-1(0)-0(0) $61,540
B: Carole Lampron O: John S. Wilson T: Scott Reid J: Cassandra Jeschke
CHAMPION BREEDER: S-Quarter K LLC 17-12(7)-1(0)-1(0) $1,725,489
CHAMPION OWNER: The Estate of Carl Pevehouse 66-15(4)-9(3)-6(1) $1,959,469
BLANE SCHVANEVELDT CHAMPION TRAINER: Paul C. Jones 926-154(9)-137(12)-133(17) $3,431,684
CHAMPION JOCKEY: Ricky Ramirez 455-91(16)-74(9)-49(5) $3,684,500