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PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ—AUGUST 23, 2020—Multiple stakes sire Dashair has died. Owned by Jamie Johnson, he was 19-years-old.
Bred in Texas by Gentry Brothers, the son of all-time leading sire First Down Dash won or placed in won or placed in seven of 13 career starts, earning $37,134. He was a finalist in the Rainbow Quarter Horse Futurity(G1) and the Bayer Legend West/Southwest Derby(G3).
From a limited number of starters in 12 crops to race, Dashair enjoyed phenomenal success, siring with 84 winners (60%), 23 stakes horses (24%), more than $2.6 million in earnings and over $19,300 average earnings per starter.
Among his top performers are Sam Houston Futurity (G2) winner and All American Futurity(G1) finalist Especially Tres SI 107 (4 win in 6 starts at 2, $385,380), New Mexico State Fair Senorita Futurity winner Montauk SI 95 ($137,569), Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap winner Lil Bitts A Dash SI 108 (13 wins, $94,966), Sweetwater Derby winner Pf Flyair SI 110 (9 wins, $85,950), Auto Rotate SI 111 ($67,572) and Redhotluie SI 111 ($54,883), etc.
Dashair's dam is the grade 1 winning Special Effort mare Such An Easy Effort ($496,127), dam of champion Deelish SI 102 ($600,673, a full-sister to Dashair), grade 1 winner Fearless Freda ($262,121), stakes-placed Such Easy Cash, Westin and Rios. This is the immediate family of champions Fredricksburg ($369,304) and Fredaville ($324,696), etc.
Such An Easy Effort is the granddam or great-grandam of world champion Heza Dasha Fire SI 105 ($2,240,112), champion Ima Fearless Hero ($1,062435), stakes winner Rollickin Red SI 103 ($353,002), Grade 2 winner TF Cajun Cartel SI 102 ($217,95), etc.
Formerly owned by longtime trainer John Basset, his daughter Jordan Basset-Kircher posted these words about the stallion on Facebook:
"There are some horses that leave a trail of beautiful memories, and Dashair was one of them. Dashair left us suddenly today for greener pastures.
Words cannot express what he did for our family and friends. He left a wonderful mark on both the race horse and barrel horse industries, creating lasting memories that have been passed down through his babies for so many to share!
Little did we know what a huge blessing and part of our family he would be almost 20 years ago when dad started him. Thank you to everyone that supported, bred to, and loved him along the way. See you on the other side big guy!"