S-Quarter K LLC’s Heza Dasha Fire (left) came into his career debut as the heavy 4-5 favorite in the sixth race on Sunday at Los Alamitos. The son of Walk Thru Fire delivered in a big way thanks to a tremendous 2 ¼ length victory and an impressive 300-yard time of :15.269 for trainer Jose Flores and jockey Cruz Mendez. The clocking gave the Washington homebred the fastest time by a 2-year-old this season, bettering the meet’s previous top time of :15.278 set by Dutch Masters III’s Forget It on April 11.
“He lived up to the billing,” said Kathy Meneely of S-Quarter K LLC.
“He exceeded our expectation,” added her husband, Don Meneely. “We came in with guarded optimism, but he did great tonight.”
Heza Dasha Fire was the one to beat in this event based on a couple of terrific 220-yard workouts that preceded his debut. He had the fastest of 40 works (:12.10) on the morning of April 5, and the sixth fastest of 40 works on March 22. In his debut, the sorrel gelding separated himself from the competition right away from post number two. Heza Dasha Fire seemed to have a daylight advantage after only a few yards and was already 1 ½ lengths ahead at the halfway point of the race. It was all diplomatic from there, as he continued powerfully on the way to winning in such a way that track announcer Ed Burgart compared his dominant debut to the first starts of champions Blues Girl Too and Foose.
“It was fun,” Kathy Meneely added. “It gives you hope for the futurity season.”
Heza Dasha Fire will next race in the trials to the Ed Burke Million Futurity on Sunday, June 8. Heza Dasha Fire is out of Dasha Freda, which has produced some nice runners for S-Quarter K LLC over the years.
“She’s had colts the last few years and usually we sell the colts,” she added. ““Our son is also a part of S-Quarter K and he likes to run the babies that we breed. That’s why we kept Heza Dasha Fire. Prior to this, Fearless And First was probably one of the best babies that we’ve had out of Dasha Freda. (Fearless And First) qualified to a couple of stakes race (2010 Governor’s Cup Futurity and 2011 Governor’s Cup Derby and PCQHRA Breeders Derby) in her career and was a pretty good filly. She would be leading for the first 300 yards, but they would catch her in those last 50 to 100 yards.”
There was no catching her baby brother on Sunday night.
“(Heza Dasha Fire) looked good,” trainer Jose Flores added. “He does everything right. He’s intelligent and very professional.”
S-Quarter K LLC figures to be a major player in Quarter Horse racing in the years to come. Fearless And First has been added to their broodmare band as was their talented Ima Chickie Two, who won the 2011 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity and the 2012 PCQHRA Breeders Derby.
“She was bred to (2012 World Champion) One Dashing Eagle,” Flores said.
In the other race for 2-year-olds of the night, Abigail Kawananakoa’s A Goddess Thru Fire was an even bigger betting favorite than Heza Dasha Fire. Sent off at odds of 3-5, the Walk Thru Fire filly ran as expected, as she won by a half-length in a time of :15.457 at 300 yards. And like Heza Dasha Fire, A Goddess Thru Fire was also a standout during morning workouts. She had the fastest of 40 works (:12.10) on April 5. Ridden by Ramon Sanchez for trainer Paul Jones, A Goddess Thru Fire is a half-sister to Thinkrich N Royal, a stakes runner-up and allowance winner at Los Alamitos.
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