The outlaw horse with an attitude stole the biggest sprint in quarter horse racing.
A Delightful Dasher, who reminds his owner of "a teen-age boy with a black leather jacket," prevailed in a stirring three-horse match race Monday to win the 41st running of the $2 million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs.
The 2-year-old gelding with a penchant for kicking and biting anyone within range, ran down the filly Significant Speed and the previously undefeated Chicks Call Me.
A Delightful Dasher took the lead in the final strides and finished a head in front of Chicks Call Me, who caught Significant Speed just before the wire.
The win was worth $1,040,145 to owner Gwendolyn Eaves of Midland, Texas.
Eaves, a retired horse breeder and bridge player, had the fourth-place finisher in the 1998 All American with Hes My Dasher. That horse was undefeated going into the Futurity, but Eaves said she felt much more confident this time.
"He's kind of a half-way outlaw, but he's got so much heart," she said. "We saved him for this race and it paid off."
Image Maker gets first win
FARMINGTON -- Image Maker rallied through the stretch and gained a mild upset victory in Monday's $144,725 New York Breeders' Futurity at Finger Lakes.
Image Maker, ridden by Chris DeCarlo, covered six furlongs in 1:11 2/5 and recorded a 6 3/4 -length victory over Playasultrytune in the race for state-bred 2-year-olds. Futurity favorite True Force finished third.
The victory, Image Maker's first in three career starts, was worth $86,835 for owner James Edwards.
It's Crafty Friend by a neck
SARATOGA SPRINGS -- After battling evenly from the start, Crafty Friend beat Affirmed Success by a neck to win the $250,000 Forego Handicap at Saratoga.
Sir Bear was another length back, third in the field of nine.
Ridden by Gary Stevens and carrying co-high weight of 119 pounds, the 6-year-old Crafty Friend covered seven furlongs in 1:21 1/5 , the second-fastest time in the 20 runnings of the race. Quick Call won the 1988 race in 1:21.