There might have been freeze warnings elsewhere around the country this first weekend of November, but in Arizona it was all about the heat. Specifically, the Fales family’s Heat Warning, who notched his second career stakes win in the $19,950 Desert Classic Derby on Sunday. Bred by Ralph and Carolyn Fales and trained by their son, Matt, the colt was a half-length the best and improved his record to seven wins in 12 starts and earnings of $65,049.
Heat Warning is a son of A Regal Choice out of the Thoroughbred mare Its A Dry Heat.
A Regal Choice is a 13-year-old son of the great First Down Dash out of the blue hen Beduino (TB) mare Harems Choice. The stallion is a full brother to champions Royal Quick Dash and First Sovereign, Grade 1 winner Harems Last Dash and stakes winner First Rate Choice. He himself won or placed in 11 of 19 starts and earned $735,507. His biggest win was the 2003 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1), but he was also second in the Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1).
From 396 starters, A Regal Choice has sired 228 winners and 17 stakes winners. His progeny have earned more than $5.5 million, lead by Grade 1-placed runner Smokey Stone ($388,604) and Grade 2 winner Royal Proclamation ($303,923). He stands at Texas Stud in Beeville, Texas.
We featured the Fales operation at Coolidge, Arizona, with the cover story in the July Q-Racing Journal, and they have found a nice outcross in the form of Its A Dry Heat (TB). The 16-year-old mare is by Dixieland Band and out of the Dance Centre mare Drop’n Dance. She was a race winner on the track, earning $9,503 in her limited career.
Her first foal, born in 2003, was a Thoroughbred. The Fales acquired her in 2004, and in 2006 she delivered for them the Throwin A Fit filly Mayhem Mae. The little brown filly in her third start was second in the $97,327 Desert Classic Futurity (RG3), giving her dam a great start as a producer.
In 2009, Its A Dry Heat produced Macy Bay (by Strawflyin Buds), who like her sister was second in the Desert Classic Futurity (RG3), but went on to win the Arizona QRA Futurity (R) and finish a scant nose back in the Margie Bryan ASOA Futurity (R). Her next foal, Hi N Dry (by Royal Shake Em) is a stakes-placed runner with earnings of $37,994. The following year she produced Heat Warning, and her most recent runner is the stakes-placed One Hot Dejon.
Its A Dry Heat’s sire, Dixieland Heat, was a Grade 3 winner in Thoroughbred racing. His biggest claim to fame as a sire was the Thoroughbred champion Xtra Heat, a top sprinter who has also gone on to be a good producer in the Thoroughbred world. Her damline has been a strong source of black type for generations.
Its A Dry Heat’s dam, the Dance Centre mare Drop’n Dance, is out of the Brush Cutter mare Droppy. Drop’n Dance is a half-sister to four successful runners, all sired by Three Oh’s Wild. They include stakes winners Wild Drop ($37,964) and Quad Drop ($13,686), and stakes-placed runners Third Drop ($22,988) and Droppys Wild ($15,651).
Wild Drop has been quite the producer. She has to her credit Grade 3-winner Queenies Wild Chic (by Chicks Beduino, $52,380), who herself is the dam of stakes winner and track record-setter Wild Choice (by A Regal Choice, $74,222). She is also the dam of stakes winners Sams Runner (by Wrangler Sam, $22,021) and Two Macs (by The Signature, $19,839), and the stakes-placed runner Another Drop (by Turn Of The Moon, $11,488). Two Macs produced Grade 3 winner Honest Mac (by Dash Thru Traffic, $65,365) and stakes winner Mac Ryon (by Ronas Ryon, $55,671), as well as the stakes-placed runner Macs Gonzo (by Dash To Chivato, $22,349). Wild Drop’s 1996 filly A Wild Dash, a daughter of A Classic Dash, did not run much herself but is dam of Grade 1 runner Chiquity Boom (by This Snow Is Royal, $103,456).
Quad Drop produced Grade 3 winner Fed X Dash (by A Classic Dash, $41,381), dam of stakes winner Mama Mia Bella (by Royaltys Choice, $47,801), and stakes-placed Look Both Ways (by Dash Thru Traffic, $12,118), dam of Grade 3-placed Jess Perfect Girl (by Feature Mr Jess, $13,213). Jess Perfect Girl is the dam of stakes winner Jess Perfect Corona (by Count Corona, $51,808) and stakes-placed runner Jess Perfect Miracle (by Dean Miracle, $18,378).
Droppy’s dam was the Spotted Line mare Droplet, a half sister to runners including the Thoroughbred mare Andthebeatgoeson ($101,613), who shouldn’t be confused with the Quarter Horse of the same name who earned $178,967 in her Grade 1-placing career.
From Droplet’s immediate family come the likes of Superior Race Horse Kays Gunslinger ($104,315) and stakes-placed runners Lucky O Lucky ($88,237) and Kays Gun Powder ($51,161).
Quarter Horse breeders are always playing the game of looking for a great outcross, and it certainly looks like Arizona is getting warmer for the Fales.