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Challenge Championships: Brazilian Pride

Brazilian Dash Glory Ease represents his country in the Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1).

By Andrea Caudill
Q-Racing Journal
October 26, 2012

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Dash Glory Ease

Dash Glory Ease has traveled more than 7,000 miles in his trip from his home in Brazil to Altoona, Iowa, for the opportunity to contest the October 27 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1). Dash Glory Ease is a 4-year-old stallion by Holland Ease out of the Thoroughbred mare Medvedev, by Minstrel Glory. He represents his breeder, Wellington Queiroz’s Haras Fazenda Bela Ltd of Sao Paulo. Wellington’s son, Rafael, and Dr. Ricardo Esquerre have traveled from Brazil to see their horse compete.

The stallion represents not only a laudable example of sportsmanship on the part of his breeder and owner, but also the pride his South American breeder has in the blood they have cultivated for nearly 30 years.

“We know it’s very difficult to win this race,” Esquerre says. “But it is an honor to participate. We are so excited and happy to have the chance to participate in this very important race.”

Queiroz was, in fact, one of the first Brazilians to begin seriously importing quality Quarter Horses back in the early 1980s, as he needed horses to work his cattle.

“One thing lead to another,” Esquerre says. “He likes racing a lot, and the next step was to race Quarter Horses.”

His imports included world champion Super Sound Charge and quality mares purchased and imported by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame member Bill Verdugo – mares that have become the foundation of the program thriving today. They also imported top stallions Ronas Ryon and Holland Ease.

“He was very interested in not just the pedigrees, but in the results (on the track),” Esquerre said.

And, as they say, the proof is in the pudding. Haras Fazenda Bela is Brazil’s top breeder by both money earned and races won during the past two decades. Of the six Bank of America South American Challenge races conducted to date, half of the winners were bred by the farm – and the top four finishers in this year’s race were bred by the farm. They have more than 150 horses, and most of their foals are sold at their June production sale, the Leilao Golden Sale. They have about a dozen horses in race training.

Many of their horses are now exported to other South American countries, such as Paraguay and Chile.

“The good ones come back (to Brazil, to race),” says agent Vince Genco. “And when they come back, you better watch out!”

Dash Glory Ease has made two official starts, those in the January 28 trial and February 11 final to the Bank of America South American Championship Challenge. He was second by a nose in his qualifying trial, then returned to win by a neck in the $104,774 final. He went the 440 yards in :21.470 to earn a 113 speed index. He has a record of five wins, five seconds and one third in 13 starts, and his stakes also include the 2011 GP Profissionais do Turfe and GP Encerramento.

“Dash Glory Ease is a very good horse,” Esquerre says. “He (came out of) the (South American) Challenge in good shape. We talked about it and decided to bring him up here.”

Dash Glory Ease traveled from Brazil to the United States in July. After the quarantine, he went to Los Alamitos and champion trainer Paul Jones to prepare for the Championship. The stallion, along with stablemate Rylees Boy, arrived in Iowa on Tuesday.  

This is not the first time Haras Fazenda Bela has sent a horse to the Challenge Championships. In 2010, Splash To Paradise represented his owner and breeder in the Bank of America Challenge Championships at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

“One of the reasons I think my father likes to bring the horses here is he is proud to represent Brazil,” Rafael says. “It is very important to him.”

They hope to race Dash Glory Ease in the United States after the Championships as well.

The 20th Bank of America Challenge Championships are October 27 at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona, Iowa. Watch the festivities live on Q-Racing Video at
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