The Western Thoroughbred History: Find a Buyer

Find a Buyer was foaled on February 22nd, 1966. She was bred by the Kentucky division of the King Ranch. Her sire, To Market, was a multiple stakes winner by Market Wise and out of Pretty Does, by Johnstown. To Market set new track records in the Massachusetts Handicap and Hawthorne Gold Cup. He went on to sire 224 race winners. Hide and Seek, the dam of Find a Buyer, was an unraced King Ranch mare. She produced 11 race winners for the ranch including Blind Man’s Bluff, Ducksandrakes, Touch and Out, Seek and Find, Hiding Place, Escondidas, Under Cover, Give the Slip, Pretexto and Ground Game. Find a Buyer’s second dam, Scattered, was a half-sister to Somethingroyal, the dam of Secretariat. Find a Buyer certainly had the pedigree to become a great producer.

As a two-year-old, Find a Buyer made 11 starts and won one race. At age three, she made three starts and finished third in one race. In total, Find a Buyer made 14 starts, won one race, and earned $3,134 on the track. She retired from racing in the spring of her three-year-old year. Find a Buyer was shipped to the Texas division of the King Ranch where she was bred to Boyar, a stakes-winning Thoroughbred stallion. She produced her first foal, Syndicate, the following year. She was also bred to Buen Tiro and Zenith to produce Name Your Price and Buyer Zenith. Collectively, her Thoroughbred foals earned $26,893 on the track.

A photo of Find a Buyer via All Breed Database

In 1972, B. F. Phillips, a former AQHA President, leased some Thoroughbred mares from the King Ranch to breed to Quarter Horse stallions. Find a Buyer was among the mares Phillips selected. Although she was described by some as plain, Find a Buyer had an excellent pedigree. Phillips thought that she would cross well with Rocket Wrangler, the 1970 AQHA Racing Champion Two-Year-Old Colt. According to Speedhorse Magazine, Phillips said this of the pairing: “She had all the desired characteristics you’d want in a running horse. She was a big rangy, stretchy mare that was not exceptional in her head. Rocket Wrangler was an awful nice, well balanced, small horse. He had an extremely nice head and I was just hoping they all fit together.” The resulting foal, Dash for Cash, became one of the greatest Quarter Horse racehorses of all time.

A photo of Dash for Cash via All Breed Database

Dash for Cash was foaled on April 14th, 1973. As a two-year-old, he set a new track record in the Lubbock Downs Futurity for 300 yards in 15.590 seconds. He also won the Sun Country Futurity and Jet Deck Stakes that year. In 1976, Dash for Cash won the Los Alamitos Derby and New Mexico State Fair Handicap. He also set a new track record in the Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos for 440 yards in 21.170 seconds. For his accomplishments, Dash for Cash was named the 1976 World Champion Racing Quarter Horse. In 1977, he won a second World Champion title after winning the Vessels Maturity, Los Alamitos Invitational Championship and Champion of Champions. Altogether, Dash for Cash made 25 starts, won 21 races, and earned $507,689, the equivalent of about $2.5 million today. In 1997, he was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a racehorse and sire.

Phillips leased Find a Buyer for the rest of her life. She produced two full brothers to Dash for Cash – Boogie Machine and Second to Nothing. Second to Nothing won one race and earned his ROM, but neither brother became great racehorses. When Find a Buyer was bred to multiple stakes winner Some Kinda Man, she produced ROM-earners Run for Cash, Dashing On and Sayiaintflashy. She was bred twice to Easy Jet, the 1969 World Champion Racing Quarter Horse, and produced ROM-earners Lear Twenty Five and Lear Thirty Five. In her late teens, Find a Buyer produced foals by Streakin Six, Jet Toro and On A High. They were race winner Buyin Streak, unraced Miss Tina Toro and unplaced By a High.

A photo of I Hear a Symphony via All Breed Database

When Find a Buyer was bred to the 1973 World Champion, Truckle Feature, she produced Rose Among Thorns, her best producing daughter. Rose Among Thorns was a sorrel mare that won one race and earned $1,314 on the track. When she was bred to Ronas Ryon, Rose Among Thorns produced I Hear a Symphony, winner of the Gr. 1 All American Derby and Gr. 3 East Championship Challenge. I Hear a Symphony was named the 1994 AQHA Racing Champion Three-Year-Old and Champion Three-Year-Old Filly. In total, she won 11 races and earned $269,910 on the track. I Hear a Symphony later produced multiple graded stakes winner A Royal Symphony and stakes contender Symphony Chick.

In 1988, Find a Buyer had her last foal at 22 years old. In total, she produced 15 foals including 13 starters, nine winners, eight ROM-earners, and one Champion, with earnings of $542,477 on the track. Her descendants also compete in barrel racing, roping, and other performance events.

Sources: Equineline, Equibase, Speedhorse Magazine, All Breed Database

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