Let me clear something up about Hot Dam. He is in no way a cull, and last time I saw him was sound as a dollar. Unfortunately for him, he was bought by a dead beat who did nothing with him and lost him due to unpaid bills. When the folks who have him now got him, he was 5 or 6 already and too old for the futurities. So, they decided to stand him for a lesser stud fee and provide excellent bloodlines for a smaller fee, than to spend thousands on a horse who by the time he would have gotten started would already be past the age when he would be "the next sensation". That's what I meant by circumstances out of the horse's control.
His timing just wasn't right for him to be a star. He has never been a cull. He's got the blood, the temper, the looks and the build. When I played with him during the shoot to get good shots, he had the athleticism too.