Dasha Freda Named Dam of Distinction

Mare earns top AQHA broodmare award.

Q-Racing Journal

Dasha Freda, pictured during her racing career. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

The Mr Jess Perry mare Dasha Freda has earned the AQHA Dam of Distinction Award.

The award recognizes the accomplishments of racing broodmares. To qualify for the award, a mare must meet one or more of the following criteria:

• Dams that produced two or more individual AQHA racing champions
• Dams that produced at least three individual Grade 1 stakes winners
• Dams that produced at least two foals ranked in the top 10 money earners of any particular year, as of December 31 of that year, and two G1 stakes winners
• Dams that produced at least three foals that were in the top 10 money earners of any particular year, as of December 31 of that year.

When the award was created, a grandfather clause also allowed mares that had produced at least three individual stakes winners prior to 1983, and those wins were the equivalent of a G1-quality race, to be accepted.

Dasha Freda has produced six starters, who have combined to win 24 races from 71 starts and earn $2,777,071.

She earned this honor after her 2012 foal, Heza Dasha Fire, won the Champion of Champions (G1) and her 2013 foal, Ima Fearless Hero, won the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) and finished at No. 7 and No. 3, respectively, on the list of top 10 money earners in 2015.

Dasha Freda was foaled in 2002, and is by Mr Jess Perry and out of the Dash For Cash mare Fearless Freda. She was bred by Robert Gentry of Lubbock, Texas, and is owned by S-Quarter K LLC of Kennewick, Washington. Dasha Freda raced 16 times, winning or placing in 11 of those starts and earning $111,741. She was a Grade 3 winner, Grade 2 placed and lit the board in a Grade 1.

In addition to champion and AQHA Supreme Race Horse Heza Dasha Fire ($1,689,388) and Grade 1 winner Ima Fearless Hero ($982,699), she is also the dam of stakes winner Heza Fearless Dasher ($39,320). She sits at No. 7 on the list of all-time leading dams by money earned.

Only 49 mares in the sport’s history have earned the Dam of Distinction award. The award was instituted in 2006, with 39 of those mares grandfathered in at that time. Of the 10 mares to earn the award since then, Dasha Freda, now age 14, is the third-youngest mare to earn the award. She is also among the mares with the fewest starters. Only nine of the mares on the list have produced six or fewer starters, and only one other mare has done so since the award was first issued.

Dasha Freda also joins her dam, Fearless Freda, as a Dam of Distinction. Fearless Freda earned the honor in 2013. They are the fourth mother-daughter pair to earn the award. Other mother-daughter winners are Corona Chick and Sizzling Lil, Fortune Of Delight and Our Third Delight, and Florentine and Trippy Dip (TB).

Prior to Dasha Freda, the most recent Dam of Distinction named was Dash Master Miss in 2014.

The complete list of Dams of Distinction

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