Havanah Goodtime Named Dam of Distinction

Havanah Goodtime becomes the 54th and youngest-ever Dam of Distinction.

Dam of Distinction Havanah Goodtime. PHOTO: Alison Bailey/Probity Photography

The young broodmare Havanah Goodtime, who has only two race starters, has earned the title of AQHA Dam of Distinction.

The 2010 mare was bred and is owned by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame member Bobby D. Cox of Fort Worth, Texas. She is by Ivory James and out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Jess Celebrating. Her single race start was a winning effort, and she retired with earnings of $10,290.

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.

Havanah Goodtime accomplished the title by producing only two foals, both of whom were ranked in the top-10 money earners and both are Grade 1 stakes winners. She is both the youngest mare to earn the title and the first mare to earn the title so quickly; previous winners had at least four foals.

Her first foal, Duponte, a son of American Runaway, won the 2016 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) and earned $921,237 in his race career. He is the sport’s reigning champion 3-year-old colt.

Her second foal, Nymeria, a filly by Bigtime Favorite, won the 2017 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) and to date has earned $495,147 in her career.

Her third foal, Sunnysyde, by Heza Fast Dash, is a 2-year-old this year.

Havanah Goodtime is the 54th mare to earn this title.

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