Veva Jean Named Dam of Distinction

Veva Jean becomes the 46th Dam of Distinction.

Q-Racing Journal

Dam of Distinction Veva Jean. PHOTO: Courtesy Jerry Windham

Veva Jean has been awarded the prestigious Dam of Distinction award by AQHA.

The Dam of Distinction award is given to recognize 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. To date, there are only 46 mares that have received the award.

Veva Jean is owned by AQHA Past President Jerry Windham of College Station, Texas. The 1996 mare was bred by Toni Bode of El Campo, Texas, and is by Runaway Winner and out of the Streakin Six mare Swing Step Sue.

Veva Jean won or placed in 17 of 27 career starts, including four stakes placings, and earned $60,101. She is a full sister to Grade 1-finalist Racing Zone ($75,914).

The gray mare has produced 12 starters, with 10 of them returning as winners to date. Together, they have earned $3,005,809, placing her at No. 4 on the all-time list of broodmares by money earned. Her foals are lead by 2008 world champion Stolis Winner ($2,235,161), who at the time of his retirement was the sport’s all-time leading money earner. They also include Grade 1 winners Trendi ($389,790) and Stimulus ($240,455), as well as stakes winner Zoomin Winner ($74,032).

Prior to Veva Jean, the most recent Dam of Distinction was Jusjumpin earlier this year.

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