HEZA GOOD REASON JOINS THE LIST OF WINNERS FOR DASHA FREDA
Dasha Freda just keeps producing winners.
The AQHA Dam of Distinction is one of the greatest broodmares in the Quarter Horse racing industry having produced two AQHA racing champions in 2015 World Champion Heza Dasha Fire and 2015 champion 2-year-old gelding Ima Fearless Hero. She’s also produced three individual Grade 1 stakes winners.
Her most recent winner is the 2-year-old Heza Good Reason, a gelding by the champion Good Reason SA, who won his racing debut at Los Alamitos on Saturday, March 25. Ridden by Cruz Mendez for trainer Jose Flores, Heza Good Reason won his first start by a head as he covered the 220 yards in a rapid :12.189 for owners Robyn Gordon, Juan Moya, and S-Quarter K LLC. Bred in Kennewick, Washington by Kathy, Don and Shawn Meneely of S-Quarter K, Heza Good Reason displayed outstanding early speed in his victory, as he opened up a half-length advantage before holding off Jesus Cuevas’ Scorcher.
“Cruz said that with the lights, he shied a little bit and lost a little momentum,” Flores said. “He was good at the end. The talent is there if he continues a good path.”
Flores is an expert at training the sons and daughters of the great Dasha Freda. He trained S-Quarter K’s championship duo of Heza Dasha Fire and Ima Fearless Hero to many great wins. The Walk Thru Fire gelding Heza Dasha Fire won the 2015 Champion of Champions while earning $2,240,112 in his career. Ima Fearless Hero won the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity and nearly $1 million. In recent years, Flores has trained the filly Sweet Dasha Fire to victory in the Grade 2 PCQHRA Breeders Derby and the gelding Dasha Dynasty to winning the Town Policy Handicap and career earnings of more than $120,000. How does Heza Good Reason compare to his outstanding siblings?
“He’s a little smaller than the other ones, but he’s real long,” Flores said. “But with this family, no matter what you always have a great chance to get a good runner. It doesn’t matter if they’re small or big, filly or colt or gelding, Dasha Freda produces great Quarter Horses. He’s a full brother to Dasha Good Reason and we are hoping that Heza Good Reason continues to do the family proud.”
While not a stakes winner yet, Dasha Good Reason has been a great competitor and a money maker. The now 4-year-old horse has won four races from 19 starts and has earned $264,158. He’s also been in eight stakes finals, including the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity in 2021, the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Super Derby in 2022, and the Grade 1 Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship earlier this year.
As for the wonderful Dasha Freda, she was foaled in 2002 by Mr Jess Perry and out of the Dash For Cash mare Fearless Freda. Bred by Robert Gentry of Lubbock, Texas, 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 hit the board in a Grade 1. When Dasha Freda was named an AQHA Dam of Distinction in January of 2016, she joined her dam, Fearless Freda, as recipients of that honor. Fearless Freda had arned the honor in 2013.