01/31/2002 12:00AM

Beau's called best of 2001


Beau's Surprise, a 3-year-old colt who won five stakes last season, was named Pennsylvania Horse of the Year by the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and Philadelphia Park.

Trained by Todd Beattie for owner Thomas McClay, Beau's Surprise won eight of 11 starts in 2001, including a pair of $50,000 stakes at Philadelphia Park and the $50,000 Great Falls at The Meadowlands. He was also honored as the state's top 3-year-old male.

Beattie and McClay also had the state's top 2-year-old male, Oswayo, winner of the Pennsylvania Futurity.

The Maccabee, owned by Leo Gaspari Racing Stable Inc., won three awards: top older male, outstanding claimer, and year's best claim. He was taken for $7,500 by trainer Scott Lake and went on to win more than $161,000.

Golden Lake and Arty'svirginiagirl were repeat winners. Golden Lake, the top 2-year-old filly of 2000, was named best 3-year-old filly. Arty'svirginiagirl was named top older female for the second straight season. Annie Gal was named top 2-year-old filly.

The Robert W. Camac Memorial Trainers Award was presented to Lake, who for the second straight year is an Eclipse Award finalist.

Stewart Elliott edged Jose Flores in wins, 193-191, to earn the award as top jockey. The leading apprentice was Danny Velazquez with 72 wins.