07/09/2013 1:08PM

Bodemeister named 2012 Virginia-bred Horse of the Year

Barbara D. Livingston
Dual classic-placed Bodemeister has been named Virginia's Horse of the Year for 2012.

Bodemeister, a Grade 1 winner and dual classic runner-up, was named 2012 Virginia-bred Horse of the Year by the Virginia Thoroughbred Association.

The now-4-year-old son of Empire Maker was among the elite sophomores of 2012, winning the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, and leading deep in the stretch of both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes before being caught both times by I’ll Have Another. In total, Bodemeister won two of six races, never finishing worse than second, for earnings of $1,304,800.

Bred by Audley Farm, Bodemeister was a $260,000 purchase by owner Zayat Stables at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale. The Eclipse Award finalist, who was also named Virginia's champion 3-year-old male, now stands at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky.

Bodemeister’s success was spread out among the winners of the Virginia-bred awards, including his dam, Virginia’s Broodmare of the Year Untouched Talent. The 9-year-old Storm Cat mare was a Grade 3 winner during her racing career, and produced her star offspring with her second foal. In November, Untouched Talent was sold for $5 million to the Coolmore partnership at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected breeding stock sale.

Another winner tied to Bodemeister was the colt's breeder Audley Farm Equine, which was named Virginia’s leading breeder. Based in Berryville, Va., Audley Farm is a four-time winner of the VTA’s Breeder of the Year honors, also receiving the award in 1995, 1997, and 2002.

Following is a list of all the Virginia-bred award winners for 2012:

Horse of the Year, champion 3-year-old male: Bodemeister

B. c., 2009, Empire Maker—Untouched Talent, by Storm Cat

Owner: Zayat Stables

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Breeder: Audley Farm Inc.

Champion older male: Redeemed

B. h., 2008, Include—Early Mass, by Pleasant Tap

Owner: Jay Em Ess Stable

Trainer: Richard Dutrow, Jr.

Breeder: Morgan’s Ford Farm
Champion older female (tie):


Ch. m., 2008, Royal Academy—In too Deep, by The Deep

Owner/Trainer/Breeder: Susan S. Cooney

North Freeway
Dk. b. or br. m., 2008, Jump Start—Shawnee County, by Chief’s Crown

Owner: Michael Dubb

Trainer: Anthony Dutrow

Breeder: Morgan’s Ford Farm



Champion 3-year-old female: Heaven Knows What

Gr. or ro. f., 2009, Holy Bull—What Do I Do, by Two Smart

Owner/Breeder: R. Larry Johnson

Trainer: Michael Trombetta

Champion 2-year-old female: A Lover’s Question
Ch. f., 2010, Spring At Last—Kelly’s Question, by Mr. Greeley
Owner/Breeder: R. Larry Johnson

Trainer: Michael Trombetta

Champion steeplechaser: Well Fashioned

B. m., 2007, Cozzene—Crypto’s Best, by Cryptoclearance

Owner: Magalen O. Bryant

Trainer: Paul Douglas Fout

Breeder: Lazy Lane Farms, Inc.

Champion turf horse: Dominus
Dk. b. or br. h., 2008, Smart Strike—Cuando, by Lord At War

Owner: George Bolton, Stonestreet Stables, and Spendthrift Farm

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Breeder: Edward P. Evans

Champion sprinter: Camp Victory

Dk. b. or br. g., 2007, Forest Camp—Victory Trick, by Clever Trick

Owner: Roger Featherson, Gordon Jacobsen, Tom Miller, and Lux Frost

Trainer: Mike Mitchell

Breeder: Atkins Homes, Inc.

Broodmare of the Year: Untouched Talent

B. m., 2004, Storm Cat—Parade Queen, by A.P. Indy

Leading Breeder: Audley Farm

Berryville, Va.