12/31/2014 5:15PM

Comeflywithanangel named Michigan's 2014 Horse of the Year

Joe Nevills
Comeflywithanangel was named Michgian-bred Horse of the Year for 2014 by the Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

The Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced its statebred champions for 2014, led by Horse of the Year Comeflywithanangel.

The 6-year-old Equality mare experienced a banner campaign in 2014, winning 5 of 8 starts at Hazel Park and Thistledown for earnings of $67,120.

Her season was highlighted by a victory in the older females division of the Michigan Sire Stakes on Sept. 27 at Hazel Park, in which the mare pressed the pace and outlasted a late charge to prevail by a half-length. The effort followed up on a 5 1/4-length score in a $20,000 Sire Stakes prep allowance and a third-place finish in the Larkspur Handicap, both at Hazel Park.

Bred in Michigan by Guy and Deborah Russell, Comeflywithanangel is owned by Marion Gorham and is trained by Robert Gorham. She is out of the winning Rehaan mare C R Emmaus Road, Michigan’s broodmare of the year in 2012, whose three winners from four foals to race also includes two-time Sire Stakes winner Power of Titus, a half-brother to the Horse of the Year.

Comeflywithanangel was one of three horses trained by Robert Gorham to receive year-end honors by MTOBA, joining Equal Guard (2-year-old male) and Al’s Prayer (3-year-old male). Both horses won their respective divisions of the Michigan Sire Stakes and are owned by Mast Thoroughbreds.

A pair of homebreds also took home divisional honors. Scarlet Hour, the state’s top juvenile filly, is trained by James Jackson for owner Laura Jackson, while Shane Spiess owns, trains, and bred 3-year-old filly winner Perfect Question.

Moving Style, winner of the Michigan Breeders Governor’s Cup Stakes, was named the state’s top older male.

Michigan’s Stallion of the Year, Equality, accounted for a pair of divisional winners in Comeflywithanangel and Equal Guard. The 15-year-old son of Mt. Livermore was represented by 25 winners of 44 races in 2014 for progeny earnings of $512,179. In addition to his two Sire Stakes winners, Equality was represented Boo Dutton, second in the older males division of the Sire Stakes, and Art I Awesome, third in the Michigan Breeders Governor’s Cup Stakes.

Equality stands at Dickinson Farm in Montgomery, Mich., for The Equality Syndicate.

Inty Binty, a 17-year-old Cryptoclearance mare, was named Michigan’s Broodmare of the Year, represented in 2014 by stakes-placed runners Boo Dutton and Inty Indy. She is owned by Twin Cedars Farm.

Arnold Farms was named Michigan’s Breeder of the Year, led by runners including stakes winners Moving Style, Prayer Salute, and Meadow Wise. James and Laura Jackson were named the state’s small breeders of the year, led by the undefeated stakes winner Scarlet Hour.

Marion Gorham was named Michigan’s Owner of the Year, with stakes winners including Comeflywithanangel and Meadow Wise.

A full list of divisional winners can be found below.

Horse of the Year/older female: Comeflywithanangel
Gr. or ro. m., 2008, Equality—C R Emmaus Road, by Rehaan
Owner: Marion Gorham
Trainer: Robert Gorham
Breeder Guy and Deborah Russell (Mi.)

2-year-old filly: Scarlet Hour
Ch. f., 2012, Elusive Hour—Suddenly Gone, by Lac Ouimet
Owner: Laura Jackson
Trainer: James Jackson
Breeder: James and Laura Jackson (Mi.)

2-year-old male: Equal Guard
Ch. c., 2012, by Equality—Atticus Guard, by Atticus
Owner: Mast Thoroughbreds
Trainer: Robert Gorham
Breeder: Norman and Cecilia Richards (Mi.)

3-year-old filly: Perfect Question
B. f., 2011, Perfect Circle—Tour Japan, by Tour d’Or
Owner-trainer-breeder: Shane Spiess (Mi.)

3-year-old male: Al’s Prayer
B. g., 2011, Meadow Prayer—Al’s Leader, by First Albert
Owner: Mast Thoroughbreds
Trainer: Robert Gorham
Breeder: Deborah Arnold-Miley (Mi.)

Older male: Moving Style
B. g., 2009, Meadow Prayer—Stylish Factor, by Native Factor
Owner: Romar LLC
Trainer Wayne Mogge
Breeder: Arnold Farms (Mi.)

Broodmare of the Year: Inty Binty
B. m., 1997, Cryptoclearance—Moroccan Magic, by Rahy
Owner: Twin Cedars Farm
Dam of stakes-placed Boo Dutton and Inty Indy

Stallion of the Year: Equality
Gr. or ro. h., 1999, by Mt. Livermore—Equilibrate, by Gone West
Owner: The Equality Syndicate
Stands at Dickinson Farm
Sire of stakes winners Comeflywithanangel and Equal Guard, stakes-placed Boo Dutton and Art I Awesome

Breeder of the Year: Arnold Farms
29 runners, 166 starts, 31 wins, $428,136 earnings

Breeder of the Year – Smaller Farm: James and Laura Jackson
5 runners, 42 starts, 8 wins, $115,775 earnings

Owner of the Year: Marion Gorham
16 runners, 98 starts, 28 wins, $309,427 earnings