04/03/2012 10:53AM

Giant Ryan takes top New York Thoroughbred Breeders award

Barbara D. Livingston
Giant Ryan, Cornelio Velasquez up, wins the Grade 1 Vosburgh, one of his four stakes victories in 2011.

Giant Ryan took home three awards, including 2011 New York-bred Horse of the year, Monday night when the New York Thoroughbred Breeders announced its statebred champions.

The 6-year-old Freud horse also was voted last year’s statebred champion older male and champion sprinter at the banquet in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Campaigned by Shivananda Racing, Giant Ryan won four stakes last year, including the Grade 1 Vosburgh Invitational. All four stakes victories were part of a six-race win streak between March and October last year that ended with Giant Ryan’s eighth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Bisnath Parboo trains Giant Ryan, a son of the Dayjur mare Kheyrah. Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin bred Giant Ryan.

Also taking home more than one honor was Barry Schwartz’s Lovely Lil, who picked up champion older female and champion female sprinter awards. The Tiznow mare won the Grade 2 Go For Wand and the restricted Union Avenue Stakes last season. Bred by Stonewall Farm, she’s out of the Pentelicus mare How About Now.

Weemissfrankie, winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante and Grade 1 Oak Leaf Stakes, was voted champion juvenile filly. Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stables, Ciaglia Racing, and Rob Dyrdek own the Sunriver daughter. Hidden Point Farm bred her from the Meadowlake mare Starinthemeadow.

Other award winners were Swag Daddy, champion 2-year-old male; Ava K., champion 3-year-old filly; Street Game, champion 3-year-old male; Hessonite, champion turf female; Compliance Officer, champion turf male; and Here Comes Art, champion steeplechaser.

Salty Romance, owned by the late Carl Lizza’s Flying Zee Stables, was voted Broodmare of the Year. Now 11, the Salt Lake daughter is the dam of unbeaten Agave Kiss. In 2011, Agave Kiss won both her juvenile starts by a combined 16 3/4 lengths. Salty Romance and her 2011 Lemon Drop Kid yearling, One Time Only, went to auction as part of Lizza’s estate sale and topped their respective phases of the dispersal. Salty Romance, carrying a Cosmonaut foal, sold to Blue Devil Racing Stable for $260,000 during the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale. The yearling fetched $375,000 at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky’s fall yearling sale when sold to Glen Hill Farm.

In human awards, Chris Englehart was the leading trainer of New York-breds with a record of 138-84-80 from 513 statebred starters; his runners earned $1,955,787. The jockey of the year by New York-bred earnings was Ramon Dominguez with $4,434,372. Breeders of the Year were Chester and Mary Broman of Chestertown Farm. Broman-breds earned $1,521,017 last year and included New York stakes winners Mineralogist, Friend or Foe, and Bigger is Bettor.