04/12/2011 12:28PM

Haynesfield repeats as New York-bred horse of the year


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Grade 1 winner Haynesfield earned his second consecutive title as New York-bred Horse of the Year Monday night at the New York Thoroughbreds Breeders’ annual awards banquet in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The Speightstown horse, now a 5-year-old, won the Jockey Club Gold Cup last year to push his career earnings over the $1 million mark. He’s now won nine of 15 starts and made $1,166,981. Margaret Santulli and Barry Weisbord bred Haynesfield from the Tejabo stakes-winner Nothing Special. Turtle Bird Stable races Haynesfield, and Steve Asmussen trains him.

New York’s turf writers, chart callers, and other eligible voters also elected Haynesfield their overwhelming choice as the statebred older male champion.

Fit Right In, the dam of New York-bred champion older female Rightly So, was voted Broodmare of the Year. Rightly So, by Read the Footnotes, won the Ballerina Stakes and Bed o’ Roses Handicap and placed in three other stakes last season as a 4-year-old. Rightly So is the first foal for her unraced dam, a 9-year-old Out of Place mare.

Other 2010 New York-bred champions honored Monday night were Bug Juice, juvenile male; Final Mesa, juvenile filly; Friend or Foe, 3-year-old male; Franny Freud, 3-year-old filly and female sprinter; Get Serious, turf male; Khancord Kid, turf female; Silver Timber, male sprinter; and Sunshine Numbers, steeplechaser.

Vivien Malloy’s Edition Farm was named New York Breeder of the Year. Other human honorees were Linda Rice as New York Trainer of the Year and Ramon Dominguez as New York Jockey of the Year.