04/15/2013 10:41PM

The Lumber Guy named New York-bred Horse of the Year

Barbara D. Livingston
The Lumber Guy, winner of the Grade 1 Vosburgh Stakes last fall, as been named New York's Horse of the Year.

The Lumber Guy took top honors at the New York Thoroughbred Breeders’ annual awards banquet for New York-bred divisional champions Monday night, as the Grade 1-winning sprinter was named 2012 Horse of the Year, and he and his connections accounted for six total awards.

The Lumber Guy also was named champion 3-year-old male and champion male sprinter by the NYTB. Stonewall Farm, owned by The Lumber Guy’s owner and breeder Barry K. Schwartz, was named New York Breeder of the Year, while the colt's dam, Boltono, was named Broodmare of the Year. Mike Hushion, who trained the colt for the majority of the season, was named Trainer of the Year.

The Lumber Guy debuted as a 3-year-old in January 2012 with a 9 1/4-length victory in his debut at Aqueduct. The gray or roan son of Grand Slam proceeded to win three of his remaining seven starts last year, all in stakes company.  He took the Miracle Wood Stakes in his second career start at Laurel Park and in April captured the Grade 2 Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct. The Lumber Guy reached his peak form in the fall, however, taking the Grade 1 Vosburgh Invitational at Belmont and then finishing second by three-quarters of a length to Trinniberg in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita. Overall, The Lumber Guy won four of eight starts in 2012 for earnings of $736,050.

The Lumber Guy is the fifth and final foal out of unraced Unbridled's Song mare Boltono, who died shortly after his birth. The mare also produced stakes winners Magical Solution and Bold Deed—the latter graded stakes-placed as well—along with winner Critical Cathy.

The other multiple winner on the night was Dayatthespa, who was named both champion 3-year-old filly and champion turf female. The City Zip filly, bred by Castellare DiCracchiolo Stable and Scott Goldsher, won five of six starts in 2012—all stakes—and earned an even $515,000. Her stakes wins came at three different racetracks, including two at Gulfstream and two at Keeneland. She unleashed her best performance to date at the Lexington, Ky., track in the fall, taking the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup in gate-to-wire fashion.

Dayatthespa is out of the Doc’s Leader mare Lady Doc, who has produced two other winners. It is the family of Grade 2 winner Clev Er Tell, Grade 3 winner Phi Beta Doc, and stakes winner Queen Mary’s Boy.

Grade 1 winner Frost Giant, who established an earnings record for a freshman sire in 2012 with over $840,600, was also honored. The Giant’s Causeway horse is the sire of stakes winner Kelli Got Frosty, named champion 2-year-old filly by the NYTB on Monday.

The NYTB banquet, held at Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., was hosted by Jason Blewitt, racing analyst for the New York Racing Association, and Richard Migliore, former jockey and a NYRA broadcast analyst.

“In 2012 New York-breds enjoyed unprecedented success on the racetrack,” NYTB executive director Jeffrey Cannizzo said. “Five different New York-breds, including four 3-year-olds, won Grade 1 races at five different racetracks. Once again, we have proof that a strong regional program has a place for top-quality breeding.”


Complete list of NYTB honorees:

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly: Kelly Got Frosty

Champion Two-Year-Old Male: Weekend Hideaway

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly: Dayatthespa

Champion Three-Year-Old Male: The Lumber Guy

Champion Turf Female: Dayatthespa

Champion Turf Male: Unbridled Command

Champion Female Sprinter: Agave Kiss

Champion Male Sprinter: The Lumber Guy

Champion Older Female: Hessonite

Champion Older Male: Saginaw

Champion Steeplechase Horse: Cat Feathers

Horse of the Year: The Lumber Guy

New York Broodmare of the Year: Boltono

Leading 2012 New York Freshman Sire: Frost Giant

New York-Bred Trainer of the Year: Mike Hushion

New York-Bred Jockey of the Year: Ramon Dominguez

New York Breeder of the Year: Stonewall Farm / Barry K. Schwartz