02/02/2016 8:09PM

Michigan horsemen name 2015 champions


Michigan’s Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, and Arabian horsemen’s groups named their 2015 champions over the weekend, largely drawing on the second flat meet since returning to Hazel Park.

Moving Style was named the state’s Horse of the Year by the Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

The 7-year-old Meadow Prayer gelding won 6 of 11 starts last year for earnings of $95,290, highlighted by his second straight win in the Michigan Breeders’ Governor’s Cup Stakes at Hazel Park. It was his only start of the year at the track, making him the only one of this year’s award winners to not compete in or win his or her division of the Michigan Sire Stakes.

It was a year of upheaval for Moving Style, who began the year running for Romar LLC, which claimed the gelding from owner Ron Dowdy and the training operation of Shane Spiess and Tracey Wisner in the spring of 2014.

Moving Style was claimed in his first start of 2015, a third-place finish at Tampa Bay Downs, by trainer John Rigattieri and T and C Stable. Winning Stables and trainer Gerald Bennett claimed him in his next start, a win at Tampa Bay, and campaigned him to another win and a second at that track before selling him privately to Spiess, who saddled the horse for his father, Merril Spiess. The horse won 4 of 7 starts in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana after returning to the Spiess shed row.

Moving Style was bred in Michigan by James and Marcia Arnold’s Arnold Farm.

Comeflywithanangel, Michigan’s 2014 Horse of the Year, earned her second consecutive title as the state’s top older female, highlighted by wins in her division of the Michigan Sire Stakes and the Larkspur Stakes at Hazel Park.

Harlan Cat was named the state’s Broodmare of the Year, represented by 2-year-old female of the year High Legend and stakes-placed Court’s Ruling in 2015. Owned by Elkhorn Oaks, the 17-year-old Harlan mare’s four foals to race are all winners, also including stakes-placed Harlan Trace.

Perennial leading Michigan sire Equality was once again named Stallion of the Year, with 17 winners in 2015 and combined progeny earnings of $468,136. His leading runners included older female of the year Comeflywithanangel, 3-year-old female of the year Trinity Revealed, 3-year-old male of the year Runnin Fun, and stakes-placed runners Equal Guard and Boo Dutton. The son of Mt. Livermore stands at Dickinson Farms in Montgomery, Mich.

Campbell Stables, the Grass Lake, Mich., operation of Jerry and Lisa Campbell, was named Breeder of the Year, while Lisa Campbell was also named Owner of the Year. The Campbells owned or bred runners including juvenile male of the year Gun Powder, and stakes-placed Couldnt Wait, Synclines Trip, Haley Power, Valid Offer, Kiki’s War, and Elegant Trefaire.

Guy and Deborah Russell of Hillsdale, Mich., were named Small Breeders of the Year, powered by their lone mare, C R Emmaus Road. The daughter of Rehaan, herself a former Michigan Broodmare of the Year, produced divisional award winners Comeflywithanangel and Trinity Revealed.

The Great Lakes Quarter Horse Association did not name a Horse of the Year, but mainstay Dorothys Doll was the only award winner from 2014 to earn honors the following season, taking the chart book (open division) title for older female both years.

A 6-year-old daughter of Scrutinizer, Dorothys Doll won 2 of 7 starts last year for owner Amy Piper and trainer Tim Eggleston. Her wins bookended her season, taking a race at Hazel Park and later at Indiana Downs.

The Association of Racing Arabian Breeders (A.R.A.B.) of Michigan named Mega Horse its 2015 Horse of the Year.

The 4-year-old son of Quaffar de Blaziet won 2 of 5 starts during the 2015 meet at Hazel Park, and was the track’s leading earner among Arabians with $12,654. Mallory Norton trained Mega Horse for her husband, Jesse Norton.

Mega Horse, who was also the state’s Michigan-bred and 4-year-old male of the year, was bred by Nicole Holst, who herself was named the state’s Arabian Breeder and Trainer of the Year.

Following is the complete list of winners from each of Michigan’s breed organizations.

Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association

2-year-old female: High Legend
(Elusive Hour—Harlan Cat, by Harlan)
Owner/breeder: Elkhorn Oaks (Mich.)
Trainer: James Jackson

2-year-old male: Gun Powder
(Gun Power—Valley Loot, by Demaloot Demashoot)
Owner/Breeder: Felicia Campbell (Mich.)
Trainer: Ronald Allen Sr.

3-year-old female: Trinity Revealed
(Equality—C R Emmaus Road, by Rehaan)
Owner: Marion Gorham
Trainer: Robert Gorham
Breeder: Guy and Deborah Russell (Mich.)

3-year-old male: Runnin Fun
(Equality—Havin Fun Now, by Quiet Enjoyment)
Owner/Breeder: James Griffith (Mich.)
Trainer: Richard Rettele

Older female: Comeflywithanangel
(Equality—C R Emmaus Road, by Rehaan)
Owner: Antonio Flores
Trainer: Robert Gorham
Breeder: Guy and Deborah Russell (Mich.)

Older male: Moving Style
(Meadow Prayer—Stylish Factor, by Meadow Factor)
Owner: Merril Spiess
Trainer: Shane Spiess
Breeder: Arnold Farms (Mich.)

Broodmare of the Year: Harlan Cat
(Harlan—Candi’s Parfait, by Alysheba)
Owner: Elkhorn Oaks Inc.

Stallion of the Year: Equality
(Mt. Livermore—Equilibrate, by Gone West)
Owner: Equality Syndicate
Stands at Dickinson Farms

Breeder of the Year: Campbell Stables
Small breeder of the Year: Guy and Deborah Russell
Owner of the Year: Felicia Campbell
Horse of the Year: Moving Style

Great Lakes Quarter Horse Association

Chart Book (Open) Champions:

3-year-old female: Feature Dance
(Cartels Feature—Justa Dance, by Royal Quick Dash)
Owner: Darrel Henry
Trainer: Don Evans
Breeder: Ken Denning (Iowa)

3-year-old male: Request a Sign
(Escondido Beach—Hooked Request, by Hooked On Cash)
Owner: Jesse Norton
Trainer: Mallory Norton
Breeder: David and Shirley Gates (Mich.)

Older female: Dorothys Doll
(Scrutinizer—Dorothy Dorothy, by Heza Fast Man)
Owner: Amy Piper
Trainer: Tim Eggleston
Breeder: Janet Corlis (Texas)

Older male: Shake a Corona
(Moon Shake—Corona Rosie, by Corona Cartel)
Owner: Amy Piper
Trainer: Tim Eggleston
Breeder: Jorge Haddad (Texas)

Michigan-Bred Champions:

3-year-old male: Diamond Manipulator
(Master Manipulator—Im High On Diamonds, by A Royale High)
Owner/Breeder: Margarito Sanchez (Mich.)
Trainer: Jacob Sanchez

Older female: I Manipulate Gold
(Master Manipulator—Oceana Gold, by Raise the Gamble)
Owner/Breeder: Margarito Sanchez (Mich.)
Trainer: Jacob Sanchez

Older male: Later Version
(Latest Version—Kitty for Cash, by Cash Treat)
Owner/Trainer: Larry Winchel
Breeder: Coronet Farm (Mich.)

Paint male: Love That Shotgun
(Shotgun Windy—Love That Lucy, by Jags Eternal)
Owner/Breeder: Dar Howard (Mich.)
Trainer: Cody Gates

Trainer of the Year: Tim Eggleston
Jockey of the Year: Angel Stanley
Owner of the Year: Amy Piper

A.R.A.B. of Michigan

4-year-old female: Quick Sand Suzie
(Sand Tiki Special—Edee Rose, by Virgule Al Maury)
Owner: Jolene Sweet
Trainer/Breeder: Nicole Holst (Mich.)

4-year-old male: Mega Horse
(Quaffar De Blaziet—Veronique, by Chndaka)
Owner: Jesse Norton
Trainer: Mallory Norton
Breeder: Nicole Holst (Mich.)

Older Female: Czars Gypsy Storm
(Nazhar De Blaziet—Bint Czubuthan KU, by K A Czubuthan)
Owner/Breeder: Lori Roberts (Texas)
Trainer: Reid Gross

Older Male: Its a Hemi
(Nassem de Blaziet—Bristol Breeze, by Wiking)
Owner/Trainer: Rafael Ruvalcaba
Breeder: Nicole Holst (Mich.)

Claimer of the Year: WMA Kingdom Come
(The Kentuckian—Sweet Cheeks, by Monarch AH)
Owner/Trainer: Tammie Briggs
Breeder: Lorraine Cunningham (Texas)

Michigan-Bred Male of the Year: Mega Horse
Michigan-Bred Female of the Year: Quick Sand Suzie

Owner of the Year: Rafael Ruvalcaba
Breeder of the Year: Nicole Holst
Jockey of the Year: Ricardo Barrios
Trainer of the Year: Nicole Holst

Horse of the Year: Mega Horse