05/18/2007 12:00AM

More honors for in-foal Fleet Indian


National champion Fleet Indian has added state honors to her resume as New York-bred horse of the year for 2006.

The Eclipse Award champion older female, she was also named state champion older female at the annual awards dinner of New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. last Monday evening at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, N.Y.

Bred by Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin and owned by Paul Saylor, Fleet Indian won two Grade 1 races, the Personal Ensign at Saratoga and Beldame Handicap at Belmont Park, and earned $1,473,720 on the season.

In her final race, she was injured in the Breeders' Cup Distaff and vanned off the track.

She was bred this season to Storm Cat and is in foal.

"The good news is that she never lost weight or luster," said Saylor in accepting her award. "She's a phenomenal horse that took great care of herself. This New York-bred award is very special."

Chief Officer, owned by Zayat Stables LLC, was named champion 2-year-old filly.

Bred by Sequel 2003 and Lynda Richter, she won 3 of 4 starts, including the New York Breeders Futurity over males at Finger Lakes Race Track.

Chief Officer's only loss came when she was third in the Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes at Saratoga.

Lawrence the Roman, unbeaten in three starts, including an 11-length tally in the Damon Runyon Stakes, was named champion 2-year-old male.

Owned by Lawrence Roman and bred by Roman, Edward English, and Jeff Levine, he won his races by a combined 25 lengths last year.

Champion 3-year-old filly honors went to No Reason, winner of the New York Oaks, Iroquois, and two divisions of the New York Stallion Stakes.

Bred by Thomas and Lakin, she is owned by Peter Van Andel.

Sharp Humor, owned by Purdedel Stable and WinStar Farm, took down the 3-year-old male championship in a campaign marked by two stellar efforts at Gulfstream Park. Bred by Patricia S. Purdy, he won the Grade 2 Swale Stakes in his seasonal debut and later finished second, beaten a half-length, to Barbaro in the Grade 1 Florida Derby.

Friendly Island, owned by Anstu Stable, won two of the most competitive divisions, sprinter and older male, in a campaign that saw him earn $614,500 while making every one of his eight starts in a graded event.

Bred by Kildare Stud and Adrian Regan, he won the Grade 3 Maryland Breeders' Cup and placed in the Grade 1 Forego Handicap, and concluded his season with a terrific second in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Sabellina won her second title as champion turf female, sealing the award with a victory in the Grade 3 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs. She was bred by John Valentino and is owned by Jay Lieberman.

"This is what we pray for, to get these moments," said Lieberman.

Champion turf male was Certifiably Crazy, owned by Double S Stable and bred by Duane Kilbride and Roger Kilbride.

A consistent performer, Certifiably Crazy won the Draw Shot, West Point, and Mohawk handicaps last year.

The brilliant Behaving Badly won the title as champion female sprinter. Bred by Thomas and Lakin, she won 5 of 7 and $522,024, and began the campaign with a victory in the Grade 1 Santa Monica at Santa Anita.

Behaving Badly, owned by Hal J. and Earnhardt III and Patty Earnhardt, also captured the Grade 2 Genuine Risk at Belmont and Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo at Del Mar.

I'm Hit Sarge, bred by William Fossett and owned by Hounds Cry Farm, was named champion steeplechaser for the second straight year.

Also garnering a second straight annual honor was Sez Who Thoroughbreds as leading breeder. Sez Who Thoroughbreds was represented by stakes winners Accountforthegold, Dream Impact, Endless Circle, How 'bout No, Storm Boot Gold, and Successful Affair in 2006.

The leading jockey award went to Eibar Coa.

Timeleighness was named broodmare of the year. A daughter of Sir Raleigh, she is the dam of Behaving Badly and Lavish Numbers.

Gary Contessa, who sent out award finalists Accountforthegold and Magnolia Jackson, was named leading trainer for 2006.

A special lifetime achievement award was presented to Joe Spadaro for his two decades of work in the program and his career with the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund Corporation.