05/15/2008 11:00PM

Naughty New Yorker tops in the state


Naughty New Yorker was named horse of the year and champion older male for 2007 at the annual New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. awards dinner on May 12.

When Naughty New Yorker's dam, Naughty Natisha, was honored as broodmare of the year, the husband-wife veterinarian team of William Wilmot and Joan Taylor had collected three trophies on the evening.

Wilmot and Taylor, who own Stepwise Farm in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., bred Naughty New Yorker and are the owners of Naughty Natisha.

"I was thunderstruck," Wilmot said. "I thought 'Naughty' had a legitimate chance for the older male award, even though that was a tough division. He's kind of a throwback, a horse that keeps on going. But to get the top award as well was just a dream for us."

In a campaign that began in January and ended in December, Naughty New Yorker won stakes at Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga.

He placed in three graded events - the Aqueduct, Excelsior, and Cigar Mile handicaps.

Naughty New Yorker earned $271,799 on the season, with a record of 3-1-2 from 11 starts.

He is owned by Fox Ridge Farm Inc., and trained by Pat Kelly.

Wilmot and Taylor purchased Naughty Natisha for $150,000 at Keeneland November in 1998, when she was carrying eventual stakes winner Pupil.

Naughty Natisha, by Known Fact, is a half-sister to Victorica, winner of the National Jockey Club Oaks, and to Noble Minstrel, winner of the Ladbroke Free Handicap who also placed in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby.

"I'm just as happy for the mare," said Taylor. "She is a lovely horse with a wonderful personality."

Naughty Natisha has a 2-year-old filly of 2008 named Thin Disguise, by Yes It's True.

She has a yearling filly by Songandaprayer, and is soon due to drop a foal by Bluegrass Cat.

Naughty Natisha is booked to Empire Maker for this season.

Other winners

Oprah Winney was honored as champion older female and champion female sprinter.

She earned $400,394 on the year with a record of 4-1-2 in 8 starts.

Oprah Winney's big score came in the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park, which followed her earlier victory in the open Interborough Handicap on Jan. 1 at Aqueduct.

Bred by Gatsas Stable and owned by Michael Dubb, Sanford Goldfarb, and Bunch of Characters Stable, she is a daughter of Royal Academy out of Mere Presence, by Woodman.

Mere Presence is a granddaughter of the Vaguely Noble mare Flyingtrip.

Flyingtrip is the dam of Icona, a Group 1 winner in South Africa, and of Cock Robin, who placed in the Group 1 William Hill Futurity in England.

A perfect 3-for-3 season led to a juvenile male championship for Giant Moon.

Bred and owned by Albert Fried Jr., the son of Giant's Causeway won the Sleepy Hollow and Damon Runyon last year.

He is out of Moonlightandbeauty, whose dam, Stolen Beauty, won the Demoiselle Stakes. Both mares were campaigned by Fried.

The juvenile filly champion, By the Light, was also unbeaten, winning four starts. Bred by Paul Rothfuss and owned by Jay Em Ess Stable, she concluded her season with a win in the $300,000 Delta Princess Stakes at Delta Downs.

By the Light is by Malibu Moon out of Dixie Tempo, by Major Impact.

She is from the family of champion Heavenly Cause and former state sire Bounding Basque.

Champion 3-year-old male honors went to Stunt Man, winner of the Albany Handicap.

The son of state sire Western Expression was bred by Flying Zee Stable and is owned by Winning Move Stable and partners.

Champion 3-year-old filly honors went to Talking Treasure, winner of the New York Oaks.

Bred and owned by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, she won three stakes races last year.

Turf honors went to Dave for the males and Factual Contender for the females.

Bred by the late Joe Gerrity and owned by Parting Glass Racing and Three Colleens Stable, Dave won the Grade 2 Red Smith Handicap.

Factual Contender, bred by Flying Zee Stable and owned by Thomas J. Farone Jr., won three stakes including the open Destiny Dance.

Friendly Island, winner of the Grade 2 Palos Verdes Handicap, is the champion sprinter.

He was Bred by Kildare Stud and Adrian Regan and owned by Anstu Stable.

Be Certain, bred by Sugar Maple Farm and owned by Alnoff Stable, was honored as champion steeplechaser.