04/02/2015 12:42PM

Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association names 2014 champions


The Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association named its year-end award winners for the 2014 season at Parx Racing on Wednesday, highlighted by Horse of the Year Favorite Tale.

Eligibility for the awards was open to Pennsylvania-breds who met the minimum requirement of starts at Parx, of which the PTHA is the certified horsemen’s group.

Favorite Tale took home honors as Horse of the Year and top 3-year-old male, following a campaign in which he won five of 11 starts for earnings of $380,326. The gelded son of Tale of the Cat won the Grade 3 Gallant Bob Stakes at Parx after winning the Gold Fever Stakes earlier in the season. He also placed in Grade 3 Jersey Shore Stakes and a pair of stakes at Saratoga and Delaware Park.

Favorite Tale went undefeated in four starts at Parx in 2014, also including a 14-length allowance win at 6 ½ furlongs in March. He is owned by PJG Stable and trained by Guadalupe Preciado,

Jockey Frankie Pennington earned his second career riding title at Parx, while trainer Ramon Preciado earned his first training title.

Preciado saddled three equine award winners on the evening: 2-year-old female Miss Holicong, claiming horse of the year and winning horse of the meet Handsup Moneydown, and outstanding claim of the year My Sonata.

My Sonata had been campaigned as a homebred by Pope Mclean and Ronald Glorioso, but she was claimed for $16,000 by Preciado for owner Gregory Gordon in her second start of the season. The Noble Causeway mare won four of six starts for her new connections for $124,230.

Following is a complete list of 2014 award winners from the PTHA.

2-year-old male: Nasa
B. c., 2012, Smarty Jones—Shootforthestars, by Seattle Slew
Owner/breeder: Someday Farm
Trainer: John Servis

2-year-old female: Miss Holicong
Ch. f., 2012, First Samurai—Golddigger Beware, by Prenup
Owner: William J. Hartwell
Trainer: Ramon Preciado
Breeder: Frances M. Hartwell

3-year-old male & Horse of the Year: Favorite Tale
B. g., 2011, Tale of the Cat—Tricky Elaine, by Grindstone
Owner: PJG Stable
Trainer: Guadalupe Preciado
Breeder: Paul Conaway

3-year-old female: Disco Chick
B. f., 2011, Jump Start—Disco Flirt, by Disco Rico
Owner: Freedom Acres Inc.
Trainer: Mario Serey Jr.
Breeder: Y. Jerry Kolybabiuk

Older male: Page McKenney
Ch. g., 2012, Eavesdropper—Winning Grace, by Yarrow Brae
Owner: Adam Staple and Jalin Stable
Trainer: Mary Eppler
Breeder: Dr. James E. Bryant & Linda P. Davis

Older Female: Primo Via
Dk. b. or br. m., 2009, Candy Ride—Breezy Street, by Brushed On
Owner: LA Thoroughbreds, et al
Trainer: Philip Aristone
Breeder: Cedar Meadow Inc.

Claiming Horse of the Year & Winningest Horse: Handsup Moneydown
Dk. b. or br. g., 2009, Sharp Humor—Fit to Scout, by Fit to Fight
Owner/trainer: Ramon Preciado
Breeder: Buck Pond Farm

Outstanding Claim of the Year: My Sonata
B. m., 2010, Noble Causeway—Hot Little Dish, by Turkey Shoot
Owner: Gregory Gordon
Trainer: Ramon Preciado
Breeder: Ron Glorioso & Pope McLean

Apprentice Jockey: Jose Delgadillo

Leading Jockey: Frankie Pennington

Leading Owner: Jack Armstrong

Leading Trainer: Ramon Preciado

“B” Division Trainer (Top percentage with less than 150 starts and less than 10 stalls): Keith Nation

“B” Division Owner: Marissa Lizza Racing