03/14/2016 9:05PM

Sheer Drama named Florida-bred Horse of the Year

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Barbara D. Livingston
Sheer Drama's strong 2015 campaign included this win in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign.

Sheer Drama, who won the Grade 1 Personal Ensign, Grade 1 Delaware Handicap, and Grade 2 Royal Delta last year, was named the Florida-bred Horse of the Year for 2015 at the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association annual awards banquet Monday night in Ocala, Fla.

Sheer Drama, who also was named the Florida-bred champion older female, won three of eight starts last year and earned $1.23 million for trainer David Fawkes and owner and breeder Harold Queen. Sheer Drama is a 6-year-old Burning Roma mare produced by the Notebook mare Riveting Drama, who also produced Big Drama, who won an Eclipse Award as North America’s top sprinter in 2011. Big Drama also was trained by Fawkes for Queen. Riveting Drama was named Florida’s top broodmare of 2015.

In other awards handed out by the FTBOA on Monday:

◗ Wild Dude was named the Florida-bred champion older male and champion sprinter after the son of Wildcat Heir won the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes, Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, and Grade 2 San Carlos as a 5-year-old for trainer and co-owner Jerry Hollendorfer. 

◗ Starlight Racing’s Uncle Vinny was named the Florida-bred champion 2-year-male after winning the Grade 3 Sanford Stakes and finishing third in the Grade 1 Hopeful. The son of Uncle Mo is trained by Todd Pletcher.

◗ Ballet Diva, a homebred for Fred Brei’s Jack or Better Farm, was named the Florida-bred champion 2-year-old filly after winning the Susan’s Girl division of the Florida Sire Stakes, the Cassidy Stakes, and the House Party Stakes. The daughter of Hear No Evil is trained by Stanley Gold. Jacks or Better Farm was named Florida’s breeder of the year.

◗ Zayat Stables’ El Kabeir was named Florida-bred champion 3-year-old male after the Scat Daddy colt scored Grade 3 wins in the Gotham and Jerome stakes and added a victory in the City of Laurel Stakes for trainer John Terranova.

◗ Jacks or Better Farm’s homebred Dogwood Trail was named champion Florida-bred 3-year-old filly after the daughter of Awesome of Course won the Grade 3 Azalea Stakes and the Three Ring Stakes for trainer Gold.

◗ Flutterby, a homebred for 95-year-old trainer Jerry Bozzo, was named Florida-bred champion sprinter after the daughter of Congrats finished second in the Grade 2 Princess Rooney and won the Gold Mover and Added Elegance stakes as a 4-year-old.

◗ Live Oak Plantation’s homebred World Approval was named Florida-bred champion male turf horse after the Northern Afleet gelding won the Grade 3 Saranac Stakes, Grade 3 American Derby, and the $75,000 Sophomore Stakes for statebreds as a 3-year-old for trainer Mark Casse.

◗ Strict Compliance was named the Florida-bred champion female turf horse after the daughter of Into Mischief won the Grade 3 Boiling Springs Stakes and the Penn Oaks as a 3-year-old for trainer Chad Brown and owners Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawerence. 

◗ For the second straight year, the FTBOA’s stallion of the year was the Hartley/De Renzo Throughbreds sire With Distinction, who had 92 winners and $3.19 million in progeny earnings last year. The leading juvenile sire was Ocala Stud’s High Cotton, while the leading freshman sire was Double Diamond Farm’s First Dude.

◗ Maria M. Haire was named small breeder of the year for breeding the stakes winner Stallwalkin’ Dude.