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Havre de Grace voted 2011 Horse of the Year


January 17, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

Third consecutive year that a female horse wins racing’s highest honor

Fox Hill Farm’s 4-year-old Filly Havre de Grace was named Horse of the Year on January 16 at the 41st Eclipse Awards, presented by The Stronach Entertainment Group, Daily Racing Form, and the Breeders’ Cup. Havre de Grace became the third consecutive female to win the Horse of the Year title, following Rachel Alexandra in 2009 and Zenyatta in 2010. The Eclipse Awards are voted on by representatives of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB).

Havre de Grace finished first with 166 votes, followed by Peter and Mary Hilvers and Bud and Judy Johnston’s 5-year-old Acclamation, who finished second with 26 votes. Diamond Pride LLC and the Lanni Family Trust’s 4-year-old Game on Dude finished third with 10 votes, followed by Cape Blanco with 9 votes.

Havre de Grace, trained by Larry Jones, won five races in seven starts in 2011, beginning with the grade 3 Azeri Stakes last April, followed by the grade 1 Apple Blossom, the grade 3 Obeah Stakes, the Woodward against male horses in September and the Beldame Invitational at Belmont Park. Ramon Dominquez, who was also voted Champion Jockey of 2011, rode Havre de Grace in six of her seven starts. Gabriel Saez rode her in the Obeah.

Below is the complete list of Eclipse Award winners:

• Two-Year-Old Male: Hansen
• Two-Year-Old Filly: My Miss Aurelia
• Three-Year-Old Male: Animal Kingdom
• Three-Year-Old Filly: Royal Delta
• Older Male: Acclamation
• Older Female: Havre de Grace
• Male Sprinter: Amazombie
• Female Sprinter: Musical Romance
• Male Turf Horse: Cape Blanco (IRE)
• Female Turf Horse: Stacelita (FR)
• Steeplechase Horse: Black Jack Blues (IRE)
• Owner: Ken and Sarah Ramsey
• Breeder: Adena Springs
• Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
• Apprentice Jockey: Kyle Frey
• Trainer: Bill Mott