Hermosillo named New Jersey-bred Horse of the Year for 2011
Kenwood Racing LLC’s Hermosillo, a winner of five races last year, has been named New Jersey-bred Horse of the Year for 2011. Hermosillo also garnered honors as champion handicap horse.
Bred in New Jersey by Edwin T. Broome, Hermosillo started the year winning consecutive races at Aqueduct in February and March and placed in the Bernie Dowd Handicap in June. The Stephen DiMauro trainee saved his best performances for later in the year as he went on a three race winning streak at Monmouth Park during September and October. Hermosillo started the streak winning the $100,000 Charles Hesse Handicap for the second time in three years defeating the best New Jersey-breds in training. Hermosillo turned in another impressive victory for his second win going wire to wire and defeating eventual Breeder’s Cup Marathon winner, Afleet Again. The seven-year-old capped off his win streak on October 30 in a one mile allowance race over another stellar field.
The son of Sea of Secrets (out of the Black Tie Affair mare Exquisite Affair) had season’s earnings of $235,350 in 2011 to boost his career total to $625,351.
Joel Kligman bred and owns the champion 2-year-old filly, Salad Girl. A daughter of Hit the Trail (out of Indian Boot’s, by Indian Charlie) Salad Girl won two of her three starts including the $60,000 Jersey Juvenile Fillies Stakes, for trainer Ed Plesa, Jr. Her 2011 earnings totaled $68,100.
Happy Tenth Stable’s Deliburnsky was named champion 2-year-old male after winning three of his five starts, including the $60,000 Jersey Juvenile Stakes and the $56,000 Dave’s Friend Stakes at Laurel Park. Bred by Drazin, Aaron, Zaro Stables, LLC, Deliburnsky is by Flatter (out of Deliciously, by Distinctive Pro). Trained by Tony Wilson, he had season’s earnings of $104,175.
New Farm homebred Breathoffreshheir, honored in 2010 as champion 2-year-old filly, once again topped her division, based on her two wins and a stakes placing. The daughter of Wildcat Heir (out of Uphill Skier, by Appealing Skier) captured the $63,000 Ruthless Stakes and finished second in the $63,000 Dearly Precious Stakes en route to earnings of $82,690 for trainer Ben Perkins, Jr. She has career earnings of $178,420.
Freud’s Honour took the title of champion 3-year-old male by winning two races, including a stake and earning $139,460. The son of Freud (out of Act of Glory, by Honour and Glory) won the $88,000 Choice Stakes at Monmouth Park, as well as placing in two divisions of the $100,000 New York Stallion series and the $70,000 Anderson Fowler Stakes. Freud’s Honour was bred by Bright View Farm and is owned by Raymar Stables, LLC. He is trained by Greg Sacco.
G.J. Stable’s homebred Dabnabit is being honored as the champion sprinter for his two stake victories during 2011. The son of Intidab (out of Signa, by Roman Reasoning) won the $60,000 John J. Reilly Handicap and the $60,000 Colts Neck Handicap, both at Monmouth Park. Trained by Louis Carvajal, he had season earnings of $93,913 to bring his career bankroll to $277,051.
Pasquale Vizzoni’s General Perfect was named champion turf runner for the second consecutive eyar after winning the $82,000 John McSorley Stakes at Monmouth Park. The son of Perfect (out of General Tree, by General Assembly) was bred by Dr. Lyn Maraspin and is trained by Glenn Thompson. General Perfect has career earnings of $501,976, including $92,700 earned last season.
John Petrini’s Love that Dance is the champion handicap mare after winning two stakes races last year. The four time New Jersey-bred champion won the $65,000 Open Mind Handicap and the $100,000 Maryland Million Distaff Handicap en route to earnings of $123,600 last year. The daughter of Not For Love (out of Broad Exchange, by Broad Brush) was bred by her owner and has career earnings of $635,344.
Signa (Roman Reasoning-Fellows Best, by Funny Fellow) receives the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association of New Jersey Broodmare of the Year award. Owned by G.J. Stables, Signa has produced five winners from six foals to race, including two stake horses. Signa is the dam of stakes winner Cigno D’Oro, winner of the Spruce Fir Handicap and Queen Lib Handicap and earner of $224,654, and the 2011 New Jersey-bred champion Dabnabit.
Defrere is the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association of New Jersey’s stallion of the year. A full brother to Eclipse Award winner and nationally leading sire Dehere, Defrere (Deputy Minister-Sister Dot, by Secretariat) has sired 41 stakes horses in his career. His lifetime progeny earnings total more than $24.2 million, with average earnings per starter of more than $63,000. Defrere’s top earner, Le mars Girl, won 11 races and earned more than $3.8 million while racing in Japan. Defrere is also the sire of New Jersey-bred stakes winners Carrots Only (367,053), Emily Allstar (369,550), Open Skies (182,047), and A Dynamite Time (130,140).
Defrere is owned by a syndicate and stands at Walnford Stud in Allentown.