Page McKenney (Eavesdropper – Winning Grace, by Yarrow Brae) was recently honored as the 2015 Pennsylvania-bred Horse of the Year. The gelding's 5-year-old season consisted of back-to-back scores at Laurel in the John B. Campbell Handicap and Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stakes, as well as back-to-back scores in the Richard W. Small and Swatara Stakes, the latter at Penn National. In between, he won the Robellino Stakes, and graded stakes-placings when second in the rich Charles Town Classic-G2 and thirds in the Grade 3 Pimlico Special and Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap.
Bred by Dr. James Bryant and his wife Linda Taylor, who still own a piece of the gelding, Page McKenney was never off the board in 2015 while racing exclusively in stakes competition, a number of times in graded company. In 10 starts, he won five times, was second in three and third twice, earning $589,900. He is owned primarily by Adam Staple, and trained by Mary Eppler.
Honored as 2-Year-Old Male of 2015 was Mor Spirit (Eskendereya – Im A Dixie Girl, by Dixie Union). Four starts, all first and seconds, earnings of $288,400, and a Grade 1 winner placed him among the top 2-year-olds of the year in the country. The colt was bred by Stuart Grant's The Elkstone Group LLC, is owned by Michael Lund Peterson, and trained by Bob Baffert.
2-Year-Old Female of 2015 honors go to Bella Flor (Eurosilver – Private Citizen, by Proud Citizen). The well-traveled filly owned by Shirley K. Girten-Drake, Muirfield Farm and Michael Lobalzo and trained by Ron Potts won from five furlongs to one mile, faced fillies and colts, made six starts and was worse than third only once (in her stakes debut). The DJ Stables LLC-bred earned $101,508 for the year.
3-Year-Old Male of 2015 went to Saham (Lemon Drop Kid – Texas Kitty, by Forest Wildcat). From 10 starts, the first of which he lost his rider when ducking out at the start, he recorded three wins and three seconds, including a Grade 3 stakes victory for year-end earnings of $203,406. Bred by Everest Stables Inc., the colt is owned by Sultan Bin Mishal Stables and trained by Brendan Walsh.
3-Year-Old Filly of 2015 honors go to R Frosty One (Southern Success – I'm the Mary, by Unbridled Time). The filly won five times during a string of ten races in which she was also second twice and third once, all at Pennsylvania tracks, for earnings of $231,353. Bred by Dana Point Farm's Gayle Gerth, she was trained by Murray Rojas.
Taking home honors for both older female and female sprinter of 2015 was Dame Dorothy (Bernardini – Vole Vole Monamour, by Woodman). The filly's 4-year-old season consisted of earnings of $477,840, making her the richest PA-Bred female runner of 2015. Notable victories included the Grade 1 Humana Distaff on Derby Day at Churchill Downs. Bred by Derry Meeting Farm, she is owned by celebrity chef Bobby Flay and trained by Todd Pletcher.
Taking home honors for both older male and male sprinter of 2015 was Favorite Tale (Tale of the Cat – Tricky Elaine, by Grindstone). The gelding's 4-year-old season saw him on the board in six of his seven starts, with a win in the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream Park that led to a third place showing in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, banking $510,700 for the season. Bred by Paul Conaway, he is owned by PJG Stable and trained by Guadalupe Preciado.
Male turf horse of 2015 goes to Flying Officer (Dynaformer – Vignette, by Diesis). His 5-year-old season saw him win all three of his starts while based in England; the George Strawbridge homebred won two stakes, both at the daunting distance of two miles, and was ranked England's highweighted older horse at 14 furlongs and up. With earnings of $355,713, he is trained by John Gosden.
Female turf horse of 2015 goes to Kitten's Point (Kitten's Joy – Rendezvous Point, by Kingmambo). Her 5-year-old season consisted of four stakes victories during a season in which she earned $316,600 from eight starts. A George Strawbridge homebred, the mare is trained by Graham Motion.
Steeplechaser of 2015 goes to Parker's Project (Parker's Storm Cat – Let's Canoodle, by Oh Say). Bred by his trainer and owner Jonathan Sheppard, the gelding's 9-year-old season returned with a win in the David Semmes Memorial Stakes-G2 at Great Meadow in Virginia, and a third in the National Hunt Cup Hurdle Stakes-G3 over the Malvern course in Pennsylvania.
Broodmare of the year goes to Vole Vole Monamour, dam of Dame Dorothy. Stallion of the year goes to Jump Start, with six stakes winners in 2015. Leading total breeding fund recipient went to Northview Stallion Station, with over $350,000 in awards. The leading breeder award earner was Thomas G. McClay, with nearly $200,000 in breeders' awards. The leading overall breeder of Pennsylvania-breds was George Strawbridge, with just over $2 million in purses earned.
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