Eclipse Champion Turf Female Dayatthespa, the first New York-bred to win a Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup race, was voted 2014 New York-bred Horse of the Year. The honor for top breeder in New York in 2014 went to Chester and Mary Broman.
The announcements were made at the Annual Awards Banquet of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) held on April 6, 2015 at the Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, New York. The event, which was sponsored by the New York Breeding and Development Fund, was emceed by Richard Migliore, former leading New York jockey and currently a broadcast analyst for the New York Racing Association, Inc. and the Jockey Club Tour on Fox. The 2014 New York-bred divisional champions and horse of the year were chosen by a ballot of New York turf writers, handicappers, chart callers and racing analysts conducted by NYTB.
Horse of the Year Dayatthespa, owned in partnership by Jerry Frankel, Ronald Frankel, Steve Laymon and Bradley Thoroughbreds, was expertly guided through her 5-year-old campaign by trainer Chad Brown. Following a runner-up finish in the De La Rose stakes in August, she reeled off three straight victories in the Yaddo at Saratoga, the Grade 1 First Lady at Keeneland and the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf in Santa Anita. A daughter of City Zip bred by Castellare DiCracchiolo Stable, Cracchiolo & Goldsher, Dayatthespa was also voted 2014 Champion New York-bred Turf Female and Champion New York-bred Older Female. Her late dam, M’Lady Doc was named New York-bred Broodmare of the Year.
Chester and Mary Broman, New York’s top breeders also in 2004 and 2011, had a banner year in 2014 even by their standards. Broman-bred horses, most competing in the couple’s familiar green and white silks, won sixty-two races and earned $2.4 million last year. At the conclusion of the 2014 Saratoga meet, the Bromans finished fourth in the owner standings with 11 wins.
Dayatthespa was not the only multiple honoree on Monday night. Three-year-old Artemis Agrotera, a Grade 1 winner and Eclipse finalist for Female Sprinter owned and bred by the Bromans was voted Champion New York-Bred Female Sprinter and Champion New York-Bred Three-Year-Old Filly. Antonino Miuccio’s Palace, who won back-to-back Grade 1 races at Saratoga, was honored as Champion New York-bred Male Sprinter and Older Male.
A complete list of New York’s 2014 equine and human honorees follows:
Horse of the Year, Turf Female, Older Female: Dayatthespa
CH, M (City Zip – M’Lady Doc, by Doc’s Leader)
Breeder: Castellare DiCracchiolo Stable, Cracchiolo & Goldsher
Owner: Jerry Frankel, Ronald Frankel, Steve Laymon and Bradley Thoroughbreds
Trainer: Chad C. Brown
Male Sprinter, Older Male: Palace
B, H (City Zip – Receivership, by End Sweep)
Breeder: The Peter J. Callahan Revocable Trust Dated 2/28/02
Owner: Antonino Miuccio
Trainer: Linda Rice
Female Sprinter, Three-Year-Old Filly: Artemis Agrotera
B, F (Roman Ruler – Indy Glory, by A.P. Indy)
Breeder/Owner: Chester and Mary Broman, Sr.
Trainer: Michael E. Hushion
Two-Year-Old Filly: Wonder Gal
DK B/, F (Tiz Wonderful – Passe, by Dixie Union)
Breeder: Apache Farm LLC
Owner: Treadway Racing Stable
Trainer: Leah Gyarmati
Two-Year-Old Male: Upstart
DK B/, R (Flatter – Party Silks, by Touch Gold)
Breeder: Mrs. Gerald A. Nielsen
Owner: Ralph M. Evans
Trainer: Richard A. Violette, Jr.
Three-Year-Old Male: Samraat
DK B/, C (Noble Causeway – Little Indian Girl, by Indian Charlie)
Breeder/Owner: My Meadowview Farm LLC
Trainer: Richard A. Violette, Jr.
Turf Male: Lubash
B, H (Freud – Nasty Cure, by Cure the Blues)
Breeder/Owner: Aliyu Ben J Stables
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Steeplechase Horse: Cat Feathers
DK B/, M (Catienus – Mistress Hemming, by Quiet American)
Breeder: Happy Hill Farm
Owner/Trainer: Kate Dalton
Broodmare of the Year: M’Lady Doc, by Doc’s Leader, dam of Dayatthespa
Breeder of the Year: Chester and Mary Broman
Trainer of the Year: Linda Rice
Jockey of the Year: Jose Ortiz