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Mick Goss : Lifetime Achievement Award

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Mick Goss : Lifetime Achievement Award

Mick Goss was as gracious as ever as he accepted his Lifetime Achievement Award at the KZN Breeders Awards dinner at the Fordoun Hotel on Saturday evening. “Saturday evening was one of those occasions, as good as any we’ve known since the Summerhill gates were first opened in the dawn of 1979,” said the eloquent multiple champion breeder.

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Japanese Horses Rise To Top Of The World

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Japanese Horses Rise To Top Of The World

The 2014 horseracing year will be remembered as the season when the World's Best Racehorse was trained in Japan for the first time. Following on from the high ranking duo of ORFEVRE and crack sprinter LORD KANALOA in 2013, Japan secured the top two rankings in the world courtesy of  JUST A WAY and EPIPHANEIA.

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Alec Head Receives Longines & IFHA International Award of Merit

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Alec Head Receives Longines & IFHA International Award of Merit

Following the 48th Annual International Conference of Horseracing Authorities held on Monday at the Jockey Club in Paris, Louis Romanet, IFHA Chairman and Juan Carlos Capelli, Longines' Vice President and Head of International Marketing, presented the second "Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit" to Alec Head.

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HARTFORD SCOOPS TOP 100 WINE LIST CHALLENGE TOP SPOT

Top 100 SA Wines Awards - Hartford House Top Wine List
Top 100 SA Wines Awards - Hartford House Top Wine List

Chef Jackie Cameron represents Hartford House at the Top 100 SA Wines Awards

(Photo : Top 100 SA Wines)

“TIZ THE SEASON”

If you’ve been listening to East Coast Radio in the past couple of days, you’ll have heard the name Hartford House many times for its distinction as the only KZN-based restaurant among Eat Out’s national Top Ten. A few weeks before, chef Jackie Cameron’s team were among the chosen few at the American Express Fine Dining awards for the 7th consecutive year, and within a blink of time, they earned themselves another Diner’s Club Diamond Award for one of the country’s best wine lists.

We know they’ve been making headlines for a couple of years now, but the Hartford team takes nothing for granted, and  the same goes for “big brother,” Summerhill Stud. It seems that team has been on the podium for months too, with an eighth consecutive National Breeder’s Championship, another statuette at the Highveld Racing Awards, and a string of distinctions at both the KZN Breeders and the KZN Racing “Nights of the Stars”. That’s an awful lot of dinners, if you happen to have a foot in both camps!

The latest one is as significant as any of them, and came our way last Sunday evening when the “Cameron Girl” winged her way once again to the Mother City to represent us at the Top 100Wine List Challenge for 2013. Remarkably (or perhaps not so remarkably for those of us who know how much work went into it,) in the Relaxed Dining category, Hartford’s wine list came out Number One, the only one marked “Inspirational”. Selecting wines may sound appealing to those of us who make the odd visit to a cellar on a Saturday morning for a bit of a “jolly”, but this team puts in hours of labour, interviewing wine-makers, tasting and pairing, and in the end establishing a criteria that knows no exceptions. Good food, good wine and good company are the irredeemable passports to a memorable meal, but you’ll never know what we mean until you’ve “done” us yourself. Yes, Hartford is all of these things, but it also represents the only venue of its kind in the nation. Visit www.hartford.co.za, and see what we mean.

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SUMMERHILL EQUESTRIAN SOCIAL MEDIA AWARDS FINALIST

Equestrian Social Media Awards
Equestrian Social Media Awards

EQUESTRIAN SOCIAL MEDIA AWARDS

Summerhill is proud to announce that we have been selected as a finalist for the global 2012 PagePlay Equestrian Social Media Awards, Category 30: FEI Group IX - Central and Southern Africa!

Nominations for the 2012 Equestrian Social Media Awards opened for 9 days in the run up to Christmas Eve with 2,629 individuals submitting 8,137 nominations via the Equestrian Social Media Awards Facebook App.

Thank you to everyone who nominated Summerhill and please follow the link below to the Equestrian Social Media Awards website and vote for us!! Voting closes midday (GMT) on 10 February 2012.

http://www.equestriansocialmediaawards.com/voting - scroll down to the final Category (30) and select Summerhill Stud

There are also a lot of great finalists in the other categories that you can vote for too, so enjoy and Thank you for your vote.

Team Summerhill

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summerhill stud, south africa

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LONG SERVICES : LONG SUFFERING

Long Service Awards
Long Service Awards

Long Service Awards Presentation

(Photo : Al Maktoum School Of Management Excellence)

SUMMERHILL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Whatever you do in life, you need a point of differentiation in order to separate yourself from the masses. In the retail trade, they call it the unique selling point. Without the cash to pick whatever we needed in order to cash in on the best genetics, we had to find things we could be better at, so that we could find the small increments that took us to the summit.

Whilst they do not rank in any particular order of importance, the first item you should address, is the selection of your team. When we first kicked off at Summerhill, there were but six people on the staff, and they lived in difficult circumstances in what is these days known as “Old Compound”. One of the best pay-offs in our lives, was the decision to pick the best people we could find.

That we succeeded was evident at the School Of Excellence last week, where no fewer than six of our staff received their 20 year service awards. Another five got their 10 year “gongs”, and their names should be recited for posterity.

Team Member

Years Of Service

Michael Booysen

20

Bongaan Shangase

20

Fikile Mchunu

20

Zap Molefe

20

Tryphina Molefe

20

Moses Nkabinde

20

Reginah Hadebe

10

Patricia Mathe

10

Mhle Molefe

10

Brenda Bhengu

10

Thobile Booysen

10

Siyabonga Providence Ndlovu, Mthokozisi Sithole, Mondli Mbanjwa, Kgotso Halane, Sbonelo Zuma, Siphamandla Mthabela, Lenos Mondle Ndlovu, Joseph Mhlongo, Khombisile Ndzimande, Themba Zuma and Patricia Mathe received literary awards from their mentor, Anne Kean.

Thabani Ndzimande, Delani Mtshali, Richard Hlongwana, Marius Losch, Mesuli Mthembu, Mziwethemba “Dassie” Stuurman, Frederick Makerman and Precious Sibisi were handed First Aid certificates from the school’s head, Heather Morkel.

Quite remarkably, the Molefe family chalked up 3 long service awards on the same day. Zap and Tryphina (Mum and Dad) 20 years, daughter Mhle 10 years in the service (front-of-house) team at Hartford House.

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summerhill stud, south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

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PRICELESS.

Barry Irwin
Barry Irwin

Barry Irwin

(Photo : Owner Breeder)

RUNNER-UP!

Barry Irwin commenting on Igugu’s Equus Champion Three-Year-Old-Filly Award :

Robin Bruss sent me a text message from the Equus Awards to let me know that Gypsy’s Warning got a special award, Sunshine Lover was Broodmare of the Year and Ebony Flyer was runner-up to Igugu for Champion Filly at 3

RUNNER-UP!

That is like saying Germany was runner-up in World War II.”

Extract from African Betting Clan

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EQUUS AWARDS 2011 : RESULTS

Equus Awards - Summerhill Stud
Equus Awards - Summerhill Stud

Team Summerhill

(Photo : JC Photographics)

THE EQUUS AWARDS

Season 2010 - 2011

IGUGU, winner of the Vodacom Durban July and the South African Triple Tiara, has been named South Africa’s Equus Horse of the Year for 2011 at Thursday evening’s Equus Awards gala banquet at Emperors Palace in Gauteng.

The Australian-bred daughter of Galileo reeled off eight victories in 10 starts and amassed more than R4million in prizemoney in a three-year-old season that started in August 2010 and culminated in glory in the country’s premier race, the Vodacom Durban July, last month.

Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum of Dubai and Andre and Joyce Macdonald of Johannesburg, the filly was imported into South Africa by Champion Breeders, Summerhill Stud. Igugu was sold for R1 million to the Macdonalds from the Summerhill draft of the 2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

Igugu was also awarded the Champion Three-Year-Old Filly and Champion Middle-Distance Horse titles.

Ronnie Napier, a past chairman of the National Horseracing Authority of SA, received the Special Achievement Award at the glittering ceremony.

EQUUS AWARDS WINNERS

11 August 2011

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly

Princess Victoria

Champion Two-Year-Old Colt / Gelding

Delago Deluxe

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly

Igugu

Champion Three-Year-Old Colt / Gelding

The Apache

Champion Older Filly / Mare (four+)

Dancewiththedevil

Champion Older Male (four+)

Past Master

Champion Sprinter (1000m - 1200m)

Val de Ra

Champion Middle-Distance Horse (1400m - 2200m)

Igugu

Champion Stayer (2400m+)

Aslan

Champion Stallion Award

Jet Master - Mr and Mrs Devine

Outstanding Stallion Achievement Award

Captain Al - Klawervlei Stud

Broodmare Of The Year

Sunshine Lover - Mr WJ Engelbrecht

Breeder Of The Year

Graystone Stud - Mr SD Gray

Breeder Award - Exceptional International Achievement

J J The Jet Plane - (Breeder - Mr Devine) and Gypsy’s Warning - (Breeder - Rathmor Stud)

Equus Award for International Achievement

J J The Jet Plane - (Breeder - Mr Devine) and Gypsy’s Warning - (Breeder - Rathmor Stud)/

Champion Breeder

Summerhill Stud

Work Rider Awards

Bizu Mjokwa - Western Cape

Abram Makhuba - Gauteng

Media Award

Print - Robyn Louw

Television - Aiden Lithgow

Special Achievement

Ronnie Napier

Apprentice Of The Year

JP van der Merwe

Champion Jockey

Anton Marcus

Champion Trainer

Mike de Kock

Owner Of The Year

Ingrid and Markus Jooste

Horse Of The Year

Igugu

Extract from Tab Online

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SUMMERHILL TEAM DEPARTS FOR THE EQUUS AWARDS

South African Thoroughbred Breeders' Championship
South African Thoroughbred Breeders' Championship

EQUUS AWARDS

11 August 2011

The Summerhill team leaves tomorrow morning for the Equus Awards, where Summerhill becomes the first entity in history to line up 7 times consecutively in any category. This will be the first time any farm has strung together 7 Breeders titles in a row since the Birch Bros, a famous conglomerate of families, did so more than 50 years ago. They set the benchmark for the world.

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summerhill stud, south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

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EQUUS AWARDS 2011 : NOMINATIONS

Igugu - Vodacom Durban July
Igugu - Vodacom Durban July

Igugu - Vodacom Durban July (Grade 1)

(Photo : John Lewis)

EQUUS AWARDS

11 August 2011

If Igugu does not get the Horse Of The Year Award when the Equus Awards for the 2010/2011 racing season are handed out on Thursday this week, racing fans will probably demand a recount, writes Nicci Garner for TabOnline.

Igugu, who had not seen a racecourse at the start of the campaign, ended the season as the joint highest-rated horse in the country. A credit to the skill of her trainer, Mike de Kock (who retained his Champion Trainer status), she raced at all three major racing centres - something even the legendary Terrance Millard avoided!

After the game daughter of Galileo put her age and sex to route in the Triple Tiara, becoming the first filly in history to win all three of the races in that series, the Grade 1 SA Fillies Classic, Grade 2 SA Oaks and Grade 2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas, and then went on to trounce the best of her age and sex in the country in the Grade 1 Woolavington 2000, some pundits believed she would have her limitations exposed in the country’s toughest race, the Vodacom Durban July. They ended up eating crow as Igugu took command at the top of the straight and then found another gear when Pierre Jourdan moved up to challenge, winning more easily than the one-length verdict.

Little wonder, then, that she is nominated for two of the nine other awards to honour great equine achievement; Three-Year-Old Filly and Middle-Distance Horse.

Her rival for Champion Three-Year-Old Filly, Ebony Flyer, beat De Kock’s “Jewel” in the Cape Fillies Guineas back in December, but has only been seen on a racecourse once this year. There is little doubt that Igugu’s contribution to the season far exceeded that of Justin Snaith’s charge.

Her competition in the Champion Middle-Distance Horse category is stiffer because she comes up against Dancewiththedevil, the only other horse in the country to have won three G1 races, as well as her former stablemate Mother Russia (won the Queen’s Plate), J&B Met hero Past Master and fellow three-year-old, The Apache, who capped a great season in winning the Daily News 2000 and the Champions Cup, with a fourth in the July sandwiched between those runs. The nominees for Equus Awards are :

NOMINATIONS

Two-Year-Old Filly

Amanee, Hidden Beauty, Princess Victoria, Trinity House

Two-Year-Old Colt/Gelding

Delago Deluxe, Fighting Warrior, Potala Palace

Three-Year-Old Filly

Ebony Flyer, Igugu

Three-Year-Old Colt / Gelding

English Garden, Shea Shea, Solo Traveller, The Apache, What a Winter

Older Filly / Mare (four+)

Dancewiththedevil , Mother Russia, Val de Ra

Older Male (four+)

Past Master, Happy Landing

Sprinter (1000m - 1200m)

August Rush, Shea Shea, Val de Ra, What a Winter

Middle-Distance Horse (1400m - 2200m)

Dancewiththedevil, Igugu, Mother Russia, Past Master, The Apache

Stayer (2400m+)

Aslan, Grey Cossack, Ilsanpietro, Sangria Girl, Seal, Vertical Take-off

Other Awards

Other accolades that will be given include awards for the leading work riders (Gauteng and Cape Town), apprentice, jockey, trainer and owner, plus a special achievement award. Six breeders’ awards will also be presented.

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FRED CRABBIA EARNS HIS JUST REWARD

Fred Crabbia displays his Singapore Horse Of The Year Trophy for Rocket Man
Fred Crabbia displays his Singapore Horse Of The Year Trophy for Rocket Man

Fred Crabbia - Horse Of The Year Award for Rocket Man

(Photo : Signapore Turf Club)

“HAIL FRED”

Fred Crabbia is nothing, if he’s not one of the best supporters of racing this country’s ever known. Yet his involvement extends well beyond the borders of South Africa, particularly in his association with former South African trainer, Patrick Shaw, in Singapore. On the weekend, he earned his just reward when his world-ranked sprinter, Rocket Man, was voted Singapore’s Horse Of The Year, as well as Champion Sprinter and Champion Four Year Old.

After returning from what seemed a career-ending injury, the gelding successfully defended his title in the Lion Cup Sprint, and shared the spoils in the Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint, before narrowly going down to South Africa’s J J The Jet Plane in the Gr1 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint in December. He also just fell short in the Gr1 Dubai Golden Shaheen at Meydan in March, missing by a half length to the American, Kinsale King.

Rocket Man has a second attempt at the Golden Shaheen on Saturday, and has just left his home base for Dubai.

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ECLIPSE AWARDS : FINALLY ZENYATTA

Tribute to Eclipse Horse Of The Year, Zenyatta
Tribute to Eclipse Horse Of The Year, Zenyatta

Click above to watch a tribute to Zenyatta

(Image : Smugpessimist/Lancewilkerson - Footage : YouTube)

ECLIPSE AWARDS 2010

When the bettors gathered in the States on the weekend, they were searching for a horse that might beat Zenyatta for the title of Horse Of The Year. Life in the nearby suburbs may be as predictable as the appearance of the yellow school bus at 8am in the morning, but nothing is odds-on in Long Island City. Denied last year, (in our view, unfortunately) by Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta got home this time, but it wasn’t entirely plain sailing. She polled 128 votes, while Blame, the only horse ever to beat her, received 102, with the three-time Breeders Cup winner, Goldikova, picking up 5 votes.

In his acceptance speech, an emotional owner Jerry Moss acknowledged the opposition. “I first want to say what a great honour it has been to have been associated with the other two finalists” reported Thoroughbred Daily News. “Blame ran incredible races, and is a wonderful racehorse. I can only congratulate Seth Hancock for the 100 years of service of his family farm (Claiborne). I can only hope for him to have the most success with Blame as a wonderful sire in the future. Also for the amazing Goldikova, what can we say?”.

Eclipse Awards 2010

Championship Leaders

Award

Winner

Horse of the Year

ZENYATTA (Street Cry)

2-Year-Old Male

UNCLE MO (Indian Charlie)

2-Year-Old-Female

AWESOME FEATHER (Awesome of Course)

(3-Year-Old-Male

LOOKIN AT LUCKY (Smart Strike)

3-Year-Old-Female

BLIND LUCK (Pollard’s Vision)

Older Male

BLAME (Arch)

Older Female

ZENYATTTA (Street Cry)

Male Sprinter

BIG DRAMA (Montbrook)

Female Sprinter

DUBAI MAJESTY (Essence Of Dubai)

Male Turf Horse

GIO PONTI (Tale Of The Cat)

Female Turf Horse

GOLDIKOVA (Ire) (Anabaa)

Steeplechase

SLIP AWAY (Skip Away)

Owner

WINSTAR FARM

Breeder

ADENA SPRINGS

Trainer

TODD PLETCHER

Jockey

RAMON DOMINGUEZ

Apprectice Jockey

OMAR MORENO

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THE SUMMERHILL / HARTFORD DOUBLE

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hartford house restaurant

Hartford House, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

(Photo : Hartford House)

HOUSE AND LEISURE / VISA

BEST OF SA AWARDS

The only world class hotel on a world class stud farm in the worldis the well-worn mantra of Hartford House, the fifteen suite boutique hostelry housed in the historic Prime Ministerial homestead on the Summerhill estate.

The horsemen on the property have long prided themselves for their six consecutive Breeder’s titles in the most competitive era in history, yet Hartford House has matched the racehorse nursery stride-for-stride when it comes to accolades. Today, for the second consecutive year, the readers of South Africa’s most popular lifestyle magazine, voted it the Number One restaurant in the House and Leisure / Visa Best of South Africa awards. As competitive as the horse business may be, this one came in an environment covering more than 10,000 local eateries, and in a category which included among its finalists, two World Top Fifty celebrities, La Colombe and The Tasting Room.

The Summerhill team is in awe of its little sister’s home run. We salute you, Head Chef Jackie Cameron, GM Paula Mackenzie and your exceptional band of merry people. Nobody’s worked harder and nobody’s more deserving.

From one Champion team to another, well done!

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KWAZULU NATAL RACING AWARDS 2010

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kwazulu natal horseracing awards

KwaZulu Natal Racing Awards

(Photo : Gold Circle / Durban Country Club) 

NINE OUT OF TEN :

THAT’S THE SUMMERHILL STORY

The Breeder’s trophy at the annual KZN Racing Awards was inaugurated ten years ago, and its recipient is determined by stakes earned in Sharks’ territory. It’s easy to be blasé about a provincial award when you’ve already won the National title, but there’s always something to be said for being acknowledged in your own backyard. Friday evening’s gala function at the historic Sir Herbert Baker-designed Durban Country Club, was attended by some big hitters from out of town, notably champion trainer Mike de Kock, Sean Tarry, Chris van Niekerk and Sheikh Mohammed’s personal representative, Jehan Malherbe.

Getting over the line in a competition of this sort, often depends on the plans trainers make for the horses you’ve sold them, so achievement in the bigger scheme of the nation’s racing and breeding affairs, doesn’t necessarily guarantee you the top spot in any particular locality. Once the hammer falls at the auction, your horse’s fate is in the hands of the conditioner, and he will take you where he chooses, and where he sees the pickings.

It’s also true that he might not take you anywhere in particular, as was the case with last season’s biggest earner, Pierre Jourdan, whose racing year ended with a well earned rest after his exertions in the SA Derby (Gr.1). As much as he might have muddied the waters of the Three Year Old Championship if he’d come for the KZN winter season, it wasn’t to be, nor was he going to contribute to Summerhill’s local earnings as a result.

That said, Friday evening we were the proud recipients of our ninth KZN Breeder of the Year title in ten years, wresting the trophy back after a season’s “grace” from the Scott Bros’ Highdown Stud, a beautiful farm on the Fort Nottingham side of Nottingham Road. Perennially among the country’s top breeders for several decades, Highdown achieved its zenith during the Jungle Cove era, when they ranked second on more than one occasion to the mighty Birch Brothers. Their achievements in those days were the stuff of legend, notable for the fact that even after Graham Beck’s acquisition of five times champion sire, Jungle Cove, the Scotts continued to breed the best of that stallion’s progeny from the few shares they retained. This year, the local title was no forgone conclusion either, as these fellows came rattling back with a late flurry from their excellent galloper, Orbison, winner of the Champions’ Cup (Gr.1) at Clairwood, following a third placing in the Vodacom Durban July.

We salute them as worthy competitors.

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summerhill stud south africa

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2010 RACING ASSOCIATION HIGHVELD AWARDS : WINNERS

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racing association highveld racing awards

RACING ASSOCIATION HIGHVELD AWARDS 2010

EMPERORS PALACE, 8 MAY 2010 

AWARD WINNERS

Champion Two Year Old Filly

WAYWEST GODDESS

Champion Two Year Old Colt / Gelding

KAVANAGH

Champion Three Year Old Filly

HERE TO WIN (BRZ)

Champion Three Year Old Colt / Gelding

PIERRE JOURDAN

Champion Older Filly / Mare

MOTHER RUSSIA

Champion Older Colt / Gelding

SMART BANKER

Champion Sprinter

NOBLE HEIR

Champion Middle-Distance Horse

PIERRE JOURDAN

Champion Stayer

IRISH FLAME

Champion Sand Specialist

PHUNYUKA

Champion Breeder of the Season

SUMMERHILL STUD

Champion Owner of the Season

MRS INGRID AND MR MARKUS JOOSTE

Champion Jockey of the Season

ANTON MARCUS

Champion Trainer of the Season

MIKE DE KOCK

Champion Apprentice

JP VAN DER MERWE

Work Rider Award

ABRAM MAKHUBO

Special Award for Service to the Industry

ALISON MCKENZIE

Horse Of The Season

PIERRE JOURDAN

2010 RACING ASSOCIATION HIGHVELD AWARDS - NOMINEES

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racing association

RACING ASSOCIATION HIGHVELD AWARDS 2010

EMPERORS PALACE, 8 MAY 2010 

NOMINEES

Champion Two Year Old Filly

OOCHEE AGENT

WAYWEST GODDESS

Champion Two Year Old Colt / Gelding

BURMESE CAT

GOLD ONYX

KAVANAGH

Champion Three Year Old Filly

ARCOLA

FISANI

HERE TO WIN (BRZ)

SIDERA (AUS)

SPICED GOLD

Champion Three Year Old Colt / Gelding

CURVED BALL (AUS)

IRISH FLAME

PIERRE JOURDAN

Champion Older Filly / Mare

NOBLE HEIR

MOTHER RUSSIA

Champion Older Colt / Gelding

ASLAN

REGAL RANSOM

RUDRA

SMART BANKER

Champion Sprinter

MOROCCAN

NOBLE HEIR

Champion Middle-Distance Horse

MOTHER RUSSIA

PIERRE JOURDAN

REGAL RANSOM

RUDRA

SMART BANKER

Champion Stayer

ONLY ONE NOMINEE

(TO BE ANNOUNCED AT AWARDS CEREMONY)

Champion Sand Specialist

CINNAMON SUGAR

PHUNYUKA

Champion Breeder of the Season

MAURITZFONTEIN STUD

NORMANDY STUD

SUMMERHILL STUD

Champion Owner of the Season

MRS INGRID AND MR MARKUS JOOSTE

MRS BRIDGET OPPENHEIMER

WILGERBOSDRIFT STUD (NOM : MRS MARY SLACK)

Champion Jockey of the Season

ANTHONY DELPECH

ANTON MARCUS

PIERE STRYDOM

Champion Trainer of the Season

MIKE DE KOCK

CHARLES LAIRD

SEAN TARRY

Horse of the Season

ALL ABOVE HORSES ARE NOMINATED

RACHEL ALEXANDRA AWARDED ECLIPSE HORSE OF THE YEAR

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rachel alexandra

Rachel Alexandra

(Photo : Science Blogs)

39th ECLIPSE AWARDS

Neither Zenyatta nor Rachel Alexandra were defeated on the racetrack in 2009 but last night at the annual Eclipse Awards staged at the prestigious Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, it was left to the ballot to deliver a decisive “Horse Of The Year” victory… 130 votes to 99… in favour of Rachel Alexandra over Zenyatta.

With the news that Zenyatta will remain in training for 2010, could we expect her to avenge this defeat in a mammoth racetrack showdown between filly and mare?

2009 ECLIPSE AWARD WINNERS

Horse Of The Year

RACHEL ALEXANDRA

Two-Year-Old-Male

LOOKIN AT LUCKY

Two-Year-Old-Filly

SHE BE WILD

Three-Year-Old-Male

SUMMER BIRD

Three-Year-Old-Filly

RACHEL ALEXANDRA

Older Male

GIO PONTI

Older Female

ZENYATTA

Female Sprinter

INFORMED DECISION

Male Sprinter

KODIAK KOWBOY

Male Turf Horse

GIO PONTI

Female Turf Horse

GOLDIKOVA

Steeplechase Horse

MIXED UP

Owner

GODOLPHIN RACING

Breeder

JUDDMONTE FARMS

Jockey

JULIEN LEPAROUX

Apprentice Jockey

CHRISTIAN SANTIAGO REYES

Trainer

STEVE ASMUSSEN

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WILLIAM S. FARISH TO RECEIVE ECLIPSE AWARD OF MERIT

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william s farish

William S. Farish

(Painting : David Griffiths)

WILLIAM S. FARISH

William S. Farish will be honoured with the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing, reports the Thoroughbred Daily News.

The Lane’s End Farm head will receive the award at the Eclipse Awards ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on January 18.

“I am so honored to have been selected for a sport which has given me and my family so much pleasure and enjoyment for the past 35 years,” Farish said. “I am humbled to be chosen to join this list of outstanding people who have received this Award of Merit, many of whom have been longtime friends.”

William S. Farish is currently a steward and vice chairman of The Jockey Club, a director and former chair of the executive committee of the Breeders’ Cup, a member of the board of directors of the Keeneland Association, and a Keeneland trustee. The prominent owner/breeder was also chairman of the board of Churchill Downs from 1992-2001, as well as the U.S. Ambassador to the Court of Saint James between 2001-2004.

“Will Farish is deeply involved in every phase of the Thoroughbred Industry,” said Keeneland President Nick Nicholson. “If you follow the life cycle of the Thoroughbred each stage from mating, breeding, raising, registration, sales, training, racing, and then back to the farm for breeding, Will has positively impacted each step along the way. His knowledge, passion and willingness to give his time for the betterment of the industry and the sport have meant so much for the modern Thoroughbred world. We are grateful to have him serve as a trustee of Keeneland, and appreciate his advice and counsel.”

Earlier this summer, the William Stamps Farish Fund donated $1 million to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Farish, a member of the PDJF board, is currently working to help raise more than $10 million to provide a continuous fund for disabled riders.

“The more I explored the situation, the more I realized that a sustaining pool of monies was necessary,” Farish commented. “I feel that everyone who is associated with our sport realizes that a permanent source of funding is needed improve the lives of these disabled riders.”

Born in Houston, Texas, Farish purchased his first Thoroughbred in 1963. He is a two-time recipient of the Eclipse Award as leading breeder and has raced no fewer than 150 stakes winners, including 1972 Preakness Stakes hero Bee Bee Bee.

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