Leslie’s Lady Named 2016 Broodmare of the Year, Arrogate Kentucky H.O.Y.


Beholder wins the Breeders’ Cup Distaff | Benoit photo

Leslie’s Lady, dam of four-time champion Beholder (Henny Hughes) and prominent sire Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday), was named the 2016 Broodmare of the Year at the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB)’s annual Kentucky-Bred Champions Award Luncheon held at Keeneland Thursday. Beholder, who captured the GI Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff in November to wrap up a spectacular career, was also honored as champion Older Dirt Female. GI Breeders’ Cup Classic and GI Travers S. hero Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song)–who has since become North America’s all-time richest Thoroughbred–was honored as Horse of the Year and champion sophomore male.


Other champions named at the luncheon (with breeders) were:

2-Year-Old Male: Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile) (Steven Nicholson & Brandi Nicholson)

2-Year-Old Filly: Champagne Room (Broken Vow) (Respite Farm)

3-Year-Old Filly: Songbird (Medaglia d’Oro) (John Antonelli)

Older Dirt Male: Frosted (Tapit) (Darley)

Turf Male: Tourist (Tiznow) (WinStar Farm, LLC)

Turf Female, Racing Abroad: Tepin (Bernstein) (Machmer Hall)

Sprinter: Drefong (Gio Ponti) (Frederick M. Allor, Michael T. Barnett & Anthony M. Warrender)

Steeplechase Horse: Special Skills (Bernstein) (Sierra Farm)


Four merit awards were presented at the luncheon:

P.A.B. Widener Trophy for KTOB Breeder of the Year: Clearsky Farms

Hardboot Breeders’ Award: Brereton C. Jones

Charles W. Engelhard Award: Jay Privman

William T. Young Humanitarian Award: Godolphin Flying Start and Kentucky Equine Management Internship


Year-end money-earning leaders were also recognized:

KTDF Sire of the Year: Kitten’s Joy (Ramsey Farm)

KTDF Earner of the Year: Kitten’s Roar (Kitten’s Joy) (Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey)

KTDF Owner of the Year, KTDF Breeder of the Year: Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey

KTDF Trainer of the Year: Michael Maker

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