(Edited press release)
Multiple graded stakes winner Wild Gams has been named New Jersey-bred Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old filly for 2006. Bred and owned by New Farm, the daughter of Forest Wildcatis trained by Ben Perkins, Jr.
Wild Gams began her black-type success by winning the Oxford Scholar and Cicada Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct. She ran a strong second in the Prioress Breeders’ Cup (gr. I), after which she was victorious against older horses in the Eleven North Handicap at Belmont Park. Wild Gams finished the year with a score in the Safely Kept Breeders’ Cup (gr. III) at Laurel Park.
The filly won five of eight starts last year with earnings of $364,387.
Gunsmith Stables' homebred Our Fantene was named champion 2-year-old filly after capturing three of four starts last year, including the Sorority Stakes at Monmouth and the filly division of the New Jersey Futurity at Meadowlands. The dam of Our Fantene, Our Cozzette, was awarded the same honor in 2001. Our Fantene is trained by Cal Lynch.
Dennis Drazin’s homebred Camacthmagnificent was named top 2-year-old male after winning two of three starts in 2006, including the colt division of the New Jersey Futurity. He is trained by Jason Servis.
Presidential Thoroughbreds' Meadow Blue was honored as New Jersey's leading 3-year-old male after scoring in three of nine starts, including the Lincroft Handicap at Monmouth Park against older horses. Bred by Mike Brown and trained by Kelly John Breen, Meadow Blue earned $134,975 in 2006.
Other New Jersey-bred champions are as follows:
Horse, award, owner, breeder, trainer
I’mtoogoodtobetrue, handicap female, Dr. Phillip Torsney (owner/breeder), Ned Allard.
Park Avenue Ball, handicap male, Char-Mari Stables, C.J. Hesse, James Ryerson.
Who’s the Cowboy, sprinter, Gerald Sleeter, Carolyn Sleeter, Kevin Sleeter.
In addition, Diamonds and Legs, the dam of Wild Gams, was named New-Jersey bred broodmare of the year, while Intensity received honors as top stallion in the Garden State.
A chestnut colt by Gone West-Ambassador of Luck, by What Luck, Intensity is the sire of four stakes winners. He stood at Carolyn and Gerald Sleeter’s Sleeter Farm until his death in 2002. Intensity has lifetime progeny earnings of more than $2.1 million, with the stallion’s average earnings per starter at $103,082. Intensity’s top earner is Who’s the Cowboy, a 5-yr-old gelding who won four stakes races in 2006 to bring his career earnings to $605,037.