Several states have announced their state-bred champions who have proven themselves worthy of receiving honors in 2005.
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission and Thoroughbred Breed Development Advisory Committee have named Lady Blue Sky 2005 Horse of the Year and leading 3-year-old filly. Other honors went to Love This Trick, 2-year-old male; Spotless Mind, 2-year-old filly; Commanding Heights, 3-year-old male; Pass Rush, older male; My Sweet Sug, older female; Crown Ambassador, stallion; Profitable Knight, broodmare; My Stables, owner; and Swifty Farms, breeder.
Honors at the California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association's annual meeting and awards dinner went to Bertrando, sire by earnings; Benchmark, sire of 2-year-olds by earnings; Swiss Yodeler, sire by winners; Royal Cat, freshman sire by earnings; Golden Eagle Farm, breeder by earnings; Brother Derek, 2-year-old male; Sierra Sweetie, 2-year-old female; Proud Tower Too, 3-year-old male; Leave Me Alone, 3-year-old female; Lava Man, older male; Dream Of Summer, older female; Valentine Dancer, turf horse; and Bordonaro, sprinter.
Godolphin Racing's Grand Emporium, winner of last year's $1-million Godolphin Mile (UAE-II), was named Horse of the Year Jan. 26 at the annual Emirates Racing Association Nashwan Awards ceremony.
At its 2006 annual awards banquet Jan. 25, the New Mexico Horse Breeders Association named In Excessive Bull 2005 stallion of the year, with Latenite Lady as broodmare. Other honors went to Dome, freshman sire; Manolito, 2-year-old male; Peppers Pride, 2-year-old filly; C.G'S Dollar, 3-year-old male; Hollywood Gone, 3-year-old filly; Rocky Gulch, older male; and Latenite Special, older female.
The Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association has named Mingo Mohawk 2005 Horse of the Year and 3-year-old colt. Other honors went to River Ridge Ranch, breeder; Maggi Moss, owner; Mercedes Won, stallion; Princess Celebrity, broodmare; Switch Lanes, older female; Sur Sandpit, older male; Queansco, 3-year-old filly; Thekatcamehome, 2-year-old filly; and Timetobook, 2-year-old colt.
No Giveaway has been named Washington State's 2005 Horse of the Year and champion handicap male. Other honors went to Marva Jean, older female; Queenlaedo, 3-year-old filly; Norm's Nephew, 3-year-old male; Schoolin You, 2-year-old male; Cinderella Liberty, 2-year-old filly; Sabertooth, sprinter; Slewdledo, sire; Liberty Gold, freshman sire; Takeaway, broodmare; and Royal Match Stud, breeder by earnings.