Roxinho, a horse who won his biggest races in Brazil but is now in North America, was recently named Brazil's 2001 Horse of the Year by the Horse Racing Media Association of Parana. Last year Roxinho (Thignon Lafre--Miss Bob, but Especulante) won the Grande Premio Derby Paulista, Grande Premio Jockey Club de San Paulo, and the Grande Premio Ipiranga, all group I events in Brazil. In August Brazil's owners and breeders' association also named the colt Horse of the Year.
Roxinho won four of his five starts in the 2001-02 racing season. He was bred in Brazil by Haras Valente and raced for Stud Taj Mahal. Since his first start in this country in May, Roxinho has raced for Earle Mack and Gregory Fox. For those owner he won the Tri-State Handicap at Ellis Park and placed in the Sycamore Breeders' Cup Stakes at Keeneland. Jamie Knight trains the colt.
Byzantium, who earned honors as Brazil's 2-year-old colt of the year, finished his season undefeated in four starts. He won this year's group I Ipiranga and the Associacao Brasileira de Criadores e Proprietarios do Cavalo de Corrida-Criterium Paranaense. His dam, Suranne, was named Broodmare of the Year. She is also the dam of stakes winner Annister (by Mane Minister).
The winners in all categories, as voted by the Media Association of Parana, are as follows: Horse of the year and 3-year-old colt, Roxinho; 2-year-old colt, Byzantium; 2-year-old filly, Fui; 3-year-old filly, Jodie; miler and older horse, Itaquere Power; distaffer and sprinter, Cacique Bar (who is now with Paulo Lobo in California); stayer, Gorylla; top stallions, Burooj and Thignon Lafre; top owner, Mandrake; top breeder, J.B. Barros; top trainer, Marcio Gusso; top jockey, A. Domingos; top apprentice, J. Sutil; Man of the year, Jael Barros.