(Edited press release)
The divisional champions for Oklahoma were presented at the 22nd Annual Oklahoma Thoroughbred Association Awards Presentation July 28.
Attendees enjoyed dinner, dancing and entertainment, as well as live and silent auctions of racing and non-racing items at the event.
Master of ceremonies Chris Lincoln, an ESPN Thoroughbred commentator and racing enthusiast, presented the winners of the various categories, as well as the recipients of the Oklahoma-bred champions as presented by the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission.
Horse of the Year honors went to Kip Deville. The grey son of Kipling was also voted top 3-year-old male and turf horse. Kip Deville has earned $456,092 from a record of 5-1-1 from 11 starts.
Included in his race record were stakes victories in the 2006 Sir Beaufort Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita and this year's Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita and the Maker's Mark Mile Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.
Partnership owner Mike Scherack of IEAH Stables was present to accept Kip Deville's award.
Other honors went to Duh Nuts, 2-year-old male; Charlie Sioux, 2-year-old filly; Starry Pie and Jazzy Okie, 3-year-old fillies; Marq French, older male and sprinter; D Fine Okie, older female; Kipling, stallion; Klondike Kaytie, broodmare; and John and Kris Richter's Richter Family Trust, breeders.