Havre de Grace

Looking back at the career of 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace.

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Havre de Grace (Saint Liam - Easter Bunnette by Carson City)

Photo: Rick Samuels

Owner Rick Porter purchased Havre de Grace for $380,000 at the 2008 Keeneland Yearling Sale.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Anthony Dutrow trained Havre de Grace during her early career, and Jeremy Rose was her primary rider during that period.

Photo: Bill Denver/equi-photo

Havre de Grace ran twice at 2, recording one win and one third. After beginning her 3-year-old season with an allowance win, she ran second three times, twice to 2010 Kentucky Oaks winner Blind Luck, in the Delaware Oaks (gr. II),

Photo: Chad Harmon

and in the Alabama Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Havre de Grace turned the tables on Blind Luck in the Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing, recording a neck victory over that rival.

Photo: Bill Denver/equi-photo

Jockey Jeremy Rose hugs Havre de Grace after victory in the Cotillion.

Photo: Bill Denver/equi-photo

Havre de Grace ended 2010 with a respectable 3rd in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I), behind Unrivaled Belle and familiar foe Blind Luck.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Larry Jones took over the training of Havre de Grace after the 2010 season.

Photo: Alexander Barkoff

Havre de Grace (center, red and white silks) began 2011 in the Azeri (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park faces an old friend, Blind Luck (far right).

Photo: Oaklawn Park/ Coady Photography

But this time, Havre de Grace was all alone at the finish, defeating Blind Luck by 3 1/4 lengths.

Photo: Oaklawn Park/ Coady Photography

In her next start, Havre de Grace took her first grade I, winning the Apple Blossom by 3/4 lengths.

Photo: Oaklawn Park/ Coady Photography

After winning the Obeah Stakes (gr. III) at Delaware Park, Havre de Grace was back in against Blind Luck in the Delaware Handicap (gr. II). They battled to the wire,

Photo: Chad Harmon

with Blind Luck just getting her nose in front at the wire.

Photo: Chad Harmon

Having had enough of Blind Luck, Havre de Grace challenged males in her next start, the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

She held off Flat Out by 1 1/4 lengths for an historic win.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Ramon Dominguez oboard the Woodward winner. Dominguez rode Havre de Grace 7 out of 8 times in 2011.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Getting a well-deserved bath after victory in the Woodward.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Cover status for the Woodward winner.

Photo: Blood-horse Publications

Havre de Grace returned to face females in the muddy Beldame (gr. I),

Photo: David Alcosser/nyra

winning easily, while leaving leading three-year-old filly Royal Delta far behind.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Although she finished 4th in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) in her final start of the year, Havre de Grace was rewarded for her exceptional season, by being named Horse of the Year for 2011.

Photo: Wally Skalij

The 2011 Horse of the Year meets with her public.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

In what would be her last start, Havre de Grace romped in the New Orleans Ladies Stakes at Fair Grounds on March 17, 2012.

Photo: Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

Parading at Keeneland

Photo: Mallory Haigh

Havre de Grace and Larry Jones

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

A new chapter of Havre de Grace's life began when she was sold at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton November sale.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

At the sale, she brought a final bid of $10 million dollars.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

She was purchased by Mandy Pope of Whisper Hill Farm.

Photo: Fasig-tipton Photo

Havre de Grace - 16 starts, 9 wins, 4 seconds, 2 thirds, $2,586,175. 2011 Champion Older Mare; 2011 Horse of the Year.

Photo: Alexander Barkoff

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