The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association has named its champions and leaders for 2014.
Pennsylvania-breds had a record-breaking year in 2014 as a total of 54 were stakes winners, a new single-season total. Nine were graded or group winners, led by Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred turf star Real Solution and William L. Pape and Jonathan Sheppard's homebred steephchaser Divine Fortune.
Named Pennsylvania-bred older male and turf horse, Real Solution won the Knob Creek Manhattan (gr. IT) and Man o' War (gr. IT), both at Belmont Park, and earned $643,000 during the year.
Divine Fortune landed the Colonial Cup and Calvin Hougland Iroquois, (both NSA-I), and bankrolled $195,000.
Although there were fewer Pennsylvania-bred starters in 2014 compared with 2013, they recorded more wins and earned in excess of $63 million worldwide.
The divisional winners were based upon the recommendation of the organization's awards committee of Jane White (chair), Elizabeth Barr, John Benson, and Susan Meckling.
The state's overall leading breeder of Pennsylvania-breds was George Strawbridge Jr., who also was the leading breeding fund award recipient.
Older male & turf horse: Real Solution (Kitten's Joy —Reachfortheheavens, by Pulpit). Bred by Kenneth L. Ramsey and Sarah K. Ramsey.
Male sprinter: Falling Sky (Lion Heart—Sea Dragoness, by Sea Hero). Bred by Copper Penny Stables.
Steepechaser: Divine Fortune (Royal Anthem—My Tombola, by Northern Fling). Bred by William L. Pape and Jonathan E. Sheppard.
Leading breeding fund recipient: Page McKenney (Eavesdropper—Winning Grace, by Yarrow Brae). Bred by Dr. James E. Bryant and Linda P. Davis.
Broodmares of the Year: Delizia (Distant View—Felidia, by Golden Fleece), owned until 2013 by Derry Meeting Farm; & To the Brim (Ascot Knight—Capacity, by Capote), owned by Two Sisters Farm.