Giant Ryan stole the show at the New York Thoroughbred Breeders’ annual awards banquet April 2, winning top honors as 2011 New York-bred Horse of the Year, champion older male, and champion male sprinter. The connections of Lovely Lil walked off with dual honors for champion older female and champion female sprinter. Chester and Mary Broman were jointly named top New York breeder.
Divisional winners were voted by New York turf writers, chart callers, racing analysts, and other eligible voters. Co-hosts of this year’s awards banquet were Jason Blewett, racing analyst for the New York Racing Association, and former leading New York jockey Richard Migliore, who now serves as a NYRA broadcast analyst and racing office associate.
The complete list of honorees, in the order in which the awards were presented.
2-Year-Old Filly: Weemissfrankie
2-Year-Old Male: Swag Daddy
3-Year-Old Filly: Ava K.
3-Year-Old Male: Street Game
Turf Female: Hessonite
Turf Male: Compliance Officer
Female Sprinter: Lovely Lil
Male Sprinter: Giant Ryan
Older Female: Lovely Lil
Older Male: Giant Ryan
Steeplechase Horse: Here Comes Art
Horse of the Year: Giant Ryan
Broodmare of the Year: Salty Romance
Trainer of the Year: Chris Englehart
Jockey of the Year: Ramon Dominguez
Breeder of the Year: Chester and Mary Broman
Click here for profiles of the honorees and summaries of their 2011 achievements.