(Edited press release)
Nijinsky Bullet, a four-time winner at Suffolk Downs last year, was named the recipient of the 2008 James B. Moseley Horse of the Year Award by the New England Turf Writers Association at its 67th Annual Awards Dinner July 16 at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, Mass.
Owned by Aurora Springs Stable and trained by Rafael Ramos, Nijinsky Bullet was the reigning champion older mare from 2007.
Nijinsky Bullet had previously been named top older female and champion sprinter, while Ramos was awarded the Gerry Sullivan Memorial Award for outstanding trainer for the second consecutive year.
Other divisional winners honored at the awards dinner were:
2-year-old filly - Snow Down
2-year-old male - Mr. Jolson
3-year-old filly - Shorty Puffs
Robert M. O’Malley Memorial Award - 3-year-old colt - Hold On Smokey
Older female - Nijinsky Bullet
Older male - Southern Rainbow
Joseph E. Carney Memorial Award - Turf - Gator’s Tracks
Sprinter - Nijinsky Bullet
Cliff Sundberg Memorial Award - New England-bred - Flirt for Fame
Special Achievement - Donald Kielty, Little Tara
Eli Chiat Memorial Award - Outstanding Jockey - Winston Thompson
Gerry Sullivan Memorial Award - Outstanding Trainer - Rafael Ramos
Lou Smith Memorial Award - Yearly Achievement - Lorita Lindemann
Sam McCracken Memorial Award - Lifetime Achievement - Edward “Ned” Allard
The New England Turf Writers Association also inducted its Hall of Fame Class of 2009, which consists of Allard, Seabiscuit, jockey Chris McCarron, owner and breeder Gil Campbell, and reporter and handicapper Dave Wilson. The Hall of Fame was founded in 2005. A plaque bearing the names of all the inductees is on permanent display at the Sports Museum located in the TD Banknorth Garden.