Singing Vicar is Colorado Horse of the Year

Son of Vicar was also champion 3-year-old male.

The Colorado Thoroughbred Breeders Association named Singing Vicar its 2008 Horse of the Year at Arapahoe Park in Aurora, Colo. June 12.

Owned and bred by Willard Burbach of Greeley, who was named Colorado breeder of the year by earnings ($230,361), Singing Vicar's 2008 racetrack earnings were $53,998. A son of Vicar, Singing Vicar also took 2008 champion 3-year-old colt/gelding honors.

The Colorado sire of the year is Oliver's Twist, by Horatius, with $158,824 in 2008 progeny earnings, standing at Linda Wood's Menoken Farms near Montrose, Colo. 

Other awards included:

--Broodmare of the year: Endless Devotion (by Deputy Minister) with 2008 progeny earnings of $84,798. Owner: George and Susan Wafer, Wafer Thoroughbred Ranch
--Champion older mare: She's Outrageous, '08 earnings, $42,456. Breeder and Owner: George and Susan Wafer, Wafer Thoroughbred Ranch
--2-year-old colt/gelding: Majorbigtime, '08 earnings, $42,342. Breeder and Owner: George and Susan Wafer, Wafer Thoroughbred Ranch 
--2-year-old  filly: Illusive Crystals, '08 earnings, $27,609. Breeder and Owner: Tangarae Farms/Annette Bishop, Jerry and Beverly Slaughter
--3-year-old filly: Slew's Bet, '08 earnings, $45,340. Breeder and Owner: Willard Burbach
--Older colt/gelding: Santaquin, '08 earnings, $46,040. Breeder and Owner: Phyllis Castor
--Owner of the year: Harry Veruchi, '08 earnings, $73,113.