Texans to Honor Champions Saturday Night

Leo's Last Hurrahy will be honored as 2002 Texas Horse of the Year and champion 2-year-old colt/gelding during the Texas Thoroughbred Association's awards banquet at the Hilton Austin Airport on Jan. 18.

The other 2002 Texas divisional champions are: champion 2-year-old filly, Parting; champion 3-year-old colt/gelding, Fitzroyal; champion 3-year-old filly, Got Koko; champion older horse/gelding, Boots On Sunday; champion older filly/mare, Coastalota; and broodmare of the year, Baby North.

Leo's Last Hurrahy, a 2-year-old son of Leo Castelli out of Kate's Hurrahy, by Rahy, never finished worse than second in his seven starts as a juvenile. Owned by Ken Murphy and trained by Bob Young, the bay gelding won three six-figure stakes in his home state in 2002: the $150,000 Sam Houston Texan Juvenile at Sam Houston Race Park, the $150,580 TTA Sales Futurity at Lone Star Park and the $125,000 colts/geldings division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at Retama Park.

Bred by Joe Archer, Leo's Last Hurrahy banked $326,848 during his initial campaign.

Annual titleholders are determined by the Classic Chevrolet Texas-bred champions point system, a process that assigns numeric value to performances in stakes races.