Tip of the Derby to Coolmore Team

Trainer Aidan O'Brien, owners Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier, and jockey Michael Kinane, who combined together to have such a great flat season for the Coolmore team, dominated the 2001 Derby Awards, organized by the Horserace Writers and Photographers Association, The winners were announced Dec. 10 before 600 people in London, England.

Among their many big-race triumphs was Johannesburg's victory in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

O'Brien was voted flat trainer of the year, with the other nominees having been Saeed bin Suroor. Sir Michael Stoute, and Milton Bradley. Ireland's champion trainer also took international trainer of the year, which is decided by the International Racing Bureau. O'Brien posted 23 group or grade I wins during 2001.

Kinane came out on top of the ballot for flat jockey of the year. He defeated Frankie Dettori, Kieren Fallon, and Kevin Darley.

Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier were voted flat owners of the year, ahead of Godolphin, Gerald Leigh, and Norman Mason.