Gander Named NY-Bred Horse of the Year

Gatsas Stable's Gander was named New York-bred horse of the year at the New York Thoroughbred Breeders' banquet held Tuesday evening at the Desmond Hotel in Albany.
Gander also was named champion older male for breeder Angela Rugnetta.

Gander earned $388,290 in 2000 for owners Michael and Ted Gatsas of New Hampshire. As a 4-year-old colt last year, the son of Cormorant out of the Sawbones mare Lovely Nurse, won three of 11 starts and placed in three graded stakes for trainer John Terranova. A winner of the Evan Shipman Handicap for New York-breds in July, Gander then ran third in the Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), racked up another third behind Lemon Drop Kid and Behrens in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I), and ran second to Albert the Great in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I). He finished the campaign with a ninth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

Other champions crowned Tuesday night were Team Valor and Team Five Star Stables' Le Grande Danseur (champion 2-year-old male); Miralee Farms's Astrapi (2-year-old female); Barry Schwartz and Eugene Hauman's Turnofthecentury (3-year-old male); Herbert and Carol Schwartz's Critical Eye (3-year-old female); Shelia Sherry's Pentatonic (older female); Dennis d'Arcangelo and Donald George's Shopping For Love (older turf female); Gallagher's Stud, Caesar Kimmel, and Philip Solondz's Adcat (turf male); John Rotella's Say Florida Sandy (sprinter); and Sharon Sheppard's Greek Hero (steeplechaser).

Gallagher's Stud's Adorable Micol was voted champion New York broodmare. Adorable Micol is the dam of male turf champion Adcat, as well as stakes winner Adorydar. Trainer of the year was Michael Hushion. Jerome Brody, owner of Gallagher's Stud was named breeder of the year.