The California-bred Horse of the Year for 2006 will be announced at the California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association’s annual meeting and awards dinner, to be held at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington in Pasadena, Calif. Feb. 5.
Finalists for Horse of the Year are multiple grade I winners Brother Derek, Lava Man, and Thor’s Echo. ESPN horseracing analyst Chris Lincoln will return as master of ceremonies.
Other CTBA awards are as follows:
Sire of California-bred foals and 2-year-olds by earnings: Swiss Yodeler, owned by Heinz Steinmann
Sire by winners: Bertrando, owned by Bertrando Syndicate
Freshman sire by earnings: Tribal Rule, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Martin J. Wygod
Breeder: Mr. and Mrs. Martin J. Wygod
Trainer: Doug O’Neill
2-year-old male: Pirates Deputy, bred by Martin J. Wygod and John Spohler, owned by Lanni Family Trust and Bernie Schiappa, and trained by Bob Baffert.
2-year-old female: Romance is Diane, bred by Swan Equine Service, owned by Senji Nishimura, and trained by Mike Mitchell.
3-year-old male: Brother Derek, bred by Mary Caldwell, owned by Cecil Peacock, and trained by Dan Hendricks.
3-year-old female: Bai and Bai, bred by Mares’ Nest, owned by George Vinson and Harry Wilson, and trained by William Delia.
Older male and turf horse: Lava Man, bred by Kim and Eve Kuhlmann and Lonnie Arterburn, owned by STD Racing Stable or Wood, and trained by Doug O’Neill.
Older female: Moscow Burning, bred by Harris Farms and Ken Maddy Trust, owned by Don Van Racing, and trained by James M. Cassidy.
Sprinter: Thor’s Echo, bred by Fast Lane Farms and Block-Forman Stable, owned by Royce Jaime Racing Stable and Suarez Racing, and trained by Doug O’Neill.
Also at the banquet, the late breeder John Mabee and his wife Betty, their gelding Best Pal, the late breeder and legislator Ken Maddy, and Free House will be inducted into the California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Hall of Fame.