BERKELEY, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2010) -- California Flag and Dancing in Silks, who shared the spotlight for California-breds with Breeders’ Cup wins last year, now share the honor of Cal-bred Horse of the Year for 2009.
In the first tie since the award’s inception members of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association equally supported California Flag, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, and Dancing in Silks, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, as well as the California Cup Sprint.
The announcement was made Monday night at the CTBA’s annual meeting and awards dinner at the Claremont Hotel Club and Spa in Berkeley. The other finalist was The Usual Q. T.
California Flag is by Avenue of Flags, out of the Afleet mare Ultrafleet, was bred by, foaled at and owned by Hi Card Ranch of CTBA director Keith Card and is trained by Brian Koriner. California Flag had a four-race win streak last year and eight wins in 16 career starts and earnings of $952,996 and was coming off a win in the Sept. 30 Morvich. He missed eight months healing from a bone chip in his ankle. California Flag was earlier named the CTBA’s top turf horse for 2009.
Dancing in Silks is by Black Minnaloushe, out of the Royal and Regal mare Lemhi Love, was bred by Ronald Jex, was foaled at Rancho Corral de Quati, is owned by Ken Kinakin and trained by Carla Gaines. He has seven wins in 13 starts, earnings of $1,447,622. Dancing in Silks was earlier named the CTBA’s top older male and top sprinter for 2009.
The other champions that were presented at the dinner:
Champion Sire of California Conceived Foals by Earnings - "Unusual Heat," owned by Madeline Auerbach, Barry Abrams and David Abrams.
Champion Sire of California Conceived Foals by Turf Earnings - "Unusual Heat," owned by Madeline Auerbach, Barry Abrams and David Abrams.
Champion Sire of California Conceived Two-Year-Olds by Earnings - "Swiss Yodeler," owned by Heinz Steinmann.
Champion Sire of California Conceived Foals by Number of Winners - "Benchmark," owned by Financial Services Inc.
Champion Freshman Sire of California Conceived Foals by Earnings - "Ministers Wild Cat," owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds.
Champion Breeders of California Foaled Thoroughbreds by Earnings - Tommy Town Thoroughbreds.
Trainer of the Year Award - Brian Koriner.
Champion California-bred Two-Year-Old Female - "Repo," bred by Ron Gomez, owned by J.P. Reddam, trained by Doug O’Neill, sired by In Excess.
Champion California-bred Two-Year-Old Male - "Caracortado," bred by Mike Machowsky, owned by Blahut Racing, LLC and Lo Hi Racing, trained by Mike Machowsky, sired by Cat Dreams.
Champion California-bred Three-Year-Old Female - "Excessive Blend," bred by Williamson Racing, LLC, owned by Warren Williamson, trained by Carla Gaines, sired by In Excess.
Champion California-bred Three-Year-Old Male - "The Usual Q. T.," bred by Carlee Van Kempen, owned by Don Van Racing Inc., Michael Nentwig, George Saadeh , et al, trained by James Cassidy, sired by Unusual Heat.
Champion California-bred Older Male - "Dancing in Silks," bred by Ronald Jex, owned by Ken Kinakin, trained by Carla Gaines, sired by Black Minnaloushe.
Champion California-bred Turf Horse - "California Flag," bred by Hi Card Ranch, owned by Hi Card Ranch, trained by Brian Koriner, sired by Avenue of Flags.
Champion California-bred Older Female - "Lethal Heat," bred by Madeline Auerbach, Barry Abrams and Tom Roberts, owned by Madeline Auerbach, Barry Abrams and Ron McCauley, trained by Barry Abrams, sired by Unusual Heat.
Champion California-bred Sprinter - "Dancing in Silks," Ronald Jex, owned by Ken Kinakin, trained by Carla Gaines, sired by Black Minnaloushe.
Also at the dinner, Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Walter and champions Flying Continental and Hill Rise were inducted into the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Hall of Fame.