Finger Lakes H.B.P.A. presents awards at annual dinner Saturday night
FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Clean Jean was named 2012 Finger Lakes “Horse of the Year” at the annual Finger Lakes Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association awards dinner on Saturday. The chestnut filly owned by Mark Valentine registered a total of eight wins in fourteen Finger Lakes starts this year.
The $125,149 earner was claimed for $4,000 on May 1 by trainer Sal Iorio, Jr. She won six races and hit the board in two stakes events after moving to the new barn. Her improving class was displayed with third place finishes in the $50,000 Susan B. Anthony Handicap on June 9 and the $50,000 Jack Betta Be Rite Handicap on September 15.
She was guided by jockey Dean Frates to her tenth victory of the year on November 6. With the two length score, she moved into he lead in the 2012 North American thoroughbred standings in the category of wins.
The 4-year-old New York-bred by Ecton Park is the second foal out of Easter Buddy. She was named after the mother of her breeder Frances Ubbink.
Clean Jean received a total of two awards for her acheivements this season. She also took the honor for Best Older Filly Or Mare.
Matchmadeinheaven was the only multiple stakes winner of the meet. The talented young filly owned by Merrylegs Farm was recognized on Saturday as the Champion 2-year-old. The Chris Englehart-trainee won the $124,888 Lady Finger Stakes in her career debut on September 3. She also took the $50,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes on September 29 to remain undefeated at the Western New York Track.
Eleven horses received awards in twelve different categories at the annual dinner. Below is a complete listing of the 2012 winners:
2012 Finger Lakes H.B.P.A. Awards
Best $4,000-$5,000 Claimer (Colt, Horse or Gelding) – Shilah
Best $4,000-$5,000 Claimer (Filly or Mare) – Celtic Kettle
Best $6,000 and up Claimer (Colt, Horse or Gelding) – Alcanudance
Best $6,000 and up Claimer (Filly or Mare) – Wise Awake
Best Condition Allowance (Colt, Horse or Gelding) – Passing Time
Best Condition Allowance (Filly or Mare) – Golden Galaxy
Best Older Colt, Horse or Gelding – Ryan’s Gift
Best Older Filly or Mare – Clean Jean
Best 3-Year-Old Colt or Gelding – Frisky Warrior
Best 3-Year-Old Filly – Mom’s Law
Champion 2-Year-Old - Matchmadeinheaven
Horse of the Year – Clean Jean