Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders (KTOB) Announce 2017 KY-Bred Champions, Merit Award Winners, and KTDF Leaders
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LEMONS FOREVER, dam of Grade 1 winners FOREVER UNBRIDLED and UNBRIDLED FOREVER, named the 2017 Broodmare of the Year.  Besilu Stables, LLC was honored with two awards at the KTOB’s Annual Kentucky-Bred Champions Award Luncheon held at Keeneland Racecourse.  GUN RUNNER was honored as the Kentucky-Bred Horse of the Year and as the Kentucky-Bred Champion Older Dirt Male. 

2017 KTOB Broodmare of the Year and owner and 2017 Kentucky-Bred Champions and their breeders:

  • Broodmare of the Year: LEMONS FOREVER (Owner: Charles Fipke)
  • Horse of the Year, Older Dirt Male: GUN RUNNER (Besilu Stables, LLC)
  • Two-Year-Old Male: BOLT D’ORO (WinStar Farm, LLC)
  • Two-Year-Old Filly: RUSHING FALL (Fred W. Hertrich III & John D. Fielding)
  • Three-Year-Old Male: WEST COAST (CFP Thoroughbreds LLC)
  • Three-Year-Old Filly: ABEL TASMAN (Clearsky Farms)
  • Older Dirt Female: FOREVER UNBRIDLED (Charles Fipke)
  • Turf Male: BEACH PATROL (Nancy C. Shuford)
  • Turf Female: LADY ELI (Runnymede Farm Inc. & Catesby W. Clay)
  • Sprinter Male: ROY H (Ramona S. Bass, LLC)
  • Sprinter Female: LADY AURELIA (Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC)
  • Racing Abroad: ARROGATE (Clearsky Farms)
  • Steeplechase Horse:  Mr. Hot Stuff (WinStar Farm, LLC)

 Four merit awards were presented to individuals for their contributions to the Kentucky Thoroughbred Industry. 

2017 Merit awards presented at the KTOB Luncheon:

  • P.A.B. Widener Trophy for KTOB Breeder of the Year: CLEARSKY FARMS
  • Hardboot Breeders’ Award pays tribute to distinctive but unsung breeders that help make up the backbone of our industry: DON M. ROBINSON
  • Charles W. Engelhard Award acknowledges a member of the media for outstanding coverage of the Thoroughbred industry: ANNE EBERHARDT KEOGH & ENZINA MASTRIPPOLITO
  • William T. Young Humanitarian Award distinguishes a person or organization in the Thoroughbred industry “who recognizes and promotes the human endeavor:” CENTRAL KENTUCKY RIDING FOR HOPE

 Also receiving awards were the top Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund (KTDF) money earners in 2017 in five separate categories.

2017 Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund (KTDF) Leaders:

  • KTDF Sire of the Year: KITTEN’S JOY (Ramsey Farm)
  • KTDF Earner of the Year: RES IPSA (Deborah V. Wilson)
  • KTDF Owner of the Year: G. WATTS HUMPHREY, JR.
  • KTDF Trainer of the Year: IAN WILKES
  • KTDF Breeder of the Year: CALUMET FARM

Recipients of the 2017 KTOB Kentucky-Bred Champion awards were voted on by the full membership of KTA/KTOB while the KTDF category leaders were tabulated using purse money won at KY racetracks in 2017.  KTOB merit award recipients were voted on by the KTA/KTOB Board of Directors.

In existence since 1967 and 1983, respectively, the KTOB and KTA direct their efforts toward promoting and protecting the Thoroughbred industry by maintaining the highest levels of racing, breeding and training standards in the Commonwealth.


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