Kentucky Broodmare of the Year

The Kentucky Broodmare of the Year is selected each year by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. It is considered the highest honor an American thoroughbred broodmare can receive, as the majority of American breeding stock resides in Kentucky. It is a subjective vote, as opposed to the title for leading sire in North America that looks strictly at the earnings of the stallion's progeny in the given year.

The current criteria are that the mare be evaluated on the success of one particular offspring, conceived and foaled in Kentucky and a winner of a grade 1 stakes race in the award year. Consideration may also be given to previous foals, specifically the number of stakes winners produced and their earnings.[1] The rules were more relaxed in the past, essentially requiring only that "the mare be boarded in Kentucky."[2] Regardless, the list of honorees is highly distinguished.

Mares who have produced multiple graded stakes winners may also be given the informal title of "blue hen". Toussaud, the 2002 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year, is often referred to as a blue hen for producing four grade 1 winners (Chester House, Honest Lady, Chiselling and Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker) from her first six foals.[3]

WinnersEdit

The winners for each year and their most notable progeny are as follows:[4][2]

† produced two American Classic winners
‡ was a Champion during racing career and produced a Champion

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Criteria.pdf" (PDF). www.kentuckybred.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 July 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Kentucky Broodmare of the Year". www.tbheritage.com. Retrieved 8 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Christine, Bill (12 April 2003). "Toussaud Proves to Be in League of Her Own". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Kentucky Broodmares of the Year Since 1946". www.chef-de-race.com. Retrieved 8 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Foundation Mares: Courtly Dee". BloodHorse.com.
  6. ^ "Broodmare of the Year Baby Zip Euthanized". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 20 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Zenyatta's Dam Voted Top Mare BloodHorse.com, Posted April 22, 2009
  8. ^ Sweet Life is KY Broodmare of the Year Bloodhorse.com, Posted April 21, 2010
  9. ^ Liable Named Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Archived 2012-09-08 at archive.today Racing Post
  10. ^ Oatsee honored as 2011 Broodmare of the Year ThoroughbredTimes.com, Posted July 21, 2012
  11. ^ "Take Charge Lady named Kentucky's Broodmare of the Year". Daily Racing Form. Retrieved 8 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Fun House Named KY Broodmare of the Year". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 8 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Littleprincessemma Ky Broodmare of the Year". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 8 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Leslie's Lady Named 2016 Broodmare of the Year". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 20 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Lemons Forever Named 2017 KY Broodmare of the Year". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 12 April 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "Stage Magic is Kentucky Broodmare of the Year". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 11 April 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "Beyond the Waves Named Broodmare of the Year". Bloodhorse.com. Retrieved 19 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "Drumette Honored as Broodmare of the Year". Bloodhorse.com. Retrieved 8 April 2021.

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