Justwhistledixie Horse of the Month for Mar’09

March 29, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Breeders' Cup, Horse Racing 

Every month we’ll recognize the top performing jockey, trainer and horse for the month according to a totally arbitrary formula devised to award points for finishing in the money in graded stakes races.

Graded Stakes Points

Grade W P S
I 10 8 6
II 7 5 3
III 4 2 1

Horse of the Month:  Justwhistledixie

Honorable Mention:  Einstein (BRZ)

Justwhistledixie’s two Grade 2 victories this month at Gulfstream Park (Davona Dale S. and Bonnie Miss S.) have vaulted her to the top of the list of contenders for the 2009 Kentucky Oaks.

Einstein (BRZ), a multiple Grade 1 winner on turf and a Grade 2 winner on dirt, scored a Grade 1 victory in the Big Cap (Santa Anita Handicap) over Santa Anita’s synthetic Pro-Ride surface.

Jockey of the Month:  Garrett Gomez

Honorable mention:  Julien Leparoux

Gomez picked up 3 wins, 2 seconds and 2 thirds in graded stakes this month.  He also won the award in January and February and may end up winning every month this year.

Julien Leparoux also won 3 graded stakes this month, along with 2 seconds and 3 thirds.  His wins included rides on Horse of the Month Justwhistledixie and Honorable Mention Einstein.

Trainer of the Month:  Bobby Frankel

Honorable mention:  Todd Pletcher

Frankel earned 3 graded stakes wins, along with 2 seconds and a third, highlighted by Stardom Bound’s fifth consecutive Grade 1 victory.

Todd Pletcher only won one graded race this month, but he earns the runner-up prize courtesy of 4 second place finishes in graded races.