Jan 2010 Award Winners
|Jan'10 Award||Winner||Honorable Mention|
|Horse of the Month||Gabby's Golden Gal||Bickersons|
|Jockey of the Month||Joel Rosario||Chantal Sutherland|
|Trainer of the Month||Bob Baffert||Richard Dutrow, Jr.|
Horse of the Month
A good win over a quality field in the month’s only Grade 1 race was enough to earn Gabby’s Golden Gal the Horse of the Month award. A gate-to-wire winner in the Acorn Stakes (G1) last year, trainer Bob Baffert cautioned jockey Martin Garcia to avoid a speed duel in the Santa Monica and Garcia did just that, sitting just off the speed in third until taking control in mid-stretch.
Honorable Mention goes to Bickersons for pretty much crushing a large field filled with top three-year-old fillies, including 2009 Juvenile Filly champion She Be Wild, in the Forward Gal Stakes (G2). (If I was going to go three-deep, which I’m not, I would give a Hat Tip to Joanie’s Catch for finishing second in both the Old Hat Stakes (G3) and the Forward Gal Stakes (G2), both at huge odds.)
Jockey of the Month
Three jockeys tied for the lead with 23 points this month (Rafael Bejarano, Joel Rosario, Mike Smith), but Joel Rosario gets the Jockey of the Month award for being the only one of the three to win two graded stakes races in January. Rosario’s wins came aboard Cat by the Tale in the San Gorgonio and Crisp in the Santa Ysabel, both at Santa Anita.
I suppose the Honorable Mention should go to Smith or Bejarano, but I’m going to give it to Chantal Sutherland for winning not one, but two Grade 2 races in January. Chantal picked up wins with Amen Hallelujah in the Santa Ynez and Pretty Unusual in the El Encino and also added a place finish aboard Czechers in the Monrovia, all at Santa Anita. That’s two wins and a second for her in graded stakes races this month after compiling nothing more than a single third place finish in graded stakes races during all of 2009. Wouldn’t it be great if Animal Planet was at Santa Anita filming JOCKEYS in January? I would love to see the expression on Mike Smith’s face after Stardom Bound got beaten by Chantal Sutherland aboard Pretty Unusual.
Trainer of the Month
Bob Baffert is an easy winner of the Trainer of the Month award on the strength of six in-the-month finishes (2 wins, 2 places, 2 shows) in graded stakes races during January. In addition to winning the Grade 1 Santa Monica with Gabby’s Golden Gal, Baffert scored with Conveyance in the San Rafael Stakes (G3). Baffert was the only trainer to win more than one graded stakes race in January.
No other trainers really stand out this month, but we’ll give Rick Dutrow, Jr. the Honorable Mention for a win in the Santa Ynez with Amen Hallelujah and a second with Stardom Bound in the El Encino.
Graded Stakes Points
Who will be the top three-year-old filly in 2010?
- She Be Wild (21%, 8 Votes)
- Blind Luck (21%, 8 Votes)
- Christine Daae (13%, 5 Votes)
- Negligee (13%, 5 Votes)
- Hot Dixie Chick (11%, 4 Votes)
- Amen Hallelujah (8%, 3 Votes)
- None of the above (5%, 2 Votes)
- Sassy Image (3%, 1 Votes)
- Bickersons (3%, 1 Votes)
- Mi Sueno (3%, 1 Votes)
- Richiegirlgonewild (0%, 0 Votes)
- Devil May Care (0%, 0 Votes)
- Decelerator (0%, 0 Votes)
- Crisp (0%, 0 Votes)
- Beautician (0%, 0 Votes)
- Awesome Maria (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 38
Filed under: Horse Racing
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