are the winners of the first annual AndyScoggin Awards that are given to honor
the best performances and performers in graded stakes races at Aqueduct,
Belmont Park, and Saratoga.
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Year-Old Male: Although many feel that Honor Code has the
brightest future as a three year-old, the AndyScoggin Award for Top Juvenile
goes to Havana. His win in the
Champagne where he beat Honor Code, combined with his second place finish in
the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile was all he needed to take down the Scoggy.
Year-Old Filly: Sweet Reason had one of the most eye-catching come from behind wins in her maiden
Saratoga win. She backed that up with a win in the Spinaway, a second in the
Frizette, and fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
Year-Old Male: This division came down to a decision between
Palace Malice, the Belmont Stakes winner, and Will Take Charge, who won the
Travers. PM did add New York’s Jim Dandy. In this case, however, Will Take Charge’s narrow loss in the
Breeders’ Cup Classic and win over Game On Dude in the Clark gave him the
Year-Old Filly: see below
in the Westchester, Suburban, and Cigar Mile that included the first and
third highest Beyer Speed Figures of the year in New York made Flat Out one
of the easiest choices for an AndyScoggin Award.
Royal Delta did not repeat her great campaign of 2012, she did have two graded
stakes wins outside of New York in addition to the Personal Ensign. This was
enough to win the AndyScoggin Award.
Sprinter: In a division where several horses won a single
graded sprint it was a tough choice for the Scoggy. Forty Tales, however, won two graded sprints in New York, lest we
forget his victory in the Derby Trial at Churchill Downs.
Sprinter: The award goes to Dance to Bristol. The four year-old filly began her campaign in
February and she ran virtually every month the rest of the year winning five
stakes races, three of them were graded events in New York. She peaked in
August with a win in the Ballerina (G1). Even though Cluster of Stars beat her
in the Gallant Bloom it was not enough to take the Scoggy from Dance to
of the nominees had just one graded stakes win in New York. Big Blue Kitten,
Point of Entry, and Little Mike each took one of the big grade ones, regardless
the Scoggy has to go to Wise Dan because of a body of work that will likely earn him multiple Eclipse Awards for
category was the equivalent of a unanimous vote. Laughing won three graded stakes, two of them were grade ones to
make this decision simple.
Year-Old Filly and Horse of the Year: When
you think about the amazing horses that won stakes races in New York this year,
including Eclipse Award winners, it is says a lot that the Horse of the Year on
the New York circuit was an easy choice. This filly won five NYRA stakes races
including three graded races and that alone was enough. The long shot victory
in the Kentucky Oaks was just icing on the cake for AndyScoggin’s NY Horse of
the Year, Princess of Sylmar.
Congratulations to owner Ed Stanco and his partners at King of Prussia Stable,
who welcomed all of us into their barn.
Rosario may have won the Kentucky Derby and the Dubai World Cup in the same
year and John Velazquez may have led the nation in graded stakes victories.
However, day in and day out Javier Castellano was the best jockey in New York and this earns him the Top Jockey award.
2013 David Jacobson broke the New York record for most training wins in a year
and D. Wayne Lukas had some great victories at Saratoga in his amazing comeback.
The Scoggy goes to Todd Pletcher because he dominated the big races here in New York and around the country.
Also he trained the New York Horse of the Year, Princess of Sylmar.
Owner: Drawing Away Stable was the leading
owner by number of winners for 2013 in New York. Drawing Away won the leading
owner title at Aqueduct and Belmont meetings and had an impressive second place
finish at Saratoga. Bobby Hachemeister and all of the DAS partners campaigned
grade one winner Strapping Groom and the popular multiple stakes winner