2013 Awards for the NYRA Circuit

December 25, 2013 03:38pm
It is time to recognize the best performers on the NYRA circuit, both equine and human. Awards will be given out in the traditional categories of the nationally known end of the year honors. For a nominee to be eligible they must have won a graded stakes race at Aqueduct, Belmont, or Saratoga.
Motion pictures have the Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars. Theatre has the Tony Awards and the best in television is recognized with an Emmy. Since I am your NYRA Correspondent on Horse Racing Nation it is only appropriate that our New York racing awards will be known as the AndyScoggin Awards. Some, especially HRN Managing Editor Brian Zipse, will no doubt refer to these awards as the Scoggies.
Without further ado, here are the nominees, as selected by me, Matt Shifman, also known as AndyScoggin on Twitter.
Two Year-Old Male: Havana, Honor Code, and Strong Mandate
Two Year-Old Filly: Artemis Agrotera, Miss Behaviour, Stopchargingmaria, and Sweet Reason
Three Year-Old Male: Palace Malice, Revolutionary, Verrazano, Vyjack, and Will Take Charge
Three Year-Old Filly: Close Hatches, Midnight Lucky, and Princess of Sylmar
Older Male: Alpha, Cross Traffic, Flat Out, Graydar, Last Gunfighter, and Ron the Greek
Older Female: Authenticity, Royal Delta, and Tiz Miz Sue
Male Sprinter: Clearly Now, Forty Tales, Justin Phillip, Private Zone, and Strapping Groom
Female Sprinter: Cluster of Stars, Dance to Bristol, Sweet Lulu
Turf Male: Big Blue Kitten, Little Mike, Point of Entry, and Wise Dan
Turf Female: Laughing and Stephanie’s Kitten

Horse of the Year: Flat Out, Princess of Sylmar, and Wise Dan
Jockey: Javier Castellano, Joel Rosario, and John Velazquez
Trainer: David Jacobson, D. Wayne Lukas, and Todd Pletcher
Owner: Drawing Away Stable, Darley Stable, Ken and Sarah Ramsey
Although races won by the performers outside of the NYRA tracks will be taken into account, primary consideration will focus on their performance at Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga.
Most of the categories have clear cut winners, but a few of them are not without challenge. To start the Juvenile Males is a tough decision between Havana and Honor Code. Havana won the Champagne (G1) and had an admirable second place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Honor Code won the Remsen (G2) after his amazing maiden win and then passing on the Juvenile. Honor Code may have more promise for 2014, but we are not voting on the Kentucky Derby right now.
In the Three Year-Old Male division it comes down to Palace Malice and Will Take Charge. They each won one of the big races with Palace Malice taking the Belmont and Will Take Charge the Travers. PM added the Jim Dandy in New York, but WTC is the likely Eclipse Award winner after his performances in the Classic and the Clark.
Which horse performed the best in New York? Which horse won the most graded stakes races in New York? Which horse made the biggest impact on the national scene? One is likely to get no Eclipses and the other will again garner many awards. The decision for the AndyScoggin Award as the New York Horse of the Year is a tough one. Weigh in and let me know, should it be Princess of Sylmar or Wise Dan?
I hope by looking at the AndyScoggin Award nominees you appreciate how great the stakes racing was in 2013 at the NYRA tracks. Check back next week to find out who wins the Scoggies. 


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Laurie,thank you for bringing out the Pink Elephant into the fore front. It is a joke how some of these guys claim horses at bargain basement prices and raise them to heights of winning stakes races. Then they are hailed as heroes. Amino said it best,The feed program is so much better on the other side of the fence.Smokey was one of the unlucky ones. So many more are left to the outside. Not only herein NY,but at other tracks. An absolute joke when trainers are almost winning at 30% or over. Oh yeah,i definately believe they are sharper than others and know how to place their horses. Same nonsense with Blinkers on first time. That is the corporate line. The real line is that they finally did what was needed to be done.
Love David Jacobson and Drawing Away Stable. They are classy folks, all about business and are quite respected around the game. Jacobson's placement in horses' (class) and his care are top notch. If he feels he should run a certain horse often, so be it. He knows more than you, I and everyone else on this thread combined, Laurie.
David Jacobson & Drawing Away Stable ran Uncle Smokey 6 times in less than 1 month. He broke down in his last race and died. El Oh El has raced Every week since Dec. 22 and is entered to race again, 5 days after his last race. These are good people and deserve to win an award? What am I missing here?
Dominguex like Laffit was actually one of the few riders who actually improved horses...Only the very very few have that ability
MudCaulk, I have absolutely not forgotten, Ramon, nor has anyone at the track. Ramon was a fantastic rider and a great role model!
Andy, I think you are leaving out Ramon Dominguez for jockey. How quickly we forget about retired riders.
Love your input ekindy! We agree on many of them! I think the PM v. WTC choice is my toughest!
My winners: Honor Code, Artemis Agrotera, Palace Malice, Princess of Sylmar, Flat Out, Royal Delta, Strapping Groom, Dance to Bristol, Big Blue Kitten (based on NYRA success), Laughing, Princess of Sylmar, Castellano, Pletcher, and the Ramseys. Princess of Sylmar gets the nod based on the fact that she one both the premier 3YO filly race on the circuit and the premier older mare race on the circuit, not to mention 3 other NYRA stakes wins. Palace Malice edges out WTC mainly due to his back to back Belmont/Jim Dandy wins plus his 2nd in the JCGC, but outside the NYRA circuit WTC was clearly the better colt, so I would not be disappointed or surprised if he wins.
Hatches has to win 3yo beaten sylmar in NY then humped her again in the breeders
  • ekindy · If a second place finish outside the NYRA circuit is your argument for Hatches to win, then you may as well say that Beholder deserves to win since she was second in the Oaks and won the Distaff outright. · 2061 days ago
LOL, SSilence, but also, true. He had three nice stakes wins and ran well in all of his NY races.
Like x 1000 Mary! Oh and yes Flat Out for the older male NYRA circuit! (betcha didn't see that coming)
^^Check that out, right?
NYRA circuit Older Male is totally Flat Out.
Older male will be tough, might need to flip a coin.
TV, I was not referring to imposts. I was referring to importance of races in regards to the Scoggies.
Definitely Princess of Sylmar for Horse of the Year, such a fantastic filly and she dominated NY this year.
Heaviest weight ACCEPTED is not the same as heaviest weight given. Many turn down the higger imposts which are out of respect
Love the picture up top!
With the heaviest weight given to the New York races, the Scoggie for Horse of the Year has to go to Princess of Sylmar. She absolutely dominated the New York circuit.
Princess of Sylmar by a landslide. Five stakes races, three grade ones, far outshines Wise Dan's one grade two during summer.

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Meet Matt Shifman

Matt Shifman has been on the Horse Racing Nation staff since 2011 and currently serves as Assistant Editor. Matt covers Aqueduct, Belmont Park, Monmouth Park, and Saratoga in his two HRN blogs, Racing at the Jersey Shore and New York State of Racing.

Since 2012, Matt has been a voter in the NTRA weekly polls for the Top Thoroughbred and Top Three-Year-Old.

Recently, Matt helped launch Derby Day Racing, a new 2-year-old racing partnership, that just purchased a promising Lookin At Lucky filly named Sooner Schooner.

You may also know Matt by his Twitter, Facebook, and HRN screen nameAndyScoggin.

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