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Grade I winner and Kentucky Derby runner-up Bodemeister was crowned as the 2012 M. Tyson Gilpin Virginia-bred Horse of the Year and the 2012 Champion Virginia-bred Three-Year-Old Colt, as part of the annual state-bred championship awards presented Saturday night at Colonial Downs.

Bodemeister

Audley Farm, breeders of Bodemeister, also accepted the awards for Leading Virginia Breeder and Champion Virginia Broodmare. Audley-breds won 42 races in 2012 and claimed an in-the-money strike rate of 40 percent. 2012 marks the fourth year Audley has been crowned Leading Virginia Breeder.

In addition to Bodemeister, who stands at WinStar Farm, several Virginia-bred awards went to young stallions now standing in Kentucky and Maryland. Dominus, new to the 2013 Spendthrift roster, received the award for Champion Virginia-bred Turf Horse. Redeemed, standing at Northview Stallion Station in Maryland, received the award for Champion Virginia-bred Older Horse.

Virginia-Bred Champions and their connections, in order of award presentation:

Champion Virginia-Bred Steeplechase: WELL FASHIONED
2007 Bay Mare (Cozzene – Cryptos’ Best, by Cryptoclearance)
2012 earnings $45,500; Winner, Crown Royal Hurdle
Accepted by Frank Shipp for breeder Lazy Lane Farms, LLC
Sponsored by theVirginia Gold Cup Association

Champion Virginia-Bred Turf: DOMINUS
2008 Dark Bay Horse (Smart Strike – Cuando,by Lord At War [ARG])
2012 earnings $206,388; Winner, Dwyer Stakes-G2; Bernard Baruch Handicap-G2
Accepted by Donna Dennehy for the breeder, the Estate of Edward P. Evans
Sponsored by Spendthrift Farm

Virginia Leading Breeder: AUDLEY FARM EQUINE, LLC
Champion Virginia Broodmare: UNTOUCHED TALENT
2004 Bay Mare (Storm Cat – Parade Queen,by A.P. Indy)
Accepted by Dr. Jens Von Lepel, President, and Jamie Mcdiarmid, Horse Manager, Audley Farm Equine, LLC
Sponsored by TracksideOnRadio.com

Champion Virginia Bred Older Horse: REDEEMED
2008 Bay Horse (Include – Early Mass, by Pleasant Tap)
2012 earnings $348,000; Winner, Brooklyn Handicap-G2; Greenwood Cup Stakes-G3; Placed, Donn Handicap-G1
Accepted by breeders Wayne and Susan Chatfield-Taylor, Morgan’s Ford Farm
Sponsored by Northview Stallion Station

Champion Virginia Bred Sprinter: CAMP VICTORY
2007 Dark Bay/Brown Gelding (Forest Camp – Victory Trick, by Clever Trick) 2012 earnings $210,000; Winner, Triple Bend Handicap-G1
Accepted by breeders Danny Atkins and Lee Ann Smith, Atkins Home, Inc.
Sponsored by PTK, LLC

Champion Virginia Bred Two-Year-Old Filly: A LOVER’S QUESTION
2010 Chestnut Filly (Spring At Last – Kelly’s Question, by Mr. Greeley)
2012 earnings $67,230; Winner, Jamestown Stakes
Accepted by breeder and owner R. Larry Johnson
Sponsored by WinStar Farm, LLC

Champion Virginia Bred Three-Year-Old Filly: HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT
2009 Roan Filly (Holy Bull – What Do I Do, by Two Smart)
2012 earnings $80,650; Winner, Oakley Stakes
Accepted by breeder and owner R. Larry Johnson
Sponsored by Lady Olivia at North Cliff, LLC

Champion Virginia Bred Older Mare (Tie):
EMBARR
2008 Chestnut Mare (Royal Academy – In too Deep, by The Deep [IRE])?
2012 earnings $134,670; Placed, Athenia Stakes-G3
Accepted by breeder, owner and trainer Susan S. Cooney
Sponsored by Lazy Lane Farms, LLC

NORTH FREEWAY
2008 Dark Bay Mare (Jump Start – Shawnee Country, by Chief’s Crown)
2012 earnings $150,590; Winner, Winter Melody Stakes
Accepted by breeders Wayne and Susan Chatfield-Taylor, Morgan’s Ford Farm
Sponsored by Lazy Lane Farms, LLC

M. Tyson Gilpin Horse of the Year and Champion Virginia Bred Three Year Old Colt: BODEMEISTER
2009 Bay Colt (Empire Maker – Untouched Talent,by Storm Cat)
2012 earnings $1,304,800; Winner, Arkansas Derby-G1; Placed, Kentucky Derby-G1; Preakness Stakes-G1
Accepted by Dr. Jens von Lepel, President, Allyn Carnam, Vice President and Jamie Mcdiarmid, Horse Manager, Audley Farm Equine, LLC
Sponsored by the Virginia Horse Industry Board

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