Campbell Stables, Arnold Farm clean up at MTOBA year-end awards

After three years of success on the racetrack, the only question that remains surrounding Campbell Stables’ prized filly Valley Loot is where to go from here.

The four-year-old Demaloot Demashoot filly threw two more awards, including another Michigan Horse of the Year nod, onto her already impressive heap of honors at Sunday’s Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association awards banquet and silent auction.

I always enjoy going to the MTOBA banquet. It gives me an opportunity to talk to people in the business and acquire some memorabilia and reading material for the coming year in the silent auction.

However, being a quasi-broke college student in a room full of people with money (I know a lot of horsemen are hurting financially right now, but if you can afford to feed a double-digit herd for more than 15 minutes, you probably have more in the bank than I do) makes going home with the big-ticket items tough.

This year’s marquee item(s) was a set of paintings, one of Barbaro and one of Secretariat, signed by each horse’s owner and jockey. I do not recall how much the set sold for, but the last time I checked on it, the high bid was somewhere in the $500 range.

I was disappointed to see some of the higher-end items I had my eye on (an A.P. Indy halter and a print of a Keeneland painting) go for more than I was willing to spend, but I still managed to leave with $120 worth of books for me and Christmas gifts for the family.  

One more thing about the auction. It was surprising to see most of the stallion seasons go completely untouched.

Though I did not watch the bids that closely, the only stallion I saw getting any action at all was Service Stripe, who will make his return to Michigan in 2009 after standing in Kentucky and Pennsylvania.Unless someone placed some bids after I last checked their sheets, proven sires like Demaloot Demashoot and promising ones like Elusive Hour and Monetary Star did not receive a single bid. 

If I had a broodmare, I could have done quite well for myself, snagging up breedings to some decent Michigan stallions for less than half their posted stud fees. Of course, the breeding and sales industries are hurting so badly, both locally and nationally, that it seems no one is looking to breed, and rightfully so. From that standpoint, I can understand the lack of bids, but from the perspective of someone constantly looking for that good deal, I was left scratching my head.

But you’re not here to read about my fortunes in the silent auction, are you?

Let’s have a look at this year’s award nominees and see who took home the prizes…

Two-Year-Old Filly of the Year

The nominees were…

Ittybittymeadow
– 1st Sickle’s Image Stakes, 3rd Michigan Sire Stakes

Moon Charmer
– 1st Michigan Juvenile Fillies

Skyline Star
– 1st Michigan Sire Stakes, 2nd Sickle’s Image Stakes, 2nd Michigan Juvenile Fillies

And the winner is…

Skyline Star 

Meadow Prayer – Apalachee Sky by Apalachee
Owner/Breeder: Mast Thoroughbreds
2008 record: 4-1-2-1
Earnings: $74, 952 

Two-Year-Old Colt or Gelding of the Year

Only one nominee here. Not too hard to figure out who took home the trophy.

Mr. Conclusive
– 1st Patrick Wood Stakes, 1st Michigan Sire Stakes, 1st Michigan Futurity

Elusive Hour – Miss Iron Quill by Iron Constitution
Owner: Charlie J. Williams
Breeder: Jay & Luella Hall
2008 Record: 4-4-0-0
Earnings: $123,052 

Three-Year-Old Filly of the Year

The nominees were…

Clever Idea
– 1st Michigan Oaks, 2nd Michigan Sire Stakes, 3rd Ann Arbor Stakes

Dancing Till Dawn
– 1st Ann Arbor Stakes

Wave Pool
– 1st Regret Stakes, 1st Michigan Sire Stakes

And the winner is…

Wave Pool 

Sea Legs – Pool by Meadowlake
Owner: Felicia Campbell
Breeder: Campbell Stables
2008 Record: 13-4-0-3
Earnings: $107,456

Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding of the Year

The nominees were…

Bipolar Express
– 1st Michigan Sire Stakes, 3rd Dowling Stakes, 3rd Mackinac Handicap

Bishop Casey
– 1st Mackinac Handicap

Equally Good
– 1st Lansing Stakes

Hot Chili
– 1st Dowling Stakes, 2nd Lansing Stakes, 3rd Michigan Sire Stakes

And the winner is…

Bipolar Express 

Equality – Princess Nicole by Northrop
Owner/Breeder: Gene & Phyllis Gilmore
2008 Record: 13-3-2-4
Earnings: $103,200

Older Filly or Mare of the Year

The nominees were…

Half a Glance
– 1st Moonbeam Handicap, 3rd Farer Belle Lee Handicap

Valley Loot
– 1st Larkspur Handicap, 1st Farer Belle Lee Handicap, 1st Michigan Sire Stakes, 2nd Moonbeam Handicap

And the winner is…

Valley Loot 

Demaloot Demashoot – In The Valley by In Reality
Owner: Felicia Campbell
Breeder: Marilyn McMaster
2008 Record: 6-4-1-1
Earnings: $140,043

 Older Colt or Gelding of the Year

The nominees were…

All I Can Get
– 1st Michigan Breeders Cup, 3rd Frontier Handicap

It’s a Ego Thing
– 1st Wolverine Stakes, 2nd Michigan Breeders Cup, 2nd Michigan Sire Stakes

Meadow Vespers
– 1st Michigan Sire Stakes, 2nd Frontier Handicap, 3rd Wolverine Stakes, 3rd Michigan Breeders Cup

Rockem Sockem
– 1st Frontier Handicap, 3rd Michigan Sire Stakes

And the winner is…

Meadow Vespers 

Meadow Prayer – Bar U Halo by Sunny’s Halo
Owner: J. Mack Enterprise Inc.
Breeder: Arnold Farm
2008 Record: 6-2-2-2
Earnings: $83,303

Broodmare of the Year

The nominees were…

Apalachee Sky
– Dam of Skyline Star

Babbs Be Good
– Dam of Equally Good

Bar U Halo
– Dam of Meadow Vespers

Cat Tango
– Dam of Bishop Casey

Chili Lee
– Dam of Hot Chili

Clever Moon
– Dam of Moon Charmer

Ittybittygritty
– Dam of Ittybittymeadow

Lady Sorbie
– Dam of Dancing Till Dawn

Mimetic
– Dam of Half a Glance

Miss Iron Quill
– Dam of Mr. Conclusive

Pool
– Dam of Wave Pool

Princess Nicole
– Dam of Bipolar Express

Queen of Savoy
– Dam of Clever Idea

Sassy Ego
– Dam of It’s a Ego Thing

And the winner is…

Miss Iron Quill

Iron Constitution – Court Quillo by Court Trial
Owners: Jay & Luella Hall
Dam of Mr. Conclusive, winner of four stakes races and two-year-old colt or gelding of the year

Stallion of the Year

The nominees were…

(Stallions listed with all stakes winning and stakes placed foals as noted by the banquet’s program)

Creative
– Sire of Half a Glance, Lets Get Creative, etc.

Daylight Savings
– Sire of Hot Chili, She Could Be Good, etc.

Demaloot Demashoot
– Sire of Valley Loot, Sheza Riot, etc.

Elusive Hour
– Sire of Mr. Conclusive, Elusive Furrari, Juggle, etc.

Equality
– Sire of Bipolar Express, Equally Good, Dancing Till Dawn, Exit Sixty, etc.

Matchlite
– Sire of Clever Idea, It’s a Ego Thing, etc.

Meadow Prayer
– Sire of Meadow Vespers, Ittybittymeadow, Skyline Star, Bucky’s Prayer, Meadow Wise, Hakuna Matata, etc. 

Sea Legs
– Sire of Wave Pool, Dance in the Sea, etc.

Ulises
– Sire of Rockem Sockem

And the winner is…

Meadow Prayer

Meadowlake – My Prayer by Hero’s Honor
Owner: Delphine Miller & Arnold Farm
Sire of  23 starters and 13 winners
Four stakes winners and two stakes placed
Earnings: $ 475, 415

Breeder of the Year 

The nominees were…

Arnold Farm
– Breeder of Ittybittymeadow, Meadow Vespers, Meadow Wise, Dublin Dutchess, Rhythm in Motion, Native Coaster, etc.

Campbell Stable
– Breeder of Wave Pool, Dance in the Sea, Its His Time, etc.

Mast Thoroughbreds
– Breeder of Skyline Star, Moon charmer, etc.

McMaster Farm
– Breeder of Valley Loot, etc.

And the winner is…

Arnold Farms 

Breeder of two stakes winners and four stakes placed
Earnings (at Pinnacle Race Course only): $470,735

Small Breeder of the Year 

The nominees were…

Judy Campbell
– Breeder of It’s a Ego Thing, Bishop Casey, Hot Chili, etc.

Cami Cumper
– Breeder of Equally Good, etc.

Jay & Luella Hall
– Breeder of Mr. Conclusive, etc.

Michael McQuade
– Breeder of All I Can Get, etc.

Del & Valerie Waite
– Breeder of Dancing Till Dawn

Kathleen A. White
– Breeder of Clever Idea

And the winner is…

Judy Campbell 

Breeder of three stakes winners
Earnings (at Pinnacle Race Course only): $178,737

Owner of the Year 

The nominees were…

Ronald Bieke
– Owner of Moon Charmer, Rhythm in Motion, etc.

 Felicia Campbell
– Owner of Valley Loot, Wave Pool, Dance in the Sea, It’s His Time, etc.

Marion F. Gorham
– Owner of Ittybittymeadow, etc.

Mast Thoroughbreds
– Owner of Skyline Star, Bishop Casey, Equally Good, Dublin Dutchess, Meadow Wise, Weatherstorm, Irish Date, Juggle, etc.

Charlie J. Williams
– Owner of Mr. Conclusive

And the winner is…

Mast Thoroughbreds

Owner of three stakes winners and five stakes placed
Earnings (at Pinnacle Race Course only): 349,982

Horse of the Year 

Valley Loot

Demaloot Demashoot – In The Valley by In Reality
Owner: Felicia Campbell
Breeder: Marilyn McMaster
2008 Record: 6-4-1-1
Earnings: $140,043

1st Larkspur Handicap, 1st Farer Belle Lee Handicap, 1st Michigan Sire Stakes, 2nd Moonbeam Handicap

As for the answer to the “where does Valley Loot go from here” question? After John Mack, owner of Meadow Vespers, noted that his horse has won four straight Sire Stakes races, Lisa Campbell was overheard voicing her intention to surpass that mark. Valley Loot currently sits on a two-race streak, having won her division’s Sire Stakes as a three-year-old and the older fillies and mares division as a four-year-old.

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Congratulations to all of this year’s winners.

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  1. Hi Joe,

    Finally had a chance to read your articles. You do good work, excellent journalism. Your stories are succinct and very readable. I’m very impressed. Thank you so much for sharing these with me. I’m always interested in “writers.” My daughter is a published author (astrology) and she also writes an astrology column for Elle magazine in the UK. So I know how much work it all is. Love your blog too. I have you bookmarked so I’ll be checking on a regular basis. Is it okay if I linked MTOBA’s site to yours?

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