Meadow Magic named MTOBA’s 2010 Horse of the Year

The connections of Michigan Horse of the Year Meadow Magic celebrate their victory with MTOBA president Patti Dickinson.

Meadow Magic took his place among Michigan’s elite after earning Horse of the Year honors at Sunday’s Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association year-end awards dinner.

The three-year-old Meadow Prayer gelding punched his ticket on the strength of his wins in this year’s Dowling Stakes and Michigan Sire Stakes, along with finishes on the board in the Mackinac Handicap and Lansing Stakes, all at Pinnacle Race Course. He was the only horse to win multiple stakes races during Pinnacle’s 2010 meet.

Meadow Magic is owned by Laura Jackson and Red Riding Hood Stable, the nom de race of George and Chrissy Kutlenios. He resides in the barn of trainer James Jackson. Those connections celebrated another award earlier in afternoon when Paris Prayer was named champion two-year-old filly.

Arnold Farm, perennially successful at the year-end awards, had another strong showing in 2010. The Hillsdale Mich. farm accounted for four trophies on the afternoon, including Breeder of the Year. Co-Stallion of the Year Meadow Prayer, who stood at Arnold Farm, sired the most award-winners in 2010, with three divisional champions, as well as the horse of the year.

Also taking home their fair share of awards was Owner of the Year Mast Thoroughbreds, who earned honors in both older horse divisions.

On a personal note, I took home my usual awesome haul in the silent auction. I came home with box seats and a dinner package from Arlington Park (got this last year and it was awesome), a gift basket from Hoosier Park and an American Racing Manual from 1972.

As one of the people who helped broker donations for the silent auction, I would like to personally thank Arabian Finish Line Magazine, Midwest Thoroughbred Magazine, Hoosier Park, ThoroFan and Hello Race Fans for their generosity. Others who donated include publications Thoroughbred Times, Blood Horse and Daily Racing Form; information services Equineline and BRISNet; racing organizations Breeders’ Cup and NTRA; stallion farms Adena Springs, Darley America, Hill ‘n Dale Farm and Winstar Farm; and many more, including contributions by several MTOBA members.

One final note related to the silent auction – The Zenyatta Breyer Christmas ornament is easily the Tickle-Me-Elmo of the 2010 holiday season. Its combination of low supply, high demand and the white-hot popularity of its subject make it a coveted item. There was one offered in the silent auction, and it did not take long for it to surpass its Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. For those that seek it, I can only wish them good luck on their journey.

For a list of all the nominees and winners from the 2010 MTOBA year-end awards, click the link below.

Two-Year-Old Filly

Paris Prayer
Meadow Prayer – Native of Paris, by Native Factor
Owner: Laura Jackson & Red Riding Stables
Breeder: Arnold Farm

2010 Record: 4 (2-2-0)
2010 Earnings: $57,080

Winner
Sickle’s Image S.

2nd
Michigan Sire S.

3rd
Michigan Juvenile Fillies S.

Other Nominees:
– Going For More
– This Cats On Fire

Two-Year-Old Male

Noequal
Equality – Rapid Reaction, by Monetary Gift
Owner: Daniel S. McCarthy
Breeder: Opportunity Lane

2010 Record: 4 (1-2-1)
2010 Earnings: $47,400

Winner
Michigan Sire S.

3rd
Patrick Wood S.

Other Nominees:
– Duty Calls
– Valient Tenobob

Three-Year-Old Filly

Top Touch
Touch Gold – Starlit Hour, by Bold Hour
Owner & Breeder: Charlie J. Williams

2010 Record: 7 (1-2-1)
2010 Earnings: $29,645

Winner
Ann Arbor S.

2nd
Farer Belle Lee H.

Other Nominees:
– Charlies Fire
– Cute Creation
– Skys Red Roxy

Three-Year-Old Male & Horse of the Year

Meadow Magic
Meadow Prayer – Magic’s Delight, by Barbeau
Owner: Laura Jackson & Red Riding Hood Stable
Breeder: Marilyn McMaster

2010 Record: 6 (3-1-2)
2010 Earnings: $68,700

Winner
Dowling S.
Michigan Sire S.

2nd
Mackinac H.

3rd
Lansing S.

Other Nominees:
– Dream Victory
– Hour By Hour
– Power Of Titus

Older Female

Baba Booyah
Daylight Savings – Vicksburg Vixen, by Northern Prospect
Owner: Mast Thoroughbreds
Breeder: Todd & Carol Weddon

2010 Record: 7 (2-1-1)
2010 Earnings: $36,440

Winner
Moonbeam H.

2nd
Michigan Sire S.

3rd
Farer Belle Lee H.

Other Nominees:
– Equalitysdebutante
– Moon Charmer
– Valley Loot

Older Male

Meadow Wise
Meadow Prayer – Salute To Paulie, by Pauliano
Owner: Mast Thoroughbreds
Breeder: Arnold Farm

2010 Record: 7 (3-1-0)
2010 Earnings: $53,240

Winner
Michigan Sire S.

Other Nominees:
– Fiery Lake
– Romeo Again

Broodmare of the Year

Rapid Reaction
Monetary Gift – That’s My Gal, by Banderilla
Owner: Opportunity Lane

Dam of:
Noequal – Winner of Michigan Sire S., 2nd Michigan Futurity, 3rd Patrick Wood S.
Fully Exposed – 2nd Regret S.

Other Nominees:
– C R Emmaus Road
– Charlies Indian
– Clever Moon
– Closed Cover
– Crafty Tears
– Dr. McQuade
– Dreaming Time
– During The Race
– Fab Le’Femme
– Heavy Duty Cutie
– Hollow Promise
– Magic’s Delight
– Native Of Paris
– Post It Again
– Salt Creek
– Sweet And Dandee
– Vicksburg Vixen

Stallion of the Year (Co-Champions)

Equality
Mt. Livermore – Equilibrate, by Gone West
Owner: Equality Syndicate

Sire of 43 starters, including two stakes winners & one stakes placed
2010 Earnings: $329,514

Sire of:
Equalitysdebutante – Winner of Larkspur H., 2nd Moonbeam H.
Noequal – Winner of Michigan Sire S., 2nd Michigan Futurity, 3rd Patrick Wood S.
Equal To – 3rd Michigan Futurity

Meadow Prayer
Meadowlake – My Prayer, by Hero’s Honor
Owner: Arnold Farm & Delphine Miller

Sire of 25 starters, including three stakes winners & three stakes placed
2010 Earnings: $228,730

Sire of:
Meadow Magic – Winner of Dowling S. & Michigan Sire S., 2nd Mackinac H., 3rd Lansing S.
Paris Prayer – Winner of Sickle’s Image S., 2nd Michigan Sire S.& Michigan Juvenile Fillies
Meadow Wise – Winner of Michigan Sire S.
Ittybittyprayer – 3rd Sickle’s Image S.
Meadow Vespers – 2nd Frontier Handicap
Prince of Paulie – 3rd Dowling S. & Michigan Sire S.

Other Nominees:
– Creative
– Daylight Savings
– Demaloot Demashoot
– Elusive Hour
– Fire Blitz
– Secret Romeo
– Sky Approval

Breeder of the Year

Arnold Farm
2010 Earnings: $372,291

Breeder of:
Paris Prayer – Winner of Sickle’s Image S., 2nd Michigan Sire S. & Michigan Juvenile Fillies
Meadow Wise – Winner of Michigan Sire S.
Meadow Vespers – 2nd Frontier H.
Ittybittyprayer – 3rd Sickle’s Image S.
Prince of Paulie – 3rd Dowling S. & Michigan Sire S.
Pooling Factor – 3rd Michigan Sire S.

Other Nominees:
– Campbell Stable
– Gene & Phyllis Gilmore
– Mast Thoroughbreds
– McMaster Farm

Small Breeder of the Year

Todd & Carol Weddon
2010 Earnings: $101,728

Breeders of:
Baba Booyah – Winner of Moonbeam H., 2nd Michigan Sire S., 3rd Farer Belle Lee H.
Cute Creation – Winner of Michigan Oaks, 3rd Michigan Sire S.

Other Nominees:
– Bobbie K. Cluley
– Richard Hammer
– Valerie Irvine
– James & Laura Jackson
– Michael McQuade
– Opportunity Lane
– Guy & Deborah Russell
– Patrick Scanlon
– Charlie J. Williams

Owner of the Year

Mast Thoroughbreds
2010 Earnings: $236,776

Owner of:
Baba Booyah – Winner of Moonbeam H., 2nd Michigan Sire S., 3rd Farer Belle Lee H.
Duty Calls – 1st Patrick Wood S.
Moon Charmer – Winner of Farer Belle Lee H., 3rd Moonbeam H.
Meadow Wise – Winner of Michigan Sire S.
Secrets Only – 2nd Michigan Sire S.
Bishop Casey – 3rd Michigan Breeders’ Cup H.

Other Nominees:
– Felicia Campbell
– Laura Jackson & Red Riding Hood Stable
– Sharon Valley Thoroughbreds
– Del Waite
– Charlie J. Williams

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