HOROLOGIST TABBED NJ-BRED HORSE OF THE YEAR
There’s A Chance Stable, Medallion Racing, Abbondanza Racing, LLC, Parkland Thoroughbreds, Paradise Farms Corp, and David Staudacher’s Horologist has been named 2020 New Jersey-bred Horse of the Year and champion older female by the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association of New Jersey.
Horologist started her championship campaign in California with trainer Richard Baltas and was ultimately transferred to the care of Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott in June. Under Mott’s supervision Horologist won the $250,000 Molly Pitcher Stakes (Grade 3) at Monmouth Park and the $150,000 Beldame Stakes (Grade 2) at Belmont Park. Horologist also finished second in the $100,000 Nellie Morse Stakes at Laurel and third in the $500,000 La Troienne Stakes (Grade 1) at Churchill Downs.
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The daughter of Gemologist out of Cinderella Time, by Stephen Got Even finished 2020 with $345,334 in earnings. She has won seven of 20 career starts with earnings of $715,439. Horologist was bred in New Jersey by Holly Crest Farm.
John Bowers, Jr.’s homebred Royal Urn was named champion sprinter and champion older male after his successful campaign that finished with three stake wins. The son of Kantharos out of the King of Kings (Ire) mare, Born to Royalty won the $75,000 John J. Reilly Handicap and $75,000 New Jersey Breeders Handicap at six furlongs by a combined 6 lengths. Royal Urn showed his versatility and stretched out to one mile and one sixteenth in the $100,000 Charles J. Hesse III Handicap for his third stakes win of 2020. Royal Urn finished his championship campaign with $172,250 in earnings under the care of trainer Kelly Breen.
Hope Haskell Jones and Isabelle de Tomaso’s homebred Pianzi is the champion 3-year-old after his three consecutive wins from July 17-August 30. The son of Shanghai Bobby out of Faker, by Petionville broke his maiden in his second start of the year on July 17 by 4 and ¾ lengths. Trained by Cal Lynch, Pianzi came back on August 8 and won his nw1x condition and his nw2x condition on August 30. Pianzi finished 2020 with earnings of $132,815.
Pickin’ Time gave breeder/owner John Bowers, Jr. and trainer Kelly Breen their second champion as he took home the honor of champion 2-year-old. Pickin’ Time had a successful campaign winning three races at distances ranging from 4 ½ furlongs to 1 mile. The son of Stay Thirsty out of Born to Royalty, by King of Kings (Ire), broke his maiden in his first start at Monmouth Park going 4 ½ furlongs on July 4. Pickin’ Time finished second in the $100,000 Sapling Stakes at one mile before cutting back to six furlongs and winning the $75,000 Smoke Glacken Stakes at Monmouth Park. The champion 2-year-old saved the best race of his campaign in the $100,000 Nashua Stakes (Grade 3) winning the one-mile event over the Aqueduct oval by 2 and ¼ lengths. Pickin’ Time finished his 2-year-old season with earnings of $193,025.
Ballybrit Stables, LLC’s homebred Bramble Bay is the champion turf runner after her three-win season. Bramble Bay won over the Gulfstream Park turf course in May prior to shipping to Monmouth Park and winning the $75,000 Jersey Girl Handicap at one mile on the turf. The daughter of Bullet Train out of Regal Rose, by Empire Maker is trained by Michael Dini. Bramble Bay earned $119,830 during her championship campaign and has career earnings of $196,988.
Born to Royalty was honored as Broodmare of the Year in 2020. John Bowers, Jr. owns the 19-year-old mare by King of Kings (Ire) out of Teenage Queen. Teenage Queen, also owned by John Bowers, Jr., was named New Jersey’s Broodmare of the Year in 2007. Born to Royalty is the broodmare of Royal Urn, champion sprinter and champion older male, and Pickin’ Time who is the champion 2-year-old of 2020.
Born to Royalty has produced 10 foals of which nine have started including a yearling New Jersey-bred colt by Tonalist.
Hey Chub is the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association of New Jersey’s Stallion of the Year for the fifth time in his career. The 21-year-old son of Carson City out of Donna Doo by Spend A Buck was a multiple stake winning New Jersey-bred who hit the board in 30 of his 36 starts and earned $441,755.
Hey Chub has sired stakes winners Chublicious ($653,393), winner of the 2017 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes, 2018 New Jersey-bred champion sprinter Brother Chub ($542,336) along with stakes placed Chubbiana ($119,872).