Multiple grade 2 winner Bucchero , the richest Indiana-bred with career earnings of $947,936, was honored April 14 as the state’s horse of the year and champion older horse during the Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s annual award banquet.
The now 7-year-old son of Kantharos , out of Meetmeontime, by General Meeting, competed at five different racetracks in 2018, including a trip to Royal Ascot for the Kings Stand Stakes (G1). Bucchero won the Woodford Stakes Presented by Keeneland Select (G2T) and placed in the Shakertown Stakes (G2T) and Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes Presented by TwinSpires.com (G3T) on his way to earning $205,425 for the year.
“He took us to a lot of places that a lot of people don’t get to go. Not only the Breeders’ Cup twice, but also to the Royal Ascot,” said trainer Tim Glyshaw. “Hopefully he’s been a very good ambassador to Indiana racing, and now he’s on to his stud career and doing very well from what I hear.”
Racing for Ironhorse Racing Stable, Bucchero retired with an 11-6-3 record out of 31 starts. He entered stud this year at Pleasant Acres Stallions near Ocala, Fla., with a $5,000 fee.
Indiana broodmare of the year honors went to Michael and Penny Lauer’s Whistlin Jean, an Indiana-bred daughter of Pure Prize—Just a Broad, by Broad Brush, whose progeny earned $364,891 in 2018. Whistlin Jean’s top performer of 2018 was The Money Dance, a son of Jimmy Creed and the Indiana-bred champion 3-year-old colt/gelding. The Money Dance won the Governor’s Stakes at Indiana Grand Race Course and earned $279,453 last year. Whistlin Jean was also represented by stakes-placed Whistle Stop (by Into Mischief ) and three-time winner Sights and Sounds (Pollard’s Vision ). The mare’s progeny earned the Lauer’s $37,806 in breeder incentive awards in 2018.
Indiana Thoroughbred Breed Development Program honorees include:
ITBDP Horse of the Year: The Money Dance
The Money Dance (Jimmy Creed—Whistlin Jean, by Pure Prize) earned more than $279,450 in 2018 while racing under the green silks of co-owners Penny Lauer and Falcon Racing Stable. While racing at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino, The Money Dance won the Governor’s Stakes and hit the board in the To Much Coffee Stakes, both black-type stakes races for breeders Michael and Penny Lauer.
ITBDP Breeder of the Year: Michael and Penny Lauer
For the fourth year in a row, Michael and Penny Lauer took home the award for Breed Development Breeder of the Year, which is based on total Indiana Breeder Award payments. The couple, staunch supporters of the Indiana program, bred 32 Indiana-bred horses that raced during 2018. Their earnings totaled $1,172,240, plus they received $229,006 in Breeder Awards, eclipsing the amount earned in 2017.
ITBDP Stallion Owner of the Year: Richard Rigney
It was a bittersweet evening for Richard Rigney and his family, as their beloved stallion Noble’s Promise earned the ITOBA Sire of the Year and earned Rigney the breed development program’s Stallion Owner of the Year for 2018. The stallion by Cuvee and out the Clever Trick mare, The Devil’s Trick, passed away in early 2018. The grade 1 winner had earned more than $1,193,000 in his career before going to stand at Breakway Farm in Dillsboro, Ind.
Other award winners honored by the ITOBA were:
- Indiana-bred 2-year-old colt/gelding: Fortin Hill (Mucho Macho Man ), bred by Robert Losey, owned by OXO Equine, trained by Chad Brown
- Indiana-bred 2-year-old filly: Discreet Beauty (Discreetly Mine), bred/owned by Bruce Murphy, trained by Genaro Garcia
- Indiana-sired 2-year-old colt/gelding: Ace of Aces (Unbridled Express ), bred/owned by LTB and Hillerich Racing, trained by Bernard Flint
- Indiana-sired 2-year-old filly: Fireball Baby (Noble’s Promise), bred/owned by Rigney Racing, trained by Philip A. Bauer
- Indiana-bred 3-year-old colt/gelding: The Money Dance (Jimmy Creed), bred by Michael and Penny Lauer, owned by Penny Lauer and Falcon Racing Stable, and trained by Michael Lauer
- Indiana-sired 3-year-old colt/gelding: Its Just Fate (Skylord ), bred by Patrick Donahoe, owned by Patrick and Donald Donahoe, trained by Wayne Mogge
- Indiana-bred 3-year-old filly: Flurry (Old Fashioned), bred by Michael and Penny Lauer, owned by Penny Lauer, trained by Michael Lauer
- Indiana-sired 3-year-old filly: Entrusted (Noble’s Promise), bred by Michael and Penny Lauer, owned by Christine and Vince Cagle and Penny Lauer, trained by Michael Lauer
- Indiana-bred older mare: Marina’s Legacy (Divine Park), bred/owned by Bone Doctors Stable, trained by Aaron West
- Indiana-bred older horse: Bucchero (Kantharos), bred by Southern Chase Farm and Karen Dodd, owned by Ironhorse Racing, trained by Tim Glyshaw
- Indiana-sired older horse: Operation Stevie (Lantana Mob), bred by Larry Smallwood, owned by Earl Trostrud, Jr. and Cipriano Contreras, trained by Cipriano Contreras
- Indiana-sired older mare: Expect Indy (Mr Mabee), bred by Lake Shore Farm, owned by Gumpster Stable, trained by Cipriano Contreras
- ITOBA sire of the year: Noble’s Promise (Cuvee), bred by Charles Kidder, Nancy Cole, and Ben Kidder, owned by Richard Rigney
- ITOBA Hall of Distinction: State Rep. Bob Cherry