Backer Virginia’s Leading Breeder in 2016

At the beginning of February award checks will be distributed to Virginia Breeders and Stallion owners for wins during the 2016 racing year. $400,000 in Breeder’s Fund award money will be split among Virginia Breeders, while stallion owners will split a total of $20,000.

Mr. William Backer’s Smitten Farm was Virginia’s leading breeder in 2016, with 35 wins, including stakes winners Sweet Victory, Rose Brier and Moon River. Mr. Backer’s passion was breeding and racing Thoroughbred horses, unfortunately he passed away in 2016 before he could enjoy his leading breeder status. Backer bred horses such as Chorus Line, who was second in Friday’s $100,000 Ladies Handicap at Aqueduct, will continue to uphold the Smitten Farm legacy in 2017 and beyond. Wayne and Susie Chatfield-Taylor’s Morgan’s Ford Farm was Virginia’s second leading breeder with 33 wins. Queen Caroline, winner of three stakes in 2016 was Morgan’s Ford’s highest earner.

bill backer - HOV PhotographyBill Backer and Wayne Chatfield-Taylor at the 2015 VTA Breeder’s Awards party

2015 Virginia Horse of the Year, Stellar Wind was the leading Virginia earner in 2016 with $540,000 in purse money. The Curlin filly, co-bred by Peggy Augustas’ Keswick Stables and Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, did all of her running in grade one company in 2016. She beat champion Beholder to win the Clement L. Hirsh and the Zenyatta stakes while placing second in the Vanity and fourth in the Breeder’s Cup Distaff.

Tough Weather, bred by Sam English, was the leading Virginia-bred winner. The six year old Wiseman’s Ferry mare had 8 wins in 2016 and earned $119,989.

Leading freshman sire, Friend or Foe earned $7,048.11 in stallion awards for Smallwood Farm with two New York winners from two starters. Lady Olivia at Northcliff’s, Cosa Vera was the second leading earner and was the sire of 5 winners in 2016.

Mr. Buff by Friend or Foe breaks his maiden at Belmont on September 23, 2016

Mr. Buff by Friend or Foe breaks his maiden at Belmont on September 23, 2016

Below is the list of Breeder and Stallion award winners:

                                                   BREEDER’S AWARDS

William M. Backer Revocable Trust
Sara E. Collette
Morgan’s Ford Farm
Mr. & Mrs. Sidney B. Cox Jr.
Morgans Ford Farm & William Mott
Mede Cahaba Stable & Stud, LLC
Larry Johnson
S. Barton Inc.
Mr. & Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone
James H. Falk, Sr.
Keswick Stables & Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC
Christopher Kuhn
Keswick Stables
James M. Hackman
Estate of Edward P. Evans
Anne N. Tucker
Mr. & Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin
James Sumter Carter
Lazy Lane Farms, LLC.
Susan S. Cooney
Sam E. English II
Susan S. Cooney and Partners
Lady Olivia at North Cliff, LLC
Thomas L. Teal
Audley Farm
Suzanne A. Dempsey
Canyon Lake Thoroughbreds
Susan Minor
Hart Farm
Atkins Homes, Inc.
Henry L. Carroll
Nancy M. Rizer & Eric A. Rizer
Quest Realty
Hickory Tree Farm LLC
Magalen O. Bryant
Eagle Point Farm
Corner Farm (Carlos S. E. Moore & Gillian Gordon-Moore)
Jackie Hinson
Corner Farm & Stormy Atlantic Syndicate
Vermont Farm LLC
Corner Farm & John T. Behrendt
Tim Hulings
Snow Lantern Thoroughbreds
Carol Holden
Daybreak Stables, Inc.
Falls Church Racing Stables, LLC
Johnson Brothers Stable
Rose Ann Howell
Mary Slade
Belinda Whitson
Althea D. Richards
Mr. & Mrs. C. W. McNeely III
Althea D. Richards & Adena Springs
Dr. James E Bryant & Linda P Davis
Blue Lotus Breeding and Racing LLC
David A. Ross
Douglas Kent Daniels
Big Lick Farm
Albert P. Coppola
Terry Allen Corbin
Albert Coppola & The Stormy Atlantic Syndicate
Darlene H Bowlin

                                                    STALLION AWARDS

Smallwood Farm (Friend or Foe)…………………….$7,048.11
Lady Olivia at Northcliff, LLC (Cosa Vera)……………$5,553.33
Sara E. Collette (Xenodon)……………………………$4,209.29
Susan Minor (Fierce Wind)……………………………$2,278.89
Lazy Lane Farm (Hanzel)………………………………$  910.38