Virginia Thoroughbred Awards Night Highlights from Great Meadow

2023 was another successful year of Virginia racing and on May 3rd we celebrated our champion Virginia bred and certified horses! It was a beautiful evening under the tent at Great Meadow, which was filled with the owners, breeders, and fans of our Virginia horses. Gigante and his breeder, Ann Backer of Smitten Farm, took the evening’s top honors for 2023 Virginia bred Horse of the Year, champion Three-Year-Old colt and Co-breeder of the year.

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Ann Backer with Wayne Chatfield-Taylor. Photo by Hannah Jones Photography

Breeder of three Virginia champions in 2023, Audley Farm, also accepted plenty of silver during the evening. Audley accepted honors as Co-breeder of the year along with trophies for Virginia bred two-year-old, older mare and turf sprinter champions.

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Audley Farm crew taking advantage of the nice view. Hannah Jones Photography

Please enjoy our gallery of photos celebrating all our 2023 champions!

LOW MILEAGE: 2023 Virginia-Bred Two-Year-Old Champion

Bred by Audley Farm Equine, LLC; Owned by Bird and Grady, LLC

TUFANI: 2023 Virginia-Bred Three-Year-Old Filly Champion

Bred by Chance Farm and Distorted Humor Syndicate; Owned by Susan Moulton

GIGANTE: 2023 Virginia-Bred Three-Year-Old Colt Champion & Virginia-Bred Horse of the Year

Bred by Ann Mudge Backer & Smitten Farm; Owned by Diamond T Racing and Iapetus Racing, LLC

GALILIEI: 2023 Virginia-Bred Older Mare Champion

Bred by Audley Farm Equine, LLC; Owned by Country Life Farm

REPO ROCKS: 2023 Virginia-Bred Older Horse Champion

Bred by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin III; Owned by Double B Racing Stables

DETERMINED KINGDOM: 2023 Virginia-Bred Colt Turf Sprinter Champion

Bred by Audley Farm Equine, LLC; Owned by D Hatman Thoroughbreds and Kingdom Bloodstock

CHAMBEAU: 2023 Virginia-Bred Filly Turf Sprinter Champion

Bred and owned by Sam E. English III

CARMELINA: 2023 Virginia-Certified Filly Champion

Developed by Cash is King, LLC and LC Racing, LLC

WOLFIE’S DYNAGHOST: 2023 Virginia-Certified Colt Champion

Developed by Woodslane Farm

KANT HURRY LOVE: 2023 Virginia-Owned Champion

Owned by Ken Wheeler Jr

ANN BACKER & SMITTEN FARM: 2023 Co-Breeder of the Year

AUDLEY FARM EQUINE, LLC: 2023 Co-Breeder of the Year

NEIL MORRIS: 2023 Virginia-Based Trainer of the Year

All photos provided by Hannah Jones Photography

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Awards for 2023 Horse of the Year, Virginia based Trainer of the Year, and our Co-Breeders of the Year
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Awards for our 2023 Champions
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Virginia owners, breeders and fans watching the 150th running of the Kentucky Oaks
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