Drumette Honored as Broodmare of the Year


The Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders April 7 announced the 2020 Kentucky-bred champions, merit award winners, and Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund leaders.

Drumette , the dam of dual champion and two-time Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) heroine Monomoy Girl  and 2020 Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford (G2) winner Mr. Monomoy  , was named the 2020 Broodmare of the Year.

Authentic   was honored as the Kentucky-bred Horse of the Year and as the Kentucky-bred champion 3-year-old male off of a season that included victories in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) and the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).

Authentic at Spendthrift Farm near Lexington, Ky., on Dec. 9, 2020.
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Authentic at Spendthrift Farm

The 2020 merit awards, presented during Wednesday’s KTOB awards luncheon at Keeneland, included the P.A.B. Widener Trophy for KTOB Breeder of the Year. Godolphin, breeder of Kentucky-bred champion 2-year-old male Essential Quality , was named the winner of the award.

Beau Lane received the Hardboot Breeders’ Award, which pays tribute to distinctive but unsung breeders that help make up the backbone of the racing industry; Donna Barton Brothers was the winner of the Charles W. Engelhard Award, which acknowledges a member of the media for outstanding coverage of the Thoroughbred industry; and Blue Grass Farms Charities was presented the William T. Young Humanitarian Award for a person or organization in the Thoroughbred industry “who recognizes and promotes the human endeavor.” 

Recipients of the 2020 KTOB Kentucky-bred champion awards were voted on by the full membership of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and KTOB while the KTDF category leaders were tabulated using purse money won at Kentucky racetracks in 2020. KTOB merit award recipients were voted on by the KTA/KTOB board of directors.

2020 KTOB Broodmare of the Year (Owner) and 2020 Kentucky-Bred Champions (Breeder)

Broodmare of the Year

Drumette (Bridlewood Farm)

Horse of the Year and 3-Year-Old Male

Authentic (Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds)

2-Year-Old Male

Essential Quality (Godolphin)

2-Year-Old Filly

Vequist (Swilcan Stables)

3-Year-Old Male

Swiss Skydiver (WinStar Farm)

Older Dirt Male

Improbable (St. George Farm and G. Watts Humphrey Jr.)

Older Dirt Female

Monomoy Girl (FPF and Highfield Ranch)

Male Turf Horse

War of Will (Flaxman Holdings)

Female Turf Horse

Rushing Fall (Fred Hertrich III and John Fielding)

Male Sprinter

Whitmore (John Liviakis)

Female Sprinter

Gamine (Grace Thoroughbred Holdings)

Racing Abroad

Kameko (Calumet Farm)

Steeplechase Horse

Snap Decision (Phipps Stable)


2020 Top KTDF Money Earners

Sire of the Year

Into Mischief (Spendthrift Farm)

Earner of the Year

Arklow (Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger, and Peter Coneway)

Owner of the Year

Ken and Sarah Ramsey

Trainer of the Year

Brad Cox

Breeder of the Year

Calumet Farm

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