Lady Fog Horn Honored as Indiana Horse of the Year for the Second Time

Lady Fog Horn (Photo by Coady Photography)

The Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association on Sunday held its annual awards banquet at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino, in conjunction with the Indiana Thoroughbred Breed Development Advisory Committee. The evening’s special guest speaker was retired jockey Otto Thorwarth, who won more than 1,500 races and also played Ron Turcotte in the Disney movie “Secretariat.”

The award for the ITOBA Champion Horse of the Year went to Lady Fog Horn, who won five of seven starts last year and banked nearly $360,000. The daughter of Zavata also won the award for 2015. Trained by Anthony Granitz and owned by her breeder The Elkstone Group LLC, Lady Fog Horn captured last year’s Grade 2 Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs and won four races at Indiana Grand, including the Frances Slocum Stakes and Florence Henderson Stakes. All told, she has banked $786,273 to rank as the highest earning Indiana-bred female of all time. In her most recent start on April 21 at Keeneland, she finished third in the Grade 3 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes.

Following is a complete list of winners from the night:

Champion Indiana-Bred 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding
Gifted Justice
Owner: PTK, LLC
Breeder: Justice Farm, Greg Justice
Trainer: Dane Kobiskie

Champion Indiana-Bred 2-Year-Old Filly
Whistle Stop
Owner: Penny S. Lauer
Breeder: Michael E. Lauer & Penny S. Lauer
Trainer: Michael E. Lauer

Champion Indiana Bred/Indiana Sired 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding
Owner: Marvin A. Johnson
Breeder Carol S. Renn
Trainer: Marvin A. Johnson

Champion Indiana-Bred/Indiana-Sired 2-Year-Old Filly
Defining Hope
Owner/Breeder: Colette Marie Vanmatre
Trainer: Barbara McBride

Champion Indiana-Bred 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding
Badabing Badaboom
Owner: Penny S. Lauer
Breeder: Michael E. Lauer & Penny S. Lauer
Trainer: Michael E. Lauer

Champion Indiana-Bred 3-Year-Old Filly
Neo Verthandi
Owner: Kimiyuki Kobayashi
Breeder: Lake Shore Farm, LLC
Trainer: Y. Shikato

Champion Indiana-Bred/Indiana-Sired 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding
Derby Express
Owner/Breeder: Greenhill Racing Stables, Inc.
Trainer: Jeff Greenhill

Champion Indiana-Bred/Indiana-Sired Three-Year-Old Filly
Carmalley Chrome
Owner: Tom Roche
Breeder: Carmalley Valley Farm, LLC
Trainer: Michael Nance

Champion Indiana-Bred Older Horse
Owner: Ironhorse Racing Stable, LLC
Breeder: Southern Chase Farm, Inc. & Karen Dodd
Trainer: Tim Glyshaw

Champion Indiana-Bred Older Mare
Duchess of Duke
Owner: Douglas J. Reddington
Breeder: Pine Tree Mares, LLC
Trainer: Deborah England

Champion Indiana-Bred/Indiana-Sired Older Horse of the Year
Sucess is Racing
Owner: Charless Watt & Willowbrok Stables, Ltd.
Breeder: Everett Hammond
Trainer: Kim Hammond

Champion Indiana-Bred/Indiana-Sired Older Mare of the Year
Lady Fog Horn
Owner: The Elkstone Group, LLC
Breeder: The Elkstone Group, LLC
Trainer: Tony Granitz

Indiana Stallion of Year
Maria’s Mon – Hamba, by Easy Goer
Owned by Triton Farms LLC – George Hofmeister
Standing at Nicks Farm

Indiana Broodmare of the Year
Owned by The Elkstone Group

Indiana Horse Racing Commission Breed Development Horse of the Year
Lady Fog Horn

Indiana Horse Racing Commission Breed Development Breeder of the Year
Michael and Penny Lauer

Indiana Horse Racing Commission Breed Development Stallion Owner of the Year
Tom Roche – Carmalley Valley Farm

Indiana Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association Hall of Distinction
Don Myers and Jim Elliott