Havre de Grace named USA Horse of the Year

Havre de Grace has been named 2011 USA Horse of the Year giving the fairer sex an unprecedented third win in a row following Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta.

Havre de Grace (Saint Liam) is trained by Larry Jones and finished first with 166 votes.  She was a runaway winner ahead of Acclamation (26), Game on Dude (10) and Cape Blanco (9).

Raced by Fox Hill Farm owner Rick Porter, Havre de Grace began 2011 trouncing Blind Luck by three lengths in the G2 Azeri Stakes before running down Switch in the G1 Apple Blossom Hcp.  She then easily captured Delaware Park’s G3 Obeah Stakes adding the G1 Woodward Stakes and G1 Beldame Stakes.

Havre de Grace was bred in Kentucky by Nancy Dillman and is out of the Carson City mare Easter Bunnette.

“She is the perfect racehorse; she doesn’t make mistakes,” Jones said.  “If there is no speed, she’ll lay close.  If there’s a lot of speed, she can come from the back.  She’s just the total package.  I’ll never find that in another horse.”

Havre de Grace resumed training in early January following a brief freshen up and connections are now looking forward to another successful campaign in 2012.