Last year’s GI Arkansas Derby winner Angel of Empire (Classic Empire) was honored as the 2023 PA-Bred Horse of the Year and Champion 3-year-old Male at the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association’s 45th annual Iroquois Awards held May 10. Racing in 2023 for Albaugh Family Stables LLC and trained by Brad Cox, Angel of Empire won two of six starts during his 3-year-old season. He was Pennsylvania’s richest state-bred of the year, with earnings of $1,446,375.

The complete list of divisional champions is below:

2-year-old Female: Carmelina (Maximus Mischief)

2-year-old Male: Drum Roll Please (Hard Spun)

3-year-old Female: Neecie Marie (Cross Traffic)

Older Female, Turf Female, and Female Sprinter: Caravel (Mizzen Mast)

Older Male: Nimitz Class (Munnings)

Male Sprinter: Twisted Ride (Great Notion)

Turf male: Our Shot (Kantharos)

PA-Preferred Female: Aoife’s Magic (Smarty Jones)

PA-Preferred Male: Gordian Knot (Social Inclusion)

Broodmare of the Year: Zeezee Zoomzoom

Additionally, the PHBA recognized State Representatives Mary Jo Daley (Montgomery County), Danilo Burgos (Philadelphia County), and Kristine C. Howard (Chester County) with Legislator Awards while Ryerss Farm for Aged Equine was presented the PHBA Award of Merit.

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