BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Special for Sid Fernando).
Life of Victory, the horse that last year achieved the glory of having won the most important race of the country, The Group 1 Carlos Pellegrini, was the great figure of the night yesterday at San Isidro, where the premier awards of the year — the awards, our version of the Eclipse awards — were handed out to the thoroughbred industry.
Juan Garat’s and Santiago Martínez de Hoz’s chestnut was chosen Broodmare of the Year, respectively, though the stallion award should have been shared with Indygo Shiner.and also one took the trophies as champion older horse and champion stayer. In addition, Life of Victory’s US-bred sire, Incurable Optimist, and his dam, La Gran Portada, were chosen Sire of the Year and
The awards party was held on the third floor of the official grandstand of San Isidro’s racetrack. The Brazilian jockey Argentina for how it opened its doors to me and do not hesitate to call it the most important place on the continent. I want to share this prize with many people, but especially with my dad and with my mom, that they guided me and taught me to be who I am.” Ricardo was overcome with emotion, but he recovered and continued: “I do not believe myself any more than anybody else, but the lucky one. I never imagined to win so many races. I do not want to forget Ricardo and Nicolás Benedicto and all the people of the Stud Rubio B., as well as Alejandro García Romero, who was the man who presented me to them.”was the recipient of the Pellegrini of the Year, an exclusive decision of the president of the , Bruno Quintana. Ricardo, who has recovered from the severe injuries of the fall during the Latinamericana, was visibly moved, and with tears in his eyes the carioca star accepted the award and expressed his great happiness to the public: “It is undoubtedly the most important recognition of my career. I am grateful to
Another great figure was the unforgettable Pryka, a top-class sprinter. The daughter of Southern Halo who was born at Haras Don Arcángel and raced for Haras Vacación was dedicated champion older mare and champion sprinter.
The other champions recognized were: Savoir Bien (Bernstein), as champion 2-year-old filly; Ever Peace (Alpha Plus), champion 2-year-old colt; Miss Taylor (Numerous), champion 3-year-old filly; Tecla Shiner (Indygo Shiner), champion 3-year-old colt; Inter Optimist (Incurable Optimist), champion miler; Pablo G. Falero, jockey of the year; Carlos D. Etchechoury, trainer of the year; and Santa Maria de Araras, as stable of the year.