February 24, 2024

Juddmonte Farms – 2016 Outstanding Owner; WinStar Farm – 2016 Outstanding Breeder

Arrogate and Mike Smith winning the 2016 Travers under the Juddmonte Farms silks - Chelsea Durand/Adam Coglianese Photography

The familiar Juddmonte Farms silks figured prominently on the U.S. racing landscape in 2016, with Arrogate recording major victories in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and Travers (G1) and Flintshire producing three graded stakes wins, and the global operation of Prince Khalid bin Abdullah of Saudi Arabia received the Eclipse Award for leading owner at Saturday’s Eclipse Award ceremonies.

Juddmonte ranked second by earnings in 2016, with their runners accumulating $7,336,758 in 2016. They won 22 of 100 starts, with 12 seconds and 18 thirds.

It marks the third owner Eclipse Award for Juddmonte, who also won in 1992 and 2003. They’ve also garnered five Eclipse Awards for leading breeder (1995, 2001-03 and 2009).

Juddmonte, which has breeding farms in Kentucky, England and Ireland, utilizes multiple trainers in the United States, including Chad Brown (Flintshire) on the East Coast and Bob Baffert (Arrogate) in California.

After easily leading all North American breeders by earnings for the first time, WinStar Farm LLC was rewarded with their first Eclipse Award for Outstanding Breeder.

Horses bred by WinStar earned $10,516,427 in 2016, nearly $4 million more than runner-up Adena Springs. Located near Versailles, Kentucky, WinStar also led all breeders by wins, connecting with 239-of-1,417 starters including a trio of Grade 1 winners. Adena won 230 races from 1,546 starts.

WinStar counts Bodemeister, Distorted Humor, Exaggerator, More Than Ready, Pioneerof the Nile, Speightstown, Super Saver, and Tiznow among their prominent stallion roster.