Harness Racing Australia (HRA) are thrilled to announce the Pacing and Trotting Broodmares of the Year for season 2020.
Until this season, broodmares from both gaits were eligible for the Winona Award, however this year, the HRA Executive elected to separate the awards and announced the establishment of the Maori Miss Award for trotting broodmares.
The Maori Miss Award honours the mother of the legendary Maori’s Idol, who was the first trotting mare to win the Winona Award and only one of three trotting mares to win in totality.
The Awards are open to Australian based mares who had progeny race in Australia in the 2020 season. The awards are judged by the respective state breeding associations who vote on a 1-2-3 basis.
Winona Award – 2020 Pacing Broodmare of the Year
By Caprock USA out of Glitter – bred by C Jones & I Stormont.
Owned by Harshell Investments Pty Ltd and the Estate of Kaye Kilgour.
This year is Alldatglittersisgold’s third Winona Award after also winning in 2013 and 2014 – joining Liza Storm and Maori Miss as the only mares to win the award three times.
The unraced Alldatglittersisgold was imported into Australia in 2010 after having four New Zealand foals including Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling.
Amazingly, for the owners of Alldatglittersisgold, it turned out that Baby Bling would not turn out to be the best progeny from the mare.
Her first Australian foal in October 2010 was the champion pacer and current sire, Bling It On (American Ideal), a winner of $1,882,957 and six time Group One winner to date including the Victoria Cup in October 2019.
Other progeny include Show Me The Bling ($68,110), Blingittothemax ($117,944), Bletchley Park ($310,436) and The Code Breaker ($24,619).
Bletchley Park continues to be a quality performer in Western Australia for his connections, with his most recent start being a win in the Group 2 Village Kid Sprint in January 2021.
In total, the progeny to date of Alldatglittersisgold have started 462 times for 129 wins and $3,372,095 – a remarkable achievement.
Maori Miss Award – 2020 Trotting Broodmare of the Year
By Safely Kept out of Poetry – bred by the Castle Family Pty Ltd.
Owned by Yabby Dam Farms Pty Ltd
The inaugural winner of the Maori Miss is the former champion racemare La Coocaracha, the 2002 Australian Trotter of the Year.
Following her retirement in 2004 after a stunning career, the progeny of La Coocaracha have continued the legacy of a mare that has left an impression on the sport like few others.
Whilst her first five foals all made the racetrack with moderate success, remarkably her seventh foal, Reina Danzante (Armbro Invasion USA) provided La Coocaracha with her first Group One as a broodmare.
Purchased by Pat Driscoll of Yabby Dam Farms shortly after, Driscoll had immediate success with his first foal, a filly by Muscle Hill that turned out to be star mare Dance Craze.
Now a winner of 24 races from 50 starts, Dance Craze is a two time winner of Australian Trotting Mare of the Year, a three time Group 1 winner and half a million dollar earner to date.
Full brother, Group 2 winner La Grange was the next foal and continues to race in the United States where he holds a 1:54.2 record and has earned $163,350.
Since then, La Coocaracha has left the promising five win horse Mataderos, with her latest foal being a colt by Muscle Mass USA.
Harness Racing Australia congratulates the connections of Alldatglittersisgold and La Coocaracha.