Horse Racing

Fun to Dream crowned CTBA Horse of the Year

Happy dream | horse photo

1st place winner Happy dream (Arrogate) was crowned California Breed Horse of the Year at the CTBA awards dinner held Monday night. The 4-year-old stout, non-Maria’s Mon mare Lutess dog was bred by Connie Pageler and trainer Bob Baffert and owned by Paegler and Natalie J. Baffert. The gray-haired girl was also named the 3-year-old Cal-bred sprint and champion, and her dam was named Cal-bred broodmare of the year.

“I did this, it was a crazy thing, I called Garrett O’Rourke in Juddmonte and I told him I was going to do something really crazy, I was going to send you a mare that I asked for for $8,000,” said Bob Baffert, who was voted Coach of the Year. “I told Connie, we’re going to cross him with Arrogate, one of the greatest horses I’ve ever trained. And we got lucky. We talked about what to name her and it’s fun to dream about, that’s why we’re all in this business. And that’s how she got her name.

“Connie sold the mare and I’m going to get mad again and share a pony with justification. So hopefully I’ll be here in a few more years and maybe we can catch the lightning in the bottle twice.” In 2022, Fun to Dream had five wins from six starts, including both GI La Brea S. $426,590. Overall, she has six wins in seven starts and makes $546,590.

Other 2022 Cal Hybrid Champions:
Champion 2-year-old male of mixed Californian: The giver is not the receiver (Danzing Candy)
The 2-year-old female champion of mixed California: sell dreams (Munnings)
3-year-old California hybrid champion: Slow down Andy (Nyquist)
The 3-year-old female champion of mixed California: Happy dream
California Mixed Senior Men’s Champion: Vron is chosen (Vronsky).
California Mixed Older Women’s Champion: Becca Taylor (Old Topper)
Champion California hybrid sprinter: Happy dream
The California Turf Horse Champion: Vron is chosen
California’s champion princess forms ponies by income: grazing (Standard Score)
California’s Champion Piglets are formed by the number of winners: grazing
The champion princess of California is formed from ponies by income on the field: grazing
Champion Sire of California Born to 2-year-olds by income: Thirsty (Bernardini)
Coach of the Year: Bob Baffert
Broodmare of the Year: lute (Mary Mon)
Champion breeder of purebred California Foaled by income: Nick Alexander
Scoop Vessels Award: The Derby Room
CTBA Hall of Fame: Joe Harper, The Key of Nashoba (Silver hawk)

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