Star Tasmanian-bred mare Deanna Troy has been voted Australian Mare of the Year for the 2009-2009 season. Harness Racing Australia today (Wednesday, September 23) released the winners in each category of its horse of the year awards and the Tasmanian mare was a unanimous winner in her section.
Last season Deanna Troy started 12 times for five wins and two minor placings for $148,575 in stakes.
The just turned seven-year-old has an imposing career record that stands at 27 wins and 25 placings for over $330,000 from 74 starts.
She is close to passing the mighty Jane Ellen ($374,993) as the highest stake earning Tasmanian-bred mare.
Deanna Troy is owned by Stephen Heathcote, who bred her from one of his foundation mares Ambassadora.
Deanna Troy (x) also is the result of an embryo transplant procedure that was groundbreaking at the time of her conception and subsequent birth.
She excelled last season winning the $100,000 Ladyship Mile at Harold Park, the $50,000 George Johnson and the $50,000 City of Launceston Cup in Tasmania as well as the $20,000 Blossom Lady at Moonee Valley.
Heathcote was thrilled when told of his mare's award.
"For her to be voted Australia's best race mare is very gratifying," Heathcote said.
"Everyone hopes to one day breed a horse that can figure prominently on the big stage and I am lucky to have been afforded that luxury with Deanna Troy," he said.
Deanna Troy was trained in Victoria by Graeme Lang and driven in most of her wins by his son Gavin Lang.
"Her being voted best mare also is testament to the job Gavin (Lang) and Graeme (Lang) did with the mare last season to prepare her and have her at her peak for each of her big race wins," he said.
Deanna Troy will continue to race this season but Heathcote says the mare will definitely embark on a stud career next year.
"The plan is to continue to race her and send her to stud in 2010 but if she happened to put in two or three consecutive poor runs this season then I'd pull the pin immediately."
"I have always maintained a view that if she indicates she's had enough of racing for whatever reason then she's straight to the breeding barn," Heathcote said.