Runnymede Chairman Catesby W. Clay, joined by his wife Biz, son Brutus and farm manager Martin O'Dowd, was honored by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders on April 19 with the Hardboot Breeder Award.
Given to well-established breeders who have made a mark in the Thoroughbred business, the award “pays tribute to distinctive but unsung breeders that help make up the backbone of our industry,” the event program stated.
KTOB Director Tim Thornton, general manager of Airdrie Stud, presented the award to Clay during a special luncheon at Keeneland.
Other KTOB award recipients included Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum’s Darley, which received the P.A.B Widener Trophy as the breeder of the year; Oatsee, dam of Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Shackleford, who was named Broodmare of the Year, and Alex G. Campbell Jr., who was honored with the William T. Young Humanitarian Award.
In 2009, Clay was the Honor Guest at the Thoroughbred Club of America's 78th annual Testimonial Dinner.