Winx wins Vox Populi award

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Winx wins Vox Populi award

WINX AND HUGH BOWMAN

Australia’s superstar mare Winx (Aus) (Street Cry {Ire}) has been voted the 2018 Secretariat Vox Populi Award winner in a year-end online poll of racing fans.

Created by Secretariat’s owner Penny Chenery, the award annually recognizes the horse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the general public and gained recognition for Thoroughbred racing.

Winx was the top choice among U.S. voters, as well as international fans representing a record 60 countries.

In 2018, the 7-year-old’s historic fourth straight victory in the G1 Cox Plate, along with a perfect 7-for-7 record, extended her ongoing win streak to 29 races and added to her current career earnings of more than US$17 million.

“Racing certainly offered many historic and heartwarming stories in 2018,” said Kate Chenery Tweedy. “And once again, the ‘Voice of the People’ spoke very clearly.

The fact that both the American public and voters abroad were not limited by international borders is a wonderful testament to the growth of the award and the winner’s global appeal.

Winx represents everything Mom envisioned when she created this award and reaffirms her notion that a beloved horse will captivate fans and draw interest to the sport no matter where they race.”

Trained by Chris Waller and ridden by jockey Hugh Bowman, Winx is owned by Magic Bloodstock, Debbie Kepitis and Richard Treweeke.

The custom-made Vox Populi trophy will be presented to the Winx connections Jan. 12 at Santa Anita Park.

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