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Friday, December 01, 2006

Sovereign Voting Begins

**Woodbine fans - Please check the DRF handicapping column by Ron Gierkink in today's edition. Gives a Woodbine report card and, as great a track as it is, there is some work to do! Hope the story gets some notice.


If you are one of the 60-70 folks across Canada who have a vote for Sovereign Awards (Dec. 15) in Toronto, honouring the best horses and horsepeople in the country, or if you just love Canadian racing, here is a preview of some of the contenders, possible winners and some opinions on who should win.


*Result of the Ontario Lassie Stakes on Saturday plays an important role here. CATCH THE THRILL won the Princess Elizabeth in fast time (90 Beyer) and if she wins the Lassie, she probably deserves the Sovereign. Lassie entrant Quiet Action may attract attention if she wins on Saturday. Three-time stakes winner Midnight Shadow has accomplished the most, has run fast on occasion but only in sprints.


‘Leo’, as in LEONNATUS ANTEAS. He never lost, he won on turf, inner dirt and Polytrack and came back lame in his last 2 starts to boot.


Do you go with the Oaks and Bison City winner KIMCHI or the Duchess, La Lorgnette (and 2nd in Grade 2 Raven Run at Keeneland) VESTREY LADY. Even Sam-Son’s Strike Softly merits a look. But Vestrey Lady looks like she deserves to win.
*Top grass filly ARRAVALE is not only not eligible for this category 9a ‘main track) category, but was a grass horse only – thus her placement in turf categories. She’ll win a couple of Sovereigns so she doesn’t need one more.


EDENWOLD won the Queen’s Plate but that was the only time he really handled SHILLELAGH SLEW, who won two graded stakes later on in the season.


FINANCINGAVAILABLE. Five of eight, all stakes, $490,000. That’s all that needs to be said.


It has been a while since a Western Canadian horse received any respect at the Sovereign Awards but that will change when TRUE METROPOLITAN, who won 7 races, all stakes (!!) including Woodbine’s Grade 3 Slots Cup cruises in this category. Hey, he should get mentioned for Horse of the Year.


ARRAVALE – made a million this year, won 2 Grade 1’s.



JUDITH’S WILD RUSH or MAIN EXECUTIVE. Arravale fans will also vote for her here since she won a sprint. Tee hee.

ARRAVALE deserves it. TRUE METROPOLITAN and FINANCINAVAILABLE would be other finalists.

DREAM SMARTLY, dam of MAIN EXECUTIVE and another sprint champion, 2004’s Blonde Executive.

Hmmmmm, it will be a battle between Enna Jayne Wilson, Jim McAleney and Todd Kabel it seems. Emma for apprentice too? Hmmmm, again.

Reade Baker should win again although Sid Attard and Mark Casse and Mike DePaulo have had big years.

The bad thing about these categories is that they are always won by Sam-Son or Stronach now, simply because of numbers, numbers, numbers.
Do the right thing and vote for people like the folks at GARDINER FARMS (breeder) or Bill Sorokolit (Breeder/owner) or TUCCI STABLES (owner) or…


  • At 1:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Re: True Metropolitan's "7 races, all stakes (!!)":

    Once upon a time George Royal won 9 stakes (in a single race meet!!) but had the unbelievable misfortune of being in the same crop as Northern Dancer (nuf said!). {this is not in any way a reference to the 2006 vote}

  • At 11:41 AM, Blogger Kennedy said…

    I noticed that you are the only member of the TBA who does not post the point standings on your site. Perhaps you dont believe in them but andyway those point standings are illogical and limited anyway. For instance they cannot be used to calculate the Canadian championships. I have developed a point system of my own that is posted on my blog. I'll copy the results for the Canadian racing year in another comment as it might get lengthy

    PS - I enjoy your stuff very much.

  • At 11:50 AM, Blogger Kennedy said…

    Overall Top 10
    True Metropolitan - 144.60
    Arravale - 138.50
    Shillelagh Slew - 126.28
    Sky Conqueror - 123.20
    Royal Challenger - 104.68
    Edenwold - 89.86
    Leonnatus Anteas - 88.26
    Cold War - 88.23
    Arch Hall - 84.54
    Halo Steven - 75.26

    Older Horse
    True Metropolitan - 144.60
    Cold War - 88.23
    Arch Hall - 84.54

    Older Mare
    Financingavailable - 70.18
    Monashee - 49.90
    Hide and Chic - 41.54

    Turf Horse
    Sky Conqueror - 123.20
    Le Cinquieme Essai - 70.60
    Last Answer - 62.10

    Turf Mare
    Arravale - 138.50
    Financingavailable - 70.18
    Ambitious Cat - 48.30

    3yo colt
    Shillelagh Slew - 126.28
    Royal Challenger - 104.68
    Edenwold - 89.86

    3yo filly
    Kimchi - 61.20
    Vestrey Lady - 44.04
    Like A Gem - 38.60

    Judiths Wild Rush - 74.50
    Just Rushing - 73.44
    Main Executive - 54.68

    2yo colt
    Leonnatus Anteas - 88.26
    Barilko - 52.36

    2yo filly
    Catch The Thrill - 27.94
    Coy Coyote - 24.68

    Just some food for thought.

  • At 9:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    the awards are all political. it's who knows who. its always the same good old boys club at woodbine. the most deserving never wins, especially when certain trainers are buying their votes.


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