Gustav Schickedanz's homebred Wando, who became the first horse in 10 years to sweep Canada's Triple Crown, was crowned Canadian Horse of the Year and top 3-year-old male when Sovereign Awards were announced Saturday during a ceremony at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.
Wando became the seventh to sweep the Triple Crown series – the Queen's Plate, the Prince of Wales and the Breeders' Stakes – since it was started in 1959. The last was Peteski in 1993. The others were Dance Smartly (1991), Izvestia (1990), With Approval (1989), Canebora (1963) and New Providence (1959).
Wando won five of eight starts and earned just over $2 million in 2003. He took Woodbine's Queen's Plate on June 22 by nine lengths and the July 20 Prince of Wales at Fort Erie by four. Wando completed the Triple Crown sweep with a 1 1/2-length victory in the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes on the turf at Woodbine in August.
A son of Langfuhr, Wando is out of the Woodman mare Kathie's Colleen, a grade II winner who is a half sister to grade I-winning Beau Genius.
Here is the complete list of winners of Sovereign Awards, which are sponsored by the Jockey Club of Canada.
HORSE OF THE YEAR, CHAMPION 3-YEAR-OLD MALE: Wando
OUTSTANDING BROODMARE: Radiant Ring
CHAMPION 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY: My Vintage Port
CHAMPION 2-YEAR-OLD MALE: Judiths Wild Rush
CHAMPION 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY: Too Late Now
CHAMPION 3-YEAR-OLD MALE: Wando
CHAMPION OLDER FEMALE: One for Rose
CHAMPION OLDER MALE HORSE: Phantom Light
CHAMPION SPRINTER: Soaring Free
CHAMPION MALE TURF HORSE: Perfect Soul
CHAMPION FEMALE TURF HORSE: Inish Glora
OUTSTANDING JOCKEY: Todd Kabel
OUTSTANDING APPRENTICE JOCKEY: Julia Brimo
OUTSTANDING TRAINER: Robert Tiller
OUTSTANDING OWNER: Stronach Stable
OUTSTANDING BREEDER: Sam-Son Farm
OUTSTANDING PHOTOGRAPH: Michael Burns, Jr.
OUTSTANDING FILM/VIDEO/BROADCAST: Horse Racing Alberta & White Iron Productions
OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER STORY: Paul Wiecek
OUTSTANDING FEATURE STORY: Paul Wiecek More information, from Sovereign Awards program (PDF files)