Soaring Free, Sam-Son Top Sovereign Awards
Updated: Sunday, December 19, 2004 7:05 PM
Posted: Friday, December 17, 2004 11:21 PM
Photo: File photo
Soaring Free, Canada's Horse of the Year, winning the Atto Mile.
Sam-Son Farm and its homebred Soaring Free took home top honors when the Sovereign Awards were presented by The Jockey Club of Canada at the annual awards dinner Friday night in Ontario.
A 5-year-old gelded son of Smart Strike
owned and bred by Sam-Son, Soaring Free was voted Canada's Horse of the Year and champion male turf horses on the basis of a 2004 campaign in which he won six of eight starts and earned $1,113,862. Trained by Mark Frostad, Soaring Free won the Atto Mile (Can-I), Play the King Handicap (Can-III), Scotts Highlander Handicap (Can-III), and Ontario Jockey Club Stakes, all at Woobdine, and Keeneland's Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT). A Bit O'Gold, the champion 3-year-old male, was runner-up to Soaring Free for Horse of the Year honors.
In addition to being voted outstanding owner honors, Sam-Son, the racing and breeding entity founded by the late Ernie Samuel, also took home a sixth Sovereign Awards as outstanding breeder. The Stronach Stable of Frank Stronach finished second in the outstanding owner category and Stronach's Adena Springs Farm was runner-up for top breeder honors.2004 SOVEREIGN AWARDS, ANNOUNCED BY THE JOCKEY CLUB OF CANADA:
OUTSTANDING JOCKEY: Todd Kabel
OUTSTANDING APPRENTICE JOCKEY: Corey Fraser
OUTSTANDING TRAINER: Robert Tiller
OUTSTANDING OWNER: Sam-Son Farms
OUTSTANDING BREEDER: Sam-Son Farms
OUTSTANDING BROODMARE: Annasan
CHAMPION TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLY: Simply Lovely
CHAMPION TWO-YEAR-OLD MALE : Wholelottabourbon
CHAMPION THREE-YEAR-OLD FILLY: Eye of the Sphynx
CHAMPION THREE-YEAR-OLD MALE: A Bit O'Gold
CHAMPION OLDER FEMALE: One for Rose
CHAMPION OLDER MALE HORSE: Mobil
CHAMPION SPRINTER: Blonde Executive
CHAMPION MALE TURF HORSE: Soaring Free
CHAMPION FEMALE TURF HORSE: Inish Glora
HORSE OF THE YEAR: Soaring Free
OUTSTANDING PHOTOGRAPH: David Landry
OUTSTANDING FILM/VIDEO/BROADCAST: Woodbine Entertainment Group
OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER STORY: Paul Wiecek
OUTSTANDING FEATURE STORY: Darryl Kaplan
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