Brereton Jones’ homebred filly Biofuel, winner of four stakes at Woodbine in 2010, was named Canada’s Horse of the Year April 1 during the Sovereign Awards presentations at Woodbine.
Biofuel, a Kentucky-bred by Stormin Fever, won four of six starts last year at 3. In Canada, she won the Selene Stakes (Can-III), and in the United States, Biofuel finished second in the Coaching Club American Oaks and third in the Mother Goose Stakes (both gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Biofuel, trained by Reade Baker, also won the Sovereign Award for champion 3-year-old filly.
Other familiar names won awards, including Sam-Son Farms (outstanding owner) and Adena Springs (outstanding breeder). Adena, along with outstanding apprentice jockey Omar Moreno, also won 2010 Eclipse Awards in the U.S.
The late Robert Anderson, who died last November, was named winner of the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit.
Anderson was president of Anderson Farms, which bred more than 1,400 Thoroughbreds and raised numerous Thoroughbred and Standardbred champions.
Anderson was a director of Woodbine Entertainment Group since 1984, serving as chairman of the WEG Thoroughbred Racing Committee and the Avelino Gomez Memorial Foundation. He was also a past president of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Ontario Division; a member of the board of directors of the Hambletonian Society; a board member of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association; and a member of the Jockey Club of Canada.
Here is a list of 2010 Sovereign Award winners:
Biofuel, horse of the year and champion 3-year-old filly
Grand Adventure, champion male turf horse
Miss Keller, champion female turf horse
Hollywood Hit, champion male sprinter
Indian Apple Is, champion female sprinter
Sand Cove, champion older male horse
Impossible Time, champion older female
Big Red Mike, champion 3-year-old male
Madman Diaries, champion 2-year-old male
Delightful Mary, champion 2-year-old filly
Destroy, outstanding broodmare
Adena Springs, outstanding breeder
Sam-Son Farms, outstanding owner
Roger Attfield, outstanding trainer
Eurico Rose Da Silva, outstanding jockey
Omar Moreno, outstanding apprentice jockey
Tod Marks, outstanding photograph
CBC Television Network, outstanding film/video/broadcast
Beverley Smith, outstanding newspaper story
Perry Lekfo, outstanding feature story