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Lexie Lou: 2014 Horse of the Year

Many things have to go right to create a Horse of the Year. Attentive care and expert horsemanship are key and a dash of fate and luck helps too. The evolution of Lexie Lou from an idea of a mating by one of Ontario’s most innovative breeders to a three-time Sovereign Award champion in 2014 is just such an example of a perfect thoroughbred project. The gritty bay filly, owned by Gary Barber and trained by Mark Casse, became the first horse to collect a Sovereign Award triple since another three-year-old filly, Sealy Hill, won the exact three trophies in 2007. Oh, yes, Casse trained her, too. Lexie Lou beat out Champion Male Sprinter Calgary Cat and Turf Female finalist Deceptive Vision for the Horse of the Year honour. “I am proud of her and the barn,” said Casse, who collected his ninth Sovereign for Outstanding Trainer. “I think she…

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