2016 SOVEREIGN AWARD NOMINEES – horses and Humans

ceremony is April 13 at Palais Royale in downtown Toronto

Many of the stars of 2016 are up for a coveted Sovereign Award, some horses and their people are up for numerous honours.

On the horse side, CONQUEST ENFORCER made headlines as he is nominated for 3 awards – 3yo colt, turf male and sprinter – and CAREN, the likely champion 3yo filly is also up for turf female.

IVAN DALOS could be in line to receive his first Breeder of the Year award and his colt AMIS GIZMO is up for 3yo male, his GAMBLE’S GHOST is up for 3yo filly, 2 of his mares are up for Broodmare and he is also the breeder of Conquest Enforcer and Conquest Vivi.

Dalos is also up for owner of the year – that is 10 Dalos names of horses or himself on the list. A remarkable year indeed for his Tall Oaks Farm.

MIKE DEPUALO is nominated for trainer of the year and his runners CAREN , PASSION FOR ACTION and HOT KISS are nominated for 4 awards.

Western Canada is well represented with Ready Intaglio on the 3yo male short list – Snuggles on the 3yo filly list and Killin Me Smalls on the older mare list. GREG TRACY is up for trainer of the year and Jose Asencio and Daniel Gopie are up for Apprentice rider.



Champion Two-Year-Old Filly:

Conquest Vivi
Ghostly Presence
Let It Ride Mom
Victory to Victory
Champion Two-Year-Old Male:
Channel Maker
Golden Hawk
King and His Court
Tiz a Slam

Champion Three-Year-Old Female:
Gamble’s Ghost

Champion Three-Year-Old Male:
Amis Gizmo
Conquest Enforcer
Ready Intaglio
Sir Dudley Digges

Champion Older Female:
Goodyearforroses (IRE)
Hot Kiss
Ice Festival
Midnight MIley

Champion Older Male:
Are You Kidding Me
Breaking Lucky
Killin Me Smalls

Champion Female Turf Horse:
Goodyearforroses (IRE)
Internal Bourbon
Lexie Lou

Champion Male Turf Horse:
Calgary Cat
Conquest Enforcer
Dimension (GB)
Glenville Gardens

Champion Female Sprinter:
Cactus Kris
Midnight Miley
River Maid
Southern Ring

Champion Male Sprinter:
Calgary Cat
Conquest Enforcer
Noholdingback Bear
Passion for Action

Outstanding Broodmare:
Cruising Kris
Galloping Ami
Keen Victory
Song of the Lark

Outstanding Breeder:
Adena Springs
Melnyk, Eugene
Sam-Son Farm
Tall Oaks Farm

Outstanding Owner:

Barber, Gary
Conquest Stables, LLC

Dalos, Ivan
Sam-Son Farm

Outstanding Trainer:

Roger Attfield
Mark Casse
Michael De Paulo
Greg Tracy

Outstanding Apprentice Jockey:

Jose Mariano Asencio,
Aimee Auger
Daniel Gopie
Kayla Pizarro

Outstanding Jockey:

Luis Contreras
Eurico Da Silva
Rafael Hernandez
Patrick Husbands





UNCLE B, by Zensational, a $25,000 Florida OBS 2yo purchase last year – OBS PHOTO

UNCLE B, owned and trained by Woodbine’s own Lou Tucci and Martha Gonzalez and Nick Gonzalez set a track record at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company day of racing on Tuesday:

The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company celebrated its 28th annual Day of Champions with an eleven race card highlighted by a track record performance in the OBS Sprint Stakes and a sensational victory by Al Shaqab Racing, WinStar Farm LLC and China Horse Club’s Master Plan in the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes for colts and geldings. The 3-year-old son of Twirling Candy had one horse beaten going into the far turn, but found room under John Velazquez between horses in the stretch and sailed past the leaders in the final sixteenth and won going away by 2-1/2 lengths over Ashbrook Farm’s Convict Pike, running the mile and one sixteenth in 1:44 flat. Conrad Farms’ Sailing Home was half a length back in third. Master Plan, trained by Todd Pletcher, was purchased by his owners for $850,000 out of the Eisaman Equine consignment at the 2016 March Sale after working an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. He’s now 4-2-1-0 and has earned $97,490.

In the $50,000 OBS Sprint for colts and geldings, Lucio Tucci and Martha K. Gonzalez’ Uncle B dueled with Donald H. Mensh and Mel Paikoff’s Storming My Way through a torrid half mile in :44 2/5, opened up in the stretch and scored by three lengths over Debra Posgai’s My Friend in a track record 1:08 3/5 for six furlongs. The time bettered Lady Shipman’s 2015 mark by a fifth of a second. Storming My Way was another 1-1/2 lengths back in third. Rider Luis Saez picked up his second win of the day for trainer Nick Gonzalez. Uncle B is now 4-2-1-0 and has earned $78,188. The 3-year-old colt by Zensational was purchased for $25,000 by Hidden Brook, Agent from S G A Sales, Agent, at the 2016 June Sale after he breezed an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show.

In the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, Ballybritt Stable LLC’s Dynatail battled most of the way with Alexander Levengood and Greg Kadel’s On Her Honor, took control in the final furlong and beat her to the wire by a length and three quarters. Gary Barber and Quintessential Racing Florida LLC’s My Arch Enemy settled for third, half a length away. Saddled by Michael Dini and ridden by Orlando Bocachica, the winner ran the mile and a sixteenth in 1:46 1/5. A daughter of Hightail, Dynatail was consigned to the 2016 June Sale by Hoppel’s Horse & Cattle Co., Agent, and purchased by Ballybritt for $5,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 4/5. The victory leaves her with a 6-3-1-1 record and $89,740 in earnings.

Hernandez Racing Club’s Yes I’ll Go went to the front in the early going of the eighth race, the $50,000 OBS Sprint Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. She reclaimed the lead on the inside in the stretch after yielding it briefly on the turn and went on to beat Newtown Anner Stud’s Lady Racer by 2-1/2 lengths, with Breeze Easy LLC’s Heart Astray another length back in third. The time for six furlongs was 1:10 4/5. The daughter of Yes It’s True, ridden by Luis Saez for trainer Armando de la Cerda, picked up her first stakes win, leaving her with a 3-2-0-0 record and earnings of $49,942. The two time OBS graduate was purchased for $40,000 by Salvador Hernandez out of the Kaizen Sales (Richard Kent) consignment at the 2015 Winter Mixed Sale before she was consigned by Blue River Bloodstock to the 2016 April Sale where she breezed an eighth in :10 2/5. Yes I’ll Go returned $6.20, $9.00, $4.40; Lady Racer paid $10.80, $6.60; Heart Astray paid $34.20 to show. The 5-4 Exacta was worth $68.60 and the 7-5 Daily Double returned $5.00.



Here are the Canadian-breds nominated to the American Triple Crown after the first, $600 fee:

BOURBON EXTENSION ch.c. Not Bourbon – Extend Charles Fipke Roger Attfield Bred by Charles Fipke
KING AND HIS COURT, b.g. Court Vision – Pennywhistle Wachtel Stable and Gary Barber Bred by Robert and Patricia Weber
MORE THAN SOUL b.x. More Than Ready – Secretariat’s Soul Charles Fipke Roger Attfield Bred by Charles Fipke
OFF ROAD dk.b.c. Quality Road – Baylor’s Babe Jerry Durant Steve Asmussen -bred by Huntington Stud Farm
STATE OF HONOR b.c. To Honor and Serve – State Cup Conrad Farms Mark casse Bred by Conrad Farms
TIME TO TRAVEL GR.C. Hard Spun – Like a Gem Garland Williamson Rachel Halden – bred by Garland Williamson
TIZ A SLAM b.c. Tiznow – Flaming Rose Cheifswood Stable Roger Attfield bred by Chiefswood Stab;e
VANISH ch.c. Algorithms – Elusive Hope Gary Barber Mark Casse Bred by Hope Stock Farm