Enthusiast-favourite Mighty Heart was named Canadian Horse of the Yr April 14 for the duration of the 47th Annual Sovereign Awards ceremony, the 2nd consecutive 12 months he has been awarded the prize. Larry Cordes’ well known 1-eyed horse brought home the hardware for champion main keep track of male as properly Thursday evening.
“I’ve been in this company 45 many years. It took 40 many years of lots of ups and several, quite a few downs, but 5 decades ago, probably six yrs ago, I won the Valedictorian with Turkish,” Cordes claimed. “Enjoyable? Unquestionably. And then comes together Mighty Heart. And in two several years, he’s gained 4 Sovereign Awards: 3-calendar year-outdated winner (male) and Horse of the Calendar year in 2020, and nowadays, more mature horse on dirt and Horse of the Yr once again. I won’t be able to be expecting any far more of him, nevertheless he’s the variety of horse that desires to operate. He loves to run.
“We as people… can master a lot from our fellow 4-legged friends. Mighty Heart, despite his handicap, has prevailed.”
(L-R): Glenn Sikura, main steward of the Jockey Club of Canada, presents the Sovereign Award for Horse of the Year to Larry Cordes, proprietor and breeder of Mighty Heart
The evening ceremony began with awards issued to Will Wong for remarkable photograph, Hayley Morrison for outstanding producing, and Woodbine Enjoyment for remarkable audio visible/digital broadcast. Denzil Fonseca was honored as excellent groom, and proprietor/breeder Ivan Dalos received the E. P. Taylor Award of Benefit.
Among equines, Mrs. Barbara was voted as winner 2-year-old filly, God of Love as winner 2-year-aged male, Munnyfor Ro as champion 3-12 months-outdated filly, and Frosted Over as winner 3-year-previous male.
Jockey Rafael Hernandez celebrates a victory from Pink Lloyd in his final profession start out in the 2021 Kennedy Highway Stakes at Woodbine
Awarded the Sovereign Award as excellent apprentice was Mauricio Malvaez, and Kazushi Kimura took major jockey honors.
Skygaze was the Sovereign Award-profitable major monitor woman.
Mark Casse and Live Oak Plantation, who routinely teamed jointly in 2021, gained Sovereign Awards for coach and operator, respectively.
Reside Oak Plantation, owned by Charlotte Weber, won its very first Sovereign Award for remarkable owner in 2020 and experienced an even much more valuable time with its Canadian starters in 2021. Dwell Oak, located in Ocala, gained 19 races from 68 starters, which include 7 stakes races, achievements that led Are living Oak to finish in advance of Gary Barber and Godolphin in Sovereign Award voting.
Mark Casse’s Canadian steady excelled in 2021, profitable 27 stakes races and 110 races. His Canadian barn, assisted by David Adams and Kathryn Sullivan, earned additional than $6.5 million.
4 of Casse’s trainees—God of Like, Mrs. Barbara, Frosted Above, and Skygaze—were honored as 2021 champions.
The Horse of the Calendar year vote was near, with Mighty Coronary heart prevailing 63-55 more than now-retired sprinter Pink Lloyd, the 2017 Horse of the Calendar year in Canada. Town Cruise was third.
Educated by Josie Carroll for proprietor/breeder Cordes, Mighty Coronary heart gained the Autumn Stakes (G2) and the Dominion Working day Stakes (G3) at Woodbine last 12 months on Tapeta, in addition to the Blame Stakes at Churchill Downs on grime. He also strike the board in the Seagram Cup Stakes (G3) at Woodbine and traveled to Mountaineer Park, in which he ran second in the West Virginia Governor’s Stakes (G3). He finished his 12 months by heading to Gulfstream Park, the place finished third in the Harlan’s Holiday break Stakes (G3). Mighty Coronary heart is at this time stabled at Keeneland, where he is expected to make his time debut.