Mighty Heart Repeats as Canadian Horse of the 12 months

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 And in two several years, he’s gained 4 Sovereign Awards: 3-calendar year-outdated winner (male) and Horse of the Calendar year in 2020, and nowadays, more mature horse on dirt and Horse of the Yr once again.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.”

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(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.

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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 was voted as winner 2-year-old filly, God of Love  as winner 2-year-aged male, Munnyfor Ro  as champion 3-12 months-outdated filly, and Frosted Over  as winner 3-year-previous male.

Avie’s Empire  took dwelling the award as exceptional broodmare, though Sam-Son Farm was honored as fantastic breeder.

Champion feminine sprinter went to Amalfi Coast , while Pink Lloyd  secured the prize as male sprinter.

Jockey Rafael Hernandez guides Pink Lloyd to victory in his final race of his illustrious career in the Grade II $175,000 Kennedy Road Stakes Stakes for owner Entourage Stable and trainer Robert P. Tiller
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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.

Jolie Olimpica  was winner feminine turf horse, Town Cruise  in the male turf division.

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.

The Ontario-bred son of Dramedy  compiled a 3-2-2 file in 8 starts in 2021 with earnings of $377,361.