Channel Maker, who captured the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown when he won the 2017 Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine, is among the graduates of Keeneland sales who are finalists for 2017 Sovereign Awards as champions in Canada. The awards will be presented April 19 at Woodbine.
To be eligible for a Sovereign Award, a 2-year-old must have made at least two starts in Canada; 3-year-olds and older horses must have raced there at least three times during their 2017 campaigns.
Channel Maker, whose 2017 season included two starts at Keeneland during the Spring Meet, was offered at the 2015 September Yearling Sale.
Sovereign Award finalists who are graduates of Keeneland sales and/or raced here in 2017 are:
Two-Year-Old Filly: Ontario Lassie and Cup and Saucer winner Dixie Moon (offered at the 2016 September Yearling Sale); Schuylerville (G3) and My Dear winner Dream It Is ($50,000 2016 September Sale); Demoiselle (G2) and Mazarine (G3) winner Wonder Gadot ($80,000 2016 September Sale).
Two-Year-Old Male: Display winner Admiralty Pier, fourth in the Dixiana Bourbon (G3) during the Fall Meet; Grey (G3) winner Archaggelos (offered at the 2016 September Sale).
Three-Year-Old Filly: Ontario Colleen (G3), Bison City and Fury winner Enstone (offered at the 2015 September Sale).
Three-Year-Old Male: Channel Maker (offered at the 2015 September Sale), made two starts at Keeneland during the Spring Meet.
Older Female: Maple Leaf (G3) and Belle Mahone winner Gamble’s Ghost made one start during the Spring Meet.
Older Male: Autumn (G2) and Presque Isle Mile winner Gigantic Breeze (offered at the 2014 September Sale).
Female Turf: Enstone
Male Turf: Channel Maker; Connaught Cup (G2) and Labeeb winner Tower of Texas ($195,000 2012 January Horses of All Ages Sale).
Female Sprinter: Royal North (G3) winner Jennifer Lynnette ($110,000 2014 September Sale).
Male Sprinter: Bold Venture (G3) winner Ikerrin Road (IRE) made one start during the Spring Meet.