Too many times top two-year-old thoroughbreds can’t duplicate their success as three-year-olds. That wasn’t the case with Biofuel.
The co-winner of the Sovereign Award as top two-year-old filly in 2009 captured the big trophy as Canada’s 2010 Horse of the Year on Friday night as the industry celebrated the new racing season by honoring the best of last year.
The daughter of Stormin Fever was unbeaten at four starts at home, capturing the Star Shoot, La Lorgnette, Belle Mahone and Selene Stakes. Her quality, though, was best shown in her two defeats. She was third in the Grade 1 Mother Goose at Belmont last June then followed that up with a second-place finish in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga in July.
Biofuel, bred and owned by Brereton Jones and trained by Reade Baker, was piloted in all of her starts by Eurico Rosa da Silva, who captured his first award as top jockey. The personable rider’s Woodbine-leading 190 wins included his Queen’s Plate triumph aboard Big Red Mike in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
It was also a special night for Roger Attfield as the Hall of Fame trainer won his second consecutive Sovereign as top trainer and his eighth overall. He scored 54 wins and $5 million in earnings last year.
Among the other winners:
- Omar Moreno, who captured the Eclipse Award as North America’s top apprentice rider, won his second Sovereign in the same category.
- Delightful Mary, third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile fillies and Madman Diaries and winner of the Grade 3 Sapling at Monmouth, took the two-year-old honours.
- Big Red Mike, who won the Plate Trial and won the Plate wire-to-wire, was named top three-year-old male.
- The best of the older set were five-year-old Sand Cove, a four-time stakes winner, and Impossible Time, who won two stakes on Polytrack and added a third on turf.
- Top turf horses were Grand Adventure, who won the King Edward and the Connaught Cup, and Miss Keller, a two-time stakes winner who was second in the E.P. Taylor Stakes.
- The sprint champions were the flashy Hollywood Hit, who won three stakes and was second in a Keeneland stake, and Indian Apple Is, a double stakes winner.
- A split in the awards for two giants of local racing, with Sam-Son Farms capturing their ninth Sovereign as top owner and Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs winning their eighth as top breeder.