01/20/2015 6:50PM

Lexie Lou a finalist for multiple Sovereign Awards

Michael Burns
Lexie Lou won the Queen's Plate and Woodbine Oaks in 2014.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Mark Casse could win his seventh Sovereign Award for outstanding trainer, and a number of horses from his stable could win divisional titles, as the Jockey Club of Canada released the finalists for the 40th Sovereign Awards on Tuesday.

The Casse contingent is led by Woodbine Oaks and Queen’s Plate winner Lexie Lou, a finalist in the 3-year-old female and turf female divisions who also will garner plenty of consideration for Canadian Horse of the Year. The three finalists for Canadian Horse of the Year will be revealed during the Sovereign Awards ceremony at Woodbine on April 10.

Patrick Husbands, who was aboard Lexie Lou in the Woodbine Oaks and Queen’s Plate, will look to win his first Sovereign Award since 2009 and is joined by Luis Contreras, Eurico Da Silva, and Rico Walcott in the outstanding jockey division.

In all, 10 horses trained by Casse were named finalists in their respective divisions. Joining Lexie Lou are Conquest Harlanate (2-year-old female), Mississippi Delta (2-year-old female), Conquest Tsunami (2-year-old male), Conquest Typhoon (2-year-old male), Florida Won (3-year-old male), Hillaby (older female, female sprinter), Spring in the Air (older female, female sprinter), Sky Captain (older male), and Dynamic Sky (turf male).

Coltimus Prime and Ami’s Holiday, the other two Canadian classic winners in 2014, will do battle again in the 3-year-old male division, but Heart to Heart made a case for divisional honors with a strong finish to the season that saw him win three straight stakes on turf, including a pair of Grade 3 victories at Churchill Downs in the Jefferson Cup and Commonwealth Turf stakes.

Calgary Cat, claimed for $25,000 by trainer Kevin Attard and owners Stephen Chesney and Cory Hoffman in November 2013, led all horses with five wins at Woodbine in 2014, two of which came in graded stakes. He is a finalist in the male sprinter division, along with Excaper, Phil’s Dream, and Sharp Sensation.

Calgary Cat (male sprinter, older male), Excaper (turf male, male sprinter), and Lexie Lou are among seven horses to be named a finalist in two separate divisions. Others include HIllaby, Spring in the Air, Executive Allure (female sprinter, turf female), and Heart to Heart (3-year-old male, turf male).

To be eligible for a Sovereign Award in each divisional category, horses ages 3 and up must have raced in Canada at least three times in 2014, and 2-year-olds must have raced in Canada at least twice.

2-year-old filly
Brooklynsway, Conquest Harlanate, London Tower, Mississippi Delta

2-year-old male
Conquest Tsunami, Conquest Typhoon, Decision Day, Phil’s Cocktail

3-year-old female
Executive Allure, Lexie Lou, Paladin Bay, Sweater Weather

3-year-old male
Ami’s Holiday, Coltimus Prime, Florida Won, Heart to Heart

Older female
Hillaby, Silent Star, Spring in the Air, Strut the Course

Older male
Calgary Cat, Lukes Alley, Sharp Sensation, Sky Captain

Turf female
Deceptive Vision, Executive Allure, Lexie Lou, Royal Fury

Turf male
Dynamic Sky, Excaper, Heart to Heart, Sharp Sensation

Female sprinter
Cactus Kris, Executive Allure, Hillaby, Spring in the Air

Male sprinter
Calgary Cat, Excaper, Phil’s Dream, Sharp Sensation

Outstanding broodmare
Cruising Kris, Eye of the Sphinx, Star Guest, Uproar

Outstanding breeder
Adena Springs, Paradox Farm Inc., Sam-Son Farm, William Sorokolit

Outstanding owner
Gary Barber, Conquest Stables LLC, John Oxley, Sam-Son Farm

Outstanding trainer
Josie Carroll, Mark Casse, Brian Lynch, Greg Tracy

Outstanding apprentice jockey
Damario Bynoe, Sheena Ryan, Erika Smilovsky, Nick Webb

Outstanding jockey
Luis Contreras, Eurico Da Silva, Patrick Husbands, Rico Walcott