11/17/2004 1:00AM

Ouija Board feted


Ouija Board received horse of the year honors at the annual Cartier Awards dinner in London on Wednesday night.

Trained by Ed Dunlop to win the English Oaks, the Irish Oaks, and the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, Ouija Board was also named top 3-year-old filly.

The Jonathan Pease-trained Bago, who beat the third-place Ouija Board by 1 1/2 lengths in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, was declared Europe's best 3-year-old colt.

The Michael Stoute-trained 4-year-old filly Soviet Song, winner of Group 1 miles in the Falmouth Stakes, the Sussex Stakes, and the Matron Stakes, received the Cartier Award for best older horse. Somnus, winner of the Prix Maurice de Gheest and the Haydock Park Sprint Cup, was named top sprinter.

Westerner, who landed the Prix du Cadran/Prix Royal-Oak double for the second year in succession for trainer Elie Lellouche, landed the best stayer award.

Juvenile honors went to Shamardal (male) and Divine Proportions (filly).

The Cartier Awards are determined through a combination of points earned in group races, plus votes by European racing journalists and by readers of the British paper the Daily Telegraph.