12/08/2005 12:00AM

Three 2004 champions have chance to repeat

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - A Bit O'Gold, One for Rose, and Mobil - all Canadian champions in 2004 - head the list of finalists for this year's Sovereign Awards.

Three finalists for each of 15 categories were announced Thursday by the Jockey Club of Canada, which administers the Sovereign Awards.

Of the 68 eligible voters, 56 participated in the Sovereign Award balloting, which was available solely online for the first time this year.

Voters were asked to rank their top three choices in each category, with points assigned on a 4-2-1 basis. To be eligible for consideration, horses must have made three starts in Canada this year by Nov. 27.

The winners will be honored at the Sovereign Awards gala on Dec. 16 at the Wyndham Bristol Place Hotel in Toronto. The climax of the evening will be the announcement of the three finalists and winner of the Horse of the Year award.

A Bit O'Gold, who races for the Two Bit Racing Stable, is a finalist in both the older male and turf male categories.

Canada's champion 3-year-old male last year, A Bit O'Gold won the Grade 3 Dominion Day on the dirt and the Grade 2 Chinese Cultural Centre and Grade 2 Sky Classic on the turf at Woodbine this season.

A Bit O'Gold's trainer, Catherine Day Phillips, is a finalist in her category and trains a second turf male finalist in Jambalaya.

Mobil, a 5-year-old horse who was retired this fall and will stand at stud next year, also is on the short list for both the older male and turf male awards. Although Mobil won just 1 of 6 starts this season, he finished second in four graded stakes, including the Grade 1 Atto Mile.

Mobil's owner and breeder, Gustav Schickedanz, is a finalist in the outstanding breeder category.

One for Rose, a 6-year-old who will be offered for sale at Keeneland in January, seeks her third consecutive Sovereign Award in the older filly and mare category.

Owned by Carlo and Lou Tucci, One for Rose won three stakes at Woodbine this year, including a decision over males in the Grade 3 Seagram Cup.

One for Rose's trainer, Sid Attard, is a finalist in his category.

Lemon Maid, the only other dual finalist, is on the short list for the 3-year-old filly category and for outstanding sprinter.

Trained by Malcolm Pierce, Lemon Maid won the six-furlong Star Shoot and the Grade 3, seven-furlong Duchess while racing against her own age and sex at Woodbine. Pierce also trains older male finalist Cryptograph.

Reade Baker, a finalist for outstanding trainer, has individual Sovereign Award candidates in Gold Strike, a 3-year-old filly, and Judiths Wild Rush, a sprinter.

The vote for outstanding jockey produced a tie for third. The four finalists are Todd Kabel, Jim McAleney, Rickey Walcott, and Quincy Welch.

Kabel and McAleney are based at Woodbine, while Walcott and Welch compete in Alberta.

Emma Wilson, Corey Fraser, and Justin Stein are the outstanding apprentice finalists. Wilson, Fraser, and Stein, who moved over from Hastings this fall, all are currently riding at Woodbine.

2005 Finalists

2-YEAR-OLD FILLY

Knights Templar
Top Notch Lady
Wannatalkaboutme

2-YEAR-OLD COLT OR GELDING

Edenwold
Seaside Retreat
Vibank

3-YEAR-OLD FILLY

Gold Strike
Lemon Maid
Monashee

3-YEAR-OLD COLT OR GELDING

Alabama Rain
Palladio
Spaghetti Mouse

OLDER FILLY OR MARE

Fifth Overture
Nashinda
One for Rose

OLDER COLT, HORSE OR GELDING

A Bit O'Gold
Cryptograph
Mobil

TURF FEMALE

Ambitious Cat
Classic Stamp
Top Ten List

TURF MALE

A Bit O'Gold
Jambalaya
Mobil

SPRINTER

Judiths Wild Rush
Lemon Maid
Mister Coop

JOCKEY

Todd Kabel
Jim McAleney
Rickey Walcott
Quincy Welch

APPRENTICE JOCKEY

Corey Fraser
Justin Stein
Emma Wilson

TRAINER

Sid Attard
Reade Baker
Catherine Day Phillips

OWNER

Harlequin Ranches
Melnyk Racing Stable
Stronach Stable

BREEDER

Adena Springs
Eugene Melnyk
Gustav Schickedanz

BROODMARE

Adorned
Big Bux Babe
Native Rights