No big surprises at the O’Brien awards with regard to the horses selected. There were two that were up in the air: two-year-old pacing filly and three-year-old trotting colt. I Luv The Nitelife, Richard Young’s Rocknroll filly, was the deserving winner in the former category. She won the She’s A Great Lady, Eternal Camnation and a division of the Bluegrass. She also set a WR in a Great Lady elimination. She was the top earner in the division.
Somwherovrarainbow, who won the Dan Patch, represented the competition. Fortunately the Canadian voters had more sense than their American counterparts. Rainbow had an impressive win in the BC but all she had to go with it was a beat down of a weak field in the Matron and a win in one of three Keystone Classic divisions. In this case winning the BC didn’t trump all.
In the other race the BC did determine the winner. Intimidate won over Market Share, a colt he beat in the BC. Aside from that win he had a good second in the Simcoe and several condition wins. He earned $421,000, most of it in the BC. Market Share earned five times as much money and won the Hambo, CTC, Zweig, American-National and Galt. His mark is two seconds faster than Intimidate’s. Market Share didn’t race in the Beal or the Kentucky Futurity and was dope slapped by Googoo in the Colonial. He won the right races, money wise, the Hambo and CTC, but he wasn’t the sort of dominant force in the division that some others have been.
It’s a Canadian award so Intimidate’s selection is no shock. Last year Daylon Magician got 55 of the 61 votes cast. He won a million dollars thanks to the CBC and the ONSS series, but the CTC was his only open win--granted, a big one with a million dollar purse. Still, considering his success in the SS program, he was a logical winner. Market Share was no match for Intimidate in the BC. It will be interesting to see what happens in the FFA ranks this season.