Canadian Horse of the Year
The Canadian Horse of the Year is a thoroughbred horse racing honour given annually since 1951 by the Jockey Club of Canada. It is the most prestigious honour in Canadian thoroughbred horse racing.
The original eligibility rules stipulated that the winner be a Canadian-bred horse that did its "best running" in Canada. In 1964, the rule was altered for Northern Dancer, who was a Canadian-bred but whose most notable wins came in the United States when he won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Eventually the requirement that the horse be a Canadian-bred was also dropped. The current rules simply require that the horse have raced at least three times in Canada during the given year (two times for two-year-olds).
Most wins by a trainer:
- 6 - Gordon J. McCann (1951, 1952, 1954, 1958, 1963, 1968)
Most wins by an owner:
- 8 - Sam-Son Farm (1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004)
- Ron Mitchell (April 9, 2016). "Catch a Glimpse, Casse Top Sovereign Awards". The Blood-Horse.
- Lennox, Muriel (1995). Northern Dancer : legend and legacy. Toronto: Beach House Books. p. 114. ISBN 0-9699025-0-6. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
- "Sovereign Award Voting" (PDF). www.jockeyclubcanada.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 August 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2016.