Warrawee Farm’s Dr. Mike Wilson and broodmare Mystic Mistress were honoured at the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association Awards Banquet in Toronto on Saturday.
Greg Blanchard hosted the awards ceremonies which followed the keynote speaker, as the breeders behind the Ontario Sires Stakes top success stories of 2011 were honoured with trophies and framed racing photos, including Warrawee Needy, bred and co-owned by Warrawee Farm’s Dr. Mike Wilson.
Two particularly prestigious awards to individuals are presented annually at the SBOA Banquet and only unveiled that evening. This year, Dr. Mike Wilson won the Chris Van Bussel Award for service to SBOA and to the industry. The Lloyd Chisholm Award for meritorious service went to John Levy of The Score for his extraordinary media efforts to highlight harness racing.
Broodmare of the Year Awards, sponsored by Master Feeds, go annually to horses whose offspring have earned distinction not only in the OSS, but beyond. This year’s pacing Broodmare of the year was Warrawee Farm’s Mystic Mistress (Dexter Nukes–Pam Ryan), dam of the winners of over $3.8 million, including standouts Mystician and Camystic. Trotting Broodmare of the Year was Dave and Mary Lemon’s Daylon Marvel (Super Pleasure–Miss Marvel), whose production record is highlighted by their own $1.2-million earner Daylon Magician.
Randy Waples earned the Lampman Cup for the first time as top OSS driver and Bob McIntosh again took the Johnston Cup title as top trainer.