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Secrets Nephew Wins O’Brien; Tigerama Disqualified


Published: December 23, 2008 4:03 pm ET

Last Comment: December 29, 2008 9:22 pm ET | 24 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Further to yesterday’s announcement of finalists for the 2008 O’Brien Awards, Standardbred Canada has today announced that Secrets Nephew is the winner of the O’Brien Award in the Older Pacing Horse category.

An oversight was made with respect to the O’Brien Award eligibility policy and it was determined that the other finalist, Tigerama contravenes this policy. “It is up to us to ensure that this policy is enforced," stated Ted Smith, president of Standardbred Canada, “we regret that an error was made but it is our responsibility to rectify this situation.”

Secrets Nephew, a winner of over $411,000 and 11 races is owned by his trainer Lyle MacArthur, St. George and Frank Grandinetti of Amherst, New York. The six-year-old son of Camluck raced every one of his 31 starts in Canada and had 27 top three finishes.

Tigerama is ineligible for an O’Brien Award based on the O’Brien Award Eligibility Policy which reads as follows:

An O’Brien Award will not be presented to any individual or entity who has served, or is currently serving, a penalty for a continuous period of 180 days or more during the calendar year. If the penalty continues through any part of the following calendar year, said individual is also ineligible for an O’Brien Award in the second year of the penalty.

Further, any horses trained by such individuals are ineligible for O’Brien Award consideration during that calendar year. If the trainer’s penalty continues through any part of the following calendar year, said horses are also ineligible for an O’Brien Award in the second year of the trainer’s suspension.

Any horse that receives a positive test for a Class I, II, or III drug during the calendar year, or at any time prior to the presentation of the Awards, is not eligible for any O’Brien Award.

Outstanding appeals and/or stays do not alter the conditions of eligibility for O’Brien Award Consideration.

Tigerama was trained by William Elliott from January 1 through April 26, 2008. The Ontario Racing Commission issued William Elliott a fine of $40,000 and a suspension on June 26, 2008 for a period of 10 years as a result of the presence of darbepoeitin-alpha (DPO) found in the blood sample of Michelles Power taken on August 29, 2007.

Although Tigerama received enough votes to make him one of two finalists, SC has determined that since Tigerama was trained by William Elliott during this calendar year, that he is ineligible for an O’Brien Award.

Secrets Nephew received more votes than any other horse in the category, including the ineligible Tigerama. His connections will be presented with the O’Brien trophy at the annual awards banquet on Saturday, January 31, 2008.

December 29, 2008 - 9:22 pmso u r telling me secrets

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

so u r telling me secrets nephew got the rail every start? i don't remember that!

December 29, 2008 - 9:00 amSecret's Nephew has been my

Garnet Barnsdale (not verified) SAID...

Secret's Nephew has been my favourite horse for 3 years, long before his ascension to the top. I am thrilled for Lyle and the Nephew! It looks like one of my other faves, Ramegade Bruiser may give him some competition this year.

December 28, 2008 - 10:30 amwith all due respect to lyle

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

with all due respect to lyle and his connections,they did an awsome job,they have always had good horses,and the are great horse men,he drove secrets nephew smart all year..tigerama got bad post positions all year and was over driven a lot of the time..i cant remember him getting too many good trips..

December 27, 2008 - 5:17 pmCongratulations to Larry,

christine (not verified) SAID...

Congratulations to Larry, Lyle & Secret. All your hard work paid off. I am SO PROUD of all of you!

December 27, 2008 - 1:30 pmSo with Tigerama being

Norm (not verified) SAID...

So with Tigerama being ineligible for the award...Does that mean Tigerama's owner/ Breeder is also disqualified?

December 27, 2008 - 1:20 amI know how Lyle loves this

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

I know how Lyle loves this horse. The horse loves him back and gives his all for him. Nice win Lyle and Secret

December 25, 2008 - 9:30 amCongratulations to you

Silent Swing (not verified) SAID...

Congratulations to you Secrets Nephew you deserved it!

See you next year.

Best Regards
Silent Swing

December 25, 2008 - 9:25 amCongrats to Secret! Who was

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Congrats to Secret! Who was the legitimate runner up??? Swing?

December 24, 2008 - 9:19 pmPLEASE TALK ABOUT THE WINNER

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...


December 24, 2008 - 7:44 pmSecrets Nephew would have

john king (not verified) SAID...

Secrets Nephew would have won the award anyway but you can't take anything away from Tigerama . He was really solid and he didn't get a whole lot of pole position help and to have his name associated with someone who tarnished the game is a real shame. The poor horse doesn't know what your doing to him, it's the bad connections that deserve the dishonor not Tigerama. The dq was fair but you can't dispute, tigerama has been a great horse. nuff said

December 24, 2008 - 1:36 pmWhat a well deserved honor

Anne (not verified) SAID...

What a well deserved honor for Secret's Nephew and all his connections. Just a shame that any hint of scandal had to taint the award--he deserved to trounce a legitimate contender.

December 24, 2008 - 9:46 amSecrets Nephew deserved to

Yoshi (not verified) SAID...

Secrets Nephew deserved to win anyway. It's to bad that Tigerama had to be disqualified because of a dishonest trainer.

December 24, 2008 - 8:57 amSecret Nephew is a deserving

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Secret Nephew is a deserving winner! I thought Silent Swing should have been the runner up as he made more money than Tigerama in 6 less starts while taking on the best of the best. Congrats to Lyle.

December 24, 2008 - 8:57 amGreat job done by all on

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Great job done by all on this one. Congratulations to all involved with this horse and to SC for doing the right thing, he would have won anyway.

December 24, 2008 - 7:08 amNow if we could get them to

twinfox (not verified) SAID...

Now if we could get them to do this in the states, that would be great! Congrats to Lyle and Secret's Nephew!!!

December 24, 2008 - 5:17 amI'd also like to

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

I'd also like to congratulate the MacArthur family and Secrets Nephew. "Secret" was certainly no secret to the racing fans, and is a most deserving winner.

As a voter for the O'Briens, I think ineligible horses and people should be scratched from the lists sent to voters.

Obviously someone voted for Tigerama, apparently not knowing their vote(s) would be wasted. Had an ineligible horse not been on the list, those vote(s) would have been cast on a 'legitimate' contender.

In this particular division, Secrets Nephew would probably have become a more overwhelming winner ... but in a closer battle, needlessly wasted ballots COULD cost a horse or person the O'Brien Award.

December 24, 2008 - 2:22 amSecret was far the best

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Secret was far the best anyway. This should also mean Glengate wins breeder of the year, right?

December 23, 2008 - 7:03 pmThis horse was awesome- many

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

This horse was awesome- many big, big miles. congrats to him and to Lyle- they deserve it !!!

December 23, 2008 - 6:46 pmSecret's Nephew was nothing

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Secret's Nephew was nothing less than an iron horse week in week out, he went some very big trips- he deserves the honour and he was a pleasure to watch. Congrats Secret and Lyle MacArthur- well done!!!

Kudos to SC for doing what's right.

December 23, 2008 - 6:13 pmWhat a deserving recipient.

Kathy B (not verified) SAID...

What a deserving recipient. Lyle MacArthur stable has done a fantastic job managing Secret Nephew's career. Great honour to a deserving horseman!!!!!!

December 23, 2008 - 5:39 pmSo that should give Glengate

Doug Clark SAID...

So that should give Glengate Farms a LOCK on Breeder of the Year, no?

December 23, 2008 - 5:28 pmRULE OR NO RULE , SECRETS

DON J (not verified) SAID...


December 23, 2008 - 5:21 pmWay to Go to The MacArthur

Al Casselman (not verified) SAID...

Way to Go to The MacArthur family! Secret and Madonna, what GREAT horses. You deserve the BEST!!

December 23, 2008 - 4:37 pmif i could have one horse in

R. Clark (not verified) SAID...

if i could have one horse in my barn, this guy would be my pick ... (now that "Beach" is retired) ... Tough as nails, week in and week out !

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