Essence Hit Man, a 5-year-old son of Speightstown, was recently named Canada's 2011 Sovereign Award winner for the male sprinter category. The chestnut gelding was bred in Canada by his owner/trainer Audre Cappuccitti.
Speightstown, a top-10 North American stallion last year, is in the top five in 2012. He has eight stakes horses thus far this year, and his 51 winners ranks second among all sires.
Essence Hit Man opened the year with a track record-setting win in the Jacques Cartier S., zipping six furlongs at Woodbine in 1:08.16, and ended the year on another high note in the Grade 3 Kennedy Road S., when he got the six furlongs in under 1:09 for the third time during the year.
All five of Essence Hit Man's career stakes wins have come at Woodbine. His dam, El Prado Essence, was also a two-time winner of a pair of Woodbine stakes: the George C. Hendrie H. (G3) and the Seaway S.