O'Sullivan hoping for O'Brien Award
January 18, 2012
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After celebrating a career year in 2011, trainer Tony O’Sullivan has much to be thankful for. The Cambridge resident sent out winners of $3,964,619 in purses and 123 winners from 680 starters. The native of Australia has also been nominated for an O’Brien Award as Canada’s top conditioner, a first for the 35 year old.
When asked if he ever dreamed about being considered for an O’Brien Award, O’Sullivan quickly responded. "No, never," he said. "I figured if I could make a good living and have a few horses and be happy, that would be great. It’s worked out way better than I thought."
O’Sullivan, who was the leading trainer at the Mohawk summer meet, finished a close second on the year-end WEG meet with 94 victories in 548 starts and $2,805,298 in earnings. Jeff Gillis, who is also nominated for an O’Brien Award, topped O’Sullivan as WEG’s leading trainer in 2011 with 99 wins in 608 starts with $3,248,083 in purse earnings.
"It’s great to be nominated," O’Sullivan said. "Jeff (Gillis) and I had very similar years. I don’t know how the voting process goes and whether we win or not remains to be seen, but either way it will be great to be apart of it and it’s pretty special to be nominated at a young age."
O’Sullivan’s top performers in 2011 include the Adios winner, Alsace Hanover ($872,585), OSS Super Final winner Camaes Fellow ($409,908), Blissful Smile ($170,742) and Fantaddy ($166,454), just to name a few. (WEG)