The Jockey Club of Canada will host the 43rd Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony to honour Canada’s Champions of 2017 at one of Toronto’s premier venues, The Palais Royal, located at 1601 Lake Shore Blvd West.

The night will take place Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. and you’re invited. Tickets to the 43rd Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony are $250 each, with tables of ten discounted to $2000. Early-Bird tickets are also available for a discounted price of $225 until March 15, 2018.

Tickets are available for purchase online at http://www.jockeyclubcanada.com/2017-sovereign-awards/. You can also purchase program ad space and tickets by contacting The Jockey Club of Canada at 416-675-7756 or by email jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com.

 

Current Sovereign Award Sponsors:

Gold Sponsors:
OLG | Woodbine | CTHS Ontario

Bronze Sponsors:
Assiniboia Downs | The Jockey Club | Ontario Racing | Casse Racing | HBPA Ontario | Windways Farm

The Jockey Club of Canada will host the 43rd Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony to honour Canada’s Champions of 2017 on Thursday, April 19, 2018, and you’re invited.

Tickets to the 43rd Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony are $250 each, with table of ten discounted to $200. Early-Bird tickets are also available for a discounted price of $225 until March 15, 2018.

To be eligible to receive a Sovereign Award in each divisional category a horse must have raced in Canada at least three times for all horses three-years-old and up and two times for all two-year-olds. For the Owner, Trainer, Breeder, Jockey and Apprentice Jockey categories, a minimum of 10 starts in Canada must be made.  The Outstanding Broodmare Award is a lifetime achievement award. The mare must have a Canadian-bred Stakes horse (by, definition, the horse must have come first, second or third in a Stakes race) in the current year and must have produced a different Canadian-bred stakes horse in a previous year.

Tickets are available for purchase online at http://www.jockeyclubcanada.com/2017-sovereign-awards/. You can also purchase program ad space and tickets by contacting The Jockey Club of Canada at 416-675-7756 or by email jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com.

The Sovereign Awards has also transitioned to three finalists, excluding categories that included ties, for 2017.

The Finalists for the 2017 Sovereign Award Finalists are:

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly:

Dixie Moon
Dream It Is
Wonder Gadot

Champion Two-Year-Old Male:

Admiralty Pier
Archaggelos
Be Vewy Vewy Quiet

Champion Three-Year-Old Female:

Daz Lin Dawn
Enstone
Holy Helena
Inflexibility

Champion Three-Year-Old Male:

Channel Maker
Mr Havercamp
Tiz a Slam

Champion Older Female:

Ami’s Mesa
Moonlit Promise
Gamble’s Ghost

Champion Older Male:

Gigantic Breeze
Melmich
Pink Lloyd

Champion Female Turf Horse:

Enstone
Inflexibility
Starship Jubilee

Champion Male Turf Horse:

Channel Maker
Johnny Bear
Tower of Texas

Champion Female Sprinter:

Ami’s Mesa
Jennifer Lynnette
Moonlit Promise

Champion Male Sprinter:

Ikerrin Road
Pink Lloyd
Yorkton

Outstanding Broodmare:

Keen Victory
Loving Vindication
Miss Crissy
Victorious Ami

Outstanding Breeder:

Adena Springs
Anderson Farms Ont. Inc.
Tall Oaks Farm

Outstanding Owner:

Chiefswood Stable
Ivan Dalos
Stronach Stables

Outstanding Trainer:

Josie Carroll
Mark Casse
Catherine Day Phillips
Norman McKnight

Outstanding Apprentice Jockey:

Ridge Balgobin
Brandon A. Duchaine
Rey Williams

Outstanding Jockey:

Luis Contreras
Eurico Rosa Da Silva
Rico W. Walcott

The finalists for 2017 Horse of the Year will be announced on the night of awards ceremony.

The judging for the 2017 Media Sovereign Award categories will be performed by the Journalism Professors at Humber, School of Media Studies & Information Technology, in Toronto, Ontario. The three finalists in each of the three media categories will be announced on or before March 1, 2018.

The Jockey Club of Canada was founded in 1973 by E.P. Taylor to serve as the international representative of the Canadian Thoroughbred industry. The mission of The Jockey Club of Canada is to promote and maintain a high standard for Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada at a level which is recognized internationally for the benefit of all those interested in the sport including the general public by operations and services such as, but not limited to: evaluating all Graded, Listed and Black-type races in Canada annually; conducting the annual Sovereign Awards for outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada; maintaining a field office in Canada for the Jockey Club of the United States and the Jockey Club Registry Service; and by representing Canada as a Member of the IFHA.

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For more information on The Jockey Club of Canada’s annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony contact Camille Casse at 416-675-7756 or jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com.

 

The Jockey Club of Canada’s Graded Stakes Committee held its annual review of the Graded and Listed Stakes in Canada and will have several upgrades for 2018.

The Graded Stakes Committee meeting was conducted by Committee Chair, Ross McKague and accompanied by all Committee Members as well as the attending race advisors, Jason Teague, Stuart Slagle, Steve Lym, Tim Lawson, Paul Ryneveld and Tom Cosgrove.

After reviewing the NARC figures for all Graded and Listed races in Canada, the Committee determined that the following races would be upgraded in 2018:

 

The Summer Stakes will be upgraded from a G2 to G1
The Highlander Stakes will be upgraded from G2 to G1
The Royal North Stakes will be upgraded from G3 to G2
The Trillium Stakes will move from Listed Status to G3

 

Along with the upgrades, the Speed to Spare Stakes did not receive sufficient RQS numbers in 2017 and therefore will lose its Black-Type status in 2018, disqualifying it from Listed Status.

The Jockey Club of Canada Graded Stakes Committee evaluates and reviews the Graded Stakes in Canada annually and determines whether races should be upgraded, downgraded or remain the same. The Committee bases their decisions on the cumulative NARC ratings for five consecutive years.

Graded Stakes for 2018 in Canada:

Name of Stakes RaceG/L/RDistTrackAge/Sex
Current G1s    
Canadian International (Pattison)G112TWO3up
Woodbine Mile (Ricoh)G18TWO3up
Northern Dancer TurfG112TWO3up
E.P. Taylor StakesG110TWO3up f/m
Natalma StakesG18TWO2yof
Summer StakesG18TWO2yo
Highlander StakesG16TWO3up
Current G2s
Sky Classic StakesG211TWO3up
Nijinsky StakesG210TWO3up
Play The King StakesG27TWO3up
King Edward StakesG28TWO3up
Autumn StakesG28.5WO3up
Kennedy Road StakesG26WO3up
Nearctic StakesG26TWO3up
Connaught Cup StakesG27TWO4up
Eclipse StakesG28.5WO4up
Nassau StakesG28TWO3up f/m
Dance Smartly StakesG210TWO3up f/m
Canadian StakesG29TWO3up f/m
Bessarabian StakesG27WO3up f/m
Royal North StakesG26TWO3up f/m
Current G3s
Grey StakesG38.5WO2yo
Mazarine StakesG38.5WO2yof
Marine StakeG38.5WO3yo
BC Premiers H.G311HST3up
Seagram Cup StakesG38.5WO3up
Dominion Day StakesG310WO3up
Singspiel StakesG312TWO3up
Durham Cup StakesG39WO3up
Valedictory StakesG314WO3up
Bold VentureG36.5WO3up
Vigil StakesG37WO4up
Ballerina StakesG39HST3up f/m
Ontario Fashion StakesG36WO3up f/m
Seaway StakesG37WO3up f/m
Maple Leaf StakesG310WO3up f/m
Ontario Matron StakesG38.5WO3up f/m
Whimsical StakesG36WO4up f/m
Hendrie StakesG36.5WO4up f/m
British Columbia DerbyG39HST3yo
Canadian DerbyG311NP3yo
Ontario DerbyG39WO3yo
Selene StakesG38.5WO3yof
Ontario Colleen StakesG38TWO3yof
Trillium StakesG38.5WO3up f/m

For complete information visit: http://www.jockeyclubcanada.com/2018-graded-stakes-in-canada/

The Jockey Club of Canada was founded in 1973 by E.P. Taylor to serve as the international representative of the Canadian Thoroughbred industry.  The mission of

The Jockey Club of Canada is to promote and maintain a high standard for Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada at a level which is recognized internationally for the benefit of all those interested in the sport including the general public by operations and services such as, but not limited to: evaluating all Graded, Listed and Black-type races in Canada annually; conducting the annual Sovereign Awards for outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada; maintaining a field office in Canada for the Jockey Club of the United States and the Jockey Club Registry Service; and by representing Canada as a Member of the IFHA.

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For more information contact:
Camille Casse
The Jockey Club of Canada
P.O. Box 66, Stn. B
Toronto, ON
M9W 5K9
416-675-7756
jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com
www.jockeyclubcanada.com

The Jockey Club today announced that beginning with the 2018 breeding season, it will charge $35 for each mare reported bred by a stallion on the annual Report of Mares Bred form. The fee will supplement the industry support already provided by The Jockey Club for Thoroughbred aftercare initiatives, including the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA), and Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.).

“The Jockey Club has examined its rate structure, and a fee for mares reported bred is consistent with fees required by other Thoroughbred breed registries worldwide,” said James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club. “We are pleased to announce that proceeds of this fee will be used to support a host of aftercare initiatives.”

“These funds will augment the great work already being done by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, which now accredits and grants funds to dozens of aftercare organizations each year,” said John Phillips, owner of Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, Ky., president of TAA, and a member of the board of stewards of The Jockey Club.

“Thoroughbred Charities of America strives to help Thoroughbreds throughout their lives by providing grants to aftercare facilities, employee programs, therapy programs, and equine research,” said Mike McMahon, president of TCA. “Thoroughbreds are my livelihood, and it is my duty and ours as an industry, to ensure they are cared for at every point of their careers, whether they are in training, in the breeding shed, or enjoying a second career or retirement.”

“The Thoroughbred Incentive Program has done a tremendous job in furthering the careers of Thoroughbreds by giving owners and riders a goal to strive toward,” said Dell Hancock, Thoroughbred owner and breeder and initiator of T.I.P. “We should all be proud to support initiatives such as T.I.P., TAA, TCA, and any program that betters the lives of Thoroughbreds.”

In coordination with The Jockey Club of Canada, funds raised from Canadian customers of The Jockey Club will be directed to Canadian Thoroughbred aftercare organizations to supplement their efforts, and likewise, funds from Puerto Rico will be dedicated to support Thoroughbreds at recognized programs in that commonwealth.

The Jockey Club of Canada is pleased to announce that Camille Casse will take over as General Manager of The Jockey Club of Canada, effective immediately.

With a family immersed in the industry, Camille has grown with a love for horses and thoroughbred racing. The Jockey Club of Canada looks forward to working with Camille and believes she will be an asset to our organization

 

The Jockey Club of Canada was founded in 1973 by E.P. Taylor to serve as the international representative of the Canadian Thoroughbred industry. The mission of The Jockey Club of Canada is to promote and maintain a high standard for Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada at a level which is recognized internationally for the benefit of all those interested in the sport including the general public by operations and services such as, but not limited to: evaluating all Graded, Listed and Black-type races in Canada annually; conducting the annual Sovereign Awards for outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada; maintaining a field office in Canada for the Jockey Club of the United States and the Jockey Club Registry Service; and by representing Canada as a Member of the IFHA.

This past Friday evening, the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing was showcased as part of the 95th Annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto

Under the lights and glamour of the Royal Horse Show, an exhibition celebrating the racing industry’s milestone anniversary included a combination of video, current and retired racehorses, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame members and a special presentation to the president of the RAWF.

Three thoroughbreds and four Standardbreds completed an eight-lap commemorative mile while iconic race caller Dan Loiselle provided biographies about each horse’s race and post-race career, highlighting the versatility of the breeds and the importance of re-purposing once race careers conclude.

Post-race activities ranged from show horse careers, including the 2017 Royal, for thoroughbreds, Highland Bay, Man Cave and Maple Tints competing in Thoroughbred confirmation and under saddle classes; and current road horse competitor Standardbred Rachel Lauren; pacer Spago Hall currently engaged with OHHA’s Hands On Horses/Wanna Drive program, providing opportunities for race track patrons to experience what it is like to ride behind a race horse; Calamar and Debi O’Brien-Moran, both familiar faces at tracks leading post parades; and trotter Lets Leavem who is still an active racing participant in both RUS and in harness for owner Sarah Town, including a win and new season mark at Flamboro the night following his trip to the Royal.

Riders and drivers presenting the horses included Sheena Ryan, 2014 Sovereign Award winner as Apprentice Jockey, and Ron Waples, member of both the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and the US Harness Racing Hall of Fame. 

The performance concluded with introductions of Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame members highlighting all aspects of the racing industry:  harness driver Bill O’Donnell, jockey Sandy Hawley, builder Lou Cauz, communicators Bill Galvin and Jim Bannon, Mrs. Lenore Armstrong, wife of the late H. Charles Armstrong, representing Armstrong Brothers and Mark Samuel, representing Sam-Son Farms. CHRHF president John Stapleton, presented a certificate acknowledging the Royal’s participation in the 250th celebrations along with a special limited edition copy of the history paper on pre-confederation horse racing in Canada, commissioned as a 250th anniversary initiative by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, to Royal Agricultural Winter Fair president Andrew McKee.

Spearheaded by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, funding for the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada initiatives has been provided by:  Standardbred Canada, Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, HBPA Ontario, Central Ontario Standardbred Association, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Ontario Racing, OLG, Alberta Standardbred Horse Association, Harness Racing BC, The Jockey Club as well as individual donations.

The Jockey Club of Canada is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Sovereign Award Media Categories for Outstanding Writing, Photograph and Digital Audio/Visual and Broadcast.

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2017 EST and all submissions must be sent by email to: jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com

To qualify for a 2017 Sovereign Award, the submissions must have appeared in a recognized medium between the dates of January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.

The three categories in which to enter submissions for the media portion of the annual Sovereign Awards are:

  1. Writing;
  2. Photograph
  3. Digital Audio/Visual and Broadcast

Submissions must be received by The Jockey Club of Canada office by email no later than December 31, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. (EST). Submissions received after the deadline will not be accepted.

The nominees for each of the 2017 Media Category Awards will be announced in February, 2018, and the winner in each category will be announced at the annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony in Toronto, Ontario this April.

For more information on The Jockey Club of Canada’s annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony contact Camille Casse at 416-675-7756; email jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com

For complete Sovereign Award Media Category Rules, Submission Guidelines and Deadlines CLICK HERE.

The Jockey Club of Canada was founded in 1973 by E.P. Taylor to serve as the international representative of the Canadian Thoroughbred industry and to promote improvements to Thoroughbred racing and breeding, both in Canada and internationally.  The Jockey Club of Canada also operates as a field office of The Jockey Club; organizes the Sovereign Awards; administers the Canadian Graded Stakes program; liaises with foreign Jockey Clubs; promotes Thoroughbred ownership; and represents Canada at international racing conferences.

Throughout 2017 events, commemorative miles and race presentations have taken place across country to celebrate Canadian horse racing’s milestone anniversary.  As the year draws to a close, The 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing will be featured at Toronto’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, with a commemorative mile in the horse show ring during the Friday, November 10th evening horse show.

Participants will include horses and people representing Canadian harness and thoroughbred racing, as well as Hall of Fame members.

The exhibition mile and accompanying ceremonies will be hosted by iconic Canadian race caller Dan Loiselle.

“The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair represents the best in Canadian agriculture and equine sports. The opportunity to showcase Canada’s horse racing history and 250th Anniversary of our sport for the always enthusiastic and knowledgeable Royal Horse Show audience, promises to be a unique and exciting event”, says CHRHF president, John Stapleton.

Special discounted ticket pricing to attend the November 10th horse show is being made available to the horse racing industry.  Tickets, which include admission to the Fair, as well as reserved seating at the horse show performance, can be purchased by visiting the Royal Horse Show ticket portal, selecting the Friday, November 10th evening performance.  Enter promo code HR250, and click the lock icon to show available tickets at reduced prices.  #cdnhorseracing250  #RAWF17

In addition to the celebration of the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada, the November 10th horse show performance includes the $50,000 Weston Canadian Open Show Jumping, Green Meadows Coaches, Percheron Six Horse Hitch, Welsh Pony Driving and the Canadian Road Pony Championship.

Funding for the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada initiatives has been provided by:  Standardbred Canada, Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, HBPA Ontario, Central Ontario Standardbred Association, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Ontario Racing, OLG, Alberta Standardbred Horse Association, Harness Racing BC, The Jockey Club as well as individual donations.

John Unger, a former Steward and member of the Jockey Club of Canada, passed away on Thursday, the 21st of September. Unger, who was an experienced lawyer that specialized in taxation matters, headed the Jockey Club of Canada’s tax committee for several years.

John Unger had a great love for horse racing, owning and breeding thoroughbreds for twenty-five years of his life. He will be missed by many within the racing community.

Funeral details:
Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel
2357 Bloor St West, Toronto

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and The Jockey Club of Canadaare hosting an Ownership Seminar on Saturday, July 1 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.

 The day-long event is being held during the inaugural two-day Queen’s Plate Festival and will offer those in town for the country’s top day of racing an up close and personal view of Thoroughbred ownership. The audience will have the opportunity to speak with leading owners, breeders, trainers and industry professionals.  

 “TOBA is honored and thrilled at the opportunity to partner with The Jockey Club of Canada to host a day at Woodbine,” said Dan Metzger, president of TOBA. “Expanding the ownership base is one of the most pressing issues in our sport and our seminars play an important role in developing new owners.” Topics to be covered are ownership, equine health, provincial incentives and racing programs, sales and breeding, as well as legal and business issues.

 “This clinic and day of racing are excellent ways to show new owners and fans the exciting atmosphere of the Queen’s Plate Festival and how accessible racing is to the general public,” added Jeff Begg, Chief Steward of The Jockey Club of Canada. “Virtually anyone can own a piece of a racehorse and participate in the major leagues of our sport. Understanding that and general concepts that these clinics offer, is so important to our industry.” 

The 2017 seminar and clinic schedule and registration are available at www.toba.org. All materials, meals and tickets are included. Advanced registration is encouraged.

 About TOBA

TOBA, based in Lexington, Ky., was formed in 1961 and is a national trade organization of leading Thoroughbred breeders and owners. TOBA’s mission is to improve the economics, integrity and pleasure of the sport on behalf of Thoroughbred owners and breeders. Projects managed by TOBA include the American Graded Stakes Committee, Claiming Crown, Ownership Seminars, Breeding, Conformation & Pedigree Clinics, TOBA Owners Concierge, OwnerView and the Sales Integrity Program. TOBA provides international representation for U.S. owners and breeders on the International Grading and Race Planning Advisory Committee, International Cataloguing Standards Committee and International Breeders Federation. Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) is the charitable arm of TOBA. TOBA Media Properties, a subsidiary of TOBA, owns The Horse magazine, Eclipse Press and is co-owner of The Blood-Horse LLC. TOBA is represented on the board of directors of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium as founding members.