April 11, 2014, Toronto, Ontario –The Jockey Club of Canada held its 39th Annual Sovereign Awards Party this evening on the elegantly transformed third floor of Woodbine Race Track in Toronto, Ontario Canada.

More than 300 guests attended the event to celebrate with the finalists and newly crowned champions of Thoroughbred racing in Canada for 2013.

The Sovereign Awards are Canada’s premier awards for Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding with both the owner and breeder of each Champion horse being recognized with a Sovereign Award Trophy for first time winners or a Gold Sovereign Coin for those who have won a trophy previously.

In an effort to promote equal opportunity in determining the winners for 2013 in the 17 race award and 3 media award categories, the voting began January 2, 2014, allowing for statistics for the entire year to be considered.  This year the Jockey Club of Canada announced the top four finalists in each category as determined by the online ballots of 41 knowledgeable voters.  The media category awards were determined by the Professors of Humber School of Media Studies and Information Technology, in Toronto, Ontario.  Three finalists were announced in the three media categories.

The Jockey Club of Canada is pleased to announce the 2013 Sovereign Award winners in the order in which they were presented.

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Patti Tubbs (left) was presented with the Sovereign Award for Outstanding Photograph by Dianne Denby, Advertising Director of Horse Publications Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Media) Outstanding Photograph – Patti Tubbs Photo of Frank Fuentes published in Horse Racing BC in print and on-line.

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Alex Campbell (left) was the winner in the Outstanding Writing Media Category and was presented with a Sovereign Award by John Stapleton, President of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Media) Outstanding Writing – Alex Campbell Saved For Now, article published in Bloodhorse magazine

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Rob Platts (left) and Phil McSween (right) of the Woodbine Broadcast Department accepted the Sovereign Award for Outstanding Digital Audio/visual Broadcast from Mr. Will Wong, Celebrity Blogger and Horse Racing Fan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Media) Outstanding Audio/visual and Broadcast – Woodbine Entertainment Group Broadcast Department The Ricoh Woodbine Mile, aired on SportsNet 360 Television Network.

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Janie Ginsberg (right) was recognized with a plaque from The Jockey Club of Canada presented by the Club’s Executive Director, Stacie Roberts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Jockey Club of Canada Award – the inaugural award was presented to           Janie Ginsberg at the School of Media Studies and Information Technology, Humber Institute of Advanced Technology and Advanced Learning in Toronto in January 2014.  This monetary award is presented to a student entering their final year of study, who has exemplified outstanding leadership inside and out of the classroom; who has showcased exceptional knowledge of sport and sport issues with special consideration given to those who have reported on issues relating to Canadian thoroughbred coverage.  Tonight Janie was presented with a plaque in recognition of receiving the award.

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William Graham was accepted the lifetime achievement Sovereign Award for his broodmare, Captivating. The award was presented by Julie Coulter, General Manager of the CTHS Ontario Division

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding Broodmare – Captivating (2002) by Arch – Andrea Ruckus (Bold Ruckus) Breeder: Fred Seitz (ON)  Owner: William Graham

A finalist in this category in 2012, Captivating has proven to be a keeper for Sovereign Award winning breeder Bill Graham. The 12-year-old Ontario-bred is the dam of 2012 Canadian Horse of the Year and Champion two-year-old colt Uncaptured. A son of Lion Heart, Uncaptured continued his superb career in 2013 by winning the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie and placing in five other stakes races, three of them graded. Uncaptured, raced by John Oxley, has earned over $1 million. Captivating’s first foal to race is stakes winner Dancing Raven, a filly by Tomahawk who won two stakes races at Woodbine and over $396,000. Captivating has a 2011 filly by Majestic Warrior and a 2013 filly by Uncle Mo.

Points Results: Captivating (84) Shebandowana (66) Star Guest (50) Galadriel (19)

Apprentice Jockey Skye Chernetz accepts the Sovreign Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey from Robert King, Manager of the Jockeys' Benefit Association of Canada

Apprentice Jockey Skye Chernetz accepts the Sovreign Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey from Robert King, Manager of the Jockeys’ Benefit Association of Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding Apprentice Jockey – Skye Chernetz 2013 -580 starts – 54 wins – 57 seconds – 60 thirds – $2,152,103 in earnings

A nominee in this category in 2012, Skye Chernetz had an even better second season as an apprentice. Chernetz, who grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba is the daughter of one of Canada’s first women riders, Bonnie Eshelman.  Chernetz knew she wanted to ride racehorses at the age of 8 and learned her skills at her hometown’s Assiniboia Downs. She set up shop for her first season as a jockey at Woodbine racetrack in 2012 under the wing of veteran trainer Dave Cotey. She won her first race in May of 2012. Chernetz won her first stakes race when she guided the 2-year-old filly On Rainbow Bridge to victory in the Shady Well Stakes at Woodbine for Triple K Stable and trainer Cotey followed by a second stakes win, the Nandi, on the same filly in August.

Points Results: Skye Chernetz (111) Amie Pooli (108) Tommy Wong (18) Sheena Ryan (13)

The Bulldog Racing Team accept the Sovereign Award for Alpha Bettor, for Champion Older Male, presented by Harvey Warner, Jockey Club of Canada Steward and President of the Manitoba Jockey Club

The Bulldog Racing Team accept the Sovereign Award for Alpha Bettor, for Champion Older Male, presented by Harvey Warner, Jockey Club of Canada Steward and President of the Manitoba Jockey Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champion Older Male – Alpha Bettor Ch. H 5 by Alphabet Soup – Scatter Buy (Relaunch) Breeder: Adena Springs (KY) Owner: Bulldog Racing Trainer: Daniel Vella 2013: 6 starts – 3 wins – 1 second – 1 third – $346,700 Winner: G2 Eclipse, G3 Seagram Cup, G2 Autumn

Points Results: Alpha Bettor (126) Herbie D (58) Ultimate Destiny (34) Delegation (31)

Kathryn Sullivan, Assistant Trainer to Mark Casse, accepts the Sovereign Award for Sisterly Love on behalf of owner Gary Barber.  The award was presented by Jockey Club of Canada Steward, John Unger

Kathryn Sullivan, Assistant Trainer to Mark Casse, accepts the Sovereign Award for Sisterly Love on behalf of owner Gary Barber. The award was presented by Jockey Club of Canada Steward, John Unger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champion Older Female – Sisterly Love B. M 5 by Bellamy Road – Odylic (Dixieland Band) Breeder: Kinsman Farm (KY) Owner: Gary Barber Trainer: Mark Casse 2013: 8 starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 1 third – $262,712 Winner: Trillium, G3 Ontario Matron

Points Results: Sisterly Love (123) Part the Seas (71) Moonlit Beauty (42) Madeira Park (21)

Kathryn Sullivan (left) and David Adams (right), Assistant Trainers for Mark Casse, accept the Sovereign Award for Oustanding Trainer on behalf of Mark Casse.  The trophy was presented by Yvonne Schwabe, CTHS of Ontario Director and Member of the Jockey Club of Canada

Kathryn Sullivan (left) and David Adams (right), Assistant Trainers for Mark Casse, accept the Sovereign Award for Oustanding Trainer on behalf of Mark Casse. The trophy was presented by Yvonne Schwabe, CTHS of Ontario Director and Member of the Jockey Club of Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding Trainer – Mark Casse 2013 – 414 starts – 86 wins – 55 seconds – 52 thirds – $5,576,183 in earnings

A five-time winner in this category including the past two seasons in succession,  Mark Casse and his team continued its successful run as Woodbine’s leading stable in 2013. Casse won 85 races at the meeting (and one at Fort Erie: Uncaptured scored in the Prince of Wales Stakes, the second jewel of Canada’s Triple Crown) to lead all conditioners at the Toronto track. Casse won 19 stakes races in Canada, three of them graded events, won by Madly Truly, Laugh Track, My Conquestadory, Delegation, Sisterly Love and Delightful Mary. Laugh Track went on to finish a fast-closing second in the Grade 1 Breeders’Cup Sprint at Santa Anita in November and My Conquestadory won the Grade 1 Alcibiades at Keeneland.  Sisterly Love, was named Champion Older female in Canada tonight and Delegation, was a 2013 Sovereign finalist for Older Male.

Points Results: Marck Casse (144) Reade Baker (54) Malcolm Pierce (25) Nicholas Gonzalez (11)

Trainer Roger Attfield (left) accepts the Sovereign Award for Forte Dei Marmi (GB) for owner Stella Perdomo from presenter Jeff Begg, a Jockey Club of Canada Steward

Trainer Roger Attfield (left) accepts the Sovereign Award for Forte Dei Marmi (GB) for owner Stella Perdomo from presenter Jeff Begg, a Jockey Club of Canada Steward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champion Turf Male – Forte Dei Marmi (GB) B G. 7 by Selkirk – Frangy (GB) (Sadler’s Wells) Breeder: Fittocks Stud (GB) Owner: Stella Perdomo Trainer: Roger Attfield 2013: 7 starts – 3 wins – 0 second – 0 third – $400,558 Winner: G3 Singspiel, G2 Sky Classic, G1 Northern Dancer

Points Results: Forte Dei Marmi (123 Up With the Birds (105) River Seven (28) Phil’s Dream (20)

Susan (left) and Jim Hill (right) accept the Sovereign Award for Solid Appeal, Champion Turf Female from presenter Charles Overland (center) a Jockey Club of Canada Steward

Susan (left) and Jim Hill (right) accept the Sovereign Award for Solid Appeal, Champion Turf Female from presenter Charles Overland (center) a Jockey Club of Canada Steward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champion Turf Female – Solid Appeal Dk.B or B F 4 by Successful Appeal – Star of the Woods (Woodman) Breeder: Select Bloodstock LLC (KY) Owner: Jim and Susan Hill Trainer: Reade Baker 2013: 6 starts – 3 wins – 0 second – 1 third – $305,466Winner: Alw$61K, G2 Nassau, G2 Dance Smartly

Points Results: Solid Appeal (126) Leigh Court (76) Overheard (60) Part the Seas (13)

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Rick Balaz (left), President and General Manager of Sam-Son Farm accepts the Sovereign Award for Oustanding Breeder for Sam-Son Farm from presenter Glenn Sikura, President of the CTHS Ontario Division and a Jockey Club of Canada Steward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding Breeder – Sam-Son Farm 2013 – 60 Starters – 40 Winners $3,911,792 in earnings

One of Canada’s longtime leading breeders of top-class thoroughbreds, Sam-Son Farms is a perennial finalist in this category. Now operated by Mark and Kim Samuel and Rick Balaz and family.  Sam-Son was a finalist in this category in 2012 and it has won the Outstanding Breeder award 7 times in its history. The stars of 2013 included nine stakes horses led by Grade 1 winner Up With the Birds, named  champion three-year-old male and 2013 horse of the year tonight.  Up With the Birds won the G1 Jamaica Handicap at Belmont Park as well as the Breeders’Stakes, the third jewel of Canada’s Triple Crown, the Marine and Black Gold Stakes. He was also a close second to Midnight Aria in the Queen’s Plate. Sam-Son also bred graded stakes winners His Race to Win (G3 Ontario Derby), Part the Seas (G2 Bessarabian Stakes) plus Dance Again, Smartyfly and graded stakes placed Irish Mission.

Points Results: Sam-Son Farm (119) William D Graham (79) Adena Springs (43) Chiefswood Stables Ltd. (10)

Rick Balaz (left), President and General Manager of Sam-Son Farms accepts the award for Up With the Birds, Champion Three Year Old Male from presenter Frank Di Giulio, CTHS Ontario Division Director and a Jockey Club of Canada Steward

Rick Balaz (left), President and General Manager of Sam-Son Farms accepts the award for Up With the Birds, Champion Three Year Old Male from presenter Frank Di Giulio, CTHS Ontario Division Director and a Jockey Club of Canada Steward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champion Three-Year-Old Male – Up With the Birds Bay C. 3 by Stormy Atlantic – Song of the Lark (Seeking the Gold) Breeder / Owner: Sam-Son Farm (s) (ON) Trainer: Malcolm Pierce 2013: 6 starts – 4 wins – 2 second – 0 third – $973,000 Winner: Black Gold, Marine, Breeders, G1 Jamaica H

Points Results: Up With the Birds (153) River Seven (60) Five Iron (35) Midnight Aria (32)

Owner Eugene Melnyk (second from left) accepts the award for Leigh Court, Champion Three-Year-Old Filly from presenter Tom Cosgrove (second from left), Woodbine Racetrack Archivist

Owner Eugene Melnyk (second from left) accepts the award for Leigh Court, Champion Three-Year-Old Filly from presenter Tom Cosgrove (second from right), Woodbine Racetrack Archivist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly – Leigh Court Dk B or B F 3 by Grand Slam – Padmore (French Deputy) Breeder: Eugene Melnyk (KY) Owner: Melnyk Racing Stables Inc. Trainer: Josie Carroll 2013: 9 starts – 5 wins – 2 second – 0 third – $344,660 Winner: MSW$39K, Alw$59K, Duchess,G3 Ontario Colleen, La Lorgnette

Points Results: Leigh Court (135) Overheard (55) Nipissing (33) Coffee Clique (17)

Jockey Eurico Da Silva (right) accepts the Sovereign Award for Outstanding Jockey  from presenter Sandy Hawley, Hall of Fame Jockey

Jockey Eurico Da Silva (right) accepts the Sovereign Award for Outstanding Jockey from presenter Sandy Hawley, Hall of Fame Jockey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding Jockey – Eurico Da Silva 2013 –  660 starts – 143 wins – 121 seconds – 88 thirds – $8,235,610 in earnings

Nearing his 10th year riding at Woodbine, Eurico da Silva had his second best season ever as a jockey in 2013 by purse earnings. Born in Brazil, Da Silva is a popular member of the Woodbine jockey colony and he rode to the top of the charts in 2010 as he led all riders by wins and purses and was named the Sovereign Award winning Outstanding Jockey. He was second in wins in 2013 to Luis Contreras but led the colony by purse earnings and his 27 stakes wins was easily the best of any rider in Canada in 2013. Da Silva rode for big stables such as Sam-Son Farms and trainer Mark Casse and won on stars such as Up With the Birds, My Conquestadory, Forte dei Marmi, His Race to Win and Overheard.

Points Results: Eurico Da Silva (126) Luis Contreras (83) Rico Walcott (39) Justin Stein (13)

Paul Buttigieg (right) owner, trainer and breeder accepts the Sovereign Award for  Phil's Dream, Champion Male Sprinter from presenter Dawn Lupul, Handicapper and Television Analyst

Paul Buttigieg (right) owner, trainer and breeder accepts the Sovereign Award for Phil’s Dream, Champion Male Sprinter from presenter Dawn Lupul, Handicapper and Television Analyst

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champion Male Sprinter – Phil’s Dream Dk.B. B. G 5 by Philanthropist – Dream A Dream (GB) (Emperor Jones) Breeder: Paul Buttigieg (ON) Owner: Buttigieg Training Centre Trainer: Paul Buttigieg 2013: 10 starts – 7 wins – 1 second – 1 third – $537,910

Winner: Alw $54K, Alw$57K, Alw$67K, OC $62K, Overskate, G1 Nearctic, Ontario Jockey Club

Points Results: Phil’s Dream (144) Essence Hit Man (49) Herbie D (36) Bear No Joke (22)

Murray Stroud (left) Owner and Breeder of Youcan'tcatchme, Champion Female Sprinter accepts the Sovereign Award from presenter, John Siscos, Senior Manager of Communications at Woodbine Entertainment Group

Murray Stroud (left) Owner and Breeder of Youcan’tcatchme, Champion Female Sprinter accepts the Sovereign Award from presenter, John Siscos, Senior Manager of Communications at Woodbine Entertainment Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champion Female Sprinter – Youcan’tcatchme Dk B or B F 4 by The Daddy – Poppy’s Baby Girl (GB) (Yankee Victor) Breeder: Strouds Lane Farm (FL) Owner: Murray Stroud Trainer: Sam Di Pasquale 2013: 5 starts – 3 wins – 1 second – 0 third – $260,400 Winner: Etobicoke H, G3 Seaway, G3 Ontario Fashion

Points Results: Youcan’tcatchme (88) Goldstryke Glory (65) Leigh Court (58) Part the Seas (46)

Kathryn Sullivan, Assistant Trainer for Mark Casse accepts the Outstanding Owner John C. Oxley.  The award was presented by Nick Eaves, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment Group

Kathryn Sullivan, Assistant Trainer for Mark Casse accepts the Sovereign Award for Outstanding Owner on behalf of  John C. Oxley. The award was presented by Nick Eaves, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding Owner – John C. Oxley 2013 – 127 starts – 27 wins – 17 seconds – 23 thirds – $2,535,533 in earnings

This is the second consecutive Outstanding Owner win for Oklahoma oilman John Oxley, the leading owner at Woodbine by purse earnings the past two seasons. In 2013, the Oxley runners, which are trained by Mark Casse won 27 races which included nine stakes races. The stakes wins were by nine different horses, illustrating the strength of the Oxley bench. A couple of fillies, the 4-year-old Delightful Mary and the 2-year-old Madly Truly, won graded races: the former scored in the G3 Hendrie Stakes and the latter won the G3 Mazarine Stakes.  The other Canadian stakes winners were Canadian-breds Uncaptured, winner of the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie, Dynamic Sky, who won the Plate Trial Stakes, Spring in the Air, Matador, Northern Passion, Sky Commander and Sky High Lady.

Points Results: John C. Oxley (127) Sam-Son Farms (62) Bear Stables Ltd. (36) Tucci Stables (15)

Owner and Trainer John Ross accepts the Sovereign Award for Champion Two-Year-Old Male, Go Greeley, from presenter Stacie Roberts, Executive Director of the Jockey Club of Canada

Owner and Trainer John Ross accepts the Sovereign Award for Champion Two-Year-Old Male, Go Greeley, from presenter Stacie Roberts, Executive Director of the Jockey Club of Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champion Two-Year-Old Male – Go Greeley Dk.B or B C 2 by Horse Greeley – Orchids Halo (Smoke Glacken) Breeder: Shannon Farms (ON) Owner: J.R. Racing Stable Inc. Trainer: John Ross 2013: 6 starts – 4 wins – 1 second – 1 third – $390,060 Winner: MSW$63K, Colin, Vandal, Simcoe

Points Results: Go Greeley (82) Jose Sea View (81) Asserting Bear (45) Ami’s Holiday (42)

Woodbine Stakes Coordinator, Julie Bell, accepts the award for Ria Antonia, Champion Two-Year-Old Filly on behalf of owners Christopher Dunn and Loooch Racing from presenter Geordie Hendrie, a Jockey Club of Canada Steward

Woodbine Stakes Coordinator, Julie Bell, accepts the award for Ria Antonia, Champion Two-Year-Old Filly on behalf of owners Christopher Dunn and Loooch Racing from presenter Geordie Hendrie, a Jockey Club of Canada Steward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly – Ria Antonia B F 2 by Rockport Harbor – Beer Baroness (Mr. Greeley) Breeder: Lynn B. Schiff (KY) Owner: Christopher T. Dunn and Loooch Racing Trainer: Jeremiah Englehart 2013: 5 starts – 2 wins – 0 second – 0 third – $1,157,790 Winner: MSW$56K, G1 Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies

Points Results: Ria Antonia (105) Paladin Bay (97) Lexie Lou (36) On Rainbow Bridge (16)

Dave Whitford (left) and Rick Balaz and team accept the Horse of Year Sovereign Award for Up With the Birds from Jockey Club of Canada Chief Steward, Jim Lawson (middle)

Dave Whitford (left) and Rick Balaz and team accept the Horse of Year Sovereign Award for Up With the Birds from Jockey Club of Canada Chief Steward, Jim Lawson (middle)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 Horse of the Year – Up with the Birds Bay C. 3 by Stormy Atlantic – Song of the Lark (Seeking the Gold) Breeder / Owner: Sam-Son Farm (s) (ON) Trainer: Malcolm Pierce 2013: 6 starts – 4 wins – 2 second – 0 third – $973,000 Winner: Black Gold, Marine, Breeders, G1 Jamaica H

Horse of the Year Finalists: Forte Dei Marmi (GB) Herbie D Phil’s Dream Up With the Birds

2013 Horse of the Year Points Results: Up With the Birds (113) Forte Dei Marmi (52) Phil’s Dream (40) Herbie D (14)

You don’t have to be a finalist to join the party so mark your calendars for April 2015 when the Jockey Club of Canada will be celebrating our 40th Annual Sovereign Awards.

Make the Sovereign Awards Party your social event of the year.