The Jockey Club of Canada Announces 2013 Sovereign Award Finalists and extends an invitation for everyone to come to the Awards Party!

The Jockey Club of Canada will host the 39th Annual Sovereign Awards Party to celebrate Thoroughbred racing in Canada and to honour the Canadian Champions of 2013, on Friday, April 11, 2014 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.
The cocktail-attire celebration awards party will include an opportunity to walk the Sovereign Award Red Carpet upon arriving at the jazzy, champagne reception followed by a buffet-style gourmet dinner and the presentation of the Sovereign Award Trophies to Canada’s racing Champions of 2013 and Canada’s Horse of the Year.
“This year we are having a party,” stated Sovereign Award Committee Chair, Stacie Roberts, “We have booked a live jazz band to get people dancing as we celebrate the start of the 2014 Thoroughbred season in Canada.  Even if you are not a finalist, you’re invited to come and have fun and help us celebrate Thoroughbred racing in Canada.”
This year’s event will once again be held on the eve of the start of Thoroughbred racing in Canada with Woodbine Racetrack’s 2014 Thoroughbred season beginning the next day at 1:00 pm (EST), Saturday, April 12.
Tickets are $250 each and tables of 10 are slightly discounted at $2400.  All tickets are plus applicable taxes and must be reserved in advance by contacting The Jockey Club of Canada at 416-675-7756 or email: jockeyclub@bellnet.ca
In an effort to promote equal opportunity in determining the winners for 2013 in the      17 race 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 is announcing the top four finalists in each category as determined by the online ballots of 41 knowledgeable voters across Canada and in the United States.

The 2013 Sovereign Award Finalists, listed alphabetically in each category, are:

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly:
Lexie Lou
On Rainbow Bridge
Paladin Bay
Ria Antonia

Champion Two-Year-Old Male:
Ami’s Holiday
Asserting Bear
Go Greeley
Jose Sea View

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly:
Coffee Clique
Leigh Court
Nipissing
Overheard

Champion Three-Year-Old Male:
Five Iron
Midnight Aria
River Seven
Up With the Birds

Champion Older Female:
Madeira Park
Moonlit Beauty
Part the Seas
Sisterly Love

Champion Older Male:
Alpha Bettor
Delegation
Herbie D
Ultimate Destiny

Champion Turf Female:
Leigh Court
Overheard
Part the Seas
Solid Appeal

Champion Turf Male:
Forte Dei Marmi (GB)
Phil’s Dream
River Seven
Up With the Birds

Champion Female Sprinter:
Goldstryke Glory
Leigh Court
Part the Seas
Youcan’tcatchme

Champion Male Sprinter:
Bear No Joke
Essence Hit Man
Herbie D
Phil’s Dream

Outstanding Broodmare:
Captivating
Galadriel
Shebandowana
Star Guest

Outstanding Breeder:
Adena Springs
Chiefswood Stables Ltd.
William D. Graham
Sam-Son Farm

Outstanding Owner:
Bear Stables Ltd.
John C. Oxley
Sam-Son Farms
Tucci Stables

Outstanding Trainer:
Reade Baker
Mark Casse
Nicholas Gonzalez
Malcolm Pierce

Outstanding Apprentice Jockey:
Skye Chernetz
Amie Pooli
Sheena Ryan
Tommy Wong

Outstanding Jockey:
Luis Contreras
Eurico Da Silva
Justin Stein
Rico Walcott

The three finalists for Horse of the Year honours will be announced on the evening of the awards ceremony.

Media Award Categories:

The judging for the 2013 media 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 the week of February 24.

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 (New York); organizes the Sovereign Awards; administers the Canadian Graded and Listed Stakes program; liaises with foreign Jockey Clubs; promotes Thoroughbred ownership; and represents Canada at international racing conferences.

For more information on The Jockey Club of Canada’s annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony contact Stacie Roberts at 416-675-7756; email jockeyclub@bellnet.ca