46th Annual Sovereign Awards

The Jockey Club of Canada hosted the 46th Annual Sovereign Awards ceremony through a virtual presentation on the evening of Thursday April 15, 2021. 

The top three finalists in each category are determined by the online ballots of the Jockey Club of Canada’s knowledgeable voters.  The media category award finalists were determined by media professionals within the industry selected from across North America. 

The Jockey Club of Canada is pleased to announce the 2020 Sovereign Award winners in the order in which they were presented. 

Outstanding Photograph:
WILL WONG 

Mambointheforest

Published, September 27, 2020; Ontario Racing Website 

Outstanding Writing:
CHRIS LOMON
The Pep-Talking Groom, Willy, and a Queen’s Plate Crown 
Published, September 18, 2020; Ontario Racing website

Outstanding Digital Audio/Visual & Broadcast:

SANTINO DI PAOLA 
Dear Horse Racing 
Aired, June 8th, 2020; Paulick Report website
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZyQdLfDZW4

Outstanding Groom Award: Michelle Gibson 

Michelle learned everything she could about riding and horse care when she attended riding school in Caledon. She began to work with top circuit show jumpers and was soon travelling throughout the United States to major horse shows. When her son Devin was born in 2001, Michelle wanted to leave travelling behind and she checked in at Woodbine racetrack where she got her first job with Thoroughbreds.

Michelle has worked for Hall of Fame trainer Robert Tiller for almost 10 years and she is the groom of Pink Lloyd, the 2017 Horse of the Year, a six-time Sovereign Award winner. Michelle, who likes to have lots of time to get her horses ready and is at the barn at 3:30 a.m. each morning, believes her strengths as a groom come from her meticulous work habits and ability to multi-task. Humbled by receiving the Sovereign Award, Michelle is grateful that she gets to work at what she loves. “The horses are my therapy, they keep me sound and they keep me sane.”

Champion Older Main Track Male: SKYWIRE
Trainer:
 Mark E. Casse
Owner: Gary Barber and Lucio Tucci
Breeder: William D. Graham
B. G. 5, by Afleet Alex – Meandering Stream (Gone West)
2020: 8 Starts – 2 wins – 2 seconds – 0 thirds – $321,980 
Winner: Autumn S. (G2), Eclipse S. (G2)

Skywire (116), Pink Lloyd (94), Mr. Ritz (24)

Champion Older Main Track Female: SOUPER ESCAPE
Trainer: Michael J. Trombetta 
Owner: Live Oak Plantation 
Breeder:
 Live Oak Stud 
Dk. b or b F. 4, by Medaglia d’Oro – Cry and Catch Me (Street Cry*Ire)
2020: 7 Starts – 2 wins – 2 seconds – 1 third – $200,950 
Winner: Seaway S. (G3)Trillium S. (G3)

Souper Escape (142), Painting (52), Summer Sunday (32)

Champion Three-Year-Old Male: MIGHTY HEART

Trainer: Josie Carroll
Owner: Lawrence Cordes 
Breeder: Lawrence Cordes 
B. C. 3, by Dramedy – Emma’s Bullseye (City Place) 
2020: 8 Starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third – $922,870 
Winner: Prince of Wales S., Queen’s Plate, MSW

Mighty Heart (149), Belichick (78), Shirl’s Speight (31)

Champion Three-Year-Old FemaleCURLIN’S VOYAGE 

Trainer: Josie Carroll

Owner: Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. (J. G. Sikura) and Windsor Boys Racing

Breeder: Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. 

CH. F. 3, by Curlin – Atlantic Voyage (Stormy Atlantic)

2020:
 6 Starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 1 third – $447,000 

Winner: Fury S., Woodbine Oaks

Curlin’s Voyage (83), Merveilleux (76), Artie’s Princess (72)

Outstanding Apprentice Jockey: MAURICIO MALVAEZ

Starts 191; Wins 16; Seconds 27; Thirds 16
Earnings $210,888; Stakes Wins 1

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Mauricio Malvaez grew up spending time working with racehorses. Mauricio began his career as a jockey in 2019 and completed his first full season as an apprentice in 2020 quickly making an impression. However, it was his superb front-running ride on Real Grace, trained by Shelley Brown, to win the Grade 3 Canadian Derby, for owners Shelley Brown, Jean McEwan, Bette Holtman and Bernell B. Rhone that put Mauricio’s name in the headlines. Mauricio’s 16 wins led all apprentice riders in Canada in 2020. 

Mauricio Malvaez (154), Nikki Alderson (60), Edgar Zenteno (59)  

Outstanding Jockey: RAFAEL HERNANDEZ

Starts 637; Wins 129; Seconds 99; Thirds 77 
Earnings $5,463,126; Stakes Wins 17

Born in Puerto Rico, Rafael won a meet-leading 17 stakes races among his 129 wins in Canada earning himself the riders title at Woodbine for 2020. He held a steady 20% win average throughout the meet. Rafael’s biggest win came in the Grade 1 E. P. Taylor Stakes when he guided Etoile (Fr), trained by Chad Brown, to preserve victory in the $600,000 race winning by a neck. Rafael’s other achievements include three graded stakes wins aboard champion Pink Lloyd and Skywire, winner of the Grade 2 Autumn Stakes, Grade 2 Eclipse Stakes. 

Rafael Hernandez (145), Justin Stein (82), Patrick Husbands (13)

Outstanding Trainer: MARK CASSE

Starts 482; Wins 93; Seconds 86; Thirds: 51

Earnings $5,385,935; Stakes Wins 17

In 2020, Mark’s trainees won 93 races from 482 starts, 17 of which were stakes races. His starters earned over $5.3 million in purses. Those numbers all exceeded his 2019 totals despite a shortened 2020 season at Woodbine. Leading the charge of stakes winners in Canada for Mark was Grade 1 Summer Stakes winner Gretzky the Great, two-time graded stakes winner Skywire, and Not So Quiet, a two-time stakes winner. Mark had several other juvenile stakes winners on his roster in 2020 including Cup & Saucer Stakes winner Master Spy and Grade 3 Display Stakes winner Helium. 

Mark Casse (120), Josie Carroll (100), Kevin Attard (50)

Champion Male Sprinter: PINK LLOYD 

Trainer: Robert P. Tiller
Owner: Entourage Stable 
Breeder: John Carey 
Ch. G. 8, by Old Forester – Gladiator Queen (Great Gladiator)  
2020: 5 Starts – 4 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third – $357,600 
Winner: Vigil S. (G3), Bold Venture S. (G3), Shepperton S., Jacques Cartier S. (G3)

Pink Lloyd (142), Silent Poet (95), Not So Quiet (35)

Champion Female Sprinter: ARTIE’S PRINCESS 

Trainer: Wesley Ward
Owner:
 Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey
Breeder: Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey 
B. F. 3, by We Miss Artie – Stormkeeper (Stormy Atlantic)
2020: 4 Starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds – $260,220 
Winner: Bessarabian S. (G2), Ruling Angel S., ALW

Artie’s Princess (133), Lady Grace (45), Boardroom (38)

Special Sovereign Award: SAM-SON FARM

Sam-Son Farm, a Canadian thoroughbred breeding and racing operation, was founded in 1972 by Ernie and Liza Samuel. The red and gold colours of Sam-Son Farm enjoyed their first of five Queen’s Plate victories in 1988 with Regal Intention.  

Sam-Son also bred and raced nine Woodbine Oaks heroines starting with Classy ‘n’ Smart in 1984. The brilliant Dance Smartly, a daughter of Classy ‘n’ Smart, became the 1991 Canadian triple crown winner. Following this incredible feat, Dance Smartly went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs becoming the first Canadian-bred to win a Breeders Cup race.  Sam-Son’s beloved Dance Smartly continued her legacy in the breeding shed producing Queen’s Plate winners Dancethruthedawn and Scatter the Gold

In 1991 after which Sam-Son’s horses established a world record earning more than $6.8 million in purses, Ernie was presented the Man of the Year award by The Jockey Club of Canada. This honour affirmed Ernie’s greatest joy and that of his family, their cherished broodmares and their breeding program.

After Ernie passed away in 2000 Sam-Son was managed by his daughter Tammy Samuel-Balaz until her own passing in 2008. Today the farm’s breeding and racing operation is overseen by farm manager David Whitford and racing manager Tom Zwiesler under the leadership of Mark Samuel (CEO), Kim Samuel and Rick Balaz (President).

Celebrating almost 50 years in the thoroughbred breeding and racing business, Sam-Son has been the recipient of an impressive four Eclipse awards, 13 Hall of Fame Awards and 84 Sovereign Awards. Since its inception Sam-Son has bred and raced 44 Graded Stakes winners including 37 Classic winners and 14 Grade 1 winners.  

Outstanding Breeder: TALL OAKS FARM

Starters 44; Winners 19

Earnings $2,231,813

Starts 206; Wins 28; Seconds 26; Thirds 25

Ivan Dalos and his Tall Oaks Farm was once again prominent on the leading breeders list in Canada and the United States. Channel Maker, a son of English Channel out of Ivan’s 2018 Outstanding Broodmare In Return, had another stellar racing campaign in 2020. Winning the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes, the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Stakes and finishing third in the Grade 2 Bowling Green Stakes and the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Keeneland earning the gelding the 2020 Eclipse Award for Champion Turf Male. Dalos bred and raced stakes winner Court Return, winner of the Eternal Search Stakes, second in the Grade 1 E. P. Taylor Stakes and third in the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes as well as, graded stakes placed Avie’s Samurai and Avie’s Flatter. Tall Oaks led Canadian breeders in earnings with over $2.2 million in purses.

Tall Oaks Farm (103), Sam-Son Farm (93), Anderson Farms Ont. Inc. (48)

Outstanding Broodmare: DANCEFORTHECAUSE

B. M. 2011 by Giant’s Causeway – Dancethruthestorm (Thunder Gulch)

3 Foals, 2 Starters, 2 Winners, 2 Graded Black-Type Winners

Progeny Earnings $760,518

A granddaughter of the great Dance Smartly, Danceforthecause bred by Sam-Son Farm never made it to the races but she is off to a spectacular start in her broodmare career. The daughter of Kentucky Derby winner Thunder Gulch has had two starters and both are graded stakes winners. Rideforthecause winner of the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes and Say the Word who won the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Stakes at Woodbine and finished third in the Grade 2 Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar and the Grade 3 Singspiel Stakes. The mare is now owned by Gainesway Farm. She was purchased by Gainesway at the 2021 Keeneland January sale. Danceforthecause has 2019 foal by Distorted Humor and a 2020 foal by Street Sense.

Danceforthecause (75), Include Katherine (62), Count to Three (59)

Champion Two-Year-Old MaleGRETZKY THE GREAT  

Trainer: Mark E. Casse
Owner: Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gary Barber
Breeder: Anderson Farms Ont. Inc.
B. C. 2, by Nyquist – Pearl Turn (Bernardini)
2020: 5 Starts – 3 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds – $354,400 
Winner: Summer S. (G1), Soaring Free S., MSW

Gretzky the Great (152), Ready to Repeat (46), Stephen (27), Master Spy (27) 

Champion Two-Year-Old FemaleLADY SPEIGHTSPEARE 

Trainer: Roger L. Attfield
Owner: Charles E. Fipke 
Breeder: Charles E. Fipke  
Ch. F. 2, by Speightstown – Lady Shakespeare (Theatrical*Ire)
2020: 2 Starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds – $146,394 
Winner: Natalma S. (G1), MSW

Lady Speightspeare (148), Dreaming of Drew (54), Alda (39)

Champion Male Turf HorseSAY THE WORD   
Trainer:
 D’Amato Philip 
Owner:
 Agave Racing Stable and Sam-Son Farm 
Breeder
: Sam-Son Farm
Dk. b. or b. G. 5, by More Than Ready – Danceforthecause (Giant’s Causeway)
2020: 7 Starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 2 thirds – $298,490 
Winner: Northern Dancer S. (G1), ALW/OC

Say the Word (111), Silent Poet (79), Count Again (74) 

Champion Female Turf Horse: THEODORA B. 

Trainer: Michael W. Dickinson 
Owner: Augustin Stable 
Breeder: Augustin Stables 
Dk. b. or b. M. 5, by Ghostzapper – Dyna Waltz*GB (Dynaformer)
2020: 6 Starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds – $455,940 
Winner: TVG S., Dance Smartly S. (G2), ALW/OC

Theodora B. (90), Rideforthecause (88), Elizabeth Way (47)

Outstanding Owner: LIVE OAK PLANTATION

Starts 47; Wins 14; Seconds 9; Thirds 4

Earnings $1,146,408; Stakes Wins 5

Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Plantation and Stud, in Florida, has produced and raced top racehorses since the early 1990s. Charlotte’s horses, trained by Mark Casse and Michael Trombetta, closed the season with purse earnings of over $1.1 million placing her third on the leading owners list. The Live Oak stars of 2020 include Souper Escape, a multiple graded stakes winner with victories in the Grade 3 Seaway Stakes and Grade 3 Trillium Stakes. The farm also campaigned the Grade 2 King Edward Stakes winner March to the Arch, the Grade 3 Durham Cup Stakes winner Salute With Honor and 2-year-old filly Souper Sensational, who won the Glorious Song Stakes.

Live Oak Plantation (124), Sam-Son Farm (51), Gary Barber (35)

Horse of The Year: MIGHTY HEART

Trainer: Josie Carroll
Owner: Lawrence Cordes 
Breeder: Lawrence Cordes 
B. C. 3, by Dramedy – Emma’s Bullseye (City Place) 
2020: 8 Starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third – $922,870 
Winner: Prince of Wales S., Queen’s Plate, MSW

Mighty Heart (95), Pink Lloyd (78), Silent Poet (30)

2020 Sovereign Awards Finalists and Virtual Ceremony

The Jockey Club of Canada is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2020 Sovereign Awards honouring Canada’s champions and recognizing their outstanding achievements in Canadian Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding. The winners of the twelve horse categories and the five human categories will be announced at the 46th Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony that will be held virtually in April 2021

Due to the ongoing pandemic, it is the opinion of the Jockey Club of Canada’s Board of Stewards and the Sovereign Awards Committee, that in our current climate the safest delivery of the event is through a virtual presentation. The health and safety of our finalists, our guests and their families are of the utmost importance and we feel this is a necessary precaution in the current situation. 

2020 Sovereign Awards Finalists

The finalists in each of the following categories are listed in alphabetical order.

Champion Two-Year-Old Female
Alda
Dreaming of Drew

Lady Speightspeare

Champion Two Year Old Male

Gretzky the Great

Master Spy

Ready to Repeat

Stephen

Champion Three-Year-Old Female

Artie’s Princess

Curlin’s Voyage

Merveilleux

Champion Three Year Old Male

Belichick

Mighty Heart

Shirl’s Speight

Champion Older Main Track Female

Painting
Souper Escape

Summer Sunday

Champion Older Main Track Male

Mr. Ritz

Pink Lloyd

Skywire

Champion Female Turf Horse

Elizabeth Way

Rideforthecause

Theodora B.

Champion Male Turf Horse

Count Again

Say the Word

Silent Poet

Champion Female Sprinter

Artie’s Princess

Boardroom

Lady Grace

Champion Male Sprinter

Not So Quiet

Pink Lloyd

Silent Poet

Outstanding Broodmare

Count to Three

Danceforthecause

Include Katherine

Outstanding Breeder

Anderson Farms Ont. Inc

Sam-Son Farm

Tall Oaks Farm

Outstanding Owner

Barber, Gary
Live Oak Plantation

Sam-Son Farm

Outstanding Trainer

Attard, Kevin

Carroll, Josie

Casse, Mark E.

Outstanding Apprentice Jockey

Alderson, Nikki

Malvaez, Maurcio

Zenteno, Edgar

Outstanding Jockey

Hernandez, Rafael Manuel

Husbands, Patrick

Stein, Justin

Horse of the Year The Horse of the Year finalists will be announced during the 46th Annual Virtual Sovereign Awards Ceremony.

The 2020 Media Awards finalists, the winner of the Award for Outstanding Groom and this year’s Special Sovereign Award winner will be announced on or before February 15, 2021! 

The winner in each of the three Media Award categories will be announced, along with the other Sovereign Award winners, in April 2021 during the 46th Annual Virtual Sovereign Awards Ceremony.

The Canadian Graded Stakes Committee Announces Two Upgrades from Black Type to Listed Status for 2021

For a full list of the 2021 Graded Stakes click HERE

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45th Annual Sovereign Awards

The Jockey Club of Canada is pleased to announce the 2019 Sovereign Award winners in the order in which they were presented. 

Outstanding Photograph:
MICHAEL R. BYE

Cyclone Dan Winner of the 3rd Race J. Gomez up

Published, August 24th, hbpabc.ca

Outstanding Writing:
DAVE BRIGGS

Royal victory for the quintessential “small guy”

Published, August/September 2019 Issue of Canadian Thoroughbred Magazine

Outstanding Digital Audio/Visual & Broadcast:

WOODBINE ENTERTAINMENT 
The Queen’s Plate
https://bcove.video/2sfG0RH

Outstanding Groom Award: Michael Williams
Well-known groom Michael Williams (Fuzzy) has worked with some of Woodbine’s top owners and trainers in Canada including Stronach Stables, Dan Vella and Mike Doyle.  Leaving his home in Jamaica early in the 1970’s, Michael travelled to Canada to begin work as a machine operator.  His interest in horseracing led Michael to his first job at Woodbine racetrack walking hots. Michael credits graded stakes winner Ask Muhammad, son of Al Hattab, as the horse who helped him to learn about racing.

His big smile and prominent hats are almost as famous as his successful horsemanship. Michael’s limitless patience and kindness resulted in many happy horses at Woodbine Racetrack.  

Outstanding Handicapper: Paul Shurman

Paul hails from Dix Hills, New York and is a long-time member of the NHC Players’ Committee. He has been untiring in his efforts to work with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and racetracks throughout the continent to improve contest experiences for all and to boost the profiles of his fellow tournament players. 

Paul won the 2019 Saratoga Tournament which netted him a $109,000 first-place prize, and he finished seventh in the year-long NHC tour. Additionally, Paul leads in the NHC ranking system as the number one tournament player having qualified 17 times in its 21-year history and winning in 2011.

Special Sovereign Award: Harvey Warner

To say that Mr. Harvey Warner was a major player in the revival of Assiniboia Downs and horse racing in Winnipeg, Manitoba would not be an overstatement.

In 1994, privately owned, Assiniboia Downs was in receivership and destined to close but a small group of concerned horse people, which included Mr. Warner, officially formed the Manitoba Jockey Club (MJC), mandated to attempt to purchase and host live racing.

The group worked tirelessly, lobbying government officials and meeting with the track’s financiers. Mr. Warner became the voice of the MJC and eventually its president. He led the MJC to achieve its final goal and make Assiniboia Downs a not-for-profit entity. 

He became immersed not just in owning horses but in the workings of racing in Manitoba, serving as president of the Winnipeg Horseman’s Club from 1982-85, and as a voice on the Manitoba Horse Council Board. He was a member of the Manitoba HBPA Board from 1989 to 1992 and is currently a Jockey Club of Canada Steward.

Outstanding Broodmare: Loving Vindication

DK. B. M. 2005 

by Vindication – Chimichurri (Elusive Quality)

6 foals, 3 starters, 3 winners, 

1 Champion, 2 Graded Black-Type Winners, 1 Black-Type Winner

Progeny Earnings $1,994,575

A finalist in this category multiple times, Anderson Farms’, Loving Vindication has become of one Canada’s most successful broodmares early in her career. From her three foals to race, Loving Vindication’s G1 winning daughter Hard Not to Love, won the La Brea Stakes and has won four of five starts. Loving Vindication had already etched her name in Canadian racing history books as the dam of 2018 Horse of the Year and Queen’s Plate winner Wonder Gadot who earned over $1.5 million for owner Gary Barber. Loving Vindication’s first foal is stakes winner Solemn Tribute.

Loving Vindication (135), Cumulonimble (63), Avie’s Empire (45)

Outstanding Apprentice Jockey: Kazushi Kimura

Starts 717; Wins 117; 2nd 109; 3rd 99

Earnings $3,742,671

Winner of the 2019 Eclipse Award for North America’s Outstanding Apprentice of 2019, Kazushi Kimura seeks his second consecutive Sovereign Award. Learning to ride at the Japan Racing School in Shiroi City, Chiba, Kazushi burst onto the Canadian scene in 2018 winning 104 races, an achievement he surpassed in 2019. Before his apprenticeship ended on Oct. 26, 2019, Kazushi won 117 races and ended the season as a journeyman with an impressive 148 wins, landing as Woodbine’s third leading rider. 

Kazushi Kimura (182), Daisuke Fukumoto (91), Shavon Belle (27)

Champion Older Main Track Male: Pink Lloyd
Trainer: Robert P. Tiller
Owner:  Entourage Stable
Breeder: John Carey 
Ch. g. 7 / Sire: Old Forester / Dam: Gladiator Queen (Great Gladiator)

2019: 6 Starts – 6 wins – 0 second – 0 third – $501,000
Winner: Kennedy Road S. (G2), Kenora S., Shepperton S., Vigil S. (G3), Greenwood S., Jacques Cartier S. (G3)

Pink Lloyd (134), Mr. Ritz (85), Special Forces (52) 

Champion Older Main Track Female: Here’s Hannah
Trainer: John Morrison

Owner:  B C Stables

Breeder: B C Stables 

Ch. f. 4 / Sire: Numaany / Dam: Dreams Start Here (A Fleets Dancer)


2019: 6 Starts – 5 wins – 1 second – 0 third – $215,000
Winner: Ballerina S. (G3), British Columbia Cup Distaff H., Monashee H., Strawberry Morn H., Vancouver Sun S.

Here’s Hannah (132), Lift Up (128), She’s the Berries (36)

Outstanding TrainerMark Casse

Starts 496; Wins 92; 2nd 91; 3rd 69

Earnings $5,122,598 Stakes wins 12

An 11-time winner of this category, trainer Mark Casse has dominated Canadian racing over the past decade.  In 2019 Casse Racing once again led all trainers in purse earnings, collecting $5.1 million with 92 victories and 12 stakes wins in Canada.  Among his stakes winners was 2019 Sovereign Award finalists, Muskoka Gold, winner of the Cup & Saucer Stakes and She’s the Berries, winner of the Classy ‘n Smart S. Stakes winners Speedy Soul, Miss Mo Mentum and Power Gal (Jpn) also contributed to Mark’s success.

Mark Casse (142), Kevin Attard (108), Norman McKnight (31)

Champion Male Turf HorseEl Tormenta
Trainer: Gail Cox

Owner:  Sam-Son Farm

Breeder: Sam-Son Farm 

Dk. b or b. g. 4 / Sire: Stormy Atlantic / Dam: Torreadora (El Prado*Ire)


2019: 7 Starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 0 third – $941,828
Winner: Ricoh Woodbine Mile S. (G1), Connaught Cup S. (G2)

 El Tormenta (170), Tiz a Slam (78), Global Access (23)

Champion Female Turf HorseStarship JubileeTrainer: Kevin Attard

Owner:  Blue Heaven Farm

Breeder: William P. Sorren 

B. m. 6 / Sire: Indy Wind
/ Dam: Perfectly Wild (Forest Wildcat)


2019: 7 Starts – 3 wins – 3 second – 1 third – $746,460
Winner: E. P. Taylor S. (G1), Canadian S. (G2), Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf S.

Starship Jubilee (170), Holy Helena (70), Amalfi Coast (35)

Outstanding BreederSam-Son Farm
Starters 55; Winners 28

Earnings $3,238,854

Starts 284; Wins 44; 2nd 39; 3rd 36

A nine-time winner in this category, Sam-Son Farm had a spectacular year in 2019 winning 44 races and earning over $3.2 million in purses. Sam-Son was represented by seven stakes horses including 2019 Champion Male Turf finalist, El Tormenta, winner of the G1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile S.; Desert Ride, winner of the 2019 Woodbine Oaks and a finalist in the Champion Three-Year-Old Female category; and Cleopatra’s Strike, bred by Sam-Son and owned by Slam Dunk Stable and Michael Nentwig, and winner of the G2 John Henry Turf Championship.

Sam-Son Farm (121), Tall Oaks Farm (91), Chiefswood Stables Limited (55)

Champion Two-Year-Old MaleMr. Hustle

Trainer: Roger L. Attfield

Owner:  William K. Werner

Breeder: V. Gail Ray 

Dk. b or b. g. 2 / Sire: Declaration of War
/ Dam: Ready Ready Ready (More Than Ready)


2019: 3 Starts – 3 wins – 0 second- 0 third – $162,600

Winner: Soaring Free S., Victoria S., MSW 

Mr. Hustle (122), Muskoka Gold (95), Dotted Line (64)

Champion Two-Year-Old Female: Curlin’s Voyage
Trainer: Josie Carroll

Owner:  Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. (J. G. Sikura) and Windsor Boys Racing

Breeder: Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. 

Ch. f. 2 / Sire: Curlin
/ Dam: Atlantic Voyage (Stormy Atlantic)


2019: 6 Starts – 3 wins – 1 second- 1 third – $265,120

Winner: Ontario Lassie S., Mazarine S. (G3), MSW 

Curlin’s Voyage (115), Infinite Patience (100), Owlette (42)

Outstanding JockeyEurico Rosa Da Silva

Starts 746; Wins 183; 2nd 156; 3rd 108
Earnings $7,446,774; Stakes wins 19

A six-time winner in this category, the Brazilian-born champion rider is up for another trophy just months after retiring from riding. In 2019, he captured 19 stakes victories including the G1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile S. aboard El Tormenta. Also, he was the regular rider of multiple stakes winner Pink Lloyd who is a finalist again this evening, as well as, Amalfi Coast, a finalist in three 2019 Sovereign Award categories.

Eurico Rosa Da Silva (182), Rafael Hernandez (64), Patrick Husbands (32)

Champion Male SprinterPink Lloyd

Trainer: Robert P. Tiller

Owner:  Entourage Stable

Breeder: John Carey 

Ch. g. 7 / Sire: Old Forester / Dam: Gladiator Queen (Great Gladiator)


2019: 6 Starts – 6 wins – 0 second – 0 third – $501,000
Winner: Kennedy Road S. (G2), Kenora S., Shepperton S., Vigil S. (G3), Greenwood S., Jacques Cartier S. (G3)

Pink Lloyd (180), Silent Poet (43), Yorkton (27)

Champion Female SprinterSummer Sunday
Trainer: Stuart Simon

Owner:  Scott Anne and William J

Breeder: Trinity West Stables LTD 

B. f. 4 / Sire: Silent Name*Jpn / Dam: Dancing Allstar (Millennium Allstar)


2019: 6 Starts – 3 wins – 1 second – 0 third – $317,550
Winner: Royal North S. (G2), Hendrie S. (G3), Ballade S.

Summer Sunday (152), Amalfi Coast (82), Here’s Hannah (23), Sister Peacock (23) 

Outstanding Owner: Sam-Son Farm 

Starts 81: Wins 13; 2nd 12; 3rd 8 

Earnings $2,018,884 Stakes wins 5 

An 11-time winner of this category Sam-Son Farm had a spectacular season in 2019 winning five stakes races and collecting purse earning of over $2 million. Sam-Son Farm’s homebred stakes winners include El Tormenta, a finalist in the 2019 Champion Turf Male category and winner of the G1 Woodbine Mile S. and the G2 Connaught Cup; Desert Ride winner of two-thirds of the Triple Tiara and contender for 2019 Champion Three-Year-Old Female, as well as, Zadracarta S. winner Desert Isle.

Sam-Son Farm (117), Chiefswood Stables Limited (115), Stronach Stables (25)

E. P. Taylor Award of Merit: Charles E. Fipke

Much like the passion he has for unearthing diamonds Charles ‘Chuck’ Fipke has a similar obsession for finding the best pedigrees to make the perfect racehorse.

Born in Edmonton, Mr. Fipke grew up in Kelowna, B.C. and followed his horse passion when he bought a yearling filly. His stable of homebreds has since grown exponentially and now are seen regularly on the international racing stage. 

Selecting the matings himself with help from mountains of statistics and a couple of close advisors. Mr. Fipke has bred dozens of major winners and champions including Perfect Soul (Ire) Canada’s Champion Turf Male in 2003 and is the sire of Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Perfect Shirl; Not Bourbon gave Mr. Fipke his first Queen’s Plate win (2008) and is now a stallion; Forever Unbridled, also a Breeders’ Cup winner, earned over $3.4 million. He has bred and developed top stallions and his current stable includes Grade 1 winner Seeking the Soul.

Champion Three-Year-Old Male: Global Access

Trainer: Michael Trombetta

Owner:  Live Oak Plantation

Breeder: Live Oak Stud 

Ch. c. 3 / Sire: Giant’s Causeway / Dam: Daveron*Ger (Black Sam Bellamy*Ire)


2019: 9 Starts – 4 wins – 1 second – 3 third – $383,000
Winner: Ontario Derby (G3), Saranac S. (G3), Marine S. (G3), DRF Bet Sophomore Turf S.

Global Access (141), Tone Broke (125), Explode (40) 

Champion Three-Year-Old FemaleDesert Ride
Trainer: Neil J. Howard

Owner:  Sam-Son Farm

Breeder: Sam-Son Farm 

B. f. 3 / Sire: Candy Ride*Arg
/ Dam: Fun in the Desert (Distorted Humor)


2019: 7 Starts – 4 wins – 1 second- 0 third – $541,220 
Winner: Wonder Where S., Woodbine Oaks, Allowance, MSW 

Desert Ride (133), Amalfi Coast (110), Hidden Grace (28) 

Horse of The Year: Starship Jubilee
Trainer: Kevin Attard

Owner:  Blue Heaven Farm

Breeder: William P. Sorren 

B. m. 6 / Sire: Indy Wind
/ Dam: Perfectly Wild (Forest Wildcat)


2019: 7 Starts – 3 wins – 3 second – 1 third – $746,460
Winner: E. P. Taylor S. (G1), Canadian S. (G2), Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf S.

Starship Jubilee (108), Pink Lloyd (105), El Tormenta (53)

  • Update

    45th Annual Sovereign Awards to be Announced Virtually on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. (EST)

    The Jockey Club of Canada will present the 45th Annual Sovereign Awards, honouring Canada’s champions and recognizing their 2019 outstanding achievements in Canadian Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Winners of the twenty-four Sovereign Awards categories will be announced live during a virtual ceremony, at 8:00 p.m. (EST).

    We invite you to join us in watching the ceremony streamed live at Woodbine.com and HPItv Canada. A digital program will be available for download at https://jockeyclubcanada.com prior to the event. 

    We would like to thank our dedicated Sponsors and Advertisers for continuing to support the Sovereign Awards during these difficult times.

    2019 Sovereign Awards Sponsors 

    Platinum Plus: Woodbine Entertainment

    Platinum: HBPA of Ontario

    Gold Sponsors: Ontario Racing; Sam-Son Farm

    Silver Sponsors: Earle I Mack; Manitoba Jockey Club

    Bronze Sponsors: Anderson Farms; Casse Racing; Cavalier Transportation; CTHS Ontario; Document Direction Limited; Sean and Dorothy Fitzhenry; Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GCGC); Goldman, Sloan, Nash and Harber LLP(GSNH); Highfield Investment Limited; Hill ‘n’ Dale; Josham Farms Limited; Purina; The Jockey Club; WinStar

    Update

    Due to the closure of non-essential businesses in Ontario, effective Tuesday, March 23, 2020, The Jockey Club of Canada office has temporarily close to public access and JCC members until further notice. Our staff will be working remotely with continued response to voicemail email. If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with our staff please email jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com or leave a voicemail at 416-675-7756.

    45th Annual Sovereign Awards Postponed Until Further Notice.

    In response to the growing concerns about the coronavirus, COVID-19, The Jockey Club of Canada’s 45th Annual Sovereign Awards, scheduled for April 16, 2020, will be postponed until further notice. 

    The health and safety of our finalists, our guests and their families are of the utmost importance and we feel this is a necessary precaution in the current situation. We would like to assure all our stakeholders that we will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves and will provide regular updates throughout. 

    Once an alternate date has been confirmed the Sovereign Awards ceremony will take place in its entirety and the winners of each Sovereign Awards category will be announced during the ceremony.

    45th Annual Sovereign Awards Finalists Announced

    2019 Finalists

    Listed in alphabetical order, the finalists are:

    Champion Two-Year-Old Female:

    Curlin’s Voyage
    Infinite Patience
    Owlette

    Champion Two-Year-Old Male:

    Dotted Line
    Mr. Hustle
    Muskoka Gold

    Champion Three-Year-Old Female: 

    Amalfi Coast
    Desert Ride
    Hidden Grace

    Champion Three-Year-Old Male:

    Explode
    Global Access
    Tone Broke

    Champion Older Main Track Female:

    Here’s Hannah 
    Lift Up
    She’s the Berries

    Champion Older Main Track Male:

    Mr Ritz
    Pink Lloyd
    Special Forces

    Champion Female Turf Horse:

    Amalfi Coast
    Holy Helena
    Starship Jubilee

    Champion Male Turf Horse:

    El Tormenta
    Global Access
    Tiz a Slam

    Champion Female Sprinter:

    Amalfi Coast
    Here’s Hannah
    Sister Peacock
    Summer Sunday

    Champion Male Sprinter:

    Pink Lloyd
    Silent Poet
    Yorkton

    Outstanding Broodmare:

    Avie’s Empire 
    Cumulonimble
    Loving Vindication

    Outstanding Breeder:

    Chiefswood Stables Limited 
    Sam-Son Farm
    Tall Oaks Farm

    Outstanding Owner:

    Chiefswood Stables Limited 
    Sam-Son Farm
    Stronach Stables 

    Outstanding Trainer:

    Kevin Attard 
    Mark E. Casse
    Norman
     McKnight

    Outstanding Apprentice Jockey:

    Shavon Belle
    Daisuke Fukumoto
    Kazushi Kimura  

    Outstanding Jockey:

    Eurico Rosa Da Silva
    Rafael Manuel Hernandez 
    Patrick Husbands

    Horse of the Year:

    Finalists to be announced during the 45th Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony

    2019 Media Finalists

    Listed in alphabetical order, the finalists are:

    Writing Category:

    • Dave Briggs – Royal Victory for the Quintessential “small guy”
    • Chris Lomon – Thoroughbred Racing’s Beautiful Bond
    • Hayley Morrison – Walcott Worry-Free After Surviving Brain Tumour

    Digital Audio/visual and Broadcast Category:

    • Horse Racing Alberta – Canadian Derby Invader
    • Horse Racing Radio Network – 160th Queen’s Plate
    • Woodbine Entertainment Group – The Queen’s Plate

    Photograph Category:

    • Michael Bye – Cyclone Dan Winner of the 3rd Race J. Gomez up
    • Rebecca Brown – Lenny Seecharan, Hastings 2019
    • Alex Urosovic – Ricoh Woodbine Mile

    The judging for the 2019 Media Awards was performed by Professors of the Journalism Program at the School of Media Studies & Information Technology, Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    Charles E. Fipke to be honored with the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit and Harvey Warner to be honoured with the Special Sovereign Award

    The Jockey Club of Canada is pleased to announce that Charles E. Fipke will be presented with the E. P. Taylor Award of Merit and Harvey Warner will be presented with the Special Sovereign Award in recognition of their outstanding commitment to the Thoroughbred Industry in Canada. 

    Selected by the Jockey Club of Canada’s Stewards, the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit honours those who have accomplished outstanding individual achievements and have made a significant contribution to the thoroughbred industry in Canada. Charles E. Fipke has been involved in the Canadian Thoroughbred Industry for close to forty years. Among his accomplishments he has bred and owned three Sovereign Award-winners including 2008 Champion Three-Year-Old Male and winner of the 2008 Queen’s Plate, Not Bourbon; 2010 Champion Older Female, Impossible Time; and 2003 Champion Male Turf Horse, Perfect Soul who went on to become a successful sire. Also, Mr. Fipke bred and owned a number of other successful racehorses including the winner of the 2011 Breeder’s Cup Filly and Mare Turf GI, Perfect Shirl. 

    Selected by the Jockey Club of Canada’s Stewards, the Special Sovereign Award recognizes significant contribution to the Canadian Thoroughbred Industry. Harvey Warner has been actively involved in the thoroughbred industry in Canadasince 1971. Throughout this time he has served as the President of the Winnipeg Horseman’s Club, spent time as a member of the Manitoba Horse Council Board and sat on the Board of the HBPA of Manitoba. In 1994 Mr. Warner was a driving force behind the formation of the Manitoba Jockey Club which assumed ownership and operations of Assiniboia Downs. Currently, Mr. Warner is the President of the Manitoba Jockey Club and a Steward for The Jockey Club of Canada.

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    Tickets to the 45th 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, 2020. Tickets can be purchased through the website or by contacting the Jockey Club of Canada office at 416-675-7756 or jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com

    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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  • 2018 Sovereign Award Winners
     

    2018 Sovereign Award Winners

     

    To watch a replay of the Awards Ceremony CLICK HERE

      The Jockey Club of Canada hosted the 44th Annual Sovereign Awards ceremony on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Vaughan’s elegant Chateau Le Jardin. We are pleased to announce the 2018 Sovereign Award winners in the order in which they were presented.   (Media) Outstanding Photograph: Santino Di Paola – Into the Turn   Published, ontarioracing.com  (Media) Outstanding Writing: Hayley Morrison – Hail to the War Horses Published, Canadian Thoroughbred Magazine, February 2018 (Media)Outstanding Digital Audio/Visual & Broadcast: Horse Racing Radio Network – 159th Queen’s Plate Published, horseracingradio.net   The Jockey Club of Canada Scholarship Award: Bobby Mihalik Bobby Mihalik earned the inaugural award at the School of Media Studies and Information Technology, Humber Institute of Advanced Technology and Advanced Learning. Mihalik’s lifelong passion for writing is driven by the enjoyment of learning about editing for both print and online. He shared that his time as editor-in-chief of his class’s summer newsroom “was also enjoyable for me as it helped develop both my editing and proofreading skills, as well as how to effectively manage others.”   Outstanding Groom Award:Amanda Erwin Amanda has been working on the racetrack since she was 10-years-old on the backstretch with her father the https://good-name.org, trainer Dennis Erwin, walking hots and learning about grooming. She was a teenager when she moved to the stable of successful trainer Mike Keogh, whom she continues to work for today. During her career, Amanda groomed Canadian stars such as the 2003 Horse of the Year Wando, who became the seventh Canadian Triple Crown winner since the series was inaugurated in 1959.  She also cared for the 1999 Queen’s Plate winner and Champion 3-year-old Woodcarver. “There is something so special about seeing a racehorse from a young age and watching them develop,” said Erwin. “I strive to keep the horses happy, calm and enjoy their job.”   Outstanding Handicapper: Nick Noce Nick Noce has always been fond of Woodbine. On July 21, 2018 he finished first of 106 entries in Woodbine’s Mid-Summer Horseplayers Tournament. “I just love Woodbine. I don’t usually miss one of their tournaments,” said Noce, who first began playing contests at Penn National in the 1990s. Nick has always been a racing fan, and the Rochester, New York resident has also worked in the industry for 25 years. He started out at Western Regional Off-Track Betting selling pari-mutuel tickets to Western New York State horseplayers, and eventually worked his way up to Chief Financial Officer. No longer working in the industry Nick, a self-professed “weekend warrior”, still looks for any opportunity to spend a day playing the races.   E. P. Taylor Award of Merit: Gustav Schickedanz Arriving in Canada at the age of 21, Gustav (Gus) Schickedanz built a successful career in land development as a bricklayer and stonemason. Gus first purchased Canadian-bred yearlings at auction in the 1970s and prepared them to race at his Schonberg Farm in Nobleton, ON. In a matter of years he achieved his first stakes win with Victorious Answer, who also became his foundation broodmare. Gus’ successful homebred Langfuhr, was a multiple graded stakes winner and the 1996 Champion Male Sprinter.As asire, Langfuhr produced six champions including Wando, the seventh winner of the Canadian Triple Crown and 2003 Horse of the Year and Woodcarver, Champion Three-Year-Old Male and winner of the 1999 Queen’s Plate. Gus has bred multiple graded stakes winners including Gal In A Ruckus the only Canadian bred to win the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks Stakes and Jambalaya, the only Canadian bred to win the Grade 1 Arlington Million Handicap. Gus has also won multiple Sovereign Awards as an owner and breeder and was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2009.   Outstanding Broodmare: In Return Horse Chestnut (Saf) – Bartered Bride, by Shadeed Progeny Earnings $1,953,593 Owner:  Ivan Dalos Breeder: Tall Oaks Farm The late In Return was a winner on the track and a true gem in her breeding career. Her sons Channel Maker and Johnny Bear are both champions and Grade 1 winners. Channel Maker, 2017 Champion Three-Year-Old, won the 2018 Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park and the Grade 2 Bowling Green Stakes at Saratoga. Johnny Bear won the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Stakes in 2018 for the second consecutive year and is the 2017 Champion Turf Male. In Return (101), Loving Vindication (86), Avie’s Empire (28)   Outstanding Apprentice Jockey: Kazushi Kimura Starts (663); Wins (104); Seconds (84); Thirds (84) Earnings $2,451,326; Stakes win 1 It has been more than a decade since Canadian racing has had an apprentice jockey as dominant as Kazushi Kimura was in 2018. He learned to ride when he was just six-years-old at his parents training centre in Japan and polished his riding skills before arriving at Woodbine in 2018, winning his first race in June of that year. Other career highlights came with his first stakes victory in the Muskoka Stakes as well as, winning five races in one day on October 12th. Kazushi Kimura (157), Daisuke Fukumoto (75), Lenny A. Seecharan (28)   Champion Older Male: Mr Havercamp DK. B. or B. g. 4 / Sire: Court Vision / Dam: Tennessee Lamb (Medaglia d’Oro) Trainer: Catherine Day Phillips Owner: Sean and Dorothy Fitzhenry Breeder: Sean Fitzhenry 2018: 6 Starts – 3 wins – 1 seconds – 0 third – $513,500 Winner: Autumn S. (G2), Play the King S. (G2), Steady Growth S. Mr Havercamp (123), Pink Lloyd (49), Tiz a Slam (38)   Champion Older Female:Escape Clause B. f. 4 / Sire: Going Commando / Dam: Danger Pay (Circulating) Trainer: Don Schnell Owner: Don Schnell, Barry Arnason and True North Breeder: Cam Ziprick & Arnason Farms 2018: 13 Starts – 9 wins – 1 second – 2 thirds – $265,419 Winner: Kathryn Crosby S., CTHS Sales S., Lynn Chouinard Founders Distaff H., Manitoba Matron S., City of Edmonton Distaff H., Distaff S., Winnipeg Sun S., Allowance Optional Claiming, La Verendrye S. Escape Clause (102), Gamble’s Ghost (81), Starship Jubilee (45)   Outstanding Trainer: Mark Casse Starts (Can) 517; Wins (106); Seconds (81); Thirds (74) Earnings $5,812,969; Stakes wins 22 A 10-time winner of this award, Mark Casse had another blockbuster season in 2018 with 106 Canadian winners and an incredible 22 stakes wins. Wonder Gadot stood at the top of her game winning the first two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown. Casse completed the series with Neepawa’s win the Breeder’s Stakes. Also, among Casse’s stakes winners is Lookin to Strike and Shamrock Rose, the winner of the La Lorgnette Stakes who went on to win the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. Mark Casse (134), Norman McKnight (70), Kevin Attard (29)   Champion Male Turf Horse: Mr Havercamp DK. B. or B. g. 4 / Sire: Court Vision / Dam: Tennessee Lamb (Medaglia d’Oro) Trainer: Catherine Day Phillips Owner: Sean and Dorothy Fitzhenry Breeder: Sean Fitzhenry 2018: 6 Starts – 3 wins – 1 seconds – 0 third – $513,500 Winner: Autumn S. (G2), Play the King S. (G2), Steady Growth S.  Mr Havercamp (126), Johnny Bear (75), Tiz a Slam (61)   Champion Female Turf Horse: Starship Jubilee B. f. 4 / Sire: Indy Wind / Dam: Perfectly Wild (Forest Wildcat) Trainer: Kevin Attard Owner: Blue Heaven Farm Breeder: William P. Sorren 2018: 8 Starts3 wins – 1 second – 0 third – $319,400 Winner:Canadian S. (G2), Starter Optional Claiming, Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf S. Starship Jubilee (143), Niigon’s Eclipse (37), Dixie Moon (32)   Outstanding Breeder: Tall Oaks Farm Starters 48; Winners 27 Earnings $2,957,008 Starts (280); Wins (49); Seconds (32); Thirds (31) A three-time finalist in this category, Tall Oaks Farm, owned by Ivan Dalos had another stellar season with nine stakes horses and five are 2018 Sovereign Award finalists. Dalos, bred two Grade 1 winners, Channel Maker winner of the 2018 Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Invitational and Johnny Bear, the winner of the 2017 and 2018 Grade 1 Northern Dancer Stakes. Tall Oaks Farm campaigned homebreds Avie’s Flatter, Avie’s Mineshaft and Gamble’s Ghost in 2018. Tall Oaks Farm (85), Adena Springs (64), Chiefswood Stables Limited (60)   Champion Two-Year-Old Male: Avie’s Flatter B. c. 2 / Sire: Flatter / Dam: Avie’s Empire (Empire Maker) Trainer: Josie Carroll Owner: Ivan Dalos Breeder: Tall Oaks Farm 2018: 4 Starts – 3 wins – 0 second – 0 third – $328,800 Winner: Coronation Futurity S., Cup and Saucer S., MSW Avie’s Flatter (143), Solidify (59), War of Will (50)   Champion Two-Year-Old Female:Bold Script GR/RO. f. 2 / Sire: Speightstown / Dam: Original Script (Malibu Moon) Trainer: Stuart Simon Owner:            Chiefswood Stables Breeder: Chiefswood Stables Limited 2018: 5 Starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 2 thirds – $267,000 Winner: Princess Elizabeth S., MSW Bold Script (93), My Gal Betty (86), Tiz Breathtaking (69)   Outstanding Jockey: Eurico Rosa Da Silva Starts (Can) (856); Wins (237); Seconds (173); Thirds (119) Earnings $8,345,386; Stakes wins 29 With a record-breaking season in 2018, he won his fourth consecutive Woodbine riding title and reached a career milestone winning his 2,000thrace in September. Da Silva finished the season with 237 wins beating the previous record of 221 wins set in 1991. Among Da Silva’s racing stars is Sovereign Award finalists Avie’s Flatter, Pink Lloyd and Dixie Moon winner of the 2018 Woodbine Oaks. Eurico Rosa Da Silva (160), Rafael Hernandez (50), Luis Contreras (30)   Champion Male Sprinter: Pink Lloyd Ch. g. 6 / Sire: Old Forester / Dam: Gladiator Queen (Great Gladiator) Trainer:  Robert P. Tiller Owner:  Entourage Stable Breeder: John Carey 2018: 8 Starts5 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third – $385,750 Winner: Kenora S., Vigil S. (G3), Achievement S., New Providence S., Jacques Cartier S. Pink Lloyd (123), Yorkton (57), Ikerrin Road (49)   Champion Female Sprinter: Moonlit Promise B. m. 5, by Malibu Moon – Smart Surprise (Smart Strike) Trainer: Josie Carroll Owner: Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. (J. G. Sikura) and Windsor Boys Racing Breeder: Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. 2018: 9 Starts2 wins – 1 second – 2 thirds – $226,563 Winner: Bessarabian S. (G2), Sweet Briar Too S. Moonlit Promise (112), Code Warrior (54), Escape Clause (43)   Outstanding Owner:Chiefswood Stables Limited Starts (146); Wins (31); Seconds (23); Thirds (25) Earnings $2,586,506 Stakes wins 6 Winner of this award in 2017, Robert and Mark Krembil and their Chiefswood Stables had their most successful season to date in 2018. Surpassing their 2017 purse earnings by over $300,000, with six stakes wins, they finished on top of the owner’s standings at Woodbine by earnings. Chiefswood Stables and their five stakes winners were all up for 2018 Sovereign Awards including Bold Script 2018 Champion Two-Year-Old Female, Neepawa, Niigon’s Eclipse, Yorkton andmultiple graded stakes winner Tiz a Slam. Chiefswood Stables (100), Ivan Dalos (56), Gary Barber (53)   E. P. Taylor Award of Merit: William D. Graham Bill became hooked on horse racing after his honeymoon trip to Gulfstream Park with his late wife Valerie. Destined for success, Bill set out to purchase top class fillies. His early acquisitions were yearlings that went on to become talented racehorses and successful broodmares. For close to 50 years in the industry, Bill built Windhaven Farms in Caledon, ON and Lexington, KY, into one of the most respected and successful breeding operations in North America. Winning his first Sovereign Award in 1989, Bill continued his success with the 2012 Sovereign Award for Outstanding Breeder. Over the years, Bill owned and bred multiple champions including Conquest Harlanate and Uncaptured. Bill was involved in many industry organizations over the years and was the founder of the Canadian company, Graham Brothers Construction, the builders of Woodbine’s E. P. Taylor Turf Course. He was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2014. Bill Graham passed away on January 15, 2019 at the age of 81 and is dearly missed by his family, friends and the North American Thoroughbred community.   Champion Three-Year-Old Male: Sky Promise B. c. 3 / Sire: Sky Mesa / Dam: Maddie’s Promise (Dehere) Trainer: Robertino Diodoro Owner: Rick Wiest, Clayton Wiest, R 6 Stable and Norman Tremblay Breeder: Normandy Farm LLC 2018: 11 Starts – 3 wins – 2 seconds – 0 third – $280,714 Winner: British Columbia Derby (G3), Canadian Derby (G3), Manitoba Derby Sky Promise (111), Lookin to Strike (55), Neepawa (33)   Champion Three-Year-Old Filly: Wonder Gadot DK. B or B. f. 3 / Sire: Medaglia d’Oro / Dam: Loving Vindication (Vindication) Trainer: Mark Casse Owner: Gary Barber Breeder: Anderson Farms Ont. Inc. 2018: 11 Starts – 2 wins – 4 seconds – 3 thirds – $1,403,200 Winner: Prince of Wales S., Queen’s Plate S. Wonder Gadot (160), Dixie Moon (75), Here’s Hannah (19)   Horse of The Year:Wonder Gadot DK. B or B. f. 3 / Sire: Medaglia d’Oro / Dam: Loving Vindication (Vindication) Trainer: Mark Casse Owner: Gary Barber Breeder: Anderson Farms Ont. Inc. 2018: 11 Starts – 2 wins – 4 seconds – 3 thirds – $1,403,200 Winner: Prince of Wales S., Queen’s Plate S. Wonder Gadot (136), Mr Havercamp (30), Pink Lloyd (30)   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 44thAnnual Sovereign Awards Ceremony contact Candice Dixon at 416-675-7756 or jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com.  

     
  • The Jockey Club Adds $35 Fee to Support Aftercare
    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.
  • 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada celebrated at Royal Horse Show
    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.
  • Ontario Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association Launch New Online Video Series
    [et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] The Ontario Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new initiative developed to promote the growth of horse racing in this province. The HBPA Board of Directors has decided to produce an online series aimed at attracting new owners to the Thoroughbred industry and new fans to the track. The series, Talkin’ Horses, will pick up from the HBPA’s award-winning television show of the same name which ran for three years on CTV Television. With the continued growth of social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, and the popularity of watching programming online and on-demand, the decision to offer the series digitally was made strategically to reach a millennial demographic. The show, which will have 10 episodes through the summer and fall, will be an energetic, fast-moving look at how to get into affordable racehorse ownership, handicapping a horse race and picking a winner – plus features on the people and horses in the sport and detailed previews of all the big races. The HBPA has contracted television and radio host Jason Portuondo and racing writer Jennifer Morrison, each from the television iteration of Talkin’ Horses, to produce the 2017 online series. It will be directed by the award-winning Alex Narvaez of Narvaez Productions, producer and editor of The Strombo Sessions with George Stroumboulopoulos and creator of short films, television series and promotional movies for the Toronto International Film Festival. For updates stay tuned on twitter and the HBPA (www.hbpa.on.ca) or Talkin Horses (www.talkinhorses.com) websites. [/et_pb_text][et_pb_divider admin_label=”Divider” _builder_version=”3.0.50″ show_divider=”on” color=”#891616″ divider_style=”solid” divider_position=”top” divider_weight=”5″ hide_on_mobile=”on” saved_tabs=”all” /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]