2019 Sovereign Awards
Outstanding Groom Award Winner and Media Finalists Announced
The Jockey Club of Canada is pleased to announce that Michael Williams is the recipient of 2019 Outstanding Groom Award. Michael has worked on the Woodbine backstretch for over 20 years. His current employer, multiple graded stakes winning trainer, Michael J. Doyle and previous employer, Daniel J. Vella are among the accomplished trainers he has worked for over the years. Michael has groomed, 1994 Champion Sprinter and Champion Older Horse, King Ruckus and Touch Gold as a two-year-old among other successful horses.
The Jockey Club of Canada is also pleased to announce the finalists for the 2019 Sovereign Awards Media categories. 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.
Listed in alphabetical order, the finalists are:
- 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
- Michael Bye – Cyclone Dan Winner of the 3rd Race J. Gomez up
- Rebecca Brown – Lenny Seecharan, Hastings 2019
- Alex Urosovic – Ricoh Woodbine Mile
The Jockey Club of Canada Announces 2019 Sovereign Award Finalists
The Jockey Club of Canada is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2019 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 45th Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at Universal Eventspace in Vaughan, ON.
2019 Sovereign Awards Finalists
Champion Two-Year-Old Female:
Champion Two-Year-Old Male:
Champion Three-Year-Old Female:
Champion Three-Year-Old Male:
Champion Older Main Track Female:
She’s the Berries
Champion Older Main Track Male:
Champion Female Turf Horse:
Champion Male Turf Horse:
Tiz a Slam
Champion Female Sprinter:
Champion Male Sprinter:
Chiefswood Stables Limited
Tall Oaks Farm
Chiefswood Stables Limited
Mark E. Casse
Outstanding Apprentice Jockey:
Eurico Rosa Da Silva
Rafael Manuel Hernandez
Horse of the Year:
Finalists to be announced during the 45th Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony
In addition to the 17 Sovereign Awards listed above, 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 and dedication to the Thoroughbred Industry in Canada.
Winners of the three 2019 Media Awards will also be presented at the 45th Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony. The three finalists in each of the media categories will be announced on or before February 15, 2020. The Media Awards are judged by the Journalism Professors at Humber, School of Media Studies & Information Technology, in Toronto, Ontario.
Additionally, the winner of the Award for Outstanding Groom, to be presented by Sponsor OLG, will be announced on or before February 15, 2020.
Charles E. Fipke to be honored with the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit and Harvey Warner to be honored with the Special Sovereign Award at the 2019 Sovereign Awards Ceremony
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.
The Jockey Club of Canada is proud to present the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit and the Special Sovereign Award to these most deserving individuals. The 45th Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony, honouring Canada’s Champions, will take place at Universal Eventspace, in Vaughan Ontario, on Thursday, April 16, 2020.
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 online at http://jockeyclubcanada.com/product/sovereign-award-tickets-2/ or by contacting the Jockey Club of Canada office at 416-675-7756 or email@example.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.
For more information on The Jockey Club of Canada’s Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony contact Candice Dixon at 416-675-7756 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 45th Annual Sovereign Awards will be held Thursday, April 16, 2020.
The finalist for each of the 2019 Sovereign Awards Categories will be announced in February 2020, and the winner of each category will be announced at the 45th Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony in Woodbridge, Ontario at Universal Eventspace on Thursday, April 16, 2020.
For more information on The Jockey Club of Canada’s 45th Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony contact Candice Dixon at 416-675-7756; email email@example.com