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CHRHF Welcomes New President, Honours Site of First Queen’s Plate, and Recognizes Legends at Annual President’s Reception

A capacity crowd of racing industry supporters, Hall of Fame honoured members and incoming inductees were expertly guided through a jam packed agenda by Master of Ceremonies and CHRHF Honoured Member Jim Bannon during Wednesday evening’s annual Hall of Fame President’s Reception.

The proceedings fittingly began with CHRHF President John Stapleton reflecting on the success of the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing In 2017, one of many projects he spearheaded during his time as president, a role he has held since 2010. Stapleton then announced the person succeeding him as president of the CHRHF will be Darryl Kaplan, manager of Industry Communications at Standardbred Canada.

John’s summary of Kaplan’s biography with the Hall of Fame included the following: “Darryl Kaplan has been closely involved with the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame for several years. He has been Chair of the Nominating and Legends committees since 2011, and is a longstanding member of the organization’s Planning Committee.

Over the past decade, Darryl has dedicated great time and efforts to promoting the Hall, and has been a true asset in initiatives that advance the prominence and presence of the Hall. He was an important part of the team that ensured the Hall of Fame took centre stage during the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada.

Prior to his position with Standardbred Canada, Kaplan worked at Woodbine Entertainment for five years, primarily on the thoroughbred side. He continues to have many contacts and close colleagues across all breeds of horse racing.

Outside of racing, Darryl is President of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas – an organization representing 40,000 small businesses in Toronto. He is also a Vice President of the Canadian National Exhibition – the country’s largest community event.”

As he accepted the new title and role, Kaplan’s passion and commitment for what the CHRHF represents was evident in his remarks. “I am truly honoured to take on the role of President of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I wish to extend a sincere thank you to John Stapleton for his tremendous leadership as President over the past 8 years.

“The Hall of Fame connects the past, to the present, celebrating the wonderful success stories of our industry. The strength of the horse racing industry has been built over the past 250 years, and by bringing our history to life, and remembering the greats, we have the ability to build something special into the future.”

“I look forward to the opportunities ahead for this organization, and working with our Board of Directors. I also congratulate our newest class of inductees and legends on their remarkable achievements.”

The next order of business was the unveiling of a Heritage Toronto Plaque to be installed on the site of the first Queen’s Plate race held at the Carleton Racecourse in 1860, located in the area of Toronto now known as the Junction neighbourhood. The commemorative plaque, which is jointly funded by the City of Toronto, Woodbine Entertainment Group and the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will mark the founding location of what is now the longest continuously run stakes race in North America. The official installation of the marker will to take place July 19, 2018.

The Hall then paid homage to the 2018 Legend Honourees, the late Frank McMahon, and the late Hector Clouthier, Sr.

Present for the ceremony were 30 members of the Clouthier family, including all ten of the late Hector Clouthier, Sr’s children.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Hector Clouthier, Jr. recounted stories and reflected on his father’s life, touching on a passion for horses which began as a youth working in the family’s lumber business, and continuing in his Standardbred breeding and racing operation under the “Northwood Stable” name. However, Mr. Clouthier’s greatest contribution to Canadian horse racing occurred once he became involved in racing industry associations, sitting on the Board of the Canadian Trotting Association, the Canadian Standardbred Horse Society, and the Ontario Harness Horse Association. He was considered one of the founding fathers of organized horsemen in Ontario, helping to negotiate contracts enabling horsemen to make a career in the racing business. Clouthier was recruited by the Quebec based United Harness Horsemen’s Association, became the organization’s President, and was soon thrust into contract negotiations with the powerful Jean Louis Levesque, owner of Montreal’s Blue Bonnets Raceway, to resolve a horsemen’s strike over purses.

An advocate of stake races for young horses in Ontario, Clouthier was instrumental in starting discussions for what would become the Ontario Sires Stakes program.

The evening concluded with the unveiling of the permanent display panels for the 2017 inductees and the formal introduction of the 2018 inductees: Standardbred Builder, William (Bill) Andrew; Thoroughbred Trainer, Reade Baker; Standardbred horses, Blissfull Hall and Chancey Lady; Driver/Trainer, the late Jim Doherty; Communicators Dave Landry and Dan Loiselle; Thoroughbred horses Judy the Beauty and Shaman Ghost and Thoroughbred Builder, John G. Sikura.

The 2018 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Induction will take place Wednesday, August 8th at the Mississauga Convention Centre. Tickets can be purchased for $175.00 each by contacting Linda Rainey, CHRHF Managing Director by phone at 416-417-9404 or by email at linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com

Additional information about the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame can be found at: www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com

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Photos and accompanying captions from the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame President’s Reception
can be downloaded here

Linda Rainey
Managing Director
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame
linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com
416-417-9404

2017 Sovereign Award Winners Announced

The Jockey Club of Canada held its 43rd Annual Sovereign Awards ceremony at Toronto’s prestigious Palais Royale on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

In an effort to promote equal opportunity in determining the winners for 2017, voting began January 12, 2018, allowing for statistics from the entire year to be considered.  The Jockey Club of Canada announced the top three finalists in each category as determined by the online ballots of the Jockey Club of Canada’s knowledgeable voters.  The media category awards were determined by the Professors of Humber School of Media Studies and Information Technology, in Toronto, Ontario.

The Jockey Club of Canada is pleased to announce the 2017 Sovereign Award winners in the order in which they were presented.

Outstanding Photograph Award presented to Dave Landry by Jennifer Morrison. Michael Burns photo

(Media) Outstanding Photograph:
Dave Landry – Dirt Storm
Published as Canadian Thoroughbred’s February 2017 Cover Photo & $5 Lotto Scratch Ticket produced by the OLG

Award for Outstanding Writing presented to Perry Lefko by Dianne Denby. Michael Burns photo

(Media) Outstanding Writing:
Perry Lefko – Former Breeders’ Stakes champ finding the stable life at last
Published in The Toronto Star

Award for Outstanding Digital Audio Visual presented to Horse Racing Alberta by Stacie Roberts Michael Burns photo

(Media)Outstanding Digital Audio/Visual & Broadcast:
Horse Racing Alberta
Published at thehorses.com 

The Jockey Club of Canada Award: Tyson Lautenschlager
The inaugural award was awarded to Tyson Lautenschlager at the School of Media Studies and Information Technology, Humber Institute of Advanced Technology and Advanced Learning.

“When I found out I got this scholarship I was thrilled. I became the kind of student who not only worked hard for myself but tried to help other people have success as well. It’s been a really rewarding experience to this point, especially considering I’ve been paying for most of my schooling out of my own pocket.”

Outstanding Groom Award presented to Alfredo Ramos by Cal Bricker Michael Burns photo

Outstanding Groom Award: Alfredo Ramos
Born in Nicaragua, Alfredo Ramos has a name for himself as one of Woodbine’s most dedicated grooms, a job he started soon after arriving in Canada in the late 1980s.

His early jobs came with trainers Rod Wright, Rita Schnitzler, Tino and Kevin Attard and in 2008, joined the high profile stable of Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield.

Alfredo has played a major role in the success of dozens of racehorses for Roger over the years and is easy to spot in the Woodbine paddock as he is always sporting a big smile.

“Alfredo is very reliable and hard working,” said Roger. “He is well deserving of the Groom Award.”

Outstanding Broodmare awarded to Victorious Ami. Presented by Yvonne Schwabe to owner Ivan Dalos Michael Burns photo

Outstanding Broodmare: Victorious Ami
Victory Gallop – Secret Ami, by Secret Claim
Progeny Earnings $1,834,978
Owner:  Ivan Dalos
Breeder: Tall Oaks Farm

Victorious Ami’s five winning foals were led by the brilliant mare Ami’s Mesa, who had victories in three graded stakes events in 2017, including the Grade 2 Presque Isle Downs Master’s Stakes. A finalist for Champion Older Mare and Champion Female Sprinter for 2017, Ami’s Mesa earned over $588,000 during the year. Victorious Ami’s third foal, Ami’s Holiday, won the 2014 Breeders’ Stakes and 2013 Grey Stakes (Grade 3) and earned over $817,000. The mare has also produced stakes placed Victory Exchange, has a 2-year-old colt by Into Mischief and a yearling colt by Flatter.

Victorious Ami (164), Keen Victory (53), Loving Vindication (21), Miss Crissy (21)

Outstanding Apprentice awarded to Jockey Rey Williams presented by Robert King Jr. Michael Burns photo

Outstanding Apprentice Jockey: Rey Williams

Starts (261); Wins (41); Seconds (51); Thirds (45) Earnings ($471,415)

Barbados-born Rey Williams was Canada’s leading apprentice jockey in 2017 with 41 victories at Northlands Park and Century Downs in Alberta. A bettor’s favourite with more than 50% of his mounts finishing in the top three, Rey was the sixth leading rider at the Northlands. Rey rode Mister Jangles to a 7 to 1 upset win in the $50,000 Red Diamond Express Stakes and orchestrated another big win with Piper Rose in the $50,000 Alberta Oaks.

Rey Williams (158), Ridge Balgobin (67), Brandon A. Duchaine (56)

Award for Outstanding Handicapper presented to Michael Eisen by Michael Eves Michael Burns photo

Outstanding Handicapper: Michael Eisen

Michael considers one of his specialties in handicapping the ability to pick out a lone front runner in a race, citing that he loves his horses to be “on the engine”.

The growth of handicapping tournaments in Thoroughbred racing has been rapid in recent years and Michael emphasized the importance of horseplayers in the sport.

“For me, that Sovereign Award is more than just the icing on the cake,” Michael told HorseTourneys director of communications Eric Wing. “It is really special and carries a value that transcends the other prizes. Not to equate myself with the great achievers in the sport, but handicappers certainly do play a critical role in the industry.”

Champion Older Male awarded to Pink Lloyd, presented to Entourage Stable by Harvey Warner Michael Burns photo

Champion Older Male: Pink Lloyd

Ch. g. 5 / Sire: Old Forester / Dam: Gladiator Queen (Great Gladiator)
Trainer:  Robert P. Tiller
Owner:  Entourage Stable
Breeder: John Carey
2017: 8 Starts – 8 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds – $663,000
Winner: Kennedy Road S. (G2), Overskate S., Kenora S., Shepperton S., Vigil S. (G3), Achievement S., New Providence S., Jacques Cartier S.

Pink Lloyd (142), Melmich (108), Gigantic Breeze (38)

Champion Older Female awarded to Ami’s Mesa, presented to owner Ivan Dalos by David Whitford. Michael Burns photo

Champion Older Female: Ami’s Mesa

Dk. b or b. f. 4 / Sire: Sky Mesa / Dam: Victorious Ami (Victory Gallop)
Trainer:  Josie Carroll
Owner:  Ivan Dalos
Breeder: Tall Oaks Farm
2017: 5 Starts – 4 wins – 1 second- 0 thirds – $634,880
Winner: Presque Isle Downs Masters S. (G2), Seaway S. (G3), Ontario Matron (G3), OC 62k

Ami’s Mesa (172), Moonlit Promise (66), Gamble’s Ghost (48)

Outstanding Trainer awarded to Mark Casse, presented to Katheryn Sullivan by Jonathan Zammit. Michael Burns photo

Outstanding Trainer: Mark Casse

Starts (509); Wins (96); Seconds (85); Thirds (72)
Earnings $5,437,013 Stakes wins 18

Mark Casse’s stable had another strong season in 2017 with 96 winners and purse earnings of over $5.4 million. The season highlight being World Approval’s win in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile, the second consecutive Woodbine Mile winner for Mark. Woodbine stable stars also include 2017 Sovereign Award finalists Wonder Gadot, as well as Field of Courage and Sovereign Award finalist Enstone.

Mark Casse (152), Norman McKnight (37), Josie Carroll (29), Catherine Day Phillips (29)

Champion Turf Male awarded to Johnny Bear, presented to owners John Brnjas and Danny Dion by John Stapleton. Michael Burns photo

Champion Male Turf Horse: Johnny Bear

Ch. g. 6 / Sire: English Channel / Dam: In Return (Horse Chestnut)
Trainer:  Ashlee Brnjas
Owner:  Colebrook Farms and Bear Stables, Ltd.
Breeder: Tall Oaks Farm
2017: 11 Starts – 5 wins – 1 second – 1 third – $385,224
Winner: Northern Dancer Turf S. (G1), Halton S., OC 62k, OC 62k, OC 32k

Johnny Bear (142), Channel Maker (67), Tower of Texas (49)

Champion Turf Female awarded to Starship Jubilee, presented to owners Kevin Attard and Soli Mehta by Dermot Carty. Michael Burns photo

Champion Female Turf Horse: Starship Jubilee

f. 4 / Sire: Indy Wind / Dam: Perfectly Wild (Forest Wildcat)
Trainer:  Kevin Attard
Owner:  Attard, Kevin and Mehta, Soli
Breeder: William P. Sorren
2017: 10 Starts – 6 wins –  1 second – 2 thirds – $310,900
Winner: Dance Smartly S. (G2), Nassau S. (G2), OC25K/N1X-N, ALW 50K, OC16K/N1X-N, CLM 16K

Starship Jubilee (152), Inflexibility (81), Enstone (68)

Outstanding Breeder awarded to Adena Springs, presented to Mrs. Stronach by Peter Berringer. Michael Burns photo

Outstanding Breeder: Adena Springs

Starters 68; Winners 39
Earnings $5,827,530
Starts (432); Wins (64); Seconds (67); Thirds (61)

Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs had eight individual Canadian-bred stakes winners in 2017 including Holy Helena, who won the Woodbine Oaks and Queen’s Plate for the farm. Shaman Ghost , another Stronach offspring of Ghostzapper, had a big year racing in the U.S. with victories in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap and Grade 2 Pimlico Special. Other Canadian-bred stakes winners from the Adena Springs include Grade 3 winner Shakhimat and 2-year-old stakes winner Glamanation.

Adena Springs (139), Tall Oaks Farm (91), Anderson Farms Ont. Inc. (56)

Champion Two-Year Old Male awarded to Admiralty Pier, presented to Shawn Minshall by David Anderson. Michael Burns photo

Champion Two-Year-Old Male: Admiralty Pier

Ch. g. 2 / Sire: English Channel / Dam: Full Steam Ahead (Kitten’s Joy)
Trainer:  Barbara J. Minshall
Owner:  Hoolie Racing Stable, LLC and Lunsford, Bruce
Breeder: Calumet Farm
2017: 5 Starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 1 third – $141,300
Winner: Display S., MSW

Admiralty Pier (109), Archaggelos (65), Be Vewy Vewy Quiet (64)

Champion Two-Year Old Female awarded to Wonder Gadot, presented to Kathryn Sullivan by Ivan Dalos. Michael Burns photo

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly: Wonder Gadot

Dk. b or b. f. 2 / Sire: Medaglia d’Oro / Dam: Loving Vindication (Vindication)
Trainer:  Mark E. Casse
Owner:  Gary Barber
Breeder: Anderson Farms Ont. Inc.
2017: 5 Starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third – $348,140
Winner:  Demoiselle S. (Gr. 2), Mazarine S. (G3), MSW

Wonder Gadot (138), Dream It Is (82), Dixie Moon (73)

Award for Outstanding Jockey presented to Eurico Rosa Da Silva by Jim Lawson. Michael Burns photo

Outstanding Jockey: Eurico Rosa Da Silva

Starts (824); Wins (203); Seconds (186); Thirds (121)
Earnings  $8,506,596 Stakes wins 34

Eurico Rosa da Silva won a remarkable 34 stakes races in 2017. One of the biggest victories of the year came when he rode American invader Bullards Alley to a 42 to 1 upset in the Grade 1 Pattison Canadian International. Eurico was also an integral part of Pink Lloyd’s magical season, who won eight stakes races in 2017. Other stars ridden by Eurico include Sovereign Award finalists Dixie Moon, Melmich and Mr. Havercamp. Eurico also did Canada proud when he won Japan’s World All-Star Jockey Challenge in August.

Eurico Rosa Da Silva (164), Luis Contreras (83), Rico Walcott (24)

Champion Male Sprinter awarded to Pink Lloyd, presented to owner Entourage Stable by Sandy Hawley. Michael Burns photo

Champion Male Sprinter: Pink Lloyd

Ch. g. 5 / Sire: Old Forester / Dam: Gladiator Queen (Great Gladiator)
Trainer:  Robert P. Tiller
Owner:  Entourage Stable
Breeder: John Carey
2017: 8 Starts – 8 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds – $663,000
Winner: Kennedy Road S. (G2), Overskate S., Kenora S., Shepperton S., Vigil S. (G3), Achievement S., New Providence S., Jacques Cartier S.

Pink Lloyd (180), Ikerrin Road (82), Yorkton (25)

Champion Female Sprinter awarded to Ami’s Mesa, presented to owner Ivan Dalos by Robert Landry. Michael Burns photo

Champion Female Sprinter: Ami’s Mesa

Dk. b or b. f. 4 / Sire: Sky Mesa / Dam: Victorious Ami (Victory Gallop)
Trainer:  Josie Carroll
Owner:  Ivan Dalos
Breeder: Tall Oaks Farm
2017: 5 Starts – 4 wins – 1 second- 0 thirds – $634,880
Winner: Presque Isle Downs Masters S. (G2), Seaway S. (G3), Ontario Matron (G3), OC 62k

Ami’s Mesa (178), Moonlit Promise (87), Jennifer Lynnette (24)

Outstanding Owner awarded to Chiefswood Stable, presented to Mr. Krembil by Sue Leslie. Michael Burns photo

Outstanding Owner: Chiefswood Stable

Starts (143); Wins (25); Seconds (31); Thirds (21)
Earnings $2,284,718  Stakes wins 7

This is the first nomination for Robert and Mark Krembil’s Chiefswood Stable which has divisions in King City and Loretto, ON. Its purse earnings of over $2.2 million in 2017 was the most earned by Chiefswood runners in the stable’s history. Stars for the Krembil family in 2017 include Tiz a Slam, a finalist for 2017 Champion Three-Year-Old Male, as well as Yorkton, a nominee in this year’s Sovereign Award Male Sprinter category.

Chiefswood Stable (117), Ivan Dalos (69), Stronach Stables (60)

Champion Three-Year Old Male awarded to Channel Maker, presented to Andrew Smith by Dawn Lupul. Michael Burns photo

Champion Three-Year-Old Male: Channel Maker

Ch. g. 3 / Sire: English Channel /
Dam: In Return (Horse Chestnut)
Trainer:  William I. Mott
Owner:  Joey Gee Thoroughbreds, Wachtel Stable and Barber, Gary
Breeder: Tall Oaks Farm
2017: 9 Starts – 1 wins –  3 seconds – 0 thirds – $408,467
Winner: Breeders’ Stakes

Channel Maker (113), Mr Havercamp (82), Tiz a Slam (70)

Champion Three-Year Old Female awarded to Holy Helena, presented to Mrs. Stronach by Tom Cosgrove. Michael Burns photo

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly: Holy Helena

Dk.b or b. f. 3 / Sire: Ghostzapper / Dam: Holy Grace (Holy Bull)
Trainer:  James A. Jerkens
Owner:  Stronach Stables
Breeder: Adena Springs
2017: 6 Starts – 3 wins –  2 seconds – 0 thirds – $991,000
Winner: Queens Plate S., Woodbine Oaks S., MSW

Holy Helena (166), Enstone (56), Daz Lin Dawn (38), Inflexibility (38)

Special Sovereign Award presented to Sam Lima by Jim Bannon Michael Burns photo

Special Sovereign Award: Sam Lima

As an enthusiastic horse owner, horseplayer and long-time member of the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (Ontario), Sam is one of the most recognizable faces at Woodbine and a tireless supporter of the sport. He has led the Toronto Thoroughbred Racing Club, a fun group for fans with monthly meetings and track and farm trips since 1972.

Sam has been a passionate and active director for the HBPA since 1972 and has played a role in many policies including getting fifth-place purse money for horsemen, the construction of a new dormitory, and financial benefits for horsepeople from simulcasting and uncashed tickets.

Sam and his wife Frances and daughter Carolyn have continued with the popular Toronto Thoroughbred Racing Club which celebrates it 57th year in 2018. On most weekends, you will find Sam on the fourth floor at Woodbine playing the races and seeking out guests for the Club’s next monthly meeting.

Horse of the Year awarded to Pink Lloyd, presented by Jeffery Begg to owner Entourage Stable. Michael Burns photo

Horse of The Year: Pink Lloyd

Ch. g. 5 / Sire: Old Forester / Dam: Gladiator Queen (Great Gladiator)

Trainer:  Robert P. Tiller
Owner:  Entourage Stable
Breeder: John Carey
2017: 8 Starts – 8 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds – $663,000
Winner: Kennedy Road S. (G2), Overskate S., Kenora S., Shepperton S., Vigil S. (G3), Achievement S., New Providence S., Jacques Cartier S.

Pink Lloyd (150), Ami’s Mesa (82), Holy Helena (40)

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 is pleased to announce the finalists for the Media Sovereign Award categories for 2017.

The judging for the 2017 Media Sovereign Award categories 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:

Writing Category:

• Tom Ferry – “Where Champions Dance”

• Perry Lefko – “Former Breeders’ Stakes champ finding the stable life at last”

• Emily Shields – “How Secretariat gave the Canadians something to remember forever”

Digital Audio/visual and Broadcast Category:

• Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame/ Standardbred Canada/ Woodbine Broadcast Department – The Evolution of Horse Racing in Canada

• Horse Racing Alberta – Super Trooper

• Talkin’ Horse Racing – Episode 9

Photograph Category:

• Jeffrey Bowen – Morning Silhouette

• Dave Landry – Dirt Storm

• Alex Urosivic – Eureka Eurico

The Jockey Club of Canada will announce the winners of each Sovereign Award at the 43rd Annual Awards Ceremony to honour Canada’s Champions of 2017 on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

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.

You can purchase tickets online at http://jockeyclubcanada.com/2017-sovereign-awards/ or by contacting The Jockey Club of Canada by email jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com or by phone 416-675-7756.

Current Sovereign Award Sponsors:

Gold Sponsors:
OLG | Woodbine | CTHS Ontario Division | HBPA Ontario

Silver Sponsors:
Ontario Racing

Bronze Sponsors:
Assiniboia Downs | The Jockey Club | Casse Racing | Windways Farm | Tall Oaks Farm | Anderson Farms

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.

The Jockey Club of Canada is pleased to announce the winners of three Sovereign Awards, the Groom Award, the Handicapper Award and The Special Sovereign Award for 2017.

The 2017 Groom Award will go to Alfredo Ramos. Alfredo was born on November 10, 1953 in Nicaragua. He came to Canada in the late 1980s and began working with horses in 1989. He has since worked for Rod Wright, Rita Schnitzler, Tino and Kevin Attard, and has been employed by Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield since 2008.

The Sovereign Handicapper Award has been won by Michael Eisen. The former Microsoft Canada Chief Legal Officer, Michael won Woodbine’s 2017 Player of the Year Award, securing him this year’s Sovereign Handicapper of the Year.

“For me, that Sovereign Award is more than just the icing on the cake,” said Eisen. “It is really special and carries a value that transcends the other prizes. Not to equate myself with the great achievers in the sport, but handicappers certainly do play a critical role in the industry.”

Finally, the last award winner to be announced before the awards night, the Special Sovereign Award winner is Sam Lima. Nominated by the Jockey Club of Canada’s Stewards, the Special Sovereign Award recognizes someone who has significantly contributed to the horse racing industry in Canada. Sam has been a dedicated horseman, HBPA official and a driving force of the Toronto Thoroughbred Racing Club for countless decades.

The Jockey Club of Canada will celebrate the winners of each Sovereign Award at the 43rd Annual Awards Ceremony to honour Canada’s Champions of 2017 on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

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.

You can purchase tickets online at http://jockeyclubcanada.com/2017-sovereign-awards/ or by contacting The Jockey Club of Canada by email at jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com or by phone at 416-675-7756.

Current Sovereign Award Sponsors:

Gold Sponsors:
OLG | Woodbine | CTHS Ontario Division | HBPA Ontario

Silver Sponsors:
Ontario Racing

Bronze Sponsors:
Assiniboia Downs | The Jockey Club | Casse Racing | Windways Farm | Tall Oaks Farm |  Anderson Farms

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 at 416-675-7756 or jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com

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://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://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://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.