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 or by contacting The Jockey Club of Canada by email at 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.


For more information contact Camille Casse at 416-675-7756 or