The Jockey Club of Canada Announces 2011 Sovereign Award Finalists

The Jockey Club of Canada will host their 37th Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony to honour the Canadian Champions of 2011, on Thursday, April 5, 2012, on the third floor of Woodbine Race Track in Toronto.  Woodbine
Entertainment Group will join in the celebration as they get ready to kick-off their 2012 Live Thoroughbred meet on Friday, April 6, a date which represents the start of thoroughbred racing in Canada.

This elegant cocktail-attire celebration will include a welcome back reception, a buffet-style gourmet dinner, and magical entertainment along with the evening’s feature event, the presentation of the Sovereign Award Trophies to Canada’s Racing Champions of 2011 and Canada’s Horse of the Year.

Tickets are each $250 plus applicable taxes (tables of 10 are $2500) and must be reserved in advance by contacting The Jockey Club of Canada at 416-675-7756 or email:

In an effort to promote equal opportunity in determining the winners of the 17 race award categories, the voting began January 1, 2012, allowing for statistics for the entire year to be considered.  The finalists and eventual winner were determined using a computerized points system based on each voter’s first, second and third choice in each category.

The 2011 Sovereign Award Finalists, listed alphabetically in each category, are:

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly:

Hard Not to Like

Northern Passion

Tu Endie Wei

Champion Two-Year-Old Male:




Champion Three-Year-Old Filly:


Marketing Mix

Smart Sting

Champion Three-Year-Old Male:

Freedoms Traveller

Moonshine Mullin

Pender Harbour

Champion Older Female:

Ariana D

Embur’s Song

Stars to Shine

Champion Older Male:

Don Cavallo

Fifty Proof

James Street

Champion Turf Female:

Marketing Mix

Miss Keller (IRE)

Never Retreat

Champion Turf Male:

Musketier (GER)

Pender Harbour

Stormy Lord

Champion Female Sprinter:

Atlantic Hurricane

Classic Alley Kat

Embur’s Song

Champion Male Sprinter:

Essence Hit Man

Gypsy Ring

Signature Red

Outstanding Broodmare:

Embur Sunshine

Noble Strike

Rahy’s Hope

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

Outstanding Breeder:

Adena Springs

Arosa Farms

Gardiner Farms Ltd.

Outstanding Owner: (There was a tie in one of the top three finalists positions)

Bear Stables Ltd.

Donver Stable

Melnyk Racing Stables Inc.

Glen Todd and Patrick Kinsella

Outstanding Trainer:

Roger Attfield

Reade Baker

Mark Casse

Outstanding Apprentice Jockey:

Ryan Pacheco

Betty-Jo Williams

Scott Williams

Outstanding Jockey:

Luis Contreras

Patrick Husbands

Emma-Jayne Wilson

Media Award Categories:

The judging for the 2011 media categories was performed by the Journalism Professors at Humber, School of Media Studies & Information Technology, in Toronto, Ontario.

Outstanding Newspaper Story:

Allan Besson, Hard work no problem, mon, Published in the Winnipeg Free Press, August 26, 2011

Keith McCalmont, Emma’s great Excaper, Published on, November 2, 2011

Beverley Smith, Rahy’s Attorney goes out as a contender, Published in the Globe and Mail and, August 16, 2011

Outstanding Feature Story:

Peter Gross, Fern Chretien’s Stretch Drive, Published in Down the Stretch, April 2011

Jennifer Morrison, Glorification Published in Canadian Thoroughbred, August/September 2011

Beverley Smith, Training Daze and Casse Ready (Two part Series) Published in the Globe and Mail and, September 14 and October 1, 2011

Outstanding Photograph:

David J. Landry, Filly Wins! Oaks and Plate, Published in Canadian Thoroughbred August/September 2011

Janis Maine, Stallion at Attention, Published on, October 23, 2011

Erika Rusnak, Bunny, Published on, May 12, 2011

Outstanding Film/Video/Broadcast:

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, Celebrating Northern Dancer’s 50th Birthday.  Broadcast on Score Television Network, September 18, 2011

Horse Racing Alberta & Whiteiron Productions, 2011 Canadian Derby.  Broadcast on Canadian Television Network, August 20, 2011

Sport of Kings.  Broadcast on Shaw TV, October 7, 2011

The Jockey Club of Canada was founded in 1973 by E.P. Taylor to serve as the international representative of the Canadian Thoroughbred industry and to promote improvements to Thoroughbred racing and breeding, both in Canada
and internationally.  The Jockey Club of Canada also operates as a field office of The Jockey Club (New York); organizes the Sovereign Awards; administers the Canadian Graded Stakes program; liaises with foreign Jockey Clubs; promotes Thoroughbred ownership; and represents Canada at international racing conferences.