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Breeders' Cup 2017

Sovereign Award Finalists Announced

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TORONTO, January 22 - The Jockey Club of Canada will host their 38th Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony, to honour the Canadian Champions of 2012, at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto on the eve of the start of their live Thoroughbred race meet, which is still to be determined. 

The elegant, cocktail-attire celebration will include a champagne reception, a buffet-style gourmet dinner, and tropical entertainment along with the evening’s feature event, the presentation of the Sovereign Award Trophies to Canada’s Racing Champions of 2012 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: jockeyclub@bellnet.ca 

In an effort to promote equal opportunity in determining the winners of the 17 race award categories, the voting began January 2, 2013, 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 2012 Sovereign Award Finalists, listed alphabetically in each category, are: 

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly:


Spring in the Air

Spring Venture 

Champion Two-Year-Old Male:

Dynamic Sky

River Seven


Champion Three-Year-Old Filly:

Dixie Strike

Evelyn’s Dancer

Irish Mission 

Champion Three-Year-Old Male:


Strait of Dover


Champion Older Female:

Magic Broomstick

Roxy Gap

Stars to Shine 

Champion Older Male:

Hunters Bay

Pender Harbour

Taylor Said 

Champion Turf Female:

All Star Heart

Irish Mission

Roxy Gap 

Champion Turf Male:

Forte Dei Marmi (GB)

Hunters Bay

Riding the River 

Champion Female Sprinter:

Atlantic Hurricane

Magic Broomstick

Roxy Gap 

Champion Male Sprinter:

Bear Tough Tiger

Essence Hit Man

Taylor Said 

Outstanding Broodmare:


Misty Mission


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

Outstanding Breeder:

Adena Springs

William D. Graham

Sam-Son Farm 

Outstanding Owner:

Melnyk Racing Stables, Inc.

NA Thoroughbred Horse Company Inc.

John C. Oxley 

Outstanding Trainer:

Reade Baker

Mark Casse

Troy Taylor 

Outstanding Apprentice Jockey:

Skye Chernetz

Jennifer Reid

Scott Williams 

Outstanding Jockey:

Luis Contreras

Eurico Da Silva

Patrick Husbands 

Media Award Categories:

The judging for the 2012 media 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 in mid-February. 

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. 


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Bravo Patti Tubbs, long time photographer in the paddock and winner's circle at Hastings on her winning the Sovereign Award for best photograph in catching the horses on track in a snow storm. Beat out perennial winnert Burns for top spot. She was at the track (Toronto) for opning day down at the finish line but could not hear me yelling at her. YEARS ago I asked her: Why do you take so many pictures. Answer: because some day I am going to be an award winning photographer. Dream big Patti. and BRAVO!!!

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