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2018 Sovereign Award finalists announced

February 1, 2019

TORONTO, February 1, 2019 – The Jockey Club of Canada has announced the finalists for the 2018 Sovereign Awards, honouring Canada’s Champions and recognizing their outstanding achievements in Canadian racing.

The winners of the 10 horse categories and the five human categories will be announced at the 44th Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Chateau Le Jardin in Woodbridge, Ont.


2018 Sovereign Awards Finalists

Champion Two-Year-Old Female:

Bold Script
My Gal Betty
Tiz Breathtaking

Champion Two-Year-Old Male:

Avie’s Flatter
War of Will

Champion Three-Year-Old Female:

Dixie Moon
Here’s Hannah
Wonder Gadot

Champion Three-Year-Old Male:

Lookin to Strike
Sky Promise

Champion Older Female:

Escape Clause
Gamble’s Ghost
Starship Jubilee

Champion Older Male:

Mr Havercamp
Pink Lloyd
Tiz a Slam

Champion Female Turf Horse:

Dixie Moon
Niigon’s Eclipse
Starship Jubilee

Champion Male Turf Horse:

Johnny Bear
Mr Havercamp
Tiz a Slam

Champion Female Sprinter:

Code Warrior
Escape Clause
Moonlit Promise

Champion Male Sprinter:

Ikerrin Road
Pink Lloyd

Outstanding Broodmare:

Avie’s Empire
In Return
Loving Vindication

Outstanding Breeder:

Adena Springs
Chiefswood Stables Limited
Tall Oaks Farm

Outstanding Owner:

Gary Barber
Chiefswood Stable
Ivan Dalos

Outstanding Trainer:

Kevin Attard
Mark E. Casse

Outstanding Apprentice Jockey:

Daisuke Fukumoto
Kazushi Kimura
Lenny A. Seecharan

Outstanding Jockey:

Luis Contreras
Eurico Rosa Da Silva
Rafael Manuel Hernandez

Horse of the Year:

Finalists to be announced during the 44th Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony


In addition to the 17 Sovereign Awards listed above, Gustav Schickedanz and the late William D. Graham will each be honoured with the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit for their life long dedication and outstanding contribution to the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry in Canada.

Woodbine’s 2018 Player of the Year, Nick Noce of Rochester, New York, will be presented with the award for Outstanding Handicapper and once again, the award for Outstanding Groom will be presented by sponsor OLG.

Winners of the three 2018 Media Awards will also be presented at the 44th Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony. Media Awards are judged by the journalism professors at Humber, School of Media Studies & Information Technology, in Toronto. The three finalists in each of the three media categories will be announced on or before March 1, 2019.

Tickets to the 44th Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony are available for purchase online. Tickets are $250 each, with tables of 10 discounted to $2,000. Early-Bird tickets are available for a discounted price of $225 until March 15, 2019. You can also purchase tickets by contacting The Jockey Club of Canada at 416-675-7756 or by email

Sovereign Awards Program advertisement information can be found at Program Advertisement and sponsorship package information at Sovereign Awards Sponsor or by contacting The Jockey Club of Canada at 416-675-7756 or by email


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)

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