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Outstanding Groom Award winner and Media Finalists announced for 2019 Sovereign Awards

February 18, 2020

TORONTO, February 18, 2020 – The Jockey Club of Canada announced today that Michael Williams is the recipient of 2019 Outstanding Groom Award.

Williams has worked on the Woodbine backstretch for over 20 years. His current employer, multiple graded stakes winning trainer Michael J. Doyle, and previous employer, Daniel J. Vella, are among the accomplished trainers he has worked for over the years. Williams has groomed King Ruckus, 1994 Champion Sprinter and Champion Older Horse, and Touch Gold as a two-year-old, among other successful horses.

The Jockey Club of Canada also announced the finalists for the 2019 Sovereign Awards Media categories. The judging for the 2019 Media Awards 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:

  • Dave Briggs – Royal Victory for the Quintessential “small guy”
  • Chris Lomon – Thoroughbred Racing’s Beautiful Bond
  • Hayley Morrison – Walcott Worry-Free After Surviving Brain Tumour

Digital Audio/Visual and Broadcast Category:

  • Horse Racing Alberta – Canadian Derby Invader
  • Horse Racing Radio Network – 160th Queen’s Plate
  • Woodbine Entertainment Group – The Queen’s Plate

Photograph Category:

  • Michael Bye – Cyclone Dan Winner of the 3rd Race J. Gomez up
  • Rebecca Brown – Lenny Seecharan, Hastings 2019
  • Alex Urosovic – Ricoh Woodbine Mile

The Jockey Club of Canada will announce the winners of all the Sovereign Awards at the 45th Annual Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 16, 2020.

Tickets to the 45th Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony are $250 each, with tables of 10 discounted to $2,000. Early-Bird tickets are also available for a discounted price of $225 until March 15, 2020. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting The Jockey Club of Canada’s website. The price displayed is inclusive of HST. Additionally, purchases can be made by contacting the Jockey Club of Canada office at 416-675-7756 or

Current Sovereign Award Sponsors:

Platinum Plus: Woodbine Entertainment Group

Platinum: HBPA Ontario

Gold Sponsors: OLG | Ontario Racing

Silver Sponsors: Assiniboia Downs | Colio Estate Wines

Bronze Sponsors: Anderson Farms | Cavalier Transportation | CTHS Ontario | Document Direction Limited | Earle I. Mack Limited | Great Canadian Gaming Corporation | Josham Farms Limited | Tall Oaks Farm | The Jockey Club

(The Jockey Club of Canada)


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