Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2014 Sovereign Award Finalists Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Toronto, January 20, 2015


The Jockey Club of Canada Announces 2014 Sovereign Award Finalists

And extends an invitation for everyone to come to the Awards Party!


The Jockey Club of Canada will host the 40th Annual Sovereign Awards Party to honour the Canadian Champions of 2014 and to celebrate Thoroughbred racing in Canada on Friday, April 10, 2015 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.


The cocktail-attire celebration awards party will include an opportunity to walk the Sovereign Award Red Carpet upon arriving at the “bubbly” reception followed by a buffet-style gourmet dinner and the presentation of the Sovereign Award Trophies to Canada’s racing Champions of 2014 and Canada’s 2014 Horse of the Year.


Even if you are not a finalist, you’re invited to come and have fun and celebrate with the Champions of Thoroughbred Racing in Canada.


This year’s event will once again be held on the eve of the start of Thoroughbred racing in Canada with Woodbine Racetrack’s 2015 Thoroughbred season beginning the next day at 1:00 pm (EST), Saturday, April 11.


Tickets to the 40th Annual Sovereign Awards Party are $250 each and tables of 10 are slightly discounted at $2400. All tickets are plus applicable taxes 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 for 2014 in the 17 race award categories, the voting began January 2, 2015, allowing for statistics for the entire 2014 year to be considered. To be eligible to receive a Sovereign Award in each divisional category a horse must have raced in Canada at least three times for all horses three years-old and up and two times for all two-year-olds. For the Owner, Trainer, Breeder, Jockey and Apprentice Jockey categories, a minimum of 10 starts in Canada must be made. The Outstanding Broodmare Award is a lifetime achievement award. The mare must have a Canadian-bred Stakes horse (by, definition, the horse must have come first, second or third in a Stakes race) in the current year and must have produced a different Canadian-bred stakes horse in a previous year.


Follow this link for a PDF of the complete Sovereign Awards Eligibility, Selection and Distribution Guidelines:



Once again the Jockey Club of Canada is announcing the top four finalists in each category as determined by the online ballots of 40 knowledgeable voters across Canada and in the United States.


The 2014 Sovereign Award Finalists, listed alphabetically in each category, are:


Champion Two-Year-Old Filly:


Conquest Harlanate

London Tower

Mississippi Delta


Champion Two-Year-Old Male:

Conquest Tsunami

Conquest Typhoon

Decision Day

Phil’s Cocktail


Champion Three-Year-Old Female:

Executive Allure

Lexie Lou

Paladin Bay

Sweater Weather


Champion Three-Year-Old Male:

Ami’s Holiday

Coltimus Prime

Florida Won

Heart to Heart


Champion Older Female:


Silent Star

Spring in the Air

Strut the Course


Champion Older Male:

Calgary Cat

Lukes Alley

Sharp Sensation

Sky Captain


Champion Female Turf Horse:

Deceptive Vision

Executive Allure

Lexie Lou

Royal Fury


Champion Male Turf Horse:

Dynamic Sky


Heart to Heart

Sharp Sensation


Champion Female Sprinter:

Cactus Kris

Executive Allure


Spring in the Air


Champion Male Sprinter:

Calgary Cat


Phil’s Dream

Sharp Sensation


Outstanding Broodmare:

Cruising Kris

Eye of the Sphynx

Star Guest



Outstanding Breeder:

Adena Springs

Paradox Farm Inc.

Sam-Son Farm

William Sorokolit


Outstanding Owner:

Gary Barber

Conquest Stables, LLC

John C. Oxley

Sam-Son Farm


Outstanding Trainer:

Josie Carroll

Mark Casse

Brian Lynch

Greg Tracy


Outstanding Apprentice Jockey:

Damario Bynoe

Sheena Ryan

Ericka Smilovsky

Nick Webb


Outstanding Jockey:

Luis Contreras

Eurico Da Silva

Patrick Husbands

Rico Walcott


The three finalists for 2014 Horse of the Year honours will be announced on the evening of the awards ceremony.


Media Award Categories:

The judging for the 2014 Media Sovereign Award 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 the week of February 23.


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 on The Jockey Club of Canada’s annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony contact Stacie Roberts at 416-675-7756; email jockeyclub@bellnet.ca or visit jockeyclubcanada.com.


Stacie J. Roberts

Executive Director

The Jockey Club of Canada