The 46th Annual Sovereign Awards

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Sovereign Awards Celebrating Outstanding Achievements in Canadian Thoroughbred Racing

WE SALUTE WE SALUTE YOU YOU Throughout our fifty year history we have been blessed with many amazing horses, trainers, jockeys, grooms and supporters. In an industry that provides opportunity, heartbreak and exhilaration we have had our share of each. As we look back on our proud legacy and look forward to new adventures, we would like to thank all of the people that have joined us on this journey. We look forward to watching our bloodlines continue to bring joy to a new generation of owners and fans. Congratulations to all of this year’s Sovereign Award finalists. You have made Canadian Racing proud.

The Sovereign Award Trophy

On behalf of Chief Steward, R. Glenn Sikura and the Jockey

The Sovereign Award Trophy is a replica of St. Simon (1881-1908). St. Simon raced at age two and three and was undefeated in 10 starts. His major racecourse accomplishment was his 20-length victory in the Ascot Gold Cup. He annihilated the field with such ease that his jockey was unable to pull him up after the 2 1/2 mile test. Highly regarded as a racehorse, it was as a stallion that St. Simon gained everlasting international fame.

Club of Canada Board of Stewards, we would like to

The son of Galopin – St. Angels, by King Tom, headed the list of winners nine

congratulate all of the finalists and winners this evening. We

times and the maternal grandsire list on six occasions, records that have

hope you enjoy the virtual presentation and we look forward

never been equaled. St. Simon, or one of his three sons, led the winners’ sire

to celebrating together again at the 46th Annual Sovereign

list sixteen times bewtween 1890 and 1913.

Awards event.

The Sovereign Award Trophy is a bronze which was sculpted by local carver

We would like to say a special thank you our dedicated

and award winning sculptor, the late Siegfried Puchta, a native of Germany

Sponsors and Advertisers for continuing to support the

who immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1953.

Sovereign Awards during these difficult times.

Only one Sovereign Award Trophy is to be presented to an individual or partnership in his or her lifetime. Any subsequent awards are to be noted by the addition of a Gold Sovereign Coin and a brass plate which are intended to be affixed to the individual’s or partnership’s original trophy.

The Master Trophy The Master Sovereign Award Trophy is a permanent fixture on display in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame located at the west entrance of Woodbine Racetrack. The Trophy is a symbol of the outstanding achievements

Individual breeders or partnership breeders of a Sovereign Award winning horse will only receive one trophy in his or her lifetime. Breeders or breeding partnerships of subsequent award winners will receive a brass plate only which is intended to be affixed to the individual breeder or partnership breeder’s original trophy.

of all Sovereign Award recipients from the

Only one Gold Sovereign or Trophy is

past 46 years.

to be awarded in any single year for the

Affixed on the base of the Master Trophy are the names of the Horse of Year recipients as well as the recipients of the E.P. Taylor Awards of Merit (formerly the Man of the Year Award).

accomplishments of a horse, individual, or partnership. If a horse, individual or partnership is awarded in more than one category this is to be noted on individual brass plates intended to be affixed to the base of one trophy.


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Welcome to the Sovereign Awards






The Jockey Club of Canada

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Glenn Sikura Chief Steward

David Anderson James Bannon Catherine Day Phillips Ben Hutzel Sue Leslie Bernard McCormack Ross McKague Adrian Munro Yvonne Schwabe Harvey Warner

MEMBERS Mike Ambler

Barbara Burke

Don Ferguson

Earle I. Mack

Barry Anderson

Theodore Burnett

John Fielding

Robert McMartin

Doug Anderson

Josie Carroll

Charles Fipke

Barbara Minshall

Kevin Attard

Mark Casse

Sean Fitzhenry

Shawn Minshall

Roger Attfield

Derek Chin

George Gilbert

Charles Overland

Michael Balaz

Ron Clarkson

Nicholas Gonzalez

Liam O’Rourke

Rick Balaz

Tom Cosgrove

Gabe Grossberg

John C. Oxley

Jeffery Begg

Katherine Curry

George Hendrie

Victoria Pappas

Duncan Bell

Ivan Dalos

Andrew Hudson

Rick Pettifer

Russell J. Bennett

Don Danard

Horatio Kemeny

David Pihl

Hazel Bennett

Rolph Davis

Steven Kemp

Mike Rogers

Peter Berringer

Michael P. De Paulo

Robert Krembil

Frank Romeo

Ray Bouchard

Frank DiGiulio

Robert Mark Krembil

Paul Ryenveld

John Brnjas

William Diamant

Mitchell Kursner

Mark Samuel

Jessica Buckley

Arika Everatt-Meeuse

Robert Landry

Michael Secker

Greg Lang

John G. Sikura

Donato Lanni

George Strawbridge Jr.

Patrick Lawley-Wakelin

Andy Stronach

James J. Lawson

Frank Stronach

Michael Lay

Robert Tiller

George Ledson

Lou Tucci

Wally Leong

Michael Vanin

Pierre-Louis Levesque

Howard Walton

Gordon Lickrish

David Willmot

Michael Loughry

Gail Wood

W. Bruce Lunsford

Jonathan Zammit

Mark Mache

Cam Ziprick

Congratulations to all the 2020 Sovereign Award winners and finalists.


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Special thanks to the following: Woodbine Broadcasting Department Video Production & Online Streaming Michael Burns Photography Program Photos Jason Portuondo Master of Ceremonies Deanne Penny Sportswood Printing Program Design, Printing Jennifer Morrison Jeff Bratt Editorial Contributions The Jockey Club of Canada Sovereign Awards Committee Committee Chair Yvonne Schwabe, James Bannon, Glenn Sikura, Harvey Warner

Congratulations to the 2020 Sovereign Award nominees. We wish you continued success in the upcoming racing season. From the HBPA Board of Directors & Staff

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Champion Three-Year Old Male Jason Portuondo returns

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as host of the Sovereign

Outstanding Apprentice Jockey

Awards. The thoroughbred commentator started with

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Woodbine’s broadcast

Outstanding Trainer

department in the late 90’s,

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and has spent many of those years as the emcee of this event. In addition to his

Champion Female Sprinter Special Sovereign Award

simulcast duties Portuondo

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can be seen on TSN co-hosting

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racing shows and heard on G98.7FM as host of World Beat Sports. His 25-year career

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the 2020 Sovereign Awards Finalists and Winners

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Finalists and Winners


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Northern Dancer: a virile stable genius

The Pep-Talking Groom, Willy, and a Queen’s Plate Crown

Riding For Freedom

Outstanding Writing

Published: February 20, 2020 Special to the Toronto Star An astonishing 97% of Thoroughbreds descend

on the Ontario Racing website.

Born on a dairy farm in rural Brazil, Da Silva determined at an early age that he would

As she walked the sturdy one-eyed colt over to

become a champion jockey. With an implacable

the Woodbine paddock for the biggest race of his

disposition, he pursued his goal, first in Brazil,

After testing 10,000 Thoroughbred horses,

life, Siobhan Brown, almost every step of the way,

then through Macao to Canada, where he earned

a team of researchers, led by geneticist,

patted the bay known as “Willy” and whispered

a reputation over 16 seasons as an intensely

Dr. Emmeline Hill, of Dublin’s University College,

words of encouragement.

focused and good-humoured competitor. But

from legend Northern Dancer.

recently announced that an astonishing 97% descended from Canada’s Northern Dancer.

“Everyone thinks I’m crazy,” started the groom who has worked in the barn of Canadian Horse

the real challenge in his life had little to do with horse racing.

Wow! I knew the numbers would be high,

Racing Hall of Fame trainer Josie Carroll for the

Since his childhood in Brazil, Da Silva had been

because I’ve been following the global influence

past three years. “I pep talk my horses all the

engaged in a much more lethal contest against

of our great Canadian champion since publication

way through their races – from the time they

a deep-seated anger that sometimes threatened

of my book Northern Dancer: the legend and

leave their stall to the moment they break from

to derail not just his career but his life, as well.

his legacy in 1995. But, even to me, 97% seems

the gate.”

Even in his moments of victory, negativity and

mighty outrageous.

The walk from Barn 39 to the paddock on

The whole thing is even more remarkable

September 12 was different than any other trek

considering that from the time he was born at

Brown had taken in her horse racing life.

Windfields Farm in Oshawa, this feisty Canadian colt was dismissed time and again because of his size. Short and stocky, he looked more like a compact quarter horse than a streamlined Thoroughbred....

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Published: December 24, 2020 Published: on September 18, 2020

But nothing, not a $1 million purse, not contesting the iconic Queen’s Plate, and certainly not the odds suggesting a victory was a longshot, was going to alter the pre-race gameplan Brown always employs....

self -doubt led him to despair until, with the support of a qualified therapist, he began to free himself from the tyranny of his past. This is the story of Da Silva’s battle with his demons. While it describes his ascent to the highest ranks of his athletic profession, it also lays bare his struggle to heal the emotional scars inflicted by an absent and negligent father and his victory over the forces that threatened at times to end his life....

Wishing you continued success in 2021!


We would like to extend Congratulations to all 2020 nominees.


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Michelle has worked for Hall of Fame trainer Robert Tiller for almost 10 years and she is the groom of Pink Lloyd, the 2017 Horse of the Year, a six-time Sovereign Award winner and a two-time finalist at this year’s awards. “He is my child,” said Michelle. “He is very smart and he loves being at the track. He just knows exactly what is going on.” Michelle learned everything she could about riding and horse care when she attended riding school in Caledon. She began to work with top circuit show jumpers and was soon travelling throughout the United States to major horse shows. When her son Devin was born in 2001, Michelle wanted to leave travelling behind and she checked in at Woodbine racetrack where she got different world,” said Michelle. “But my first job was with [owner/trainer] Shelley Fitzgerald and she also had a show jumping background and knew where I was coming from. She was a great teacher.” Michelle worked for

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her first job with Thoroughbreds. “Oh, working with racehorses was such a

several small barns before she was hired by Tiller, who has one of the largest stables of horses at Woodbine.


“I was very intimidated at first. So many horses! But Mr. Tiller and his staff

Growing up in Brampton, Ontario, Michelle Gibson knew what she wanted to

welcomed me.”

do for a living by the time she was barely a teenager. “I told my parents that

Michelle, who likes to have lots of time to get her horses ready and is at the

I wanted to work with horses,” said Michelle. “I had been riding since I was seven-years-old and I didn’t want to do anything else.” Her family may have been skeptical back then that a career in horses would come to fruition for their daughter, but Michelle’s hard work and passion has made her one of the most respected grooms at Woodbine racetrack.

her meticulous work habits and ability to multi-task. “I think Mr. Tiller likes that too as he always says that horse racing is a game of details. Every horse I groom is an individual and like things their own certain way and have their own needs.” Pink Lloyd, owned by Entourage Stable, has a finely detailed

As a result of her dedication Michelle has won the 2020 Sovereign Award

routine each day and of course, different moods. “Some days he will buck and

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kick in his stall if a bird flies by and chirps,” laughed Michelle. “Other days if he

out,” said Michelle, a married mother of 20-year-old son Devin. “This is like

sees a loose horse he just stands there.”

the Oscars, it is such an honour to receive the Sovereign Award. We are

Humbled by receiving the Sovereign Award, Michelle is grateful that she gets

grooms and we are very much appreciated by trainers but we don’t usually get recognition.”

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barn at 3:30 a.m. each morning, believes her strengths as a groom come from

to work at what she loves. “The horses are my therapy, they keep me sound and they keep me sane.”

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Starts 89; Wins 7; Seconds 4; Thirds 24

Starts 191; Wins 16; Seconds 27; Thirds 16

Starts 199; Wins 7; Seconds 22; Thirds 29

Earnings $118,525

Earnings $210,888; Stakes Wins 1

Earnings $144,303

Born in Brampton, Ontario, Nikki Alderson comes

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Mauricio Malvaez was

A graduate of jockey school at home in Mexico

from a family of accomplished horsepeople. It is

a promising young boxer, winning several medals

City, Edgar Zenteno joined older brother Rafael at

no surprise that she has embarked on a career

and just missing in an Olympic qualifier in 2015

Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg in 2020 where he

as a jockey. Her father Ed Walton is a successful

before he traded in his boxing gloves for a jockey

rode his first full season as an apprentice jockey.

jockey at Ajax Downs and winner of the 2020

saddle three years ago. Following the path of

Edgar, whose father Rafael Sr. was a successful

riders title and her mother Lynette trained horses

his father, former rider and now trainer, Marcos

jockey in Alberta, quickly became popular with

at the family’s training centre. Nikki learned her

Malvaez, he grew up spending time working with

horsepeople riding 199 starters, more than any

trade working with her family on their farm in

racehorses in Alberta. Mauricio began his career

other apprentice rider in Canada that year. Early

Dundalk, ON. In 2020, her second season in the

as a jockey in 2019 and completed his first full

in the season, Zenteno stamped himself one to

tack, Nikki rode seven winners and placed in 35 of

season as an apprentice in 2020, quickly making

watch when he guided first time starter Dazzling

her 89 races. After multiple victories at Fort Erie

an impression. However, it was his superb front-

Gold, a Tiffany Husbands-trainee, to victory in

racetrack, Nikki rode her first winner at Woodbine

running ride on Real Grace, trained by Shelley

the Hazel Wright Sire Stakes. The pair came

in June aboard Ezme’sgirl, guiding her to a front

Brown, to win the Grade 3 Canadian Derby, for

back three weeks later to win the R.C. Anderson

running win in a 1 1/16 mile maiden race.

owners Shelley Brown, Jean McEwan, Bette

Stakes. Edgar also spent time riding at Century

Holtman and Bernell B. Rhone that put Mauricio’s

Mile in the fall, winning on stakes star Regal Max

name in the headlines. Mauricio’s 16 wins in 2020

for trainer Rick Hedge.

led all apprentice riders in Canada in 2020.

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Starts 637; Wins 129; Seconds 99; Thirds 77

Starts 417; Wins 70; Seconds 50; Thirds 51

Starts 665; Wins 126; Seconds 97; Thirds 86

Earnings $5,463,126; Stakes Wins 17

Earnings $3,536,907; Stakes Wins 10

Earnings $5,444,070; Stakes Wins 11

Born in Puerto Rico, Rafael won a meet-leading

One of Canada’s all-time leading jockeys, Patrick

British Columbia-born Justin Stein had one of the

17 stakes races among his 129 wins in Canada

Husbands is once again a finalist for the country’s

best years of his riding career in 2020. Locked in

earning himself the riders title at Woodbine

Outstanding Jockey award. This is an award

a season-long battle with Rafael Hernandez for

for 2020. He held a steady 20% win average

he has won eight times. Patrick, who hails from

the leading rider title he ended up just three wins

throughout the meet. There were few weekends

Barbados, won 70 races in 2020 and 10 of those

behind Rafael when the Woodbine season was

that went by in which Rafael did not win a

were stakes wins. One of his many highlights was

abruptly ended with 12 days remaining. Justin

stakes race and he was often a go-to rider for

guiding champion Curlin’s Voyage, a finalist for

won 126 races, 11 of those were stakes events

American trainers shipping horses north for major

this year’s Champion Three-Year-Old Female,

amounting to purse earnings over $5.4 million.

races. Rafael’s biggest win came in the Grade 1

to victory in the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks

His superb ride on Starship Jubilee, guiding

E. P. Taylor Stakes when he guided Etoile (Fr),

for trainer Josie Carroll. Patrick has a knack for

her to victory in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile

trained by Chad Brown, to preserve victory in

winning big events on two-year-olds and it was

beating the boys, was one of many highlights

the $600,000 race, winning by a neck. Rafael’s

no different in 2020. He won the $250,000 Cup

which also includes August 21, the day Justin

other achievements include three graded stakes

& Saucer Stakes on Master Spy and the $250,000

won six of the eight races he rode that day.

wins aboard champion Pink Lloyd, who is once

Princess Elizabeth Stakes on Dreaming of Drew,

Among Justin’s successes was 2020 Sovereign

again a multiple Sovereign Award contender and

both 2020 Sovereign Award finalists. Patrick also

Award finalists Stephen, winner of the $250,000

Skywire, winner of the Grade 2 Autumn Stakes,

rode Ride a Comet, for trainer Mark Casse, to win

Coronation Futurity, Theodora B., winner of the

Grade 2 Eclipse Stakes and is finalist in the

the Grade 2 Kennedy Road Stakes, as he returned

Grade 2 Dance Smartly and Silent Poet, winner

Champion Older Main Track Male category.

to victory after a two-year layoff.

of the Grade 2 Nearctic Stakes and Grade 2 Connaught Cup.

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Outstanding Broodmare CO U N T T O T H R E E

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Champion Three-Year-Old Male BELICHICK


Outstanding Trainer

Sovereign Awards KEVIN ATTARD



Starts 259; Wins 39; Seconds 48; Thirds 31

Starts 156; Wins 30; Seconds 22; Thirds 20

Starts 482; Wins 93; Seconds 86; Thirds: 51

Earnings $2,724,954; Stakes Wins 6

Earnings $2,814,316; Stakes Wins 9

Earnings $5,385,935; Stakes Wins 17

It seems each year Kevin Attard notches another

Josie Carroll’s 2020 season was outstanding,

Mark Casse seeks an unprecedented 13th

milestone in his training career. In 2020, Kevin

making her a finalist in the Outstanding Trainer

and ninth consecutive Sovereign Award for

sent out his fabulous trainee, multiple Sovereign

category for the fourth time. A highlight of the

Outstanding Trainer after another remarkable

Award winner and 2019 Horse of The Year

year was her preparation of Larry Cordes’ one-

season. Mark has been a strong supporter of

Starship Jubilee to beat the boys in the Grade 1

eyed colt Mighty Heart to win the Queen’s Plate.

racing at Woodbine for decades and has the

Woodbine Mile. Starship Jubilee also won four

Mighty Heart also won the Prince of Wales Stakes

largest racing stable in Canada. In 2020, Mark’s

other stakes events in the United States for

at Fort Erie, setting himself up for the Breeders’

trainees won 93 races from 482 starts, 17 of

owner Blue Heaven Farm. Kevin sent out Al and

Stakes with a chance at the first Triple Crown

which were stakes races. His starters earned over

Bill Ulwelling’s Stephen, who won the $250,000

sweep in 17 years. While Mighty Heart tired in the

$5.3 million in purses. Those numbers all exceeded

Coronation Futurity in just his third career start

Breeders’ Stakes, it was another Josie-trainee,

his 2019 totals despite a shortened 2020 season

and is a finalist in the Champion Two-Year-

Belichick, who powered to victory. Both colts are

at Woodbine. Leading the charge of stakes

Old Male category. Kevin also developed the

finalists in the Champion Three-year-Old Male

winners in Canada for Mark was Grade 1 Summer

three-year-old filly Merveilleux also owned by

category. Curlin’s Voyage, also trained by Josie,

Stakes winner Gretzky the Great, a finalist for

Al and Bill Ulwelling. The daughter of Paynter,

won the Woodbine Oaks and is a finalist in the

Champion Two-Year-Old Male, two-time graded

Merveilleux won the $250,000 Wonder Where

Champion Three-Year-Old Female category.

stakes winner Skywire, a finalist for Champion

Stakes, the Ontario Damsel Stakes and is a

Other successes include Boardroom, winner

Older Male and Male Sprinter finalist Not So Quiet,

finalist for Champion Three-Year-Old Female.

of the Grade 3 Duchess Stakes and a finalist in

a two-time stakes winner. Mark had several other

Other stakes winners for Kevin include Plate Trial

the Champion Female Sprinter category, and

juvenile stakes winners on his roster in 2020

winner Clayton and Amalfi Coast, winner of the

Painting, winner of the Grade 3 Ontario Fashion

including Cup & Saucer Stakes winner Master Spy

Sweet Briar Too stakes. From 259 starters, Kevin

Stakes and a finalist in the Champion Older

who is also a 2020 finalist, and Grade 3 Display

sent out 39 winners in Canada which earned

Main Track Female category. Josie sent out the

Stakes winner Helium. An impressive training

over $2.7 million. This is his fourth nomination for

winners of 30 races from 156 starters, with nine

feat was Ride a Comet’s return to victory after

Outstanding Trainer.

stakes wins, earning over $2.8 million in purses.

a two-year layoff to win the Grade 2 Kennedy Road Stakes.

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Congratulations to all

2020 Sovereign Award Nominees

Back Better than Ever in 2021



Sovereign Awards

Champion Male Sprinter


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Dk. b. or b. G. 5, by Silent Name*JPN - Mona Moon (Perigee Moon)

Ch. G. 8, by Old Forester - Gladiator Queen (Great Gladiator)

Dk. b. or b. G. 5, by Silent Name*JPN - Cara Bella (Ghostzapper)

Trainer: Mark E. Casse

Trainer: Robert P. Tiller

Trainer: Nicholas Gonzalez

Owner: Heste Sport Inc.

Owner: Entourage Stable

Owner: Stronach Stables

Breeder: Heste Sport Inc. - TB Racing Division

Breeder: John Carey

Breeder: Adena Springs




6 Starts – 4 wins – 0 seconds - 1 thirds - $472,500


Nearctic S. (G2) ALW Connaught Cup S. (G2) ALW

6 Starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds - 1 third - $238,120

Winner: Overskate S.

Vice Regent S. ALW/OC

5 Starts – 4 wins – 0 seconds - 1 third - $357,600

Winner: Vigil S. (G3)

Bold Venture S. (G3) Shepperton S. Jacques Cartier S. (G3)

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Champion Female Sprinter


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B. F. 3, by We Miss Artie - Stormkeeper (Stormy Atlantic)

B. F. 3, by Commissioner - Money Madness (Rahy)

B. F. 4 by Kantharos - Smart Sis (Beau Genius)

Trainer: Wesley Ward

Trainer: Josie Carroll

Trainer: Mark E. Casse

Owner: Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey

Owner: LNJ Foxwoods

Owner: Tracy Farmer

Breeder: Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey

Breeder: Polo Green Stable, Inc.

Breeder: William C. Schettine &


4 Starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds - 0 thirds - $260,220


Bessarabian S. (G2) Ruling Angel S. ALW



5 Starts –3 wins – 1 second - 1 third - $188,500 Duchess S. ALW MSW

William B. Haines 2020:

7 Starts – 4 wins – 0 seconds - 0 thirds - $209,488

Winner: Royal North S. (G2)


Best of Luck

to our Graduates Sovereign Award Champion 2YO Female Finalists


A job well done, a name you can rely on





Special Sovereign Award

Sovereign Awards

SAM-SON FARM Sam-Son Farm, a Canadian thoroughbred breeding and racing operation, was

After Ernie passed away in 2000, Sam-Son was managed by his daughter

founded in 1972 by Ernie and Liza Samuel.

Tammy Samuel-Balaz until her own passing in 2008. Today the farm’s

In 1975 Ernie purchased two fillies at the Woodbine sale, No Class and Loudrangle, who together became the foundation of Sam-Son’s extraordinary broodmare band. No Class was the dam of five champions including Classy ‘n Smart, whose daughter, the brilliant Dance Smartly, became the 1991 Canadian triple crown winner. Following this incredible feat, Dance Smartly went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs becoming the first Canadianbred to win a Breeders Cup race. Sam-Son’s beloved Dance Smartly

and racing manager Tom Zwiesler, under the leadership of Mark Samuel (CEO), Kim Samuel and Rick Balaz (President). Celebrating almost 50 years in the thoroughbred breeding and racing business, Sam-Son has been the recipient of an impressive four Eclipse Awards, 13 Hall of Fame Awards and 84 Sovereign Awards. Since its inception Sam-Son has bred and raced 44 Graded Stakes winners, including 37 Classic winners and 14 Grade 1 winners.

continued her legacy in the breeding shed producing Queen’s Plate winners

In 2020 once again, Sam-Son is a finalist for Outstanding Owner and Breeder.

Dancethruthedawn and Scatter the Gold.

They are also represented as the breeder of five finalists and co-owner of two.

The red and gold colours of Sam-Son Farm enjoyed their first of five Queen’s

The Jockey Club of Canada is proud to present Sam-Son Farm with the

Plate victories in 1988 with Regal Intention. Sam-Son also bred and raced nine

Special Sovereign Award recognizing their outstanding achievements and

Woodbine Oaks heroines starting with Classy ‘n’ Smart in 1984.

contribution to the thoroughbred industry in Canada.

In 1991 after Sam-Son’s horses established a world record earning more than $6.8 million in purses, Ernie was presented the Man of the Year award by The Jockey Club of Canada. This honour affirmed Ernie’s greatest joy and that of his family, their cherished broodmares and their breeding program.

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breeding and racing operation is overseen by farm manager David Whitford


 GIANT’S CAUSEWAY - SPUNOUTACONTROL BY WILD AGAIN  Multiple Graded Stakes winner, multiple New Track Record setter, and multiple Grade 1 performer.  The fastest son of leading sire Giant’s Causeway, Fed Biz showcased his exceptional ability as a racehorse from 2 to 5 with 19 wins and over $770,000 in earnings.

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Starters 55; Winners 19

Starters 44; Winners 19

Starters 24; Winners 14

Earnings $1,968,604

Earnings $2,231,813

Earnings $1,386,573

Starts 267; Wins 32; Seconds 34; Thirds 37

Starts 206; Wins 28; Seconds 26; Thirds 25

Sam-Son Farm, founded by Ernie Samuel, won

A winner in this category in 2018, Ivan Dalos and

its 10th Outstanding Breeder Award in 2019

his Tall Oaks Farm was once again prominent on

and once again is the breeder of multiple 2020

the leading breeders list in Canada and the United

stakes stars. Say the Word captured the Grade 1

States. Channel Maker, a son of English Channel

Northern Dancer Stakes for Sam-Son and closed

out of Ivan’s 2018 Outstanding Broodmare In

the year with a strong third-place finish in the

Return, had another stellar racing campaign

Grade 3 Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar. Say

in 2020. Winning the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf

the Word is a finalist for Champion Turf Male as

Classic Stakes, the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Stakes

is Count Again, winner of the Grade 3 Singspiel

and finishing third in the Grade 2 Bowling Green

Stakes at Woodbine, who also headed south,

Stakes and the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf at

taking the Grade 2 Seabiscuit Stakes at Del Mar.

Keeneland, earning the gelding the 2020 Eclipse

Among other successful Sam-Son bred horses

Award for Champion Turf Male. Dalos bred and

was Rideforthecause, winner of the Grade 2

raced stakes winner Court Return, winner of

Canadian Stakes and a finalist for Champion Turf

the Eternal Search Stakes, second in the Grade

Female and stakes placed Cleopatra’s Strike, El

1 E. P. Taylor Stakes and third in the Grade 2

Tormenta, Intent to Strike, Malibu Secret and Tio

Canadian Stakes, as well as graded stakes placed

Magico. Danceforthecause, the dam of Count

Avie’s Samurai and Avie’s Flatter. Tall Oaks led

Again and Rideforthecause, is a finalist in the

Canadian breeders in earnings with over $2.2

Outstanding Broodmare category.

million in purses.

Starts 115; Wins 20; Seconds 24; Thirds 9 2020 was another successful year for horses bred by David Anderson and his Anderson Farms in St. Thomas, Ontario. From 24 starters, two were Grade 1 winners and in total, Anderson-breds won or placed in 10 stakes races in Canada and the U.S. Leading the success of David’s homebreds in 2020 was Gretzky the Great, a finalist for Champion Two-Year-Old Male, the winner of the Grade 1 Summer Stakes and the Soaring Free Stakes. A son of Nyquist from the mare Pearl Turn, Gretzky the Great races for Gary Barber and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. Hard Not to Love, a filly by Hard Spun out of David’s 2019 Outstanding Broodmare Loving Vindication, won the Grade 2 Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita in 2020 and placed in three other graded stakes events. Other successful Anderson breds include Halo Again, winner of the Queenston Stakes and stakes placed Cafe Society and Golden Wave.

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Edmonton, Alberta

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Sovereign Awards COUNT AGAIN

Outstanding Broodmare


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B. M. 2002 by Red Ransom – Countus In (Dancing Count)

B. M. 2011 by Giant’s Causeway – Dancethruthestorm (Thunder Gulch)

CH. M. 2004 by Include – Katherine of Ascot, by Ascot Knight

9 Foals, 6 Starters, 4 Winners, 2 Graded Black-Type Winners

3 Foals, 2 Starters, 2 Winners, 2 Graded Black-Type Winners

Progeny Earnings $1,268,551

Progeny Earnings $760,518

10 Foals, 9 Starters, 8 Winners, 1 Graded Black-Type Winner, 1 Graded Black-Type Placer, 2 Black-Type Placers

Stakes winner Count to Three was bred and raced

A granddaughter of the great Dance Smartly,

by Sam-Son Farm and won or placed in seven

Danceforthecause bred by Sam-Son Farm

Include Katherine is a third-generation mare

stakes races in her career, earning over $398,000.

never made it to the races but she is off to a

from the successful breeding program of Dom

For Sam-Son, Count to Three produced seven

spectacular start in her broodmare career. The

Romeo’s Terra Farm and she has continued the

foals including 2020 stakes winner Count Again,

daughter of Kentucky Derby winner Thunder

strong family tree with her own foals. Include

winner of the Grade 2 Seabiscuit Handicap Stakes

Gulch has had two starters and both are graded

Katherine did not win in her brief racing career

at Del Mar and the Grade 3 Singspiel Stakes at

stakes winners. Rideforthecause, winner of the

but has been a marvel in the breeding shed.

Woodbine. Count Again is a finalist for 2020

Grade 2 Canadian Stakes and Say the Word,

Among her eight winning foals is Graded

Champion Turf Male. Count to Three’s 2012 foal,

who won the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Stakes

stakes winner Amalfi Coast who won the 2019

Ransom the Moon, won the Grade 1 Bing Crosby

at Woodbine and finished third in the Grade 2

Grade 2 Bessarabian Stakes and the 2020 Sweet

Stakes at Del Mar in 2017 and 2018 and retired

Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar and the Grade 3

Briar Too Stakes. Include Katherine’s, Afleet

with over $884,000 in earnings. Count to Three

Singspiel Stakes. Say the Word’s stakes placings

Katherine placed in multiple stakes races in

is now owned by Arika Everatt-Meeuse and

in 2018 and 2019 qualified his dam for this lifetime

2020 highlighted by her second-place finish in

Shannondoe Farm who have a two-year-old filly

achievement award. The mare is now owned

the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks and her 2009

by Pioneer of the Nile from the mare and a Malibu

by Gainesway Farm. She was purchased by

foal Why Katherine is a multiple Graded stakes

Moon yearling, a full sister to Ransom the Moon.

Gainesway at the 2021 Keeneland January sale.

placer. Include Katherine passed away soon

Danceforthecause has a 2019 foal by Distorted

after producing a 2020 colt by Midnight Lute in

Humor and a 2020 foal by Street Sense.

Arkansas and was owned by Bill McDowell.

Progeny Earnings $1,610,176

Congratulations to the Special Sovereign Award winners Sam-Son Farm, to the owners of Ready to Repeat and to all of the 2020 Finalists.

A special

thank you to my owners and the entire Gail Cox Racing team

for a successful 2020 racing season.


Champion Two-Year-Old Male

Sovereign Awards

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B. C. 2, by Nyquist - Pearl Turn (Bernardini)

Dk. b or b C. 2, by Silent Name*JPN - Smart Catomine (Smart Strike)

Trainer: Mark E. Casse

Trainer: Mark E. Casse

Owner: Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gary Barber

Owner: Tracy Farmer

Breeder: Anderson Farms Ont. Inc.

Breeder: Bernard & Karen McCormack


5 Starts – 3 wins – 1 second - 0 thirds - $354,400


5 Starts – 2 wins – 1 second - 1 third - $276,528


Summer S. (G1) Soaring Free S. MSW


Cup and Saucer S. MSW



B. G. 2, by More Than Ready - Christine Daae (Giant’s Causeway)

B. G. 2, by Constitution - Naughty Holiday (Harlan’s Holiday)

Trainer: Gail Cox

Trainer: Kevin Attard

Owner: Gail Cox, John Menary, Michael James Ambler and

Owner: Al and Bill Ulwelling

Windways Farm Breeder: Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC

Breeder: Trackwest Racing Inc.


5 Starts – 2 wins – 2 seconds - 1 third - $178,600


Victoria S. MSW


3 Starts – 1 win – 1 second - 0 thirds - $173,100


Coronation Futurity S.

You’ll be amazed at what they can do!

Congratulations to LNJ FOXWOODS and NK RACING on their accomplishments with Sovereign Award Finalists Boardroom and Belichick. Your success is well deserved; we thank you for your continued support and dedication to the game. Sincerely, Alex Solis II, Jason Litt and Madison Scott SOLIS/LITT BLOODSTOCK

We expect great things from our horses. Let’s make sure that they can expect a happy and dignified retirement when their racing days are over. I’m The Red Lion and adopter Jennifer Coffin



416-675-3993 ext. 1-3440



Sovereign Awards

Champion Two-Year-Old Female


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Ch. F. 2, by Munnings - Soldata (Maria’s Mon)

CH. F. 2, by Speightster - Dreaming of Liz (El Prado*IRE)

Ch. F. 2, by Speightstown - Lady Shakespeare (Theatrical*IRE)

Trainer: Graham H. Motion

Trainer: Barbara J. Minshall

Trainer: Roger L. Attfield

Owner: Wertheimer and Frere

Owner: Hoolie Racing Stable LLC

Owner: Charles E. Fipke

Breeder: Wertheimer et Frere

Breeder: WinStar Farm LLC

Breeder: Charles E. Fipke


5 Starts – 2 wins – 1 second - 1 third - $126,283


5 Starts – 2 wins – 2 seconds - 0 thirds - $202,832



Catch A Glimpse S. MSW


Princess Elizabeth S. MSW

Winner: Natalma S. (G1)

2 Starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds - 0 thirds - $146,394 MSW


to Outstanding Groom Award winner Michelle Gibson, Entourage Stables, Pink Lloyd and all of the 2020 Sovereign Award finalists



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Sponsored by Ontario Racing

Champion Turf Male


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B. G. 5, by Awesome Again - Count to Three (Red Ransom)

Dk. b. or b. G. 5, by More Than Ready - Danceforthecause (Giant’s Causeway)

Dk. b. or b. G. 5, by Silent Name*JPN - Cara Bella (Ghostzapper)

Trainer: D’Amato Philip

Trainer: D’Amato Philip

Trainer: Nicholas Gonzalez

Owner: Agave Racing Stable and

Owner: Agave Racing Stable and

Owner: Stronach Stables

Sam-Son Farm Breeder: Sam-Son Farm

Sam-Son Farm Breeder: Sam-Son Farm

Breeder: Adena Springs



6 Starts – 3 wins – 1 second - 1 third - $265,590

Winner: Seabiscuit H. (G2)

Singspiel S. (G3) ALW

7 Starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds - 2 thirds - $298,490

Winner: Northern Dancer S. (G1)



6 Starts – 4 wins – 0 seconds - 1 third - $472,500


Nearctic S. (G2) ALW Connaught Cup S. (G2) ALW


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Sovereign Awards

Champion Turf Female


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Ch. F. 4, by Frankel*GB - Maids Causeway*IRE (Giant’s Causeway)

B. F. 4, by Candy Ride*ARG - Danceforthecause (Giant’s Causeway)

Dk. b. or b. M. 5, by Ghostzapper - Dyna Waltz*GB (Dynaformer)

Trainer: Roger L. Attfield

Trainer: Michael W. McCarthy

Trainer: Michael W. Dickinson

Owner: John J McCormack

Owner: Alpha Delta Stables

Owner: Augustin Stables

Breeder: Godolphin

Breeder: Sam-Son Farm

Breeder: Augustin Stables


9 Starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds - 2 thirds - $271,590


7 Starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds - 0 thirds - $276,570



Nassau S. (G2) The Very One S. (G3) MSW


Canadian S. (G2) ALW/OC

Winner: TVG S.

6 Starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds - 0 thirds - $455,940 Dance Smartly S. (G2) ALW/OC



For more than 40 years, Lane’s End’s stallion tradition has been proven by the performance of our stallions and their progeny. But none of it would be possible without the support of our fellow breeders, owners and partners. Congratulations to all those recognized tonight for their success over the past year. Your hard work is a testament to what makes the Thoroughbred industry extraordinary. This is what we stand for.



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Outstanding Owner

Sovereign Awards GARY BARBER



Starts 115; Wins 17; Seconds 29; Thirds 13

Starts 47; Wins 14; Seconds 9; Thirds 4

Starts 63: Wins 8; Seconds 8; Thirds 7

Earnings $1,561,599; Stakes Win 1

Earnings $1,146,408; Stakes Wins 5

Earnings $1,052,229; Stakes Wins 3

Woodbine’s leading owner of 2020 by purse

Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Plantation and

The legendary Canadian farm founded by Ernie

earnings, Gary Barber, the well-known American

Stud in Florida, has produced and raced top

and Liza Samuel, Sam-Son Farm, won its 12th

film producer, has campaigned many Sovereign

racehorses since the early 1990s. Live Oak has

Sovereign award for Outstanding Owner in

Award champions and he seeks his first

also been a regular participant in Canadian racing

2019 and is a finalist once again. Now owned

Sovereign Award for Outstanding Owner. Gary

and has heightened its profile in recent years.

and operated by Kim Samuel, Mark Samuel and

is the sole owner of the filly Two Sixty who won

Charlotte’s horses, trained by Mark Casse and

Rick Balaz, Sam-Son Farm celebrated a Grade 1

the Grade 3 Selene Stakes. Gary’s other 2020

Michael Trombetta, closed the season with purse

victory with homebred Say the Word in the

racing stars in Canada include two Sovereign

earnings of over $1.1 million, placing her third

Grade 1 Northern Dancer Stakes at Woodbine.

Award finalists. Two-year-old Gretzky the Great,

on the leading owners list. The Live Oak stars of

Trained by Gail Cox, Say the Word also finished

owned in partnership with Eclipse Thoroughbred

2020 include Souper Escape, a multiple graded

third in the Grade 3 Singspiel Stakes to another

Partners, won the Soaring Free Stakes and the

stakes winner with victories in the Grade 3

Sam-Son entry, Count Again, who went on to

Grade 1 Summer Stakes at Woodbine, earning

Seaway Stakes and Grade 3 Trillium Stakes, and is

win the Grade 2 Seabiscuit Handicap at Del

over $350,000 in purses and Skywire, one of the

a finalist for Champion Older Main Track Female.

Mar. The farm’s Rideforthecause also developed

top older horses of the year. Co-owned by Lou

The farm also campaigned the Grade 2 King

into a stakes star in 2020, winning the Grade 2

Tucci, Skywire won the Grade 2 Eclipse Stakes

Edward Stakes winner March to the Arch, the

Canadian Stakes. Sam-Son Farm is the recipient

and the Grade 2 Autumn Stakes. Gary’s horses,

Grade 3 Durham Cup Stakes winner Salute With

of the Special Sovereign Award for their

trained by Mark Casse, earned over $1.5 million

Honor, and 2-year-old filly Souper Sensational,

outstanding contribution and dedication to the

in Canada in 2020, earning him the Woodbine

who won the Glorious Song Stakes.

Canadian racing and breeding industry.

owner’s title.

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Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

Congratulates the

2020 Sovereign Award Winners and Finalists


We join you in celebrating the success of the 2020 race season.

Catherine Willson

While we face the challenges of today’s world, we look forward to brighter days on the horizon as the tradition of Canadian horse racing endures.

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Award Finalists and Best of Luck in 2021


2020 HORSE OF THE YEAR The three finalists are: 1. 46 Annual th

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Hard Work, Dedication and Talent


to all Nominees & Winners

Canada’s Horse of the Year for 2020 is:

Horse of the Year


STARSHIP JUBILEE B. M. 6, Indy Wind – Perfectly Wild (Forest Wildcat) Trainer: Kevin Attard Owner: Blue Heaven Farm Breeder: William P. Sorren


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to all 2020 Sovereign Award Nominees & Winners

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Past Winners Horse Of The Year


Sovereign Awards

1951: Bull Page E.P. Taylor

1963: Canebora Windfields Farm

1975: L’Enjoleur Jean-Louis Levesque

1986: Ruling Angel Sam-Son Farm

1998: Chief Bearhart Sam-Son Farm

1952: Canadiana E.P. Taylor

1964: Northern Dancer Windfields Farm

1976: Norcliffe Norcliffe Stable

1999: Thornfield Knob Hill Stable

1953: King Maple Mrs. G. McMacken

1965: George Royal E.C. Hammond & R.W. Hall

1977: L’Alezane Jean-Louis Levesque

1987: Afleet Richard Kennedy & Taylor Made Farms

1954: Queen’s Own E.P. Taylor 1955: Ace Marine Larkin Maloney 1956: Canadian Champ Bill Beasley 1957: Hartney Col. K.R. Marshall

Past Winners

1958: Nearctic Windfields Farm

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1966: Victorian Era Windfields Farm 1967: He’s a Smoothie Bill Beasley 1968: Viceregal Windfields Farm 1969: Jumpin Joseph Warren Beasley 1970: Fanfreluche Jean-Louis Levesque

1978: Overskate Stafford Farms 1979: Overskate Stafford Farms 1980: Glorious Song Frank Stronach & Nelson Bunker Hunt 1981: Deputy Minister Kinghaven Farms & Centurion Farm

1988: Play the King Kinghaven Farms 1989: With Approval Kinghaven Farms 1990: Izvestia Kinghaven Farms 1991: Dance Smartly Sam-Son Farm 1992: Benburb Knob Hill Stable

2004: Soaring Free Sam-Son Farm

2013: Up with the Birds Sam-Son Farm 2014: Lexie Lou Gary Barber

1994: Alywow Kinghaven Farms

2006: Arravale Robert Costigan

2016: Caren Robert Marzilli

2007: Sealy Hill Melnyk Racing Stables, Inc.

2017: Pink Lloyd Entourage Stable

1972: La Prevoyante Jean-Louis Levesque

1983: Travelling Victor R.J. Bennett

1995: Peaks and Valleys Pin Oak Stable

1961: Hidden Treasure Bill Beasley

1973: Kennedy Road Mrs. A.W. Stollery

1984: Dauphin Fabuleux Sam-Son Farm

1996: Mt.Sassafras Minshall Farms

1962: Crafty Lace Jerome M. Jacobs

1974: L’Enjoleur Jean-Louis Levesque

1985: Imperial Choice Sam-Son Farm

1997: Chief Bearhart Sam-Son Farm

1990: Rainbows For Life 1991: Free At Last 1992: Truth Of It All 1993: Comet Shine 1994: Talkin Man 1995: Gomtuu 1996: Cash Deposit 1997: Dawson’s Legacy 1998: Riddell’s Creek 1999: Exciting Story 2000: Highland Legacy 2001: Rare Friends 2002: Added Edge 2003: Judiths Wild Rush 2004: Wholelottabourbon

2003: Wando Gus Schickedanz

2012: Uncaptured John C. Oxley

1993: Peteski Earle I. Mack

1960: Victoria Park Windfields Farm

1975: Proud Tobin 1976: Sound Reason 1977: Overskate 1978: Medaille d’Or 1979: Allan Blue 1980: Bayford 1981: Deputy Minister 1982: Sunny’s Halo 1983: Prince Avatar 1984: Dauphin Fabuleux 1985: Grey Classic 1986: Blue Finn 1987: Regal Classic 1988: Mercedes Won 1989: Sky Classic

2002: Wake At Noon Bruno Schickedanz

2011: Never Retreat Team Block

2015: Catch a Glimpse Gary Barber, Michael Ambler & Windways Farm

1971: Lauries Dancer Mrs. A.W. Stollery

Champion Two-Year-Old Male

2001: Win City Frank Di Giulio Jr.

2010: Biofuel Brereton Jones

2005: A Bit O’Gold Two Bit Racing Stable

1982: Frost King Bill Marko & Ted Smith

1959: Wonder Where L.Maloney & Conn Smythe

2000: Quiet Resolve Sam-Son Farm

2009: Champs Elysees (GB) Juddmonte Farms Inc.

2008: Fatal Bullet Bear Stables, Ltd.

2018: Wonder Gadot Gary Barber 2019: Starship Jubilee Blue Heaven Farm

Champion Two-Year-Old Female 2005: Edenwold 2006: Leonnatus Anteas 2007: Kodiak Kowboy 2008: Mine That Bird 2009: Hollinger 2010: Madman Diaries 2011: Maritimer 2012: Uncaptured 2013: Go Greeley 2014: Conquest Typhoon 2015: Riker 2016: King and His Court 2017: Admiralty Pier 2018: Avie’s Flatter 2019: Mr. Hustle

1975: Seraphic 1976: Northernette 1977: L’Alezane 1978: Liz’s Pride 1979: Par Excellence 1980: Rainbow Connection 1981: Choral Group 1982: Candle Bright 1983: Ada Prospect 1984: Deceit Dancer 1985: Stage Flite 1986: Ruling Angel 1987: Phoenix Factor 1988: Legarto 1989: Wavering Girl

1990: Dance Smartly 1991: Bucky’s Solution 1992: Deputy Jane West 1993: Term Limits 1994: Honky Tonk Tune 1995: Silken Cat 1996: Larkwhistle 1997: Primaly 1998: Fantasy Lake 1999: Hello Seattle 2000: Poetically 2001: Ginger Gold 2002: Brusque 2003: My Vintage Port 2004: Simply Lovely

2005: Knights Templar 2006: Catch the Thrill 2007: Dancing Allstar 2008: Van Lear Rose 2009: Biofuel 2010: Delightful Mary 2011: Tu Endie Wei 2012: Spring in the Air 2013: Ria Antonia 2014: Conquest Harlanate 2015: Catch a Glimpse 2016: Victory to Victory 2017: Wonder Gadot 2018: Bold Script 2019: Curlin’s Voyage



Gretsky the Great G1 Summer Stakes

Medaglia d’Oro’s

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Past Winners

Sovereign Awards

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Champion Three-Year-Old Male

Champion Three-Year-Old Female

Champion Sprinter

1975: L’Enjoleur 1976: Norcliffe 1977: Dance in Time 1978: Overskate 1979: Steady Growth 1980: Ben Fab 1981: Frost King 1982: Runaway Groom 1983: Bompago 1984: Key To The Moon 1985: Imperial Choice 1986: Golden Choice 1987: Afleet 1988: Regal Intention 1989: With Approval 1990: Izvestia 1991: Bolulight 1992: Benburb 1993: Peteski 1994: Bruce’s Mill 1995: Peaks And Valleys 1996: Victor Cooley 1997: Cryptocloser

1975: Momigi 1976: Bye Bye Paris 1977: Northernette 1978: La Voyageuse 1979: Kamar 1980: Par Excellence 1981: Rainbow Connection 1982: Avowal 1983: Northern Blossom 1984: Classy ‘N Smart 1985: La Lorgnette 1986: Carotene 1987: One From Heaven 1988: Tilt My Halo 1989: Blushing Katy 1990: Lubicon 1991: Dance Smartly 1992: Hope For A Breeze 1993: Deputy Jane West 1994: Alywow 1995: Scotzanna 1996: Silent Fleet 1997: Cotton Carnival

1980: La Voyageuse 1981: Eternal Search 1982: Avowal 1983: Fraud Squad 1984: Diapason 1985: Summer Mood 1986: New Connection 1987: Play the King 1988: Play the King 1989: Mr. Hot Shot 1990: Twist the Snow 1991: King Corrie 1992: King Corrie 1993: Apelia 1994: King Ruckus

1998: Archers Bay 1999: Woodcarver 2000: Kiss A Native 2001: Win City 2002: Le Cinquieme Essai 2003: Wando 2004: A Bit O’Gold 2005: Palladio 2006: Shillelagh Slew 2007: Alezzandro 2008: Not Bourbon 2009: Eye of the Leopard 2010: Big Red Mike 2011: Pender Harbour 2012: Strait of Dover 2013: Up with the Birds 2014: Heart to Heart 2015: Shaman Ghost 2016: Amis Gizmo 2017: Channel Maker 2018: Sky Promise 2019: Global Access

Champion Older Male 1975: Rash Move 1976: Victorian Prince 1977: Norcliffe 1978: Giboulee 1979: Overskate 1980: Overskate 1981: Driving Home 1982: Frost King 1983: Travelling Victor 1984: Canadian Factor 1985: Ten Gold Pots 1986: Let’s Go Blue 1987: Play the King 1988: Play the King 1989: Steady Power 1990: Twist the Snow 1991: Sky Classic 1992: Rainbows for Life 1993: Cozzene’s Prince 1994: King Ruckus 1995: Basqueian 1996: Mt. Sassafras 1997: Chief Bearhart

1998: Terremoto 1999: Deputy Inxs 2000: One Way Love 2001: A Fleets Dancer 2002: Wake At Noon 2003: Phantom Light 2004: Mobil 2005: A Bit O’Gold 2006: True Metropolitan 2007: True Metropolitan 2008: Marchfield 2009: Marchfield 2010: Sand Cove 2011: Fifty Proof 2012: Hunters Bay 2013: Alpha Bettor 2014: Lukes Alley 2015: Are You Kidding Me 2016: Are You Kidding Me 2017: Pink Lloyd 2018: Mr Havercamp 2019: Pink Lloyd

1998: Kiry’s Song 1999: Gandria 2000: Catch The Ring 2001: Dancethruthedawn 2002: Lady Shari 2003: Too Late Now 2004: Eye of the Sphynx 2005: Gold Strike 2006: Kimchi 2007: Sealy Hill 2008: Ginger Brew 2009: Milwaukee Appeal 2010: Biofuel 2011: Inglorious 2012: Irish Mission 2013: Leigh Court 2014: Lexie Lou 2015: Academic 2016: Caren 2017: Holy Helena 2018: Wonder Gadot 2019: Desert Ride

1995: Scotzanna 1996: Langfuhr 1997: Glanmire 1998: Deputy Inxs 1999: Deputy Inxs 2000: One Way Love 2001: Mr. Epperson 2002: Wake At Noon 2003: Soaring Free 2004: Blonde Executive 2005: Judiths Wild Rush 2006: Judiths Wild Rush 2007: Financingavailable 2008: Fatal Bullet

Champion Male Sprinter 2009: Field Commission 2010: Hollywood Hit 2011: Essence Hit Man 2012: Essence Hit Man 2013: Phil’s Dream 2014: Calgary Cat

2015: Stacked Deck 2016: Noholdingback Bear 2017: Pink Lloyd 2018: Pink Lloyd 2019: Pink Lloyd

Champion Older Female

Champion Female Sprinter

1975: Victorian Queen 1976: Momigi 1977: Reasonable Win 1978: Christy’s Mount 1979: La Voyageuse 1980: Glorious Song 1981: Glorious Song 1982: Eternal Search 1983: Eternal Search 1984: Sintrillium 1985: Lake Country 1986: Bessarabian 1987: Carotene 1988: Carotene 1989: Proper Evidence 1990: Diva’s Debut 1991: Avant’s Gold 1992: Wilderness Song 1993: Dance for Donna 1994: Pennyhill Park 1995: Bold Ruritana 1996: Windsharp 1997: Woolloomooloo

2009: Tribal Belle 2010: Indian Apple Is 2011: Atlantic Hurricane 2012: Roxy Gap 2013: Youcan’tcatchme 2014: Hillaby

1998: Santa Amelia 1999: Magic Code 2000: Saoirse 2001: Mountain Angel 2002: Small Promises 2003: One For Rose 2004: One For Rose 2005: One For Rose 2006: Financingavailable 2007: Financingavailable 2008: Bear Now 2009: Serenading 2010: Impossible Time 2011: Embur’s Song 2012: Roxy Gap 2013: Sisterly Love 2014: Strut the Course 2015: Miss Mischief 2016: Midnight Miley 2017: Ami’s Mesa 2018: Escape Clause 2019: Here’s Hannah

2015: Miss Mischief 2016: River Maid 2017: Ami’s Mesa 2018: Moonlit Promise 2019: Summer Sunday

Top Grass Horse 1975: Victorian Queen 1976: Victorian Queen 1977: Momigi 1978: Overskate 1979: Overskate 1980: Overskate 1981: Ben Fab 1982: Frost King 1983: Kingsbridge 1984: Bounding Away

1985: Imperial Choice 1986: Carotene 1987: Carotene 1988: Carotene 1989: Charlie Barley 1990: Izvestia 1991: Sky Classic 1992: Rainbows For Life 1993: Hero’s Love 1994: Alywow

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Past Winners

Sovereign Awards

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Champion Male Turf Horse

Champion Female Turf Horse

Outstanding Breeder

1995: Hasten To Add 1996: Chief Bearhart 1997: Chief Bearhart 1998: Chief Bearhart 1999: Thornfield 2000: Quiet Resolve 2001: Numerous Times 2002: Portculllis 2003: Perfect Soul 2004: Soaring Free 2005: A Bit O’Gold 2006: Sky Conqueror 2007: Cloudy’s Knight

1995: Bold Ruritana 1996: Windsharp 1997: Woolloomooloo 1998: Colorful Vices 1999: Free Vacation 2000: Heliotrope 2001: Sweetest Thing 2002: Chopinina 2003: Inish Glora 2004: Inish Glora 2005: Ambitous Cat 2006: Arravale 2007: Sealy Hill

1975: Bory Margolus 1976: E.P. Taylor 1977: Conn Smythe 1978: Jean Louis Levesque 1979: Kinghaven Farms 1980: Marvin Hamilton 1981: Tom Webb 1982: Kinghaven Farms 1983: Russell J. Bennett 1984: Frank Stronach 1985: E.P. Taylor 1986: Kinghaven Farms 1987: Kinghaven Farms 1988: Ernest Samuel 1989: Kinghaven Farms 1990: Kinghaven Farms 1991: Ernest L. Samuel 1992: Knob Hill Stable 1993: Kinghaven Farms 1994: Kinghaven Farms 1995: Kinghaven Farms 1996: Minshall Farms 1997: Frank Stronach

2008: Rahy’s Attorney 2009: Champs Elysees (GB) 2010: Grand Adventure 2011: Musketier (GER) 2012: Riding the River 2013: Forte Dei Marmi (GB) 2014: Dynamic Sky 2015: Interpol 2016: Conquest Enforcer 2017: Johnny Bear 2018: Mr Havercamp 2019: El Tormenta

Outstanding Broodmare

Outstanding Owner

1975: Reasonable Wife 1976: Northern Minx 1977: Doris White 1978: Fanfreluche 1979: Fitz’s Fancy 1980: Hangin Round 1981: Native Flower 1982: Yonnie Girl 1983: Two Rings 1984: Friendly Ways 1985: No Class 1986: Loudrangle 1987: Arctic Vixen 1988: Polite Lady 1989: Passing Mood 1990: Shy Spirit 1991: Classy ‘N Smart 1992: Ballade 1993: Bold Debra 1994: Rainbow Connection 1995: Sea Regent 1996: Amelia Bearhart 1997: Charming Sassafras

1975: Jack Stafford 1976: George Gardiner 1977: Bory Margolus 1978: Conn Smythe 1979: James Shields 1980: Ernest L. Samuel 1981: Dave Kapchinsky 1982: Kinghaven Farms 1983: Bahnam K. Yousif 1984: Ernest L. Samuel 1985: Ernest L. Samuel 1986: Kinghaven Farms 1987: Kinghaven Farms 1988: Ernest L. Samuel 1989: Kinghaven Farms 1990: Kinghaven Farms 1991: Ernest L. Samuel 1992: Knob Hill Stable 1993: Frank Stronach 1994: Frank Stronach 1995: Frank Stronach 1996: Minshall Farms 1997: Frank Stronach 1998: Frank Stronach 1999: Frank Stronach 2000: Sam-Son Farm

1998: Fleet Courage 1999: Sharpening Up 2000: Primarily 2001: Dance Smartly 2002: First Class Gal 2003: Radiant Ring 2004: Annasan 2005: Native Rights 2006: Dream Smartly 2007: Lover’s Talk 2008: Kathie’s Colleen 2009: Pico Teneriffe 2010: Destroy 2011: Noble Strike 2012: Misty Mission 2013: Captivating 2014: Eye of the Sphynx 2015: Rare Opportunity 2016: Galloping Ami 2017: Victorious Ami 2018: In Return 2019: Loving Vindication

2008: Callwood Dancer (IRE) 2009: Points of Grace 2010: Miss Keller (Ire) 2011: Never Retreat 2012: Irish Mission 2013: Solid Appeal 2014: Lexie Lou 2015: Catch a Glimpse 2016: Lexie Lou 2017: Starship Jubilee 2018: Starship Jubilee 2019: Starship Jubilee

2001: Sam-Son Farm 2002: Stronach Stable 2003: Stronach Stable 2004: Sam-Son Farm 2005: Stronach Stable 2006: Sam-Son Farm 2007: Melnyk Racing Stables 2008: Bear Stables 2009: Melnyk Racing Stables 2010: Sam-Son Farm 2011: TIE ~ Donver Stable and Glen Todd & Patrick Kinsella 2012: 2013: 2014: 2015: 2016:

John C. Oxley John C. Oxley John C. Oxley Sam-Son Farm Conquest Stables, LLC 2017: Chiefswood Stable 2018: Chiefswood Stables Limited 2019: Sam-Son Farm

1998: Frank Stronach 1999: Frank Stronach 2000: Sam-Son Farm 2001: Sam-Son Farm 2002: Sam-Son Farm 2003: Sam-Son Farm 2004: Sam-Son Farm 2005: Adena Springs 2006: Adena Springs 2007: Adena Springs 2008: Adena Springs 2009: Eugene Melnyk 2010: Adena Springs 2011: Gardiner Farms Ltd 2012: William D Graham 2013: Sam-Son Farm 2014: Sam-Son Farm 2015: Adena Springs 2016: Adena Springs 2017: Adena Springs 2018: Tall Oaks Farm 2019: Sam-Son Farm

Outstanding Trainer 1975: 1976: 1977: 1978: 1979: 1980: 1981: 1982: 1983: 1984: 1985: 1986: 1987: 1988: 1989: 1990: 1991: 1992: 1993: 1994: 1995: 1996: 1997:

Gil Rowntree Lou Cavalaris “Red” Smith Frank H. Merrill, Jr. Jim Day Gerry Belanger Ron Brock Bill Marko Bill Marko Mike Doyle Jim Day Roger Attfield Roger Attfield Jim Day Roger Attfield Roger Attfield Jim Day Phil England Roger Attfield Daniel J. Vella Daniel J. Vella Barbara J. Minshall Mark Frostad

1998: Michael Wright, Jr. 1999: Mark Frostad 2000: Mark Frostad 2001: Robert Tiller 2002: Roger Attfield 2003: Robert P. Tiller 2004: Robert P. Tiller 2005: Reade Baker 2006: Mark Casse 2007: Mark Casse 2008: Mark Casse 2009: Roger Attfield 2010: Roger Attfield 2011: Mark Casse 2012: Mark Casse 2013: Mark Casse 2014: Mark Casse 2015: Mark Casse 2016: Mark Casse 2017: Mark Casse 2018: Mark Casse 2019: Mark Casse

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Outstanding Jockey


Past Winners

Sovereign Awards

1975: 1976: 1977: 1978: 1979: 1980: 1981: 1982: 1983: 1984: 1985: 1986: 1987: 1988: 1989: 1990: 1991: 1992: 1993: 1994: 1995: 1996: 1997:

Hugo Dittfach Chris Rogers Avelino Gomez Sandy Hawley Robin Platts Gary Stahlbaum Irwin Driedger Lloyd Duffy Larry Attard Chris Loseth Don Seymour Larry Attard Don Seymour Sandy Hawley Don Seymour Don Seymour Mickey Walls Todd Kabel Robert Landry Robert Landry Todd Kabel Emile Ramsammy Emile Ramsammy

1998: David Clark 1999: Patrick Husbands 2000: Patrick Husbands 2001: Patrick Husbands 2002: Patrick Husbands 2003: Todd Kabel 2004: Todd Kabel 2005: Todd Kabel 2006: Todd Kabel 2007: Patrick Husbands 2008: Patrick Husbands 2009: Patrick Husbands 2010: Eurico Rosa Da Silva 2011: Luis Contreras 2012: Luis Contreras 2013: Eurico Rosa Da Silva 2014: Patrick Husbands 2015: Eurico Rosa Da Silva 2016: Eurico Rosa Da Silva 2017: Eurico Rosa Da Silva 2018: Eurico Rosa Da Silva 2019: Eurico Rosa Da Silva

Outstanding Digital Audio/ Visual & Broadcast 2012: Horse Racing Alberta & WhiteIron Productions 2013: Woodbine Entertainment Group Broadcast Department 2014: Scott Jagow 2015: Talkin Horses 2016: Woodbine Entertainment Group Broadcast Department 2017: Horse Racing Alberta 2018: Horse Racing Radio Network 2019: Woodbine Entertainment Group Broadcast Department

Outstanding Writing 2012: Denise Ryan 2013: Alex Campbell 2014: David Briggs 2015: Curtis Stock

2016: Beverley Smith 2017: Perry Lefko 2018: Hayley Morrison 2019: David Briggs

Outstanding Handicapper 2017: Michael Eisen 2018: Nick Noce

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2019: Paul Shurman

Outstanding Apprentice Jockey

Outstanding Groom

1975: 1976: 1977: 1978: 1979: 1980: 1981: 1982: 1983: 1984: 1985: 1986: 1987: 1988: 1989: 1990: 1991: 1992: 1993: 1994: 1995: 1996: 1997:

2016: Dexter Brathwaite 2017: Alfredo Ramos

Jeff Fell Chris Loseth Brad Smythe Ron Hansen Ray Creighton Valerie Thompson Richard Dos Ramos Richard Dos Ramos Robert King Jr. Robert King Jr. Nancy Jumpsen Todd Kabel Jim McAleney Jim McAleney Maree Richards Mickey Walls Mickey Walls Stanley Bethley Constant Montpellier Dave Wilson Dave Wilson Neil Poznansky Rui Pimentel

1998: Helen Vanek 1999: Ben Russell 2000: Cory Clark 2001: Chantal Sutherland 2002: Chantal Sutherland 2003: Julia Brimo 2004: Corey Fraser 2005: Emma-Jayne Wilson 2006: Emma-Jayne WIlson 2007: Tyler Pizarro 2008: Janine Stianson 2009: Omar Moreno 2010: Omar Moreno 2011: Ryan Pacheco 2012: Scott Williams 2013: Skye Chernetz 2014: Sheena Ryan 2015: Erika Smilovsky 2016: Kayla Pizarro 2017: Rey Williams 2018: Kazushi Kimura 2019: Kazushi Kimura

Michael Burns Michael Burns Bob Gilmour Michael Burns Jeff Goode Wayne Glowack Bob Gilmour Jeff Goode Michael Burns Patricia Burns Michael Burns Jr Katey Barrett Boris Spremo Les Bazso Jeff Goode Michael Burns Jr. Mike Moore Jeff Goode Michael Burns Jr Michael Burns Ken Villeneuve Skip Dickstein Michael Burns Jr.

Special Sovereign 1978: Jean Romanet 1979: Honourable Frank Drea 1983: John Finney 1983: Sunny’s Halo 1988: Richard Duchossois 1991: Rothmans Ltd.

1992: Milt Dunnell 1998: Awesome Again 2002: Roland Roberts 2007: Louis Romanet 2011: Sue Leslie 2017: Sam Lima 2019: Harvey Warner

The Jockey Club of Canada Scholarship Award 2016: Tyler Hehn 2017: Tyson Lautenschlager

2018: Bobby Mihalik

Man of The Year

Outstanding Photograph 1975: 1976: 1977: 1978: 1979: 1980: 1981: 1982: 1983: 1984: 1985: 1986: 1987: 1988: 1989: 1990: 1991: 1992: 1993: 1994: 1995: 1996: 1997:

2018: Amanda Erwin 2019: Michael Williams

1998: Ryan Haynes 1999: David Landry 2000: David Landry 2001: Michael Burns Jr. 2002: Michael Burns Jr. 2003: Michael Burns Jr. 2004: David Landry 2005: David Landry 2006: David Landry 2007: Michael Burns Jr. 2008: Matt Waples 2009: Michael Burns 2010: Tod Marks 2011: David Landry 2012: Michael Burns 2013: Patti Tubbs 2014: Cindy Pierson Dulay 2015: Chris Young 2016: Cody Gregory 2017: Dave Landry 2018: Santino Di Paola 2019: Michael R. Bye

1975: 1976: 1977: 1978: 1979: 1980: 1981: 1982: 1983:

E.P. Taylor Jack Diamond E.P. Taylor Ron Turcotte George C. Hendrie Jack Stafford Jim Bentley Jean-Louis Levesque Joe Thomas

1984: 1985: 1986: 1987: 1988: 1989: 1990: 1991: 1992:

Jim Coleman George Gardiner D.G. (Bud) Willmot Lawrence D.Regan Sandy Hawley George C. Frostad James W. Wright Ernest L. Samuel Charles Baker

E.P. Taylor Award of Merit 1994: Jack H. Kenney 1995: Charles Taylor 1998: David S. Willmot 1999: George M. Hendrie 2000: Honourable Michael D. Harris 2005: Michael C. Byrne

2010: Robert Anderson 2015: R.J (Russell) and Lois Bennett 2016: Frank Stronach 2018: Gustav Schickedanz William D. Graham 2019: Charles E. Fipke

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for Emergencies  Owners’ Awards for Ontario-bred winners  Registered & Non-Registered Pension Plan  Subsidized Medical/Dental Insurance  Educational Assistance  Employee Assistance Program  Social Events  Ongoing Representation at AGCO hearings & with all levels of Government  Free Urine/Blood re-evaluation on alleged positive test  Assistance with Foreign Worker Applications & Immigration  Contract negotiations with racetracks

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Kevin Attard offers sincere thanks to his Owners for their trust and loyalty throughout the 2020 Racing Season and once again gives special recognition to his dedicated team for all their hard work, commitment and dedication.

Yvonne Schwabe Thoroughbreds

to all the 2020 Sovereign Award Finalists and Best of Luck in 2021 KEVIN ATTARD RACING STABLE

“I am truly honoured to play my part in Canadian racing.” Life has been incredibly good to me. I’ve met kings and queens, presidents and prime ministers, the rich and the famous, a lot of colourful characters and plenty of decent, down-to-earth people. Even though I’ve experienced the lowest of the lows and the highest of the highs, it’s the hardships I’ve endured that have made me the person I am today. In racing, my overriding goal is simple and straight-forward: to breed and develop an extraordinary horse, the kind that comes along once in a lifetime, one whose name will live on for generations. That’s what drives me. I am truly honoured to play my part in Canadian racing and breeding and in 2021 we’re going to make Adena Springs Canada great again. But we can’t do it without you. Thank you for supporting us and we’re here to support you in your quest for the ultimate accolade in Canadian racing – a Sovereign Award. – Frank Stronach