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The 2012 Sovereign Award Finalists

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Never Retreat was Champion Turf Female and Horse of the Year in 2011

© Terence Dulay
Updated January 24, 2013

On Tuesday January 22, the Jockey Club of Canada announced the finalists for the 2012 Sovereign Awards, Canadian thoroughbred racing's year-end championships, the equivalent to the Eclipse Awards in the United States and the Cartier Awards in Europe. Winners will be announced at the 38th Annual Sovereign Awards ceremonies on the eve of opening day at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, which has yet to be determined. Voting closed on January 16, 2012, allowing the entire calendar year of 2012 to be included. In past years voting closed as early as mid-November. Winning connections receive a statue of English sire St. Simon.

The legendary breeder E.P.Taylor founded The Jockey Club of Canada in 1973 by E.P. Taylor to serve as an international representative of Canada's Thoroughbred sport and to promote improvements to Thoroughbred horse racing and breeding both in Canada and internationally. To that end the Jockey Club of Canada organizes and hosts the annual Sovereign Awards to honor outstanding achievements in all areas of Thoroughbred sport - from media coverage to Horse of the Year.

Below are all the finalists in all the categories except Horse of the Year, whose finalists are not revealed until immediately before the winner is announced. Media finalists will not be announced until mid-February and will be added here once they are available. The judging for the 2012 media categories will be performed by the Journalism Professors at Humber College, School of Media Studies & Information Technology in Toronto, Ontario.

Champion Two Year Old Female
Nipissing
Spring in the Air
Spring Venture

Champion Two Year Old Male
Dynamic Sky
River Seven
Uncaptured

Champion Three Year Old Female
Dixie Strike
Evelyn's Dancer
Irish Mission

Champion Three Year Old Male
Delegation
Strait of Dover
Toccetive

Champion Older Female
Magic Broomstick
Roxy Gap
Stars to Shine

Champion Older Male
Hunters Bay
Pender Harbour
Taylor Said

Champion Female Turf Horse
All Star Heart
Irish Mission
Roxy Gap

Champion Male Turf Horse
Forte Dei Marmi (GB)
Hunters Bay
Riding the River

Champion Male Sprinter
Bear Tough Tiger
Essence Hit Man
Taylor Said

Champion Female Sprinter
Atlantic Hurricane
Magic Broomstick
Roxy Gap

Outstanding Broodmare
Captivating
Misty Mission
Uproar

Outstanding Breeder
Adena Springs
William D. Graham
Sam-Son Farms

Outstanding Trainer
Reade Baker
Mark Casse
Troy Taylor

Outstanding Owner
Melnyk Racing Stables, Inc.
NA Thoroughbred Horse Company Inc.
John C. Oxley

Outstanding Jockey
Luis Contreras
Eurico Da Silva
Patrick Husbands

Outstanding Apprentice Jockey
Skye Chernetz
Jennifer Reid
Scott Williams

The 38th Sovereign Awards Ceremony will be held on the third floor of Woodbine Race Track in Toronto on Friday, April 19, 2013, the evening before Woodbine’s Opening Day of Thoroughbred Racing.  The 2013 Live Thoroughbred meet at Woodbine will commence the following day, April 20.

The elegant, cocktail-attire celebration will begin at 6pm with a champagne reception, followed by 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 $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

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