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2012 Sovereign Award Finalists

Date: 01/22/2012

The Jockey Club of Canada has announced the finalists for the 2012 Sovereign Awards, Canadian thoroughbred racing's year end championships. Winners will be announced at the 38th Annual Sovereign Awards ceremonies on Friday, April 19 on the third floor of Woodbine Racetrack. The elegant, cocktail-attire celebration will begin at 6pm with a champagne reception, followed by a buffet-style gourmet dinner at 7pm. Tickets are $250 each 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

The Jockey Club of Canada was founded 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 honour outstanding achievements in all areas of Thoroughbred sport - from media coverage to Horse of the Year.

In an effort to promote equal opportunity in determining the winners of the 17 race award categories, the voting closed on January 16, 2012, allowing for statistics for the entire year to be considered.† The finalists and eventual winner are determined using a computerized points system based on each voterís first, second and third choice in each category. 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, and the finalists will be announced in mid-February.

Below are all the finalists in all the categories. The three finalists for Horse of the Year honours will be announced on the evening of the awards ceremony.

Champion Two Year Old Female
Spring in the Air
Spring Venture
Champion Two Year Old Male
Dynamic Sky
River Seven
Champion Three Year Old Female
Dixie Strike
Evelyn's Dancer
Irish Mission
Champion Three Year Old Male
Strait of Dover
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 Breeder
Adena Springs
William D. Graham
Sam-Son Farms
Outstanding Broodmare
Misty Mission
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
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The permanent Sovereign Award trophy
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