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2021 Sovereign Award Finalists

Updates: 02/15/2021

The Jockey Club of Canada has announced the finalists for the 2021 Sovereign Awards, Canadian thoroughbred racing's year end championships. Winners will be announced at the 47th Annual Sovereign Awards ceremonies on Thursday, April 14 at Universal Eventspace in Vaughan, Ontario. 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 $2000) and Early-Bird tickets are also available for a discounted price of $225 (+tax) until March 15, 2022. Tickets are available for purchase online here. You can also purchase program ad space and tickets by contacting The Jockey Club of Canada at 416-675-7756 or by email

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The permanent Sovereign Award trophy
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 23, 2021, 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 voter’s first, second and third choice in each category. The judging for the 2021 media categories will be performed by the Journalism Professors at Humber College, School of Media Studies & Information Technology in Toronto, Ontario. Listed in alphabetical order, the Media finalists are:

Ivan Dalos will be presented with the E. P. Taylor Award of Merit, a lifetime achievement award honouring those who have made significant contributions to the Thoroughbred Industry in Canada and accomplished outstanding individual achievements in Canadian thoroughbred racing and breeding. Ivan Dalos, owner of Tall Oaks Farm, has dedicated more than 45 years to the sport of thoroughbreds and has made numerous significant contributions to Canadian Horse Racing. He has worked tirelessly to support the Canadian Breeding Industry and has celebrated extensive successes. As the owner of 38 broodmares and 3 stallions in Ontario, Ivan has bred Champions such as Eclipse Award Winners Victory Gallop and Channel Maker and has won more than 12 Sovereign Awards including multiple wins as Outstanding Breeder. Ivan is the owner and or breeder of Champions Amis Gizmo, Conquest Enforcer and Johnny Bear to name a few.

Denzil Fonseca will be presented the 2021 Outstanding Groom Award sponsored by OLG. This year marks Denzil’s 40th year working on the Woodbine backstretch. He is currently employed by Michael Doyle whom he has been working with for more than 14 years.

Below are all the finalists in all the categories. There are three finalists in each category, except where there was a tie. The three finalists for Horse of the Year honours will be announced on the evening of the awards ceremony.

God of Love

Munnyfor Ro

Pink Lloyd

Amalfi Coast

Champion Two-Year-Old Female
Mrs. Barbara
Champion Two-Year-Old Male
God of Love
Grafton Street
Champion Three-Year-Old Female
Munnyfor Ro
Our Flash Drive
Champion Three-Year-Old Male
Artie’s Storm
Frosted Over
Champion Older Main Track Female
Amalfi Coast
Infinite Patience
Champion Older Main Track Male
Mighty Heart
Pink Lloyd
Sir Winston
Champion Female Turf Horse
Amalfi Coast
Jolie Olimpica
Our Flash Drive
Champion Male Turf Horse
Avie’s Flatter
Silent Poet
Town Cruise
Champion Female Sprinter
Amalfi Coast
Our Secret Agent
Champion Male Sprinter
Avie’s Flatter
Pink Lloyd
Souper Stonehenge
Outstanding Broodmare
Avie’s Empire
Include Katherine
Sunday Affair
Outstanding Breeder
Adena Springs
Sam-Son Farm
Tall Oaks Farm
Outstanding Owner
Barber, Gary
Godolphin, LLC
Live Oak Plantation
Outstanding Trainer
Attard, Kevin
Carroll, Josie
Casse, Mark E.
Outstanding Apprentice Jockey
David, Michael
Malvaez, Mauricio
Zenteno, Edgar
Outstanding Jockey
Hernandez, Rafael Manuel
Husbands, Patrick
Kimura, Kazushi
Stein, Justin

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