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2019 Sovereign Awards

The Jockey Club of Canada Announces 2019 Sovereign Award Winners


Outstanding Writing: DAVE BRIGGS

Royal victory for the quintessential “small guy”

Published, August/September 2019 Issue of Canadian Thoroughbred Magazine


Outstanding Digital Audio/Visual & Broadcast: WOODBINE ENTERTAINMENT 
The Queen’s Plate

Outstanding Photograph: MICHAEL R. BYE

Cyclone Dan Winner of the 3rd Race J. Gomez up

Published, August 24th,

Outstanding Groom Award: Michael Williams
Well-known groom Michael Williams (Fuzzy) has worked with some of Woodbine’s top owners and trainers in Canada including Stronach Stables, Dan Vella and Mike Doyle.  Leaving his home in Jamaica early in the 1970’s, Michael travelled to Canada to begin work as a machine operator.  His interest in horseracing led Michael to his first job at Woodbine racetrack walking hots. Michael credits graded stakes winner Ask Muhammad, son of Al Hattab, as the horse who helped him to learn about racing.

His big smile and prominent hats are almost as famous as his successful horsemanship. Michael’s limitless patience and kindness resulted in many happy horses at Woodbine Racetrack.  


Outstanding Handicapper: Paul Shurman

Paul hails from Dix Hills, New York and is a long-time member of the NHC Players’ Committee. He has been untiring in his efforts to work with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and racetracks throughout the continent to improve contest experiences for all and to boost the profiles of his fellow tournament players. 

Paul won the 2019 Saratoga Tournament which netted him a $109,000 first-place prize, and he finished seventh in the year-long NHC tour. Additionally, Paul leads in the NHC ranking system as the number one tournament player having qualified 17 times in its 21-year history and winning in 2011.

Special Sovereign Award: Harvey Warner

To say that Mr. Harvey Warner was a major player in the revival of Assiniboia Downs and horse racing in Winnipeg, Manitoba would not be an overstatement.

In 1994, privately owned, Assiniboia Downs was in receivership and destined to close but a small group of concerned horse people, which included Mr. Warner, officially formed the Manitoba Jockey Club (MJC), mandated to attempt to purchase and host live racing.

The group worked tirelessly, lobbying government officials and meeting with the track’s financiers. Mr. Warner became the voice of the MJC and eventually its president. He led the MJC to achieve its final goal and make Assiniboia Downs a not-for-profit entity. 

He became immersed not just in owning horses but in the workings of racing in Manitoba, serving as president of the Winnipeg Horseman’s Club from 1982-85, and as a voice on the Manitoba Horse Council Board. He was a member of the Manitoba HBPA Board from 1989 to 1992 and is currently a Jockey Club of Canada Steward.

Outstanding Broodmare: Loving Vindication

DK. B. M. 2005 

by Vindication – Chimichurri (Elusive Quality)

6 foals, 3 starters, 3 winners, 

1 Champion, 2 Graded Black-Type Winners, 1 Black-Type Winner

Progeny Earnings $1,994,575

A finalist in this category multiple times, Anderson Farms’, Loving Vindication has become of one Canada’s most successful broodmares early in her career. From her three foals to race, Loving Vindication’s G1 winning daughter Hard Not to Love, won the La Brea Stakes and has won four of five starts. Loving Vindication had already etched her name in Canadian racing history books as the dam of 2018 Horse of the Year and Queen’s Plate winner Wonder Gadot who earned over $1.5 million for owner Gary Barber. Loving Vindication’s first foal is stakes winner Solemn Tribute.

Loving Vindication (135), Cumulonimble (63), Avie’s Empire (45)

Outstanding Apprentice Jockey: Kazushi Kimura

Starts 717; Wins 117; 2nd 109; 3rd 99

Earnings $3,742,671

Winner of the 2019 Eclipse Award for North America’s Outstanding Apprentice of 2019, Kazushi Kimura seeks his second consecutive Sovereign Award. Learning to ride at the Japan Racing School in Shiroi City, Chiba, Kazushi burst onto the Canadian scene in 2018 winning 104 races, an achievement he surpassed in 2019. Before his apprenticeship ended on Oct. 26, 2019, Kazushi won 117 races and ended the season as a journeyman with an impressive 148 wins, landing as Woodbine’s third leading rider. 

Kazushi Kimura (182), Daisuke Fukumoto (91), Shavon Belle (27)

Champion Older Main Track Male: Pink Lloyd
Trainer: Robert P. Tiller
Owner:  Entourage Stable
Breeder: John Carey 
Ch. g. 7 / Sire: Old Forester / Dam: Gladiator Queen (Great Gladiator)

2019: 6 Starts – 6 wins – 0 second – 0 third – $501,000
Winner: Kennedy Road S. (G2), Kenora S., Shepperton S., Vigil S. (G3), Greenwood S., Jacques Cartier S. (G3)
Pink Lloyd (134), Mr. Ritz (85), Special Forces (52) 

Champion Older Main Track Female: Here’s Hannah
Trainer: John Morrison

Owner:  B C Stables

Breeder: B C Stables 

Ch. f. 4 / Sire: Numaany / Dam: Dreams Start Here (A Fleets Dancer)

2019: 6 Starts – 5 wins – 1 second – 0 third – $215,000
Winner: Ballerina S. (G3), British Columbia Cup Distaff H., Monashee H., Strawberry Morn H., Vancouver Sun S.

Here’s Hannah (132), Lift Up (128), She’s the Berries (36)

Outstanding Trainer: Mark Casse

Starts 496; Wins 92; 2nd 91; 3rd 69

Earnings $5,122,598 Stakes wins 12

An 11-time winner of this category, trainer Mark Casse has dominated Canadian racing over the past decade.  In 2019 Casse Racing once again led all trainers in purse earnings, collecting $5.1 million with 92 victories and 12 stakes wins in Canada.  Among his stakes winners was 2019 Sovereign Award finalists, Muskoka Gold, winner of the Cup & Saucer Stakes and She’s the Berries, winner of the Classy ‘n Smart S. Stakes winners Speedy Soul, Miss Mo Mentum and Power Gal (Jpn) also contributed to Mark’s success.

Mark Casse (142), Kevin Attard (108), Norman McKnight (31)

Champion Male Turf Horse: El Tormenta
Trainer: Gail Cox

Owner:  Sam-Son Farm

Breeder: Sam-Son Farm 

Dk. b or b. g. 4 / Sire: Stormy Atlantic / Dam: Torreadora (El Prado*Ire)

2019: 7 Starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 0 third – $941,828
Winner: Ricoh Woodbine Mile S. (G1), Connaught Cup S. (G2)

 El Tormenta (170), Tiz a Slam (78), Global Access (23)

Champion Female Turf Horse: Starship JubileeTrainer: Kevin Attard

Owner:  Blue Heaven Farm

Breeder: William P. Sorren 

B. m. 6 / Sire: Indy Wind
/ Dam: Perfectly Wild (Forest Wildcat)

2019: 7 Starts – 3 wins – 3 second – 1 third – $746,460
Winner: E. P. Taylor S. (G1), Canadian S. (G2), Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf S.

Starship Jubilee (170), Holy Helena (70), Amalfi Coast (35)

Outstanding Breeder: Sam-Son Farm
Starters 55; Winners 28

Earnings $3,238,854

Starts 284; Wins 44; 2nd 39; 3rd 36

A nine-time winner in this category, Sam-Son Farm had a spectacular year in 2019 winning 44 races and earning over $3.2 million in purses. Sam-Son was represented by seven stakes horses including 2019 Champion Male Turf finalist, El Tormenta, winner of the G1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile S.; Desert Ride, winner of the 2019 Woodbine Oaks and a finalist in the Champion Three-Year-Old Female category; and Cleopatra’s Strike, bred by Sam-Son and owned by Slam Dunk Stable and Michael Nentwig, and winner of the G2 John Henry Turf Championship.

Sam-Son Farm (121), Tall Oaks Farm (91), Chiefswood Stables Limited (55)

Champion Two-Year-Old Male: Mr. Hustle

Trainer: Roger L. Attfield

Owner:  William K. Werner

Breeder: V. Gail Ray 

Dk. b or b. g. 2 / Sire: Declaration of War
/ Dam: Ready Ready Ready (More Than Ready)

2019: 3 Starts – 3 wins – 0 second- 0 third – $162,600

Winner: Soaring Free S., Victoria S., MSW 

Mr. Hustle (122), Muskoka Gold (95), Dotted Line (64)

Champion Two-Year-Old Female: Curlin’s Voyage
Trainer: Josie Carroll

Owner:  Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. (J. G. Sikura) and Windsor Boys Racing

Breeder: Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. 

Ch. f. 2 / Sire: Curlin
/ Dam: Atlantic Voyage (Stormy Atlantic)

2019: 6 Starts – 3 wins – 1 second- 1 third – $265,120

Winner: Ontario Lassie S., Mazarine S. (G3), MSW 

Curlin’s Voyage (115), Infinite Patience (100), Owlette (42)

Outstanding Jockey: Eurico Rosa Da Silva

Starts 746; Wins 183; 2nd 156; 3rd 108
Earnings $7,446,774; Stakes wins 19

A six-time winner in this category, the Brazilian-born champion rider is up for another trophy just months after retiring from riding. In 2019, he captured 19 stakes victories including the G1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile S. aboard El Tormenta. Also, he was the regular rider of multiple stakes winner Pink Lloyd who is a finalist again this evening, as well as, Amalfi Coast, a finalist in three 2019 Sovereign Award categories.

Eurico Rosa Da Silva (182), Rafael Hernandez (64), Patrick Husbands (32)

Champion Male Sprinter: Pink Lloyd

Trainer: Robert P. Tiller

Owner:  Entourage Stable

Breeder: John Carey 

Ch. g. 7 / Sire: Old Forester / Dam: Gladiator Queen (Great Gladiator)

2019: 6 Starts – 6 wins – 0 second – 0 third – $501,000
Winner: Kennedy Road S. (G2), Kenora S., Shepperton S., Vigil S. (G3), Greenwood S., Jacques Cartier S. (G3)

Pink Lloyd (180), Silent Poet (43), Yorkton (27)

Champion Female Sprinter: Summer Sunday
Trainer: Stuart Simon

Owner:  Scott Anne and William J

Breeder: Trinity West Stables LTD 

B. f. 4 / Sire: Silent Name*Jpn / Dam: Dancing Allstar (Millennium Allstar)

2019: 6 Starts – 3 wins – 1 second – 0 third – $317,550
Winner: Royal North S. (G2), Hendrie S. (G3), Ballade S.

Summer Sunday (152), Amalfi Coast (82), Here’s Hannah (23), Sister Peacock (23) 

Outstanding Owner: Sam-Son Farm 

Starts 81: Wins 13; 2nd 12; 3rd 8 

Earnings $2,018,884 Stakes wins 5 

An 11-time winner of this category Sam-Son Farm had a spectacular season in 2019 winning five stakes races and collecting purse earning of over $2 million. Sam-Son Farm’s homebred stakes winners include El Tormenta, a finalist in the 2019 Champion Turf Male category and winner of the G1 Woodbine Mile S. and the G2 Connaught Cup; Desert Ride winner of two-thirds of the Triple Tiara and contender for 2019 Champion Three-Year-Old Female, as well as, Zadracarta S. winner Desert Isle.

Sam-Son Farm (117), Chiefswood Stables Limited (115), Stronach Stables (25)

E. P. Taylor Award of Merit: Charles E. Fipke

Much like the passion he has for unearthing diamonds Charles ‘Chuck’ Fipke has a similar obsession for finding the best pedigrees to make the perfect racehorse.

Born in Edmonton, Mr. Fipke grew up in Kelowna, B.C. and followed his horse passion when he bought a yearling filly. His stable of homebreds has since grown exponentially and now are seen regularly on the international racing stage. 

Selecting the matings himself with help from mountains of statistics and a couple of close advisors. Mr. Fipke has bred dozens of major winners and champions including Perfect Soul (Ire) Canada’s Champion Turf Male in 2003 and is the sire of Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Perfect Shirl; Not Bourbon gave Mr. Fipke his first Queen’s Plate win (2008) and is now a stallion; Forever Unbridled, also a Breeders’ Cup winner, earned over $3.4 million. He has bred and developed top stallions and his current stable includes Grade 1 winner Seeking the Soul.

Champion Three-Year-Old Male: Global Access

Trainer: Michael Trombetta

Owner:  Live Oak Plantation

Breeder: Live Oak Stud 

Ch. c. 3 / Sire: Giant’s Causeway / Dam: Daveron*Ger (Black Sam Bellamy*Ire)

2019: 9 Starts – 4 wins – 1 second – 3 third – $383,000
Winner: Ontario Derby (G3), Saranac S. (G3), Marine S. (G3), DRF Bet Sophomore Turf S.

Global Access (141), Tone Broke (125), Explode (40) 

Champion Three-Year-Old Female: Desert Ride
Trainer: Neil J. Howard

Owner:  Sam-Son Farm

Breeder: Sam-Son Farm 

B. f. 3 / Sire: Candy Ride*Arg
/ Dam: Fun in the Desert (Distorted Humor)

2019: 7 Starts – 4 wins – 1 second- 0 third – $541,220 
Winner: Wonder Where S., Woodbine Oaks, Allowance, MSW 

Desert Ride (133), Amalfi Coast (110), Hidden Grace (28) 

Horse of The Year: Starship Jubilee
Trainer: Kevin Attard

Owner:  Blue Heaven Farm

Breeder: William P. Sorren 

B. m. 6 / Sire: Indy Wind
/ Dam: Perfectly Wild (Forest Wildcat)

2019: 7 Starts – 3 wins – 3 second – 1 third – $746,460
Winner: E. P. Taylor S. (G1), Canadian S. (G2), Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf S.

Starship Jubilee (108), Pink Lloyd (105), El Tormenta (53)