JUNE 2020 THE RIDER /19 2019 Sovereign Award Winners The Jockey Club of Canada

hosted the 45th Annual Sover- eign Awards ceremony through a virtual presentation on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. The top three finalists in

each category are determined by the online ballots of the Jockey Club of Canada’s knowledgeable voters. The media category award finalists were determined by the Professors of Humber School of Media Studies and In- formation Technology,


Toronto, Ontario. The Jockey Club of Canada

is pleased to announce the 2019 Sovereign Award winners in the order in which they were pre- sented.

Outstanding Photograph: MICHAEL R. BYE Cyclone Dan Winner of the 3rd Race J. Gomez up Published, August


Outstanding Writing: DAVE BRIGGS Royal victory for the quintessen- tial “small guy” Published, August/September 2019 Issue of Canadian Thor- oughbred Magazine

Outstanding Digital Audio/Vi- sual & Broadcast: WOODBINE ENTERTAIN- MENT The Queen’s Plate

Outstanding Groom Award: Michael Williams Well-known groom Michael

Williams (Fuzzy) has worked with some of Woodbine’s top owners and trainers in Canada in- cluding 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 ma- chine 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


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 race- tracks 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: Har- vey Warner To say that Mr. Harvey

Warner was a major player in the revival of Assiniboia Downs and horse racing in Winnipeg, Mani-

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 Out- standing Apprentice of 2019, Kazushi Kimura seeks his second consecutive Sovereign Award. Learning to ride at the Japan Rac- ing 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 sea- son as a journeyman with an im- pressive 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)

toba would not be an overstate- ment. In 1994, privately owned,

Assiniboia Downs was in re- ceivership 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 fin- anciers. 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 Win- nipeg Horseman’s Club from 1982-85, and as a voice on the Manitoba Horse Council Board. He was a member of the Mani- toba HBPA Board from 1989 to 1992 and is currently a Jockey Club of Canada Steward.

Outstanding Broodmare: Lov- ing 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, Lov- ing Vindication’s G1 winning daughter Hard Not to Love, won the La Brea Stakes and has won four of five starts. Loving Vindi- cation 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 Vin- dication’s first foal is stakes win- ner Solemn Tribute. Loving Vindication (135), Cumu- lonimble (63), Avie’s Empire (45)

2019: 6 Starts – 6 wins – 0 sec- ond - 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 sec- ond - 0 third - $215,000 Winner: Ballerina S.


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

2019: 7 Starts – 3 wins – 3 sec- ond - 1 third - $746,460 Winner: E. P. Taylor S. (G1), Canadian S. (G2), Sunshine Mil- lions Filly and Mare Turf S. Starship Jubilee (170), Holy He- lena (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 Wood- bine 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


A six-time winner in this 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 sec- ond - 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 (Millen- nium Allstar) 2019: 6 Starts – 3 wins – 1 sec- ond - 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

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 Sov- ereign 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 At- lantic / Dam: Torreadora (El Prado*Ire) 2019: 7 Starts – 2 wins – 1 sec- ond - 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 Jubilee Trainer: Kevin Attard Owner: Blue Heaven Farm Breeder: William P. Sorren B. m. 6 / Sire: Indy Wind/ Dam: Perfectly Wild (Forest Wildcat)

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 sec- ond- 0 third - $162,600 Winner: Soaring Free S., Victoria S., MSW Mr. Hustle (122), Muskoka Gold (95), Dotted Line (64)

Champion Two-Year-Old Fe- male: 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: At- lantic Voyage (Stormy Atlantic) 2019: 6 Starts – 3 wins – 1 sec- ond- 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

An 11-time winner of this

category Sam-Son Farm had a spectacular season in 2019 win- ning five stakes races and collect- ing purse earning of over $2 million. Sam-Son Farm’s home- bred 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 con- tender

for 2019 Champion

Three-Year-Old Female, as well as, Zadracarta S. winner Desert Isle. Sam-Son Farm (117), Chiefs- wood 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 ob- session for finding the best pedi- grees 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 in- ternational racing stage. Selecting the matings him-

self 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 Unbri- dled, also a Breeders’ Cup win- ner, earned over $3.4 million. He has bred and developed top stal- lions and his current stable in- cludes 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 sec- ond - 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 Fe- male: 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 (Dis- torted Humor) 2019: 7 Starts – 4 wins – 1 sec- ond- 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 sec- ond - 1 third - $746,460 Winner: E. P. Taylor S. (G1), Canadian S. (G2), Sunshine Mil- lions Filly and Mare Turf S. Starship Jubilee (108), Pink Lloyd (105), El Tormenta (53)

The Jockey Club of Canada

was founded in 1973 by E.P. Tay- lor to serve as the international representative of the Canadian Thoroughbred industry. The mis- sion of The Jockey Club of Canada is to promote and main- tain a high standard for Thor- oughbred racing and breeding in Canada at a level which is recog- nized internationally for the ben- efit of all those interested in the sport including the general public by operations and services such as, but not limited to: evaluating all Graded, Listed and Black- type races in Canada annually; conducting the annual Sovereign Awards for outstanding achieve- ment in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada; maintaining a field office in Canada for the Jockey Club of the United States and the Jockey Club Registry Service; and by representing Canada as a Member of the IFHA.

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