Queen's Plate winner Midnight Aria is one of the finalists in the 3-Year-Old Male category.

Queen's Plate winner Midnight Aria is one of the finalists in the 3-Year-Old Male category.

Michael Burns

Sovereign Award Finalists Announced

A party to honor the winners is scheduled for April 11 at Woodbine.

The Jockey Club of Canada will host the 39th Annual Sovereign Awards party to celebrate Thoroughbred racing in Canada and honor the Canadian champions of 2013 on Friday, April 11 at Woodbine in Toronto. 

The celebration will include an opportunity to walk the Sovereign Award red carpet, followed by a buffet-style gourmet dinner and the presentation of the Sovereign Award trophies to Canada's racing champions of 2013.

"This year we are having a party," said Sovereign Award committee chair Stacie Roberts in a release. "We have booked a live jazz band to get people dancing as we celebrate the start of the 2014 Thoroughbred season in Canada. Even if you are not a finalist, you're invited to come and have fun and help us celebrate Thoroughbred racing in Canada."

This year's event will once again be held on the eve of the start of Canada's Thoroughbred racing season, with Woodbine slated to race the next day (April 12) at 1 pm (EST).

Tickets are $250 each and tables of 10 are $2,400. More information available via email to: jockeyclub@bellnet.ca

Voting in the 17 race award categories began Jan. 2, allowing for statistics for the entire year to be considered. This year the Jockey Club of Canada is announcing the top four finalists in each category as determined by the online ballots of 41 voters in Canada and the U.S.

The three finalists for Horse of the Year honors will be announced on the evening of the awards ceremony.

The 2013 Sovereign Award finalists, listed alphabetically in each category, are:

2-Year-Old Filly:

Lexie Lou

On Rainbow Bridge

Paladin Bay

Ria Antonia

2-Year-Old Male:

Ami's Holiday 

Asserting Bear

Go Greeley

Jose Sea View

3-Year-Old Filly:

Coffee Clique

Leigh Court



3-Year-Old Male:

Five Iron

Midnight Aria

River Seven

Up With the Birds

Older Female:

Madeira Park

Moonlit Beauty

Part the Seas

Sisterly Love

Older Male:

Alpha Bettor


Herbie D

Ultimate Destiny

Turf Female:

Leigh Court


Part the Seas

Solid Appeal

Turf Male:

Forte Dei Marmi

Phil's Dream

River Seven

Up With the Birds

Female Sprinter:

Goldstryke Glory

Leigh Court

Part the Seas


Male Sprinter:

Bear No Joke

Essence Hit Man

Herbie D

Phil's Dream





Star Guest


Adena Springs

Chiefswood Stables Ltd.

William D. Graham

Sam-Son Farm


Bear Stables Ltd.

John C. Oxley

Sam-Son Farms

Tucci Stables


Reade Baker

Mark Casse

Nicholas Gonzalez

Malcolm Pierce

Apprentice Jockey:

Skye Chernetz

Amie Pooli

Sheena Ryan

Tommy Wong


Luis Contreras

Eurico Da Silva

Justin Stein

Rico Walcott