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New Sovereign Award category for Canadian runners; new eligibility dates introduced

August 19, 2009     E-mail this page to a friend!

Canadian horse owners have yet another Sovereign Award as a goal for their female runners.

The Jockey Club of Canada has announced an outstanding filly/mare sprinter category in the annual awards nominations. The Sovereign Award has been given annually since 1975 by the Jockey Club of Canada to the outstanding horses and people in Canadian Thoroughbred racing. The U.S. equivalent is the Eclipse Award.

In addition, the 35th annual Sovereign Awards ceremony, formerly held just after the Canadian racing season ended at Woodbine in December, has been moved to January 29, 2010. This later award date will allow horses to attain eligibility throughout the Canadian racing season. Previously, owners and trainers were forced to meet any number-of-starts criteria before the Woodbine meet closed.

Yet another change makes the awards ceremony a bit less formal. Gone is the black-tie requirement, replaced instead by a jacket-and-tie cocktail reception followed by the awards presentation, with the venue remaining Toronto.

At TRJ, we're glad this last change was delayed a year: Janine Stianson sure looked stellar in her formal gown accepting the Outstanding Apprentice Jockey award this past December!