Sam-Son Farm will be presented with the Special Sovereign Award during the 46th Annual Sovereign Awards Virtual Ceremony, which will be held in April. Selected by the Jockey Club of Canada's Stewards, the Special Sovereign Award honors those who have accomplished outstanding achievements and made a significant contribution to the Thoroughbred Industry in Canada.
Over the past five decades, Sam-Son Farm, a Canadian Thoroughbred breeding and racing operation founded in 1972 by Ernie and Liza Samuel, has been the recipient of four Eclipse Awards, 13 Hall of Fame Awards and 84 Sovereign Awards. Since its inception, Sam-Son Farm has enjoyed five Queen's Plate winners, eight Woodbine Oaks winners and 60 graded stakes winners.
Also to be recognized at this year's virtual awards, Michelle Gibson will receive the 2020 Outstanding Groom Award. Currently employed by Robert Tiller, she is the groom of 2017 Canadian Horse of the Year, Pink Lloyd.
Additionally, the finalists for the 2020 Sovereign Awards Media categories were announced Thursday. This year's entries were evaluated by media professionals within the industry selected from across North America. A 4-2-1 points system was used to determine the first, second and third place finalists in each category.
Digital Audio/visual and Broadcast Category:
- Santino Di Paola – Dear Horse Racing
- Horse Racing Alberta – Canadian Derby Year of the Mask
- Woodbine Entertainment Group – The Queen's Plate
- Rusty Barton – The Race Goes on a Year Without Fans
- Michael Burns – Training Before Dawn
- Lisa M. Thompson – One Rider Two Horses
- Will Wong – Mambointheforest
- Muriel Lennox – Northern Dancer: A virile stable genius
- Chris Lomon – The Pep-Talking Groom, Willy, and a Queen's Plate Crown
- Bruce McDougall – Riding for Freedom