Slight Changes to Sovereign Award Guidelines


Mighty Heart was the Canadian Horse of the Year in 2020 and 2021
Michael Burns

The Jockey Club of Canada, which recognizes outstanding achievements in Canadian Thoroughbred racing and breeding with the annual Sovereign Awards, is implementing changes to the guidelines for some of the awards, effective for the current year.

Directly from the The Jockey Club's Board of Stewards are the following changes:

1). The trophy recipient for the divisional horse awards shall be the owner of the horse as of its last start in the award year and, if the owner is not also the breeder, the breeder listed on the Jockey Club Certificate of Registration may receive a trophy as well.

2). The owner of the Outstanding Broodmare at the end of the award year shall be the only recipient of that award and trophy.

An Outstanding Groom award–not a sanctioned Sovereign Award–is also presented with the awards. Again, from the Board of Stewards:

3). Nominators must hold a valid Thoroughbred license in the province of Ontario.

Nominators were previously restricted to licensed trainers and assistant trainers. The nomination period for the Outstanding Groom award is now open through Dec. 11.

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