2013 Sovereign Awards: Turf Champions, Outstanding Jockeys

CHAMPION TURF MALE FORTE DEI MARMI (GB) Owner: Stella Perdomo. Trainer: Roger Attfield. Breeder: Fittocks Stud (GB). The little gelding, named after a sea town in northern Tuscany, made plenty of waves in 2013. It was in September's Grade 1 Northern Dancer Stakes, contested at 1 1/2-miles over Woodbine's E.P. Taylor Turf Course, where Forte Dei Marmi displayed the gumption and grit that his Hall of Fame trainer spoke of regularly, and glowingly. “He's just a lovely, little gelding,” said Hall of Fame conditioner Roger Attfield. “He has his own way of thinking sometimes, usually when it comes to training, but he's a very competitive horse. I didn't know a lot about him at one point, but that's not the case anymore. He's a very hard-trying horse.” A horse that made the grade, so to speak, in a trio of notable races last year. The British-bred, owned by Stella Perdomo,…

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