It’s entry day! The first day of the 2018 Woodbine season will be drawn later this morning including the JACQUES CARTIER STAKES with superstar PINK LLOYD!
SOVEREIGN AWARD FUN – ROYALE STYLE!
For the second consecutive year, the Sovereign Awards, honouring the top horses and humans of 2017 in Canadian racing, will take place at the lovely PALAIS ROYALE on the waters of Lake Ontario.
Start time 5:30 p.m.
The evening, hosted by JASON PORTUONDO, will begin with fun and a feast followed by the awards beginning with the media categories.
If you cannot make it to the awards – it is expected that it will be streamed live – check back for updates.
Here is your checklist for Thursday evening:
• Tom Ferry – “Where Champions Dance” (Sam-Son Farms story)
• Perry Lefko – “Former Breeders’ Stakes champ finding the stable life at last” – (Laurie Gulas, former jockey)
• Emily Shields – “How Secretariat gave the Canadians something to remember forever” (Secretariat at Woodbine)
Digital Audio/visual and Broadcast Category:
• Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame/ Standardbred Canada/ Woodbine Broadcast Department – The Evolution of Horse Racing in Canada
• Horse Racing Alberta – Super Trooper – feature on Trooper John
• Talkin’ Horse Racing – Episode 9 – Magazine show, Ep 9 featuring new owners, handicapping and the backstretch
• Jeffrey Bowen – Morning Silhouette
• Dave Landry – Dirt Storm
• Alex Urosivic – Eureka Eurico
The Finalists for the 2017 Sovereign Award Finalists are:
Champion Two-Year-Old Filly:
Dream It Is
Champion Two-Year-Old Male:
Be Vewy Vewy Quiet
Champion Three-Year-Old Female:
Daz Lin Dawn
Champion Three-Year-Old Male:
Tiz a Slam
Champion Older Female:
Champion Older Male:
Champion Female Turf Horse:
Champion Male Turf Horse:
Tower of Texas
Champion Female Sprinter:
Champion Male Sprinter:
Anderson Farms Ont. Inc.
Tall Oaks Farm
Catherine Day Phillips
Outstanding Apprentice Jockey:
Brandon A. Duchaine
Eurico Rosa Da Silva
Rico W. Walcott
SPECIAL SOVEREIGN – SAM LIMA – HBPA, TORONTO THOROUGHBRED RACING CLUB, HORSE OWNER, FAN
GROOM AWARD – Alfredo Ramos, a native of Nicaragua, who began working with horses in Ontario in 1989. Ramos has worked for a host of trainers, and has been employed by Hall of Famer Roger Attfield since 2008.
HANDICAPPER AWARD – Michael Eisen, who captured Woodbine’s 2017 Player of the Year Award. Eisen was the former Microsoft Canada chief legal officer.
HORSE OF THE YEAR – ??
Add in Game 4 of the Toronto Maple Leafs playoff series with Boston Bruins and it should be an exciting night!