Outstanding Groom Award Winner and Media Finalists Announced for 2018 Sovereign Awards
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 20, 2019

Outstanding Groom Award Winner and Media Finalists Announced for 2018 Sovereign Awards

The Jockey Club of Canada is pleased to announce that Amanda Erwin has been chosen as the recipient of 2018 Outstanding Groom Award. Amanda has worked for, Triple Crown winning trainer, Mike Keogh for over 17 years. She groomed Champion Woodcarver, the winner of the 1999 Queen’s Plate, as well as, the 2003 Triple Crown winner and Champion Wando, both owned and bred by Gustav Schickedanz.

The Jockey Club of Canada is also pleased to announce the finalists for the 2018 Sovereign Award Media categories. The judging for the 2018 Media Sovereign Award categories was performed by Professors of the Journalism Program at the School of Media Studies & Information Technology, Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Listed in alphabetical order, the finalists are:

Writing Category:

  • Dave Briggs - Horse of the Year Pink Lloyd: A Hero for Our Times
  • Chris Lomon - Born to Beat the Odds
  • Hayley Morrison - Hail to the War Horses


Digital Audio/visual and Broadcast Category:


  • Horse Racing Alberta – Canadian Derby Homegrown Heroes
  • Horse Racing Radio Network - 159th Queen’s Plate
  • Woodbine Entertainment Group - Ricoh Woodbine Mile

Photograph Category:

  • Santino Di Paola - Into the turn
  • Hayley Morrison – Kingsport: A Class Act
  • John Watkins - Show Me the Money


The Jockey Club of Canada will announce the winners of all the Sovereign Awards at the 44th Annual Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 18, 2019.

Tickets to the 44th Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony are $250 each, with tables of ten discounted to $2000. Early-Bird tickets are also available for a discounted price of $225 until March 15, 2019.

You can purchase tickets online at http://www.jockeyclubcanada.com/2018-sovereign-awards/ or by contacting The Jockey Club of Canada by email jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com or by phone 416-675-7756.

Current Sovereign Award Sponsors:

Platinum Plus: Woodbine Entertainment Group         

Platinum: HBPA Ontario

Gold Sponsors: OLG | Ontario Racing   

Silver Sponsors: Assiniboia Downs | Colio Estate Wines

Bronze Sponsors: | The Jockey Club | Anderson Farms | Great Canadian Gaming Corporation | Tall Oaks Farm | Casse Racing | WinStar | Dorothy & Sean Fitzhenry | CTHS Ontario

The Jockey Club of Canada was founded in 1973 by E.P. Taylor to serve as the international representative of the Canadian Thoroughbred industry. The mission of The Jockey Club of Canada is to promote and maintain a high standard for Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada at a level which is recognized internationally for the benefit of all those interested in the sport including the general public by operations and services such as, but not limited to: evaluating all Graded, Listed and Black-type races in Canada annually; conducting the annual Sovereign Awards for outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada; maintaining a field office in Canada for the Jockey Club of the United States and the Jockey Club Registry Service; and by representing Canada as a Member of the IFHA.


For more information on The Jockey Club of Canada’s annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony contact Camille Casse at 416-675-7756 or jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com.