Outstanding Groom Award Winner and Media Finalists Announced for 2019 Sovereign Awards
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Jockey Club of Canada is pleased to announce that Michael Williams is the recipient of 2019 Outstanding Groom Award. Michael has worked on the Woodbine backstretch for over 20 years. His current employer, multiple graded stakes winning trainer, Michael J. Doyle and previous employer, Daniel J. Vella are among the accomplished trainers he has worked for over the years. Michael has groomed, 1994 Champion Sprinter and Champion Older Horse, King Ruckus and Touch Gold as a two-year-old among other successful horses.

The Jockey Club of Canada is also pleased to announce the finalists for the 2019 Sovereign Awards Media categories. The judging for the 2019 Media Awards 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 - Royal Victory for the Quintessential “small guy”


  • Chris Lomon - Thoroughbred Racing’s Beautiful Bond


  • Hayley Morrison - Walcott Worry-Free After Surviving Brain Tumour



Digital Audio/visual and Broadcast Category:


  • Horse Racing Alberta – Canadian Derby Invader
  • Horse Racing Radio Network – 160th Queen’s Plate
  • Woodbine Entertainment Group – The Queen’s Plate

Photograph Category:

  • Michael Bye - Cyclone Dan Winner of the 3rd Race J. Gomez up


  • Rebecca Brown - Lenny Seecharan, Hastings 2019


  • Alex Urosovic - Ricoh Woodbine Mile


The Jockey Club of Canada will announce the winners of all the Sovereign Awards at the 45th Annual Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 16, 2020.

Tickets to the 45th 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, 2020. Tickets can be purchased online at http://jockeyclubcanada.com/product/sovereign-award-tickets-2/ the price displayed is inclusive of HST. Additionally, purchases can be made by contacting the Jockey Club of Canada office at 416-675-7756 or jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com.


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: Anderson Farms | Cavalier Transportation | CTHS Ontario | Document Direction Limited | Earle I. Mack Limited | Great Canadian Gaming Corporation | Josham Farms Limited | Tall Oaks Farm | The Jockey Club

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 416-675-7756 or jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com.