Fipke and Warner to receive special honours at 2019 Sovereign Awards

The Jockey Club of Canada will present Charles E. Fipke the E. P. Taylor Award of Merit and Harvey Warner the Special Sovereign Award.

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Trained by Roger Attfield and owned by Charles Fipke, Not Bourbon and jockey Juno Jones head off to the winners circle after winning the 149th Queens Plate at Woodbine Racetrack in 2008. (Photo by Ian Goodall/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images courtsey of Horse Racing Hall of Fame)

By: Jockey Club of Canada |

The Jockey Club of Canada is pleased to announce that Charles E. Fipke will be presented with the E. P. Taylor Award of Merit and Harvey Warner will be presented with the Special Sovereign Award in recognition of their outstanding commitment to the Thoroughbred Industry in Canada.

Selected by the Jockey Club of Canada’s Stewards, the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit honours those who have accomplished outstanding individual achievements and have made a significant contribution to the thoroughbred industry in Canada. Charles E. Fipke has been involved in the Canadian Thoroughbred Industry for close to forty years. Among his accomplishments he has bred and owned three Sovereign Award-winners including 2008 Champion Three-Year-Old Male and winner of the 2008 Queen’s Plate, Not Bourbon; 2010 Champion Older Female, Impossible Time; and 2003 Champion Male Turf Horse, Perfect Soul who went on to become a successful sire. Also, Mr. Fipke bred and owned a number of other successful racehorses including the winner of the 2011 Breeder’s Cup Filly and Mare Turf GI, Perfect Shirl.

Selected by the Jockey Club of Canada’s Stewards, the Special Sovereign Award recognizes significant contribution to the Canadian Thoroughbred Industry. Harvey Warner has been actively involved in the thoroughbred industry in Canada since 1971. Throughout this time he has served as the President of the Winnipeg Horseman’s Club, spent time as a member of the Manitoba Horse Council Board and sat on the Board of the HBPA of Manitoba. In 1994 Mr. Warner was a driving force behind the formation of the Manitoba Jockey Club which assumed ownership and operations of Assiniboia Downs. Currently, Mr. Warner is the President of the Manitoba Jockey Club and a Steward for The Jockey Club of Canada.

The Jockey Club of Canada is proud to present the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit and the Special Sovereign Award to these most deserving individuals. The 45th Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony, honouring Canada’s Champions, will take place at Universal Eventspace, in Vaughan Ontario, 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 here or by contacting the Jockey Club of Canada office at 416-675-7756 or jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com.

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