07/30/2008 12:00AM

Sovereign date set

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario – This year’s Sovereign Awards ceremony will be held on Dec. 12, at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Toronto, the Jockey Club of Canada announced Tuesday.

In order to be eligible for Sovereign Awards consideration, 2-year-olds must have made two starts in Canada and 3-year-olds and upward three starts in Canada this year by Nov. 23.

Eligible voters may begin voting online at 9 a.m. Eastern on Nov. 27 and must cast their ballots by noon on Dec. 1.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Chartered Accountants will audit the process and release the names of the three finalists in the 14 divisional categories to the Jockey Club of Canada for release to the public on Dec. 5.

Divisional winners and Horse of the Year will be announced at the awards ceremony.

Media submissions must be received in the office of the Jockey Club of Canada no later than 5 p.m. on Oct. 31. The four media categories are feature story, newspaper article, photograph, and film/video/broadcast. Submissions must be of Canadian Thoroughbred racing or breeding content and must have been published or have aired between Nov. 1, 2007, and Oct. 31, 2008.

Contestants in the media categories are limited to one submission per category.