Barbadian jockey wins Sovereign Award

Rey WIlliams (right) receiving the Sovereign Award for most outstanding apprentice jockey from Robert King Jr, executive director of the Jockey’s Benefit Association of Canada.

Apprentice jockey Rey Williams has secured another victory- this time the coveted Sovereign Award in Toronto.

Williams managed to secure 158 votes ahead of Ridge Balgobin of Trinidad and Tobago (67) and Brandon Duchaine of Canada (56) to capture top honours at the recent 43rd annual Sovereign Awards at the Toronto Palais Royale.

The 19-year-old jockey is the first Barbadian apprentice, the first Caribbean apprentice and the youngest apprentice to receive this award.

Last year Williams finished with more than 50 per cent of his mounts in the top three. He secured 41 victories at Northland Parks and Century Downs in Alberta with earnings of $471 415.