Racing Fans Vote Havre de Grace HOY

Racing Fans Vote Havre de Grace HOY
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Daily Racing Form and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 13 the results of the 2011 Eclipse Horse of the Year Fan Vote Sweepstakes. The free-to-enter sweepstakes required fans to select the horse they felt deserved to win the 2011 Horse of the Year Award, which will be announced Monday, Jan. 16, in Beverly Hills, Calif., at the 41st annual Eclipse Awards. Fans were also encouraged to cast their votes in 14 other Eclipse Award categories.

In the Horse of the Year category, fans made the multiple grade I winner Havre de Grace their top pick with 4,249 votes. Rapid Redux, who will receive a Special Eclipse Award after going a perfect 19-for-19 in 2011, received 2,213 votes. Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Drosselmeyer   checked in third with a vote count of 1,236. The closest race in the voting was in the category of male sprinter, with Caleb's Posse   (652 votes) prevailing over Amazombie (640) and non-Eclipse Award finalist Smiling Tiger   (566).

More than 12,000 votes were received in balloting conducted between Dec. 16 and Jan. 3 at www.drf.com/eclipse. Fans could also cast their votes in 14 categories other than Horse of the Year, though they were not required to do so.

As part of the sweepstakes, voter Megan Tracy of College Station, Texas, was selected at random as the winner of a trip for two—including airfare, hotel accommodations, ground transportation and event tickets—to the Eclipse Awards ceremony. The prize includes box seats and VIP access for a day of racing at nearby Santa Anita Park.

Results of the fan balloting were:

Horse of the Year
Havre de Grace – 4,249
Rapid Redux – 2,213
Drosselmeyer – 1,236

2-Year-Old Male:
Hansen – 1,082
Union Rags   – 718
O'Prado Again – 82

2-Year-Old Female

My Miss Aurelia – 1,269
On Fire Baby -- 708
Stephanie's Kitten – 194

3-Year-Old Male
Animal Kingdom   – 1,119
Caleb's Posse   – 717
Shackleford   – 453

3-Year-Old Filly
Royal Delta – 1,166
Plum Pretty – 188
Awesome Feather – 179

Female Sprinter
Hilda's Passion – 992
Turbulent Descent – 459
Musical Romance – 351

Female Turf Horse
Stacelita – 479
Winter Memories – 316
Perfect Shirl – 193

Male Sprinter
Caleb's Posse – 652
Amazombie – 640
Smiling Tiger – 566

Male Turf Horse
Cape Blanco – 668
Gio Ponti   – 367
Acclamation – 282

Older Female

Havre de Grace – 1,507
Blind Luck – 328
R Betty Graybull – 57

Older Male
Drosselmeyer   – 560
Tizway   – 513
Game On Dude – 438

Steeplechase
Black Jack Blues – 456
Mabou – 343
Tax Ruling 297

Jockey
Ramon A. Dominguez – 214
John Velazquez – 127
Javier Castellano – 55

Trainer
William I. Mott – 110
H. Graham Motion – 96
Todd A. Pletcher – 86

Owner
Ramsey, Kenneth L & Sarah K – 84
WinStar Farm LLC – 77
Midwest Thoroughbreds – 53

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