It's a Slam Dunk for Point Given in Eclipse Voting
Updated: Friday, January 11, 2002 1:41 PM
Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2002 3:37 PM
Photo: Mike Corrado
Point Given distances himself from the rest of the field in his Belmont Stakes romp.
In a year without a lot of clear-cut favorites, Point Given is the lone unanimous choice in 2001 Eclipse Award balloting. The dual classic winner received top honors as champion 3-year-old male and is a finalist, along with Tiznow and Johannesburg, for Horse of the Year honors. Finalists in each of the Eclipse categories were announced Thursday.
Both Xtra Heat and Tranquility Lake are two category finalists. Xtra Heat is a finalist in both the 3-year-old filly category and the sprint category, while Tranquility Lake is a finalist for turf female honors as well as older filly or mare honors.
The Eclipse Awards are voted upon and presented by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the National Turf Writers Association, and the Daily Racing Form. Winners will be announced at the 31st annual Eclipse Awards dinner, to be held Monday, Feb. 18 at the Fontainebleau Hilton Resort in Miami Beach, Fla.
Winners in the Special Award and Award of Merit categories, which are determined by a committee composed of representatives from the presenting organizations, will be announced early next week.
Finalists in each category are:HORSE OF THE YEAR
You2-YEAR-OLD COLT OR GELDING
Xtra Heat3-YEAR-OLD COLT OR GELDING
Point Given (unanimous vote)3-YEAR-OLD & UP TURF MALE
Val Royal (FR)
With Anticipation3-YEAR-OLD & UP TURF FEMALE
Banks Hill (GB)
Tranquility Lake4-YEAR-OLD & UP MALE
Lido Palace (CHI)
Tiznow4-YEAR-OLD & UP FEMALE
Tranquility Lake3-YEAR-OLD & UP SPRINT
Xtra Heat4-YEAR-OLD & UP STEEPLECHASE
Praise the Prince (NZ)OUTSTANDING OWNER
Richard A. Englander
The Thoroughbred Corp.OUTSTANDING BREEDER
Harry T. Mangurian Jr./Mockingbird Farm
The Thoroughbred Corp.OUTSTANDING TRAINER
Robert J. Frankel
Scott A. LakeOUTSTANDING JOCKEY
Laffit Pincay Jr.
John VelazquezOUTSTANDING APPRENTICE JOCKEY
Hector Rosario Jr.
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