How good was Bernardini in 2006? Good enough to make The Blood-Horse cover six times.
When he broke his maiden in January 2005 at Santa Anita Park in his second career start, Thor's Echo had the look of a very nice 3-year-old. He won the six-furlong maiden special weight event by four lengths in 1:09.50 and set course on a "Derby" campaign through the Southwest and Midwest.
For the first time in the history of the Eclipse Awards, there is a tie for outstanding owner of the year as Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stable ties with Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Lael Stables for outstanding owner with 110 votes apiece.
It comes as no surprise that trainer Todd Pletcher, a multiple record setter in 2006, will collect a third well-deserved Eclipse Award for his efforts.
Edgar Prado won plenty of races and purse money in 2006, but figures to be best remembered for something he accomplished outside the saddle.
If you don't recognize Julien Leparoux from the photo, that might be because you best remember the French-born jockey with his face down flying over the rail after being thrown during the Keeneland spring meeting.
The Special Eclipse Award, which honors outstanding individual achievements or contributions to Thoroughbred racing, isn't given out every year. Not surprisingly, the award for 2006 has been bestowed upon Roy and Gretchen Jackson and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals at New Bolton Center.
From the time she was a foal, Dreaming of Anna had a confident demeanor and seemed sure she would make it to the top, according to farm manager Suzi Shoemaker of Lantern Hill Farm near Midway, Ky.
Turning for home in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), Street Sense seemed to materialize on the lead from out of nowhere with a move so explosive, even the normally eagle-eyed race caller Trevor Denman missed it.
When Paul Saylor purchased Fleet Indian at the 2006 Keeneland January mixed sale, he had modest expectations and plans for the then 5-year-old mare.
For the third consecutive year, Frank Stronach's Adena Springs has been voted the outstanding breeder of the year.
Another repeat for Lord Derby's globe-trotting mare Ouija Board -- first in the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), and because of that performance, a second title as champion grass mare.
Miesque's Approval came from behind all right, unleashing a big kick that not only carried him to victory in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), but to an Eclipse Award as the top male turf horse of 2006.
No award given to John Nerud could be more appropriately named than the Award of Merit.
Foaled in Kentucky, nominated to the Breeders' Cup, sold at Keeneland, ridden by Pat Day at Saratoga -- then McDynamo grew up.
Selvatica, a 6-year-old multiple stakes winning mare by Forestry out of the stakes winning Strawberry Road mare Pareja, set a Barretts January mixed sale record Monday when she sold for $560,000.
- By Dan Liebman
On the day of the Eclipse Awards, Dr. Dean Richardson is presented the Big Sport of Turfdom Award from the Turf Publicists of America.
Hold on to your hats. The Todd Pletcher and Doug O'Neill express trains are about to start rolling toward Louisville and should reach breakneck speed by early to mid-February. With Pletcher expanding to California this winter, and both trainers expected to make stops in New Orleans, we can expect some early collisions on the Derby trail.
All quarantines in effect for horse farms and clinics due to the recent Equine Herpes Virus outbreak have been lifted, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, signaling the end of the immediate threat to Florida.
A growing need for uniform medication rules around the world was underlined on Monday during the 31st Asian Racing Conference in Dubai by officials representing both racing jurisdictions and the International Racing Bureau.
Pennwood Racing plans to open the first off-track wagering facility in New Jersey in early March. The Turf Club on Delsea Drive is located in Vineland in the southern portion of the state.
- By Ryan Conley
An attempt by Jess Jackson's legal team to secure a partial pre-trial judgment against one of the defendants in the billionaire horseman's high-profile fraud lawsuit has been thwarted by a California judge.
Saint Liam's first reported foal arrived Jan. 11 at ClassicStar near Versailles, Ky.
Prospector Jones, a prominent New Mexico stallion with 16 stakes winners, has died because of colic complications.
- By Steve Haskin
The Eclipse Awards, honoring achievement in American racing in 2006, will be announced later today when the annual awards dinner is held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The winners in each category will be announced at bloodhorse.com immediately after each award is presented
Grey Goose Vodka has signed on as the name-in-title sponsor of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) under a multi-year agreement.
Deep Impact collected 287 of a possible 289 (97.9%) total votes in winning the 2006 Japanese Racing Association's Horse of the Year Award for the second year in a row.
A federal appeals court ruled Jan. 19 that horse slaughter is illegal in the state of Texas based on a law from 1949. If the law is enforced, it would shut down two of the three slaughter plants in the United States.
The Emirates Airline-sponsored $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) is set for the showdown between the two top-ranked horses on the planet after the nominations were released for the world's richest race meeting Jan. 22.
Jockey Terry Thompson won the 2,000th race of his 15-year career when he rode David Vance trainee Peace Pledge to a three-length victory in Oaklawn Park's fifth race on Sunday.
The 301 horses in this year's Fasig-Tipton catalog for the Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training represents a slight decline from last year's total of 309.
Improvements to Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky sale pavilion will include new seats.
The Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling sale had a record gross of Aust124,475,450 ($98,360,541) for its eight sessions.
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