Articles posted January 21, 2008

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Lawyer Ron Champion Older Male

Lawyer Ron Champion Older Male

Lawyer Ron made a successful case for himself as 2007's champion older male. Racing for the estate of his breeder and original owner, the late Ownesboro, Ky., businessman James T. Hines Jr., Lawyer Ron, for the second consecutive season, earned better than $1 million, and won a pair of grade I contests in impressive fashion.

Ginger Punch KO's Competition

Ginger Punch KO's Competition

Ginger Punch was all action in 2007. Her victory in the 2007 Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Monmouth Park proved powerful enough to propel the daughter of Awesome Again to an Eclipse Award in the older female division

Joe Talamo Top Apprentice Jockey

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Joe Talamo Top Apprentice Jockey

Another Louisiana-born jockey, another national title. This time the honor goes to Joe Talamo, who won the Eclipse Award on Jan. 21 as the top apprentice jockey. The New Orleans native rode 249 winners and earned $10,705,403.

Rags to Riches Top 3-Year-Old Filly

Rags to Riches Top 3-Year-Old Filly

Rags to Riches, the first filly in 102 years to win the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), was voted champion 3-year-old filly of 2007. She finished ahead of two other Todd Pletcher trainees--Octave and Panty Raid--in Eclipse Award voting.

Pletcher Makes It Four in a Row

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Pletcher Makes It Four in a Row

Todd Pletcher captured his fourth consecutive national title as leading trainer of the year Jan. 21 at the Eclipse Award ceremonies.

Eclipse Owner: Shadwell Stable

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Eclipse Owner: Shadwell Stable

Although Jazil's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) victory and Invasor's Horse of the Year campaign in 2006 resulted in a banner year for Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Stable, 2007 had more than its share of triumphs as well. Three of the stable's stars posted grade I victories, and Shadwell Stable earned the Eclipse Award for outstanding owner.

Midnight Lute: Sprinter

Midnight Lute: Sprinter

Nominated as one of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's moments of the year, Midnight Lute's TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) feat cemented him as the obvious choice for an Eclipse Award as champion of his division.

Eclipse Breeder: Adena Springs

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Eclipse Breeder: Adena Springs

As a result of finishing 2007 as the leading breeder by earnings for the fifth consecutive year, Frank Stronach's Adena Springs was voted the outstanding breeder of the year for a record fifth time.

English Channel Champion Turf Male

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English Channel Champion Turf Male

English Channel has had the look of a champion since June 9 when he lost by only a head to 2004 Breeders' Cup Turf winner Better Talk Now in the Manhattan Handicap (gr. I).

Indian Blessing: 2-Year-Old Filly

Indian Blessing: 2-Year-Old Filly

Indian Blessing was rewarded for an impressive 2007 campaign that included three victories in as many starts by winning the Eclipse Award for 2-Year-Old Filly Jan. 21 at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Record Covers In Australia

The upcoming years in Australia will be effected in many ways following the devastation that was equine influenza, in particular on the racetracks. For instance, while Victoria remained, astonishingly, EI free for the duration of the crisis in Australia, broodmare owners in Victoria had no option but to send their mares to Victorian based stallions. As a result we now have a set of statistics that defy belief.

Breeders' Cup Unveils 2008 Logo

Breeders' Cup Unveils 2008 Logo

Breeders' Cup has unveiled the official event logo for the 25th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, which this year will take place Oct. 24-25 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.

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