Pierrot Lunaire pulled off what no other horse did over hurdles in 2012, winning back-to-back National Steeplechase Association grade I races to take home an Eclipse Award as outstanding steeplechaser.
Harold A. "Sonny" Via Jr.'s Good Night Shirt repeated as champion steeplechaser, taking his second consecutive Eclipse Award in the same runaway fashion he used to win five grade I stakes during the 2008 season.
The crazy, mixed-up world of the race for the 2001 steeplechase Eclipse Award took a tragic turn on Jan. 19 when Pompeyo died due to complications from an injury suffered in September. In the voting, however, he became a fitting winner. "In my heart, he deserves it the most because he hasn't been beaten," said the horse's trainer, Sanna Neilson, who conditioned all three Eclipse Award finalists for Augustin Stable.
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