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Jayaramans Remove 25 Horses From Ice Barn

Jayaramans Remove 25 Horses From Ice Barn

Summer Bird, last year's champion 3-year-old male, is one of 25 horses being transferred from trainer Tim Ice by Drs. K.K. Jayaraman and Vilasini Jayaraman. Ice currently is based at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas.

Final Thoughts on Horse of the Year

Final Thoughts on Horse of the Year

Even though it was only a little over two months, it seemed as though the Horse of the Year debate had gone on forever. Now that it is finally over, I wanted to give people a final chance to express their thoughts. Read Blog

2009 Eclipse Awards

2009 Eclipse Awards

Recap all of the Eclipse Award winners with this photo slideshow featuring photos from throughout the 2009 racing season. View Photos

Champion Jockey: Julien Leparoux

Champion Jockey: Julien Leparoux

Young rider finished second in earnings with $18.5 million, won three Breeders' Cup events and seven other grade I races

Champion Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Champion Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Back-to-back Eclipse Awards for trainer of Rachel Alexandra and grade I winner Kodiak Kowboy, Hot Dixie Chick; led nation with $21.8 million in earnings

Champion 2YO Female: She Be Wild

Champion 2YO Female: She Be Wild

Mike and Nancy Mazzoni's homebred filly won the Arlington-Washington Lassie (gr. III) and capped the year off with a score in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Santa Anita.

Champion 2YO Male: Lookin At Lucky

Champion 2YO Male: Lookin At Lucky

Won grade I Del Mar Futurity, Hollywood Futurity for Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman; most by a head as the favorite in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).

Drape Wins Eclipse Award For Feature Story

Joe Drape has won the 2009 Media Eclipse Award for Writing in the Feature/Enterprise category for "Despite Outcry, Derby Owners Fall Silent on Drugs for Horses," which appeared in The New York Times on April 30, 2009.

Change in Horse of the Year Voting Rejected

Change in Horse of the Year Voting Rejected

Two of the three voting groups for Eclipse Awards have rejected a proposal to change this year's Eclipse Awards voting procedures to allow for a vote for co-Horse of the Year, a move that could have led to Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra sharing that top honor.

And They're Off: Eclipse Awards Review

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And They're Off: Eclipse Awards Review

Hosted by Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin, "And They're Off" is a bi-monthly online video series sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. This week, Lenny and Steve review the Eclipse Award winners. Plus, Everybody wants to buy a Derby Winner.

Curlin Repeats as Horse of the Year

Curlin Repeats as Horse of the Year

As the only member of the elite crop of 2007 3-year-olds to return to racing as a 4-year-old, Curlin had the hopes of racing fans across the country resting on his shoulders as he embarked on an ambitious campaign that was designed to break new ground in international racing.

Eclipse 3-Year-Old Filly: Proud Spell

Eclipse 3-Year-Old Filly: Proud Spell

Don't tell Proud Spell's owner and breeder, Brereton C. Jones, that his bay filly isn't tough. Even though the daughter of Proud Citizen lacks size, Jones has seen plenty of evidence that she's one of the grittiest runners on the track today.

3-Year-Old Male Eclipse: Big Brown

3-Year-Old Male Eclipse: Big Brown

Big Brown's championship campaign in 2008 was predominantly about his long list of accomplishments, several which were history-making and unlikely to be duplicated for a long time.

Jockey Eclipse Award: Garrett Gomez

Jockey Eclipse Award: Garrett Gomez

Given that Garrett "Go-Go" Gomez topped the North American leading jockeys' list for the third consecutive year and took four Breeders' Cup World Championship races in 2008, it is not surprising he also earned his second Eclipse Award in as many years.

Older Female Eclipse Award: Zenyatta

Older Female Eclipse Award: Zenyatta

If you enjoy the suspense that can come with the selction of Eclipse Award winners, just skip right past the category of older female, dominated by Zenyatta the same way she has ruled the racetrack, dispatching foes with unfailing consistency.

Eclipse Award Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Eclipse Award Trainer: Steve Asmussen

A single-season record of 622 victories might have been all Steve Asmussen needed to win the Eclipse Award for leading trainer of 2008. However, being trainer of Curlin probably didn't hurt either.

Female Sprint Eclipse: Indian Blessing

Female Sprint Eclipse: Indian Blessing

Indian Blessing couldn't have ended 2008 on a more perfect note when she registered a gutsy 1 1/2-length score Dec. 27 in the La Brea (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park. The win marked her fifth lifetime grade I victory.

Eclipse Steeplechase: Good Night Shirt

Eclipse Steeplechase: Good Night Shirt

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.

Male Turf Eclipse Award: Conduit

Male Turf Eclipse Award: Conduit

England's Triple Crown finale, the Ladbrokes St. Leger (Eng-I), isn't considered a normal route to the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT). But Michael Stoute hasn't ruled England's training ranks for years by playing it safe.

2YO Filly Eclipse Award: Stardom Bound

2YO Filly Eclipse Award: Stardom Bound

Every so often a juvenile filly comes along that just dominates her competition, and Stardom Bound did just that in 2008. What makes her accomplishments even more dramatic is she was able to inhale her rivals with hold-your-breath, last-to-first moves.

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