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The Envelope Please: Eclipse Awards Day

The Envelope Please: Eclipse Awards Day

One of the most hotly debated races for Horse of the Year honors in recent memory will conclude tonight, Monday, Jan. 17, with the announcement of whether it is finalist (in alphabetical order) Blame, Goldikova, or Zenyatt

Moss, Stall Weigh in on HOY Debate

Moss, Stall Weigh in on HOY Debate

Owner Jerry Moss and trainer Al Stall gave their final thoughts on the Horse of the Year debate during a National Thoroughbred Racing Association teleconference Jan. 13.

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

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.

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