Prior to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Curlin had finished third in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), won the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), and finished second by a head to Rags to Riches in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). He also won The Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I).
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 for breeder/owner Frank Stronach.
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.
After overcoming some health issues that had kept him from performing to his potential, Midnight Lute posted a powerful victory in the Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, after which he unleashed a stunning rally to blow away his rivals in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I).
The story of Maryfield’s rise from the claiming ranks to grade I winner at Saratoga, to Breeders’ Cup winner, and finally to Eclipse Award champion of the inaugural female sprinter award reads like something straight from a Hollywood script.
Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Stable earned the Eclipse Award as outstanding Owner of 2007.
Photo: Trevor Jones
As a result of finishing 2007 as the leading breeder by earnings for the fifth consecutive year, Frank Stronach’s (right) Adena Springs was voted the outstanding breeder of the year for a record fifth time.
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Garrett Gomez topped off his record-setting year by accepting an Eclipse Award trophy Jan. 21 as the nation’s leading jockey. The California-based rider had 265 winners and total earnings of $22,800,074 in 2007.
Photo: Barbara D. Livingston
Joe Talamo won the Eclipse Award on Jan. 21 as the top apprentice jockey. The New Orleans native rode 249 winners and earned $10,705,403.
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Todd Pletcher captured his fourth consecutive national title as leading trainer of the year Jan. 21 at the Eclipse Award ceremonies.
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
The Kentucky Horse Park was awarded the 2007 Award of Merit at the Eclipse Awards. The Special Eclipse Award recognizes outstanding individual achievements in, or contributions to, the sport of Thoroughbred Racing.
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Champs Elysees overpowers the opposition in the San Marcos Jan. 19 on the Santa Anita turf.