2013 Eclipse Awards

Celebrating the winners of the 2013 Eclipse Awards

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The 43rd annual Eclipse Awards.

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The 2013 Eclipse Awards.

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The 43rd Eclipse Awards.

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The 2013 Eclipse Awards.

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The 2013 Eclipse Awards.

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The 2013 Eclipse Awards.

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Frank Stronach welcomes everyone to Gulfstream Park, host of the Eclipse Awards.

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A check to the Eclipse Award charities.

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Anna Ford and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance win a special Eclipse Award that honors extraordinary service, individual achievements in, or contributions to the sport of Thoroughbred racing.

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Anna Ford and connections of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.

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Janine Edwards hosts the Eclipse Awards.

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Director Jim Wilson talks about his new movie '50-1,' on Mine that Bird's improbable Kentucky Derby win.

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Marty McGee is announced as the Eclipse Award winner for written feature.

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Marty McGee accepts the Eclipse Award for writing feature.

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Dank: Female Turf

2013 Record: 5 starts, 4 wins, 1 third, $1,697,867

Bred in Great Britain by London Thoroughbred Services Ltd

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James Wigan accepts the Eclipse Award for Dank as top three-year-old turf female.

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Dank, winner of the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf and Beverly D. Stakes (both gr. IT), was voted North America's top female grass performer for 2013 by a wide margin.

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Divine Fortune: Steeplechase Horse

2013 Record: 7 starts, 2 wins, 1 second, 1 third, $207,000

Bred in Pennsylvania by Wm. L. Pape & Jonathan E. Sheppard

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Lonnie Powell presents the Eclipse Award for steeplechase to Divine Fortune and Jonathan Sheppard.

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Trainer Jonathan Sheppard accepts the Eclipse Award for steeplechase.

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Ken Ramsey gives two thumbs up after winning the Eclipse Award for top owner.

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Setting a record for purse earnings in a season, Ken and Sarah Ramsey outpaced the competition for an Eclipse Award just like their horses outpaced their opponents on the racetrack throughout 2013.

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Royal Delta: Older Female

2013 Record: 7 starts, 3 wins, 2 seconds, $1,107,275

Bred in Kentucky by Palides Investments N.V., Inc.

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Ben Leon approaches the Eclipse Award stage after Royal Delta wins top older female.

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Ben Leon accepts the Eclipse Award for older female Royal Delta.

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Wise Dan: Male Turf Horse

2013 Record: 7 starts, 6 wins, 1 second, $2,751,972

Bred in Kentucky by Morton Fink

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Never since 1971—when the modern Eclipse Award voting system was put into place—has a horse taken the three categories two years in a row. Wise Dan became the first to do so by winning six of seven starts on the turf, toting high weight five times, and racing at five different tracks in Kentucky, New York, Canada, and California over a seven-month period.

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Mr. and Mrs. Morton Fink accept the Eclipse Award for top turf horse.

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Groupie Doll: Female Sprinter

2013 Record: 5 starts, 2 wins, 2 thirds, $871,000

Bred in Kentucky by Fred Bradley & William Bradley

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Groupie Doll had a limited season in 2013, winning two of five starts with earnings of $871,000, but her impressive Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) win was sufficient to earn her a second Eclipse Award as champion female sprinter. In 2012, Groupie Doll had earned $1,385,314 and won five of nine starts with four placings en route to championship honors.

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Trainer Buff Bradley and owner Amanda Pope accept the Eclipse Award for top female sprinter.

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Points Offthebench: Male Sprinter

2013 Record: 5 starts, 4 wins, 1 second, $434,780

Bred in California by Gary Rocks

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Pointsoffthebench owners Donnie Crevier, Charles Martin, and trainer Tim Yakteen accept the posthumous award for top male sprinter.

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As a result of their belief in their stallion Kitten's Joy, who topped the North American General Sire list in 2013, Ken and Sarah Ramsey earned their first Eclipse Award as outstanding breeder.

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Todd Pletcher's deep bench of top quality runners sometimes make it difficult to gauge his accomplishments when compared to those of other trainers. But in 2013, he was in a league of his own, and voters awarded him with his record sixth Eclipse Award.

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Todd Pletcher accepts the Eclipse Award for trainer of the year.

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Will Take Charge: 3 Year Old Male

2013 Record: 11 starts, 5 wins, 2 seconds, $2,960,977

Bred in Kentucky by Eaton Sales

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Willis Horton accepts the Eclipse Award for top three-year-old male.

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Mr and Mrs Willis Horton accept for Will Take Charge as top three-year-old male.

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Beholder: Three Year Old Female

2013 Record: 7 starts, 5 wins, 2 seconds, $1,860,000

Bred in Kentucky by Clarkland Farm

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B. Wayne Hughes and Richard Mandella as Hughes approaches the Eclipse Award stage.

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B. Wayne Hughes accepts the Eclipse Award for Beholder as top three-year-old female.

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B. Wayne Hughes accepts for Beholder for top three-year-old female.

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Shared Belief: Two Year Old Male

2013 Record: 3 starts, 3 wins, $451,200

Bred in Kentucky by Pam & Martin Wygod

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Jim Rome and connections accept for Shared Belief for two-year-old male.

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Connections of Shared Belief accept top two-year-old male.

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Jim Rome talks with Laffit Pincay after winning the Eclipse Award for Shared Belief and top two-year-old.

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She's a Tiger: Two Year Old Female

2013 Record: 6 starts, 3 wins, 3 seconds, $725,650

Bred in Kentucky by Dr. Rodney Orr

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She's a Tiger wins the Eclipse Award for top two-year-old female.

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Connections for She's a Tiger after accepting the Eclipse Award for top two-year-old female.

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Trainer Jeff Bonde and the owners group of She's a Tiger.

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Brian Hernandez presents the Eclipse Award for apprentice jockey to Victor Carrasco.

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Victor Carrasco wins the Eclipse Award for top apprentice jockey.

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Javier Castellano heads to the stage after winning the Eclipse Award for top jockey.

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Jerry Bailey presents the Eclipse Award for top jockey to Javier Castellano.

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D. Wayne Lukas accepts the Eclipse Award of Merit.

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D. Wayne Lukas after accepting the Eclipse Award for Merit.

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Wise Dan: Older Male

2013 Record: 7 starts, 6 wins, 1 second, $2,751,972

Bred in Kentucky by Morton Fink

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Mr and Mrs Morton Fink following Wise Dan's Horse of the Year win.

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In five grade I races and a pair of grade II events, the only male in North America to take home four grade I victories, Wise Dan galloped his way through the most consistent season delivered by a racehorse in 2013—year-end honors firmly in his sights.

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