2008 Eclipse Awards

Saluting the winners of the 2008 Eclipse Awards

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Midshipman took the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the Eclipse for 2-year old male.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Stardom Bound dominated the Breeders' Cup, and the voting for 2-year old filly champion.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Conduit vaults from the Winner's Circle in the Breeders' Cup to the Eclipse winner for top Male Grass Horse.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Champion Turf Female goes to Forever Together.

Photo: Adam Conglianese

Steeplechaser Good Night Shirt was a perfect 5 for 5 in 2008, and was a clear choice for the Eclipse in his division.

Photo: Adam Conglianese

Benny the Bull was named champion sprinter, and it was announced that he would be returning to the track in 2009.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Indian Blessing outran the competition in the Filly & Mare Sprint Category.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Steve Asmussen won 622 races in 2008 and picked up the Eclipse Award for top trainer.

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In the closest vote of the night, Frank Stronach's Stronach Stables was named leading owner over IEAH. Stronach's Adena Springs was also named top Breeder.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Zenyatta dominated her competition all year, and the votes for Older Female reflected that.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Curlin added an Eclipse for Champion Older Male to his mantle.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Paco Lopez took home the trophy as top Apprentice Jockey.

Photo: Jim Lisa Photos

Garrett Gomez was North America's leading jockey for the 3rd year in a row, and picked up his 2nd Eclipse.

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Kentucky Oaks winner Proud Spell was named Champion 3-year old filly.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

While Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown collected the Eclipse as champion 3-year old male.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

For the 2nd year in a row, Curlin got the hardware as Horse of the Year. Owner Jess Jackson and Trainer Steve Asmussen accepted the trophy.

Photo: Horsephotos/ntra

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