The wait is almost over and tonight we will find out if Tiznow successfully defended his Horse of the Year title when he won the Breeders' Cup Classic or if he will be dethroned by either Point Given or Johannesburg, the other two finalists as racing's best for 2001.
The Eclipse Awards for equine and human achievement will be announced tonight at the annual dinner at the Fontainebleau Hilton Resort in Miami Beach, Fla. The names of the winners will be released publicly at 9:15 p.m. (EST). bloodhorse.com will publish the complete list of winners and related stories on this Web site at 9:15 p.m.
Point Given, the Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner, was the sole unanimous winner as champion 3-year-old male when finalists in each category were announced earlier this year. Both Xtra Heat and Tranquility Lake are two category finalists. Xtra Heat is a finalist in both the 3-year-old filly category and the sprint category, while Tranquility Lake is a finalist for turf female honors as well as older filly or mare honors.
The Eclipse Awards are voted upon and presented by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the National Turf Writers Association, and the Daily Racing Form. Finalists in each category are:HORSE OF THE YEAR
You2-YEAR-OLD COLT OR GELDING
Xtra Heat3-YEAR-OLD COLT OR GELDING
Point Given (unanimous vote)3-YEAR-OLD & UP TURF MALE
Val Royal (FR)
With Anticipation3-YEAR-OLD & UP TURF FEMALE
Banks Hill (GB)
Tranquility Lake4-YEAR-OLD & UP MALE
Lido Palace (CHI)
Tiznow4-YEAR-OLD & UP FEMALE
Tranquility Lake3-YEAR-OLD & UP SPRINT
Xtra Heat4-YEAR-OLD & UP STEEPLECHASE
Praise the Prince (NZ)OUTSTANDING OWNER
Richard A. Englander
The Thoroughbred Corp.OUTSTANDING BREEDER
Harry T. Mangurian Jr./Mockingbird Farm
The Thoroughbred Corp.OUTSTANDING TRAINER
Robert J. Frankel
Scott A. LakeOUTSTANDING JOCKEY
Laffit Pincay Jr.
John VelazquezOUTSTANDING APPRENTICE JOCKEY
Hector Rosario Jr.