Headlines for Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Outstanding Apprentice Jockey: Jose Montano

    Competition for outstanding apprentice jockey came down to Irad Ortiz, Jr., who lost his bug on Feb. 2, and Jose Montano, who was an apprentice most of the year. In the end, voters cast their votes for the true apprentice.

  • Questing showed a liking for dirt in 2012.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2033171428&k=PLGqhhN">Order This Photo</a>

    Questing Named Champion 3-Year-Old Filly

    Questing's amazing brilliance during the summer did not escape the Eclipse voters, despite her seemingly late-season decline and the return to top form by last year's 2-year-old filly champ My Miss Aurelia.

  • Duel classic winner I'll Have Another <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2012-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-138/22650475_kRGdZF#!i=1831523251&k=CrgHdGF">Order This Photo</a>

    Champion 3-Year-Old Male: I'll Have Another

    Being the leader in the clubhouse is a mixed blessing. You've left your marker out on the course, and now everybody gets to take a shot at beating you. It all worked out fine for I'll Have Another in 2012.

  • Dale Romans

    Outstanding Trainer: Dale Romans

    There are grade I races and there are grade I races--the races trainers see themselves winning in the most pleasant of dreams. In knocking down several races from the latter category, Dale Romans won his first Eclipse Award.

  • Groupie Doll won nearly $1.4 million in 2012.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2012-Breeders-Cup/Filly-Mare-Sprint/26130154_jMQwM9#!i=2192722587&k=pgvpGJT">Order This Photo</a>

    Champion Female Sprinter: Groupie Doll

    A catchy name. Distinctive running style. The right connections. Quirky physical attribute. Talent. Personality. Intangibles. All factor into the elusive concept of charisma. One either has it or doesn't. Groupie Doll has it.

  • Godolphin Named Outstanding Owner

    Godolphin, the private Thoroughbred racing stable of the Maktoum family, earned its second Eclipse Award as top owner in the past four years while winning seven grade I races and six other graded races in the United Stakes.

  • Beholder earned her Eclipse Award in the Breeders' Cup.
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    Beholder Champion 2-Year-Old Filly

    Blessed with speed and the ability to extend it around two turns against the best in her division, Beholder earned her Eclipse Award as the top 2-year-old filly on racing's biggest weekend during the Breeders' Cup.

  • Shanghai Bobby was a perfect 5 for 5 in 2012.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2132606386&k=pXH95gj">Order This Photo</a>

    Shanghai Bobby Named Champion 2-Year-Old Male

    Anyone who remembers the "old" days no doubt took great joy in seeing Shanghai Bobby win the Hopeful and Champagne stakes, arguably the two most prestigious 2-year-old stakes prior to the advent of the Breeders' Cup.

  • Teaks North cruised to victory in the Sunshine Millions Turf Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2327055967&k=Mb5pkw3">Order This Photo</a>

    Teaks North, Regalo Mia Win SM Turf Races

    Teaks North secured his first victory since 2011 when the two-time grade I winner opened a clear lead in the stretch on his way to a 2 1/2-length victory in the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf Stakes Jan. 19 at Gulfstream.

  • Sahara Sky and Joe Talamo take the Palos Verdes Stakes.

    Longshot Sahara Sky Scorches Palos Verdes

    Sahara Sky took advantage of a blistering pace to tally a one-length victory from off the pace for a 21-1 upset in the $150,500 Palos Verdes Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 19 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Successful Song splashes home in the Florida Sunshine Millions Distaff Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2326839218&k=GgPz3dG">Order This Photo</a>

    Another Hit for Successful Song in SM Distaff

    In what is expected to be her final start, Successful Song secured the most lucrative victory of her career when she cruised through the stretch to easily win the $300,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Distaff Stakes.

  • Keith Brackpool

    New Head of Calif. Operations for Stronach

    Former CHRB chairman Keith Brackpool bought a minority equity stake in The Stronach Group. He is now on the company's board of directors and has been appointed chairman of its racing operations in California.