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.

  • Royal Delta was a repeat winner in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2012-Breeders-Cup/Ladies-Classic/26130180_8NMncD#!i=2191660144&k=PLgv2wz">Order This Photo</a>

    Champion Older Female: Royal Delta

    Long-striding Royal Delta delivered when it mattered most in 2012, and although her 4-year-old season was not without flaws, her winning performances were spectacular.

  • 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.

  • Pierrot Lunaire won back-to-back National Steeplechase Association grade I races.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2162763533&k=Mpd2RFR">Order This Photo</a>

    Champion Steeplechaser: Pierrot Lunaire

    Pierrot Lunaire pulled off what no other horse did over hurdles in 2012, winning back-to-back National Steeplechase Association grade I races to take home an Eclipse Award as outstanding steeplechaser.

  • Infrattini (left) fights off Mark Valeski to win the Louisiana Handicap.

    Infrattini Continues Streak in Louisiana 'Cap

    Z Thoroughbreds' homebred Infrattini earned his fourth straight victory, accomplished over four different tracks, by outfinishing odds-on choice Mark Valeski in the $100,000 Louisiana Handicap Jan. 19 at Fair Grounds.

  • 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.

  • Oxbow pulls away in the stretch to capture the Lecomte Stakes.

    Oxbow in Lecomte, Silverbulletday is 'Magic'

    Bluegrass Hall's Oxbow went wire-to-wire to win the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes by 11 1/2 lengths for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Jan. 19. Earlier, Touch Magic took the Silverbulletday.

  • 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.

  • Turf stakes winner Brown Almighty will try dirt in the Smarty Jones.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2012-Breeders-Cup/Works/26130247_gxH6nS#!i=2185592502&k=5M5tTG2">Order This Photo</a>

    Brown Almighty Makes Smarty Jones Dirt Debut

    The connections for Brown Almighty have been planning their colt's dirt debut for months now, and on Jan. 21 their wait will be over when the colt makes his start in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

  • 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.