Headlines for Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Javier Castellano

    Javier Castellano Earns First Eclipse Award

    Javier Castellano won his first Eclipse Award with a record-breaking year in 2013. The jockey rode mounts that earned $26,213,507, surpassing Ramon Dominguez's previous mark of $25,634,852 from 2012.

  • She's a Tiger

    She's a Tiger Voted Top 2YO Filly

    She's a Tiger was taken down and placed second for interfering with Ria Antonia in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), but gets the Eclipse as the top juvenile filly based on her sterling 3-3-0 slate from six starts.

  • Shared Belief

    Shared Belief Defies History to Win Eclipse

    Undefeated Shared Belief became the rare non-Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner to be awarded an Eclipse Award in the division when the 2-year-old Candy Rode gelding rode late season success to top the balloting.

  • Beholder

    Beholder's Cup Win Earned Eclipse

    Beholder's smashing victory in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) ensured her a second consecutive Eclipse Award. She was voted champion 3-year-old filly of 2013 over finalists Princess of Sylmar and Close Hatches.

  • Will Take Charge<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2788255773&k=qJgQ5xn">Order This Photo</a>

    Will Take Charge Overwhelming Winner

    For Will Take Charge it was as if January to June never existed, unless you want to focus on his photo finish scores in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) and Smarty Jones Stakes and forget about all his out-of-the-money disasters.

  • Todd Pletcher

    Record Sixth Eclipse for Pletcher

    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.

  • Ken and Sarah Ramsey

    Ramseys Eclipse Adena as Breeders

    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.

  • Wise Dan
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    Wise Dan Repeats as Top Turf Male

    He never backed down from a fight, and wherever they entered him, he ran. Wise Dan galloped his way through the most consistent season delivered by a racehorse in 2013 to edge Point of Entry and Magician for Turf Male honors.

  • Shakin It Up comes home strong to win the Strub Stakes.

    Shakin It Up Hands Baffert a Strub Double

    Malibu Stakes (gr. I) winner Shakin It Up answered doubts about his ability around two turns when he overpowered stablemate Govenor Charlie to give trainer Bob Baffert the exacta in Santa Anita Strub Stakes Jan. 18.

  • Royal Delta<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2723310291&k=6gw8pwB">Order This Photo</a>

    Third Eclipse Award for Royal Delta

    Superstar mare Royal Delta easily dominated the older female division and notched her third straight Eclipse Award by virtue of three impressive graded stakes victories last year, one of which was grade I.

  • The Ramseys at the Eclipse Awards

    Third Owner Eclipse for Ramseys

    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.

  • Divine Fortune

    Steeplechase Eclipse to Divine Fortune

    William L. Pape and Jonathan Sheppard's homebred Divine Fortune is named top Steeplechaser of 2013. The 10-year-old Royal Anthem gelding big win came in the Grand National Hurdle Stakes (NSA-I) Oct. 19 at Far Hills, N.J.

  • Dank

    Dank is Top Female Turf Horse

    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.

  • Exit Stage Left stayed undefeated in the California.

    Exit Stage Left Steals Cal Derby Spotlight

    Exit Stage Left kept his record unblemished with his third consecutive stakes victory in the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 18 at Golden Gate Fields, denying favored Enterprising by half a length.

  • Vicar's in Trouble (center) takes control as they enter the stretch in the Lecomte.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3029260023&k=RJ5BXmX">Order This Photo</a>

    Lecomte No Problem for Vicar's in Trouble

    After demolishing 10 over-matched Louisiana-breds to close out his 2012 season, Vicar's in Trouble gave open company the same treatment Jan. 18 when he rolled to an easy victory in the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III).

  • Mucho Macho Man cruises to victory in the Florida Sunshine Millions Classic.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3029257280&k=KtSDV3X">Order This Photo</a>

    Mucho Macho Man Rolls in Sunshine Millions

    With little to contend with, Mucho Macho Man galloped to victory as he pleased by 14 lengths while opening his 2014 campaign in the $400,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Jan. 18 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Daddy Nose Best flies late to win the Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap.

    Daddy Nose Best Finds Wire in Col. Bradley

    Closing with a rush under Rosie Napravnik, favored Daddy Nose Best tagged upset-minded Adios Nardo at the wire to win the $125,000 Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap (gr. IIIT) on yielding turf at Fair Grounds Jan. 18.

  • Parranda rolls to victory in the Florida Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3029011273&k=Dw4g5Cb">Order This Photo</a>

    Parranda Continues Winning Ways at Gulfstream

    Parranda extended her recent success against other Florida-breds when she took command off the far turn and was never threatened late in the $150,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Jan. 18 at Gulfstream.

  • Top Level Double for Jockey, Sire at Trentham

    Jockey Mark Du Plessis scored a group I double Jan. 18 at Trentham Racecourse when piloting Recite to victory in the Ocean Park Levin Classic (NZ-I) and Irish Fling to capture the J&N Berkitt Telegraph Handicap (NZ-I).