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Eclipse Award finalists announced

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters on Saturday announced the finalists for 2012 Eclipse Awards, recognizing excellence in Thoroughbred racing. Winners in all 17 horse and human categories will be announced at the 42nd annual Eclipse Awards on January 19 at the Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

Of the 272 eligible voters representing the NTRA, DRF, and the NTWAB, 254 individuals (93.38 percent) took part in this year's voting. Finalists were determined in each category by voters' top three selections, using a 10-5-1 point system. Eclipse Award winners are determined solely by first place votes.

The Eclipse Awards finalists (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Horse of the Year
  •   FORT LARNED, I'LL HAVE ANOTHER, WISE DAN
  • Two-Year-Old Male
  •   SHANGHAI BOBBY, UNCAPTURED, VIOLENCE
  • Two-Year-Old Filly
  •   BEHOLDER, DREAMING OF JULIA, EXECUTIVEPRIVILEGE
  • Three-Year-Old Male
  •   BODEMEISTER, I'LL HAVE ANOTHER, UNION RAGS
  • Three-Year-Old Filly
  •   BELIEVE YOU CAN, MY MISS AURELIA, QUESTING
  • Older Male
  •   FORT LARNED, LITTLE MIKE, WISE DAN
  • Older Female
  •   GROUPIE DOLL, INCLUDE ME OUT, ROYAL DELTA
  • Male Sprinter
  •   THE LUMBER GUY, SHACKLEFORD, TRINNIBERG
  • Female Sprinter
  •   CONTESTED, GROUPIE DOLL, MIZDIRECTION
  • Male Turf Horse
  •   LITTLE MIKE, POINT OF ENTRY, WISE DAN
  • Female Turf Horse
  •   MARKETING MIX, TAPITSFLY, ZAGORA
  • Steeplechase Horse
  •   DEMONSTRATIVE, DIVINE FORTUNE, PIERROT LUNAIRE
  • Owner
  •   Godolphin Racing LLC, Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc., Reddam Racing LLC
  • Breeder
  •   Adena Springs, Darley, Brereton C. Jones
  • Trainer
  •   Bob Baffert, Todd Pletcher, Dale Romans
  • Jockey
  •   Javier Castellano, Ramon Dominguez, John Velazquez
  • Apprentice Jockey
  •   Jose Montano, Irad Ortiz Jr., Angel Suarez

    Tickets to the Eclipse Awards are available for $375 each. Order forms for tickets are available by clicking here. Hotel Reservations at the Westin Diplomat can be made by clicking here. For additional information, please contact Michele Ravencraft of the NTRA at mravencraft@ntra.com.

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