December 3, 2021

Havre de Grace voted fans’ Horse of the Year

Last updated: 1/13/12 2:40 PM

Daily Racing Form (DRF) and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)
announced Friday the results of the 2011 Eclipse Horse of the Year Fan Vote
Sweepstakes. The free-to-enter sweepstakes required fans to select the horse
they felt deserved to win the 2011 Horse of the Year Award, which will be
announced Monday in Beverly Hills, California, at the 41st annual
Eclipse Awards presented by Daily Racing Form, The Stronach Group and the
Breeders’ Cup.  Fans were also encouraged to cast their votes in 14 other
Eclipse Award categories. 

In the Horse of the Year category, fans made the multiple Grade 1 winner Havre
de Grace their top pick with 4,249 votes. Rapid Redux, who will receive a
Special Eclipse Award on Monday night after going a perfect 19-for-19 in 2011,
received 2,213 votes. Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Drosselmeyer checked in third
with a vote count of 1,236. 

Measured by percentage, the closest race in
the voting was in the category of Male Sprinter, with Caleb’s Posse (652 votes)
prevailing over Amazombie (640) and non-Eclipse Award finalist Smiling Tiger

More than 12,000 votes were received in balloting conducted between December 16
and January 3 at the special DRF
website. Fans could also cast their votes in 14
categories other than Horse of the Year, though they were not required to do so.

As part of the Sweepstakes. voter Megan Tracy of College Station, Texas, was
selected at random as the winner of a trip for two — including airfare, hotel
accommodations, ground transportation and event tickets — to Monday’s Eclipse
Award ceremony. The prize includes box seats and VIP access for a day of racing
at nearby Santa Anita Park.

“From the enthusiastic response to our fan poll, it’s clear there’s a ton of
excitement building for Monday night,” DRF CEO John Hartig said.
“For 118 years, DRF has been the voice of the fan, and now more than ever we
need to be fan-centric if we’re to stimulate growth in Thoroughbred racing. We look forward to hosting Megan and her guest for what will assuredly be a
memorable weekend.”

Results of the fan balloting were:

Horse of the Year   Votes
Havre de Grace   4,249
Rapid Redux   2,213
Drosselmeyer   1,236

Two-Year-Old Male   Votes
Hansen   1,082
Union Rags   718
O’Prado Again   82

Two-Year-Old Filly   Votes
My Miss Aurelia   1,269
On Fire Baby   708
Stephanie’s Kitten   194

Three-Year-Old Male   Votes
Animal Kingdom   1,119
Caleb’s Posse   717
Shackleford   453

Three-Year-Old Filly   Votes
Royal Delta   1,166
Plum Pretty   188
Awesome Feather   179

Older Male   Votes
Drosselmeyer   560
Tizway   513
Game On Dude   438

Older Female   Votes
Havre de Grace   1,507
Blind Luck    328
R Betty Graybull   57

Male Sprinter   Votes
Caleb’s Posse   652
Amazombie   640
Smiling Tiger   566

Female Sprinter   Votes
Hilda’s Passion   992
Turbulent Descent   459
Musical Romance   351

Male Turf Horse   Votes
Cape Blanco   668
Gio Ponti   367
Acclamation   282

Female Turf Horse   Votes
Stacelita    479
Winter Memories   316
Perfect Shirl   193

Steeplechase   Votes
Black Jack Blues    456
Mabou   343
Tax Ruling   297

Jockey   Votes
Ramon A. Dominguez    214
John Velazquez   127
Javier Castellano   55

Trainer   Votes
William I. Mott    110
H. Graham Motion   96
Todd A. Pletcher   86

Owner   Votes
Ken & Sarah Ramsey    84
WinStar Farm LLC   77
Midwest Thoroughbreds   53