Friday, January 5

2017 Eclipse Awards finalists announced


In addition to honoring the 17 winners in the horse and human categories, Frank Stronach, Thoroughbred owner, breeder and racetrack owner, will receive the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of achievement in the Thoroughbred industry. Ray Arsenault will receive an Eclipse Award as the 2017 Horseplayer of the Year. Members of the media will be honored for outstanding coverage in six categories.

TVG will air the Eclipse Awards ceremony live as part of an agreement finalized this week with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, which administers the award. Nick Luck will serve as master of ceremonies.

The 2017 Eclipse Awards finalists (in alphabetical order) are:

Horse of the Year
Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song)
Gun Runner (Candy Ride {Arg})
World Approval (Northern Afleet)

2-Year-Old Male
Bolt d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro)
Good Magic (Curlin)
Solomini (Curlin)

2-Year-Old Filly
Caledonia Road (Quality Road)
Moonshine Memories (Malibu Moon)
Rushing Fall (More Than Ready)

3-Year-Old Male
Always Dreaming (Bodemeister)
Battle of Midway (Smart Strike)
West Coast (Flatter)

3-Year-Old Filly
Abel Tasman (Quality Road)
Elate (Medaglia d’Oro)
Unique Bella (Tapit)

Older Dirt Male
Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song)
Collected (City Zip)
Gun Runner (Candy Ride {Arg})

Older Dirt Female
Forever Unbridled (Unbridled’s Song)
Songbird (Medaglia d’Oro)
Stellar Wind (Curlin)

Male Sprinter
Imperial Hint (Imperialism)
Mind Your Biscuits (Posse)
Roy H (More Than Ready)

Female Sprinter
Bar of Gold (Medaglia d’Oro)
Paulassilverlining (Ghostzapper)
Unique Bella (Tapit)

Male Turf Horse
Beach Patrol (Lemon Drop Kid)
Talismanic (GB) (Medaglia d’Oro)
World Approval (Northern Afleet)

Female Turf Horse
Lady Eli (Divine Park)
Off Limits (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire})
Wuheida (GB) (Dubawi {Ire})

Steeplechase
All the Way Jose (Senor Swinger)
Mr. Hot Stuff (Tiznow)
Scorpiancer (Ire) (Scorpion {Ire})

Owner
Godolphin Racing LLC
Juddmonte Farms Inc
Winchell T’breds & Three Chimneys Farm

Breeder
Besilu Stables LLC
Clearsky Farms
WinStar Farm LLC

Trainer
Steve Asmussen
Bob Baffert
Chad Brown

Jockey
Javier Castellano
Jose Ortiz
Mike Smith

Apprentice Jockey
Katie Clawson
Hector Rafael Diaz Jr.
Evin A. Roman
 
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