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Eclipse Award Finalists Announced

Mucho Macho Man (inside) and Will Take Charge (outside)

Mucho Macho Man (inside) and Will Take Charge (outside)

Led by Horse of the Year candidates Mucho Macho Man, Will Take Charge and Wise Dan, Eclipse Award finalists were announced on Wednesday.

Winners in 17 horse and human categories will be announced at the 43rd annual Eclipse Awards dinner and ceremony, presented by Daily Racing Form, Breeders’ Cup and The Stronach Group on Saturday evening, Jan. 18 at the Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

The 2013 Eclipse Awards finalists (in alphabetical order) are:

Horse of the Year: Mucho Macho Man, Will Take Charge, Wise Dan

Two-Year-Old Male: Havana, New Year’s Day, Shared Belief

Two-Year-Old Filly: Chriselliam (IRE), Ria Antonia, She’s a Tiger

Three-Year-Old Male: Orb, Palace Malice, Will Take Charge

Three-Year-Old Filly:  Beholder, Close Hatches, Princess of Sylmar

Older Male:  Game On Dude, Mucho Macho Man, Wise Dan

Older Female:  Joyful Victory, Royal Delta, Tiz Miz Sue

Male Sprinter:  Points Offthebench, Sahara Sky, Secret Circle

Female Sprinter:  Dance to Bristol, Groupie Doll, Mizdirection                     

Male Turf Horse: Magician (IRE), Point of Entry, Wise Dan

Female Turf Horse: Dank (GB), Laughing (IRE), Mizdirection

Steeplechase Horse: Divine Fortune, Gustavian, Italian Wedding

Owner: Juddmonte Farms, Midwest Thoroughbreds, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey

Breeder:  Adena Springs, Morton Fink, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey

Trainer:  Bob Baffert, Bill Mott, Todd Pletcher

Jockey:  Javier Castellano, Joel Rosario, Gary Stevens

Apprentice Jockey:  Victor Carrasco, Manuel Franco, Edgard Zayas

In addition to honoring the 17 winners in the horse and human categories, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas will receive the Eclipse Award of Merit and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be recognized with an Eclipse Special Award. Jim Benes will receive an Eclipse Award as the Handicapper of the Year. Members of the media will be honored for outstanding coverage in six categories.

The Eclipse Awards, which will be televised live on HRTV, are named after the great 18th-century racehorse and foundation sire Eclipse, who began racing at age five and was undefeated in 18 starts, including eight walkovers. Eclipse sired the winners of 344 races, including three Epsom Derbies. The Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements in North America have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. Those awards are voted by NTRA, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB). Eclipse Awards also are given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing.

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  • Weezie Foye

    So sad that neither Points Offthebench or Laughing are still with us! Totally in Princess of Sylmar’s corner as there is NO WAY you can justify a One Track Wonder over the victor of The Kentucky Oaks, The CCAO, The Alabama and The Beldame over Royal Delta! Here’s to Wise Dan as sorry to all his naysayers…you try to carry 129 lbs or get lucky in that quagmire at Keeneland! And in spite of Joel’s excellence early on, and Gary’s amazing comeback, it’s about your complete body of work for the entire year, and that is why, hands down, this is finally the year that JAVI CASTELLANO gets the respect and honor he so richly deserves after several bridesmaid finishes!