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Eclipse Award Finalists
Part 1

Date: 01/03/2003

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), National Turf Writers Association (NTWA) and Daily Racing Form (DRF) today announced the finalists for the 2002 Eclipse Awards, voted on and presented by the three organizations in recognition of excellence in Thoroughbred racing. The Eclipse Awards are named after the great 18th-century racehorse and 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. Winners in all categories will be announced at the 32nd annual Eclipse Awards ceremony, to be held Monday, Jan. 27, 2003 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Below are the equine finalists in alphabetical order with some stats and a poll for you to cast your vote for who should win. To view the human finalists, check here.

Horse of the Year

Horse2002 Record
Horse of the Year Poll
Who should win Horse of the Year?

Left Bank
Rock of Gibraltar
War Emblem

Some may say she doesn't deserve to win HOY because she never took on the males, but no other horse dominated their division all year like Azeri and I think she deserves to win. No way Rock of Gibraltar deserves it since he didn't even win a race in North America!!!
Azeri  9  8-1-0
Left Bank  4  3-0-0
Rock of Gibraltar  6  5-1-0
War Emblem10  5-0-0

2-year-old Male

Horse2002 Record
2-year-old Male Poll
Who should win best 2-year-old male?

Sky Mesa

Vindication went undefeated and dominated all his competition.
Sky Mesa3  3-0-0
Toccet8  6-0-1
Vindication4  4-0-0

2-year-old Female

Horse2002 Record
2-year-old Female Poll
Who should win best 2-year-old female?

Awesome Humor
Storm Flag Flying

Storm Flag Flying also dominated her division and showed real grit coming back to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.
Awesome Humor4  4-0-0
Storm Flag Flying4  4-0-0

3-year-old Male

Horse2002 Record
3-year-old Male Poll
Who should win best 3-year-old male?

Came Home
Medaglia d'Oro
War Emblem

War Emblem won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Haskell but is that enough to keep the 3-year-old championship?
Came Home  8  6-0-0
Medaglia D'Oro  9  4-2-0
War Emblem10  5-0-0

3-year-old Female

Horse2002 Record
3-year-old Female Poll
Who should win best 3-year-old female?

Farda Amiga
Imperial Gesture
Take Charge Lady

Farda Amiga won the Kentucky Oaks, the Alabama, and was second in the Distaff which should be enough to make her champion filly.
Farda Amiga  6  3-1-0
Imperial Gesture  7  5-0-1
Take Charge Lady10  6-3-0

Older Male

Horse2002 Record
Older Male Poll
Who should win best older male?

Left Bank
Street Cry

Street Cry did well early in the year, but will that count now when votes are placed? Really a wide open division since nobody dominated all year.
Left Bank4  3-0-0
Street Cry4  3-1-0
Volponi8  3-3-1

Older Female

Horse2002 Record
Older Female Poll
Older female selection was unanimous.


Azeri dominated her division all year and was a unanimous choice for champion.
Azeri  9  8-1-0


Horse2002 Record
Sprinter Poll
Who should win best sprinter?

Left Bank
Xtra Heat

Orientate did what it takes to be the champion sprinter.
Left Bank  4  3-0-0
Orientate10  6-1-0
Xtra Heat10  7-1-1

Turf Male

Horse2002 Record
Turf Male Poll
Who should win best turf male?

High Chaparral
Rock of Gibraltar
With Anticipation

With Anticipation deserves this championship in my opinion. He won several major races and was second in the Breeders' Cup Turf, while the others made one start in the US.
High Chaparral6  5-0-1
Rock of Gibraltar6  5-1-0
With Anticipation8  3-3-0

Turf Female

Horse2002 Record
Turf Female Poll
Who should win best turf female?

Golden Apples

Although Golden Apples didn't fire at the Breeders' Cup, she was great the rest of the year and still deserves to be champion.
Astra5  3-1-1
Golden Apples7  3-3-0
Starine4  1-2-0


Horse2002 Record
Steeplechase Poll
Who should win best steeplechaser?

Flat Top
It's a Giggle

Unfortunately I don't have a photo for here, but Flat Top won the Breeders's Cup Steeplechase and the Colonial Cup and looks solid to win this Eclipse again.
Flat Top5  2-0-3
It's a Giggle5  3-1-0
McDynamo6  4-1-0

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