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Eclipse Award Polls

Date: 11/26/2002

It's almost the end of the year now and time to start thinking about who deserves the Eclipse Awards in each category. Some are pretty obvious but others are still wide open as no single horse dominated that division. Here are some of the top horses in each division for you to start thinking about who would be your choice for annual champion. You can view past annual champions here. The Eclipse Award ceremony will be held January 27, 2003, at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

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.
Evening Attire9  5-1-0
Milwaukee Brew7  2-0-3
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 deserved to be champion.
Azeri  9  8-1-0
Mandy's Gold12  5-3-3
Summer Colony  8  4-2-1

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 Amiga6  3-1-0
Imperial Gesture7  5-0-1
Take Charge Lady8  5-2-0

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.
Kafwain7  3-2-1
Sky Mesa3  3-0-0
Vindication4  4-0-0
Whywhywhy5  3-1-0

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.
Composure5  2-2-0
Santa Catarina5  1-2-1
Storm Flag Flying4  4-0-0

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 several of these only made one start in the US.
Beat Hollow8  4-2-1
Domedriver6  3-2-0
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.
Banks Hill6  1-2-3
Golden Apples6  3-2-0
Starine4  1-2-0
Voodoo Dancer6  3-2-1


Horse2002 Record
Sprinter Poll
Who should win best sprinter?

Left Bank
Xtra Heat

Orientate did what it takes to be the champion sprinter.
Bonapaw  8  5-0-0
Kalookan Queen  8  4-2-1
Orientate10  6-1-0
Xtra Heat10  7-1-1


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.
All Gong5  1-0-3
Flat Top5  2-0-3

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.
Azeri  9  8-1-0
Medaglia D'Oro  9  4-2-0
Storm Flag Flying  4  4-0-0
Vindication  4  4-0-0
War Emblem10  5-0-0

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