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2005 Eclipse Award Finalists

Date: 01/05/2006


The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), National Turf Writers Association (NTWA) and Daily Racing Form (DRF) today announced the finalists for the 2005 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 35th annual Eclipse Awards ceremony, to be held Monday, January 23 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, California. Tbe three finalists for Horse of the Year will be announced at the conclusion of the Eclipse Awards ceremony, where NTRA Commissioner D.G. Van Clief, Jr. will present the Horse of the Year trophy to the winning connections. TVG will televise the Eclipse Awards live, with coverage beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Afleet Alex seems most likely to win 3-year-old colt.

Intercontinental seems likely to win the Turf Female championship.

Apprentice Emma-Jayne Wilson won the Woodbine riding title and has the most wins and earnings of all the apprentices in North America.

Below are the finalists in alphabetical order with a link to a profile and photo for each equine finalist and to a bio for each of the human finalists. Polls for you to vote for your choice are available here.

Two-Year-Old Male:   First Samurai, Henny Hughes, Stevie Wonderboy

Two-Year-Old Female:   Adieu, Folklore, Wild Fit

Three-Year-Old Male:   Afleet Alex, Flower Alley, Giacomo

Three-Year-Old Female:   Round Pond, Smuggler, Summerly

Older Male:   Borrego, Rock Hard Ten, Saint Liam

Older Female:   Ashado, Pleasant Home, Stellar Jayne

Sprinter:   Lost in the Fog, Saratoga County, Silver Train

Male Turf Horse:   Artie Schiller, Leroidesanimaux, Shirocco

Female Turf Horse:   Cesario, Intercontinental, Megahertz

Steeplechase:   Hirapour, McDynamo, Sur La Tete

Owner:   Michael Gill, Live Oak Plantation, Melnyk Racing Stables, Inc.

Breeder:   Adena Springs, Edward P. Evans, Live Oak Stud

Trainer:   Steve Asmussen, Robert Frankel, Todd Pletcher

Jockey:   Jerry Bailey, Edgar Prado, John Velazquez

Apprentice Jockey:   Channing Hill, Justin Stein, Emma-Jayne Wilson

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Eclipse Awards official site - includes past performances for all the finalists

Previous Eclipse Winners
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