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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.
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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