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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 2006 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 36th annual Eclipse Awards ceremony, to be held Monday, January 22 at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The three finalists for Horse of the Year will be announced just before it is presented at the conclusion of the Eclipse Awards ceremony. TVG will televise the Eclipse Awards live, with coverage beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET.
The Media Eclipse Awards have already been announced and the winners can be viewed here:
Invasor seems most likely to win older male championship.
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: Circular Quay, Nobiz Like Shobiz, Street Sense
Two-Year-Old Female: Dreaming of Anna, Octave, Point Ashley
Three-Year-Old Male: Barbaro, Bernardini, Discreet Cat
Three-Year-Old Female: Bushfire, Pine Island, Wait a While
Older Male: Invasor, Lava Man, Premium Tap
Older Female: Asi Siempre, Fleet Indian, Round Pond
Sprinter: Discreet Cat, Henny Hughes, Thor's Echo
Male Turf Horse: English Channel, Miesque's Approval, The Tin Man
Female Turf Horse: Gorella, Ouija Board, Wait a While
Steeplechase: McDynamo, Mixed Up, Sur La Tete
Owner: Darley Stable, Lael Stable, Shadwell Stable
Breeder: Adena Springs, Darley, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Jackson
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin, Doug O'Neill, Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Russell Baze, Garrett Gomez, Edgar Prado
Apprentice Jockey: Martin Garcia, Julien Leparoux, Rosie Napravnik
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Eclipse Awards official site - includes past performances for all the finalists
Previous Eclipse Winners
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