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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), National Turf Writers Association (NTWA) and Daily Racing Form (DRF) have announced the finalists for the 2011 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 41at annual Eclipse Awards ceremony, to be held Monday evening, January 16, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Califorina. The three finalists for Horse of the Year will be announced just before it is presented at the conclusion of the Eclipse Awards ceremony.
The Media Eclipse Awards have already been announced and the winners can be viewed here:
Havre de Grace should get Older Female and has a good chance at Horse of the Year again.
2-year-old male: Creative Cause, Hansen, Union Rags
2-year-old female: Grace Hall, My Miss Aurelia, Stephanie's Kitten
3-year-old male: Animal Kingdom, Caleb's Posse, Shackleford
3-year-old female: It's Tricky, Plum Pretty, Royal Delta
Older male: Acclamation: Game On Dude, Tizway
Older female: Awesome Maria, Blind Luck, Havre de Grace
Male sprinter: Amazombie, Caleb's Posse, Regally Ready
Female sprinter: Hilda's Passion, Musical Romance, Sassy Image
Male turf: Acclamation: Cape Blanco, St Nicholas Abbey
Female turf: Dubawi Heights, Perfect Shirl, Stacelita
Steeplechase: Black Jack Blues, Decoy Daddy, Tax Ruling
Owner: Midwest Thoroughbreds, Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Team Valor
Breeders: Adena Springs, Brereton Jones, Ken and Sarah Ramsey
Trainer: Bob Baffert, Bill Mott, Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano, Ramon Dominguez, John Velazquez
Apprentice jockey: Ryan Curatolo, Kyle Frey, Rosario Montanez
Eclipse Awards official site - includes a poll and past performances for likely horse of the year contenders
Previous Eclipse Winners
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