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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 2016 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 46th annual Eclipse Awards ceremony, to be held Saturday evening, January 21 at the Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. The three finalists for Horse of the Year are Arrogate, California Chrome, and Songbird, and that award will be presented at the conclusion of the Eclipse Awards ceremony.
Of the 264 eligible voters representing the NTRA, the NTWAB and Daily Racing Form, 248 (93.94%) took part in this year's voting. Finalists were determined in each category by voters' top three selections, using a 10-5-1 point basis. Eclipse Award winners are determined solely by first place votes.
The Media Eclipse Awards have already been announced and the winners can be viewed here:
In addition to honoring the 17 winners in the horse and human categories, Andrew Beyer, journalist, author and creator of the Beyer Speed Figures, and Steven Crist, racing writer and publisher, will both receive the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of achievement in the Thoroughbred industry. Paul Matties will receive an Eclipse Award as the 2016 Horseplayer of the Year. Members of the media will be honored for outstanding coverage in six categories.
Arrogate, winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic, is one of the Horse of the Year finalists.
|Horse of the Year: Arrogate, California Chrome, Songbird|
Eclipse Awards official site - includes a poll and past performances for all the finalists
Previous Eclipse Winners
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