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2017 Eclipse Award Finalists

Date: 01/12/2017

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), National Turf Writers Association (NTWA) and Daily Racing Form (DRF) have announced the finalists for the 2017 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 47th annual Eclipse Awards ceremony, to be held Thursday evening, January 25 at the Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. The three finalists for Horse of the Year are Arrogate, Gun Runner, and World Approval, and that award will be presented at the conclusion of the Eclipse Awards ceremony.

Of the 269 eligible voters representing the NTRA, the NTWAB and Daily Racing Form, 250 (92.9%) 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.

In addition to honoring the 17 winners in the horse and human categories, Frank Stronach, race track owner and horse owner/breeder, will receive the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of achievement in the Thoroughbred industry.

The Media Eclipse Awards have already been announced and the winners can be viewed here:

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Arrogate, winner of the Dubai World Cup, is one of the Horse of the Year finalists.

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Gun Runner, winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic, is another of the Horse of the Year finalists.

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World Approval, winner of the Breeders' Cup Mile, is the final Horse of the Year finalist.

Below are all the finalists in alphabetical order with a link to a profile or bio for each finalist with stats. More stats for all the finalists are available from Daily Racing Form.

  Horse of the Year: Arrogate, Gun Runner, World Approval

Two-Year-Old Male: Bolt d’Oro, Good Magic, Solomini

Two-Year-Old Filly: Caledonia Road, Moonshine Memories, Rushing Fall

Three-Year-Old Male: Always Dreaming, Battle of Midway, West Coast

Three-Year-Old Filly: Abel Tasman, Elate, Unique Bella

Older Dirt Male: Arrogate, Collected, Gun Runner

Older Dirt Female: Forever Unbridled, Songbird, Stellar Wind

Male Sprinter: Imperial Hint, Mind Your Biscuits, Roy H

Female Sprinter: Bar of Gold, Paulassilverlining, Unique Bella

Male Turf Horse: Beach Patrol, Talismanic, World Approval

Female Turf Horse: Lady Eli, Off Limits, Wuheida

Steeplechase Horse: All the Way Jose, Mr. Hot Stuff, Scorpiancer

Owner: Godolphin Racing LLC, Juddmonte Farms, Winchell Thoroughbreds & Three Chimneys Farm

Breeder: Besilu Stables LLC, Clearsky Farms, WinStar Farm, LLC

Trainer: Steve Asmussen, Bob Baffert, Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano, Jose Ortiz, Mike Smith

Apprentice Jockey: Katie Clawson, Hector Rafael Diaz Jr., Evin A. Roman

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

Previous Eclipse Winners

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