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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB) and Daily Racing Form (DRF) have announced the finalists for the 2018 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 48th annual Eclipse Awards dinner and ceremony presented by the DRF, Breeders' Cup, and The Stronach Group, to be held Thursday evening, January 24 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. The three finalists for Horse of the Year are Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Accelerate, 13th Triple Crown winner Justify, and Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) winner Monomoy Girl, and that award will be presented at the conclusion of the Eclipse Awards ceremony.
Of the 271 eligible voters representing the NTRA, the NTWAB and Daily Racing Form, 249 (91.88%) 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, Joe Harper, Chief Executive Officer of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, will receive the Eclipse Award of Merit in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding achievement in the Thoroughbred industry. Chris Littlemore from Whitby, Ontario, Canada will receive the Eclipse Award as the 2018 Horseplayer of the Year.
The Media Eclipse Awards have already been announced and the winners can be viewed here:
Accelerate, winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic, is one of the Horse of the Year finalists.
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: Accelerate, Justify, Monomoy Girl
Eclipse Awards official site - includes a poll and past performances for all the finalists
Previous Eclipse Winners
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