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The 49th annual Eclipse Awards were held Thursday night in the Sport of Kings Thatre at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida, honoring the champions of North American racing in 2019. Of the 254 eligible voters representing the NTRA, the NTWAB and Daily Racing Form, 24 (94.88%) 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, and there was one unanimous selection this year.
Bricks and Mortar winning the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1)
Covfefe winning the Miss Preakness Stakes (G3)
Mitole winning the Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3)
After Bricks and Mortar's unanimous selection in the Turf Male category, the next biggest margin of victory belonged to Champion Male Sprinter Mitole, with only 5 voters not choosing him. He was 6 for 7 in 2019, winning the Count Fleet Sprint (G3), Churchill Downs (G1), Metropolitan (G1), Vanderbilt (G1), Forego (G1), and the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) for trainer Steve Asmussen and owner Heiligbrodt Stable. Most of the votes were not close, however the tightest race belonged to the Apprentice Jockeys, as Japanese-born and Woodbine-based rider Kazushi Kimura edged out Laurel Park's Julio Correa by just 14 votes.
All the winners for 2019 are listed below with the actual vote totals. A link to a full profile is given for each horse. You can look up past year's winners here. You can see how the awards are decided here.
Horse of the Year: Bricks and Mortar
Voting: Bricks and Mortar, 204; Mitole, 19; Maximum Security, 14; Midnight Bisou, 1; Vino Rosso, 1; Omaha Beach, 1; abstention, 1.
Two-Year-Old Male: Storm the Court
Voting: Storm the Court, 147; Structor, 51; Maxfield, 12; Independence Hall, 8; Tiz the Law, 6; Four Wheel Drive, 4; Dennis' Moment, 3; Anneau d'Or, 2; Eight Rings, 2; Thousand Words, 2; Basin, 1; Nucky, 1; voter abstentions, 2.
Two-Year-Old Filly: British Idiom
Voting: British Idiom, 222; Bast, 12; Sharing, 6; Alms, 1.
Champion Three-Year-Old Male: Maximum Security
Voting: Maximum Security, 217; Omaha Beach, 16; Code of Honor, 8.
Champion Three-Year-Old Filly: Covfefe
Voting: Covfefe, 189; Guarana, 19; Serengeti Empress, 11; Iridessa (IRE), 9; Concrete Rose, 6; Dunbar Road, 6; Cambier Parc, 1.
Older Male: Vino Rosso
Voting: Vino Rosso, 129; Mitole, 108; McKinzie, 3; voter abstention, 1.
Older Female: Midnight Bisou
Voting: Midnight Bisou, 210; Blue Prize, 31.
Male Sprinter: Mitole
Voting: Mitole, 236; Maximum Security, 5.
Female Sprinter: Covfefe
Voting: Covfefe, 235; Belvoir Bay, 4, Mia Mischief, 1; Serengeti Empress, 1.
Male Turf Horse: Bricks and Mortar
Voting: Bricks and Mortar, 241 (unanimous).
Female Turf Horse: Uni
Voting: Uni, 126; Sistercharlie, 61; Got Stormy, 33; Iridessa, 15; Concrete Rose, 3; Vasilika, 2; Cambier Parc, 1.
Steeplechase: Winston C
Voting: Winston C, 158; Brain Power, 44; Scorpiancer, 3; voter abstentions, 36.
Owner: Klaravich Stables Inc. and William Lawrence
Voting: Klaravich Stables Inc. and William H. Lawrence, 184; Gary Barber, 18; Peter Brant, 11; Calumet Farm, 6; William and Corrine Heiligbrodt, 3; Gary and Mary West, 3; Joseph Besecker, 2; End Zone Athletics, Inc., 2; Hronis Racing, 2; Madaket Stables LLC, 2; LNJ Foxwoods, 1. voter abstentions, 7.
Breeder: George Strawbridge Jr.
Voting: George Strawbridge Jr., 122; Calumet Farm, 94; Godolphin, 8; Edward A. Cox Jr., 2; Gary and Mary West, 2; WinStar Farm, 2; William S. Farish, 1; Ken and Sarah Ramsey, 1; Stonestreet Thoroughbreds, 1; voter abstentions, 8.
Trainer: Chad Brown
Voting: Chad Brown, 137; Bob Baffert, 94; Steve Asmussen, 6; Brad Cox, 4; John Sadler, 2; Karl Broberg, 2; Jason Servis, 1; Jerry Hollendorfer, 1. Voter Abstentions, 2.
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
Voting: Irad Ortiz Jr., 205; Javier Castellano, 21; Flavien Prat, 5; Joel Rosario, 3; Mike Smith, 3; Jose Ortiz, 1. voter abstentions, 3.
Apprentice Jockey: Kazushi Kimura
Voting: Kazushi Kimura, 74; Julio Correa, 60; Angel I. Diaz, 53; Cristian A. Torres, 19; Jorge I. Velez, 3; Reylu Gutierrez 1; Keimar Trotman, 1; voter abstentions, 30.
The Media Eclipse Awards were announced on December 27 and the winners can be viewed here:
How the Awards are Decided
The old three-bloc voting system was replaced in 2003 with a one vote per person system, where every voter's selection is weighted equally. Voters rank their top three selections in each of the 16 voting categories and points are awarded on a 10-5-1 basis. The voting point system determines the three finalists in each category, but the winner is determined by first-place votes only.
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