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The 50th annual Eclipse Awards were presented Thursday night during a virtual ceremony presented by Spendthrift Farm honoring the champions of North American racing in 2020. Of the 249 eligible voters representing the NTRA, the NTWAB and Daily Racing Form, 238 (95.58%) 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.
Authentic winning the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1)
Monomoy Girl winning the La Troienne (G1)
Swiss Skydiver winning the Santa Anita Oaks (G2)
After Authentic's landslide in the Three-Year-Old Male category, Monomoy Girl's selection in the Older Female category was the next largest margin of victory in the voting, followed by Essential Quality in the Two-Year-Old Male category. The closest race was in the Apprentice Jockey category, where Alexander Crispin edged Yarmarie Correa by just 5 votes, followed by the 8 vote margin in the Female Turf Horse division as Rushing Fall, winner of the Diana (G1) and Jenny Wiley (G1), edged Tarnawa, who defeated her by a neck in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1).
All the winners for 2020 are listed below with the actual vote totals. A link to a full profile is given for each winner. You can look up past year's winners here. You can see how the awards are decided here.
Horse of the Year: Authentic
Voting: Authentic, 224; Monomoy Girl, 7; Swiss Skydiver, 6.
Two-Year-Old Male: Essential Quality
Voting: Essential Quality, 231; Jackie's Warrior, 6; Fire At Will, 1.
Two-Year-Old Filly: Vequist
Voting: Vequist, 212; Aunt Pearl (IRE), 24; Malathaat, 1; Voter Abstention, 1.
Champion Three-Year-Old Male: Authentic
Voting: Authentic, 236; Tiz the Law, 2.
Champion Three-Year-Old Filly: Swiss Skydiver
Voting: Swiss Skydiver, 218; Gamine, 20.
Older Male: Improbable
Voting: Improbable, 218; Knicks Go; 8, Vekoma, 5; Maximum Security, 4; Global Campaign, 1; Tom's d'Etat, 1; Whitmore, 1.
Older Female: Monomoy Girl
Voting: Monomoy Girl, 234; Midnight Bisou, 4.
Male Sprinter: Whitmore
Voting: Whitmore, 132; Vekoma, 83; Volatile, 16; Charlatan, 4; C Z Rocket, 3.
Female Sprinter: Gamine
Voting: Gamine, 219; Serengeti Empress, 13; Frank's Rockette, 4; Guarana, 1; Voter Abstention, 1.
Male Turf Horse: Channel Maker
Voting: Channel Maker, 180; Zulu Alpha, 17; Order of Australia (IRE), 15; Factor This, 7; United, 7; Gufo, 4; Domestic Spending (GB), 3; Arklow, 2; War of Will, 1; Voter Abstentions, 2.
Female Turf Horse: Rushing Fall
Voting: Rushing Fall, 115; Tarnawa (IRE), 106; Magical (IRE), 8; Audarya (FR), 5; Starship Jubilee, 2; Newspaperofrecord (IRE) 1; Sharing, 1.
Voting: Moscato (GB), 155; Snap Decision, 28; Rashaan (IRE), 21; Iranistan,2; Voter Abstentions, 32.
Owner: Godolphin LLC
Voting: Godolphin, LLC, 78; Spendthrift Farm, LLC, MyRaceHorse Stable, Madaket Stables LLC, and Starlight Racing, 56; Klaravich Stables Inc., 47; Gary Barber, 23; Sackatoga Stables, 7; End Zone Athletics Inc., 6; Peter Callahan, 4; Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, LLC, The Elkstone Group LLC, and Bethlehem Stables, 3; Calumet Farm, 1; Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, 1; M and M Racing, 1; Maggi Moss, 1; Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey 1; Gary and Mary West, 1; Voter Abstentions, 8.
Breeder: WinStar Farm LLC
Voting: WinStar Farm, LLC, 128; Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds, LLC, 52; Calumet Farm, 45; Godolphin, 6; Charles Fipke, 1; Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC, 1; Voter Abstentions, 5.
Trainer: Brad Cox
Voting: Brad Cox, 106; Bob Baffert, 69; Steve Asmussen, 44; Chad Brown, 8; Christophe Clement, 1; Michael Maker, 1; Peter Miller, 1; Ron Moquett, 1; Bill Mott, 1; Barclay Tagg, 1; Wesley Ward, 1; Voter Abstentions, 4.
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
Voting: Irad Ortiz, Jr., 162; Joel Rosario, 54; John Velazquez, 14; Florent Geroux, 3; Tyler Gaffalione, 2; Flavien Prat, 1; Luis Saez, 1; Voter Abstention, 1.
Apprentice Jockey: Alexander Crispin
Voting: Alexander Crispin, 79; Yarmarie Correa, 74; Luis Cardenas, 38; Charlie Marquez, 15; Cristian Torres, 3; Sunday Diaz, Jr. 1; Voter Abstentions, 28.
The Media Eclipse Awards were announced on January 6 and this year's awards are highlighted by Natalie Voss, Editor-in-Chief of the Paulick Report, becoming the first individual to win two writing award categories in the same year since the late Bill Nack earned two awards in 1991. 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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