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Jan 05, 2012

Finalists revealed for 2011 Eclipse Awards


New York, NY (Sports Network) - Breeders' Cup race winners Hansen, Caleb's Posse and Royal Delta have been announced as finalists for 2011 Eclipse Awards.

The 41st Eclipse Awards program will be held Monday, January 16 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, California. The awards are voted on by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB) and Daily Racing Form.

Hansen, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, is one of three finalists for champion two-year-old male. He is joined by Juvenile runner-up Union Rags and Creative Cause.

Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile champ Caleb's Posse is a finalist in two categories -- three-year-old male and male sprinter. The other finalists for champion three- year-old male are Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and Preakness victor Shackleford. Joining Caleb's Posse as finalists for champion male sprinter are Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Amazombie and Regally Ready.

Royal Delta, winner of the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic, is a finalist for three-year-old female honors. The filly is joined by Ladies' Classic runner-up It's Tricky and Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty.

Finalists for Horse of the Year will be announced on the night of the ceremony.

The 2011 Eclipse Awards finalists are:

Horse of the Year: TBA

Two-Year-Old Male: Creative Cause, Hansen, Union Rags

Two-Year-Old Filly: Grace Hall, My Miss Aurelia, Stephanie's Kitten

Three-Year-Old Male: Animal Kingdom, Caleb's Posse, Shackleford

Three-Year-Old Filly: It's Tricky, Plum Pretty, Royal Delta

Older Male: Acclamation, Game on Dude, Tizway

Older Female: Awesome Maria, Blind Luck, Havre de Grace

Male Sprinter: Amazombie, Caleb's Posse, Regally Ready

Female Sprinter: Hilda's Passion, Musical Romance, Sassy Image

Male Turf Horse: Acclamation, Cape Blanco (IRE), St Nicholas Abbey (IRE)

Female Turf Horse: Dubawi Heights (GB), Perfect Shirl, Stacelita (FR)

Steeplechase: Black Jack Blues (IRE), Decoy Daddy (IRE), Tax Ruling (IRE)

Owner: Midwest Thoroughbreds, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, Team Valor

Breeder: Adena Springs, Brereton C. Jones, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey

Trainer: Bob Baffert, Bill Mott, Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano, Ramon Dominguez, John Velazquez

Apprentice Jockey: Ryan Curatolo, Kyle Frey, Rosario Montanez

The Eclipse Awards are presented by the NTRA, NTWAB and Daily Racing Form in recognition of excellence in thoroughbred racing.

Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements have earned them the title of 'Champion' in their respective categories. Awards also are given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of thoroughbred racing.

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