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Dec 07, 2012

Shackleford and Paynter added as 'Vox Populi' Award nominees


Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Two horses have been added to the list of nominees for the third annual Secretariat 'Vox Populi' Award. Shackleford and Paynter have been added to the five thoroughbreds announced Tuesday.

"The people have spoken, and we have heard their voice loud and clear," said Penny Chenery, who owned and raced Secretariat. "The Committee and I were both humbled and delighted by the passion expressed regarding our omission of these fine candidates.

"In the true spirit of the Vox Populi Award, we have opened up the voting process to include both Paynter and Shackleford, as well as any horse who captures the affection and imagination of the general public. The concept of the award has always been one of inclusion rather than exclusion, and we are happy to welcome these two popular nominees and any others who reflect the wishes of casual fans as well as the most ardent racing enthusiasts."

Shackleford, winner of the Clark Handicap, and Belmont Stakes runner-up Paynter join the previously announced 'Vox Populi' nominees I'll Have Another, Frankel, Royal Delta, Shanghai Bobby and Wise Dan.

The Secretariat 'Vox Populi,' or "Voice of the People," Award is given to a horse "whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the American public and gained recognition for thoroughbred racing." Mrs. Chenery created the award two years ago.

Zenyatta received the first Secretariat 'Vox Populi' Award in 2010 and last year's recipient was Rapid Redux, who retired with 22 consecutive wins.

The award winner will be determined through online voting as well as consensus from the 'Vox Populi' Committee and input from Mrs. Chenery. Voting online continues through Sunday, Dec. 23 and the award presentation to be held on Saturday, Dec. 29 at Santa Anita Park.

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