Jan 24, 2014
AMERICAN TURF CLUB LEAD-ECLIPSE AWARDS
By: JOE GIRARDI
Eclipse Awards for the 2013 racing season were announced on January 18th
at the 43rd annual Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park.
year old male award went to Shared Belief, a two year old who came on the scene
late in the year breaking his maiden on October 19th at Golden Gate.
He went on to win the Hollywood Prevue at Hollywood Park scoring by more than
seven lengths and then followed that up with an easy win in the Cash Call
Futurity winning by over five lengths. All three of his wins were in dazzling
fashion and have many excited to see how he moves forward as a three year old.
year old female went to She’s A Tiger who had four wins and two seconds from
six tries but she was D’Q from one of those wins, the most important race of the
year, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. She won that race by a nose but was
taken down for coming out in the lane, however she was still voted the top two
year old filly and rightfully so.
three year old male went to Will Take Charge who finished the season with 5
wins from 11 starts with two second place finishers. He didn’t run well in the
Triple Crown races finishing 8th, 7th and 10th
in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont respectively. However, his second
part of the year was great with wins in the Grade I Travers, Grade II
Pennsylvania Derby, Grade I Clark and just missed by a nose in the Breeders’
Cup Classic. This well-bred runner should have a great four year old season.
three year old filly went to Beholder who finished the year with five wins and
two seconds from seven tries. She finished off the year with a huge win in the
Breeders’ Cup Distaff scoring by more than four lengths. This filly by Henny
Hughes loves Santa Anita and is the early favorite for next year’s Distaff
which will be run at Santa Anita again this year.
older male division went to Wise Dan who won six out of seven races with one
second and another win in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. He earned over $2.7 million
dollars for the year.
older female award went to Royal Delta who by her standards didn’t have the
greatest year as she went 3 for 7 with two second place finishes for just over
$1.1 million dollars in earnings. She didn’t run well in the Breeders’ Cup
Distaff a race she was trying to win three years in a row as she checked in a
well beaten fourth behind Beholder. However, with that being said she was
clearly the best older female in the country and the voting proved that out.
turf award went to who else but Wise Dan, his dominant season was too much for
anyone else in that division.
female turf award went to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner Dank,
she was 4 for 5 on the season but her two starts in the United States were both
Grade I wins, she easily scored in the Beverly D. at Arlington Park and
followed that up with the Breeders’ Cup win.
sprinter went to the ill-fated Points Offthebench. He was 4 for 5 in 2013 with
wins in the Grade I Bing Crosby at Del Mar and in the Grade I Santa Anita
Sprint Championship. Unfortunately, Points Offthebench broke down in his final
workout for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
female sprinter award went to Groupie Doll who sealed it with her win on the
Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, that win gave her back to back wins in that
race. She only have two wins on the season from five tries but she got the most
important win in the Breeders’ Cup.
Steeplechase Horse award went to Divine Fortune. His big win in the Grade I
Grand National is what helped him to the win.
trainer award went to Todd Pletcher. His stable earned more than $25 million in
earnings more than $10 million more than the second place trainer. He won 13
Grade I races on the year and 48 Graded stakes races throughout the year. He
trained some of the top horses in the game in 2013 and will be tough to deny in
2014 as well.
jockey went to Javier Castellano. He set a single season earnings record for
the year and he won 24 graded stakes races. He was steady throughout the year
and was a convincing winner over the comeback jockey of the year in Hall of
Famer Gary Stevens, Joel Rosario finished third in the voting.
apprentice went to Victor Carrasco. He led all apprentice jockeys in both wins
and earnings. He was a clear winner over second place finisher Edgard Zayas.
owner and breeder award was awarded to the same entity, Ken and Sarah Ramsey.
It seemed if you were watching a stakes race the winner would be owned by Ken
and Sarah Ramsey and would be out of Kitten’s Joy, their stallion. They amassed
more than $12 million in earnings more than $5 million more than the second
handicapper award went to Jim Benes who took down the $750,000 first place
prize and was the handicapper of the year for 2013.
Horse of the year goes to, yes, Wise Dan, won that award two. That was his
second Horse of the Year award and he made it back to back wins. It will be
interesting to see if he can make it three in a row and hopefully will make an
appearance on conventional dirt in 2014.
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