Photo: Don August
Suffering from Breeders' Cup hangover, and a little bit jet-lagged, I've decided to leave some serious writing about the World Championships off until tomorrow. For now, please take in my estimations on how the Breeders' Cup results likely decided each Eclipse Award category, and as always, don't be shy about telling me where and why I went wrong.
two-year-old male: New Year's Day - Yes, I like Honor Code better as well, but this one won the race you need to win.
two-year-old filly: She's A Tiger - She's fast, she's brave, and she was screwed out of a Breeders' Cup victory.
three-year-old male: Will Take Charge - Any lingering doubts about whether or not he had developed into the best three-year-old male, were put to bed in classic fashion.
three-year-old filly: Beholder - I love Princess of Sylmar, but I'm afraid that the fleet footed Californian stole her championship in the time it took her to win the Distaff.
male: Mucho Macho Man - I've said it before, and I will likely say it again ... I want to be a Mucho Macho Man!
female: Royal Delta - She may have have gone out like a lamb, but she showed enough lioness this year to win another championship.
sprinter: Secret Circle - Only two races ... Am I crazy? I'll answer that with another question ... Do you have a better idea?
sprinter: Groupie Doll - Mizdirection may have a serious beef here, but in America, dirt trumps turf. I'll take the Doll.
male: Wise Dan - Do I need to explain this?
female: Dank - I think the American turf mares would be more than happy never to see this Euro monster again.
Horse of the Year: Wise Dan - Two years in a row for the fantastic gelding. He's the best American miler we've seen in a long time.