There were few surprises Jan. 5 when the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form
and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters announced the finalists
for 2011 Eclipse Awards, recognizing excellence in Thoroughbred racing.
In a year in which there was a different winner of each of the Triple
Crown races, two of the classic winners--Kentucky Derby Presented by
Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Animal Kingdom and Preakness Stakes (gr. I)
winner Shackleford--were among the finalists in the 3-year-old male
Not making the list was Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Ruler On Ice.
The third finalist in that division was Caleb’s Posse, who is also a
finalist for champion male sprinter.