Take Charge's thrilling victory in the Grade 1, $1 million Travers and
the following day's ceremony in which retired jockey Ramon Dominguez
received the 2013 Mike Venezia and 2012 Eclipse Awards were selected as
two of the options in the annual "NTRA Moment of the Year" poll.
There are 12 options in the poll, with the results to be announced on January 18, 2014, during the Eclipse Awards ceremony.
the Travers on August 24 at Saratoga Race Course, Will Take Charge
nipped Moreno on the wire to prevail by a nose, giving Hall of Fame
trainer D. Wayne Lukas his third win in the race. It was the first
Travers victory for jockey Luis Saez.
Dominguez, the leading rider in New York by wins from 2009-2012, earned
his third straight Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in 2012 but was
unable to receive the prize during the ceremony on January 19, 2013
after he was seriously injured in a spill the previous day at Aqueduct
Racetrack. Dominguez, who announced his retirement in June, instead
received the award on August 25 at Saratoga during a special ceremony
between races. Following a video tribute highlighting Dominguez's
illustrious career, the rider also was given the Mike Venezia Award,
which was created in 1989 and is given to the jockey who most
exemplifies extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship.
"Moment of the Year" nominee is Ken and Sarah Ramsey's three wins in
major Grade 1 turf stakes within the span of two hours on August 17. One
of those wins came in Saratoga's Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational with
Big Blue Kitten.
To vote in the poll, click here.
the NTRA Moment of the Year award was inaugurated in 1999, events at
NYRA tracks have received the honor four times: the touching scene
between Charismatic and jockey Chris Antley following the 1999 Belmont
Stakes, Tiznow's narrow win over Sakhee in the 2001 Breeders' Cup
Classic, Birdstone denying Smarty Jones a sweep of the Triple Crown when
he upset the 2004 Belmont Stakes, and Rags to Riches becoming the first
filly to win the Belmont Stakes in 103 years when she took the 2007
edition of the race.