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Wise Dan and Will Take Charge among 2013 Eclipse Award Finalists

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Photo: Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography

 

Led by Horse of the Year candidates Mucho Macho Man, Will Take Charge and Wise Dan, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters today announced the finalists for the 2013 Eclipse Awards, recognizing excellence in Thoroughbred racing. Winners in 17 horse and human categories will be announced at the 43rd annual Eclipse Awards dinner and ceremony, presented by Daily Racing Form, Breeders’ Cup andThe Stronach Group on Saturday evening, January 18 at the Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla. 

Of the 272 eligible voters representing the NTRA, the NTWAB and Daily Racing Form, 249 (91.5%) took part in this year’s voting. Finalists were determined in each category by voters’ top three selections, using a 10-5-1 point basis. Eclipse Award winners are determined solely by first place votes.   

The 2013 Eclipse Awards finalists (in alphabetical order) are: 

 

Horse of the Year:       Mucho Macho Man, Will Take Charge, Wise Dan 

Two-Year-Old Male:      Havana, New Year’s Day, Shared Belief 

Two-Year-Old Filly:     Chriselliam (IRE), Ria Antonia, She’s a Tiger  

Three-Year-Old Male:  Orb, Palace Malice, Will Take Charge  

Three-Year-Old Filly:    Beholder, Close Hatches, Princess of Sylmar 

Older Male:     Game On Dude, Mucho Macho Man, Wise Dan

Older Female:     Joyful Victory, Royal Delta, Tiz Miz Sue 

Male Sprinter:     Points Offthebench, Sahara Sky, Secret Circle

Female Sprinter:   Dance to Bristol, Groupie Doll, Mizdirection

Male Turf Horse:    Magician (IRE), Point of Entry, Wise Dan

Female Turf Horse:    Dank (GB), Laughing (IRE), Mizdirection  

Steeplechase Horse:     Divine Fortune, Gustavian, Italian Wedding 

Owner: Juddmonte Farms, Midwest Thoroughbreds, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey 

Breeder:      Adena Springs, Morton Fink, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey

Trainer:             Bob Baffert, Bill Mott, Todd Pletcher  

Jockey:         Javier Castellano, Joel Rosario, Gary Stevens 

Apprentice Jockey:      Victor Carrasco, Manuel Franco, Edgard Zayas

 

In addition to honoring the 17 winners in the horse and human categories, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas will receive the Eclipse Award of Merit and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be recognized with an Eclipse Special Award. Jim Benes will receive an Eclipse Award as the Handicapper of the Year. Members of the media will be honored for outstanding coverage in six categories. 

The Eclipse Awards, which will be televised live on HRTV, are named after the great 18th-century racehorse and foundation sire Eclipse, who began racing at age five and was undefeated in 18 starts, including eight walkovers. Eclipse sired the winners of 344 races, including three Epsom Derbies. The Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements in North America have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. Those awards are voted by NTRA, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB). Eclipse Awards also are given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing.  

Tickets to the Eclipse Awards are available for $400 each. Order forms for tickets and the Eclipse Awards weeklong schedule of events are available athttp://bit.ly/18TJ0Tx. Hotel reservations at the Westin Diplomat can be made at http://bit.ly/1kVxdac.  Hotel reservations at the Trump International can be made athttp://bit.ly/1h8WgXe. For additional information, please contact Michele Ravencraft of the NTRA at 859-422-2657 or  mravencraft@ntra.com. 

 

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I think I would prefer to do away with the subjectivity of the voting and have the championships decided by a points system....
travel_vic: should the Eclipses and/or Breeders’ Cups be awarded by… A) a mathematical calculation of all or selected results over the whole year… B) a subjective selection by less than 300 voters with basically no rules… C) Some refined combination of A & B {like the BCS}… D) A Climactic Championship race… E) Other…… thanks in advance <<-->> as to less weight/more weight to the Breeders’ Cup races, the way it works now each voter assigns their own weight so who’s to know?
Funny how you recently only respond to some of my posts. i asked you a question about 4 days ago and you ignored it. I asked a question about 3 months ago. Thank the heavens above that i did not hold my breath.
Quote: he Breeders Cup races should be weighted more than they are. The reason is obvious, Yeah the answer is OBVIOUS, you create an enormous SAMPLE ERROR.
The Breeders Cup races should be weighted more than they are. The reason is obvious,that day the horses are running against the very best in the World. Regardless if they win by a fluke or not. whether we agree or not,the bottom line is that they won the race that most of the Elite showed up for. In todays game,it has become the exception to the rule as opposed to the norm,that the so called Graded races are worth anything. We have seen to many small fields,and to add horses to the field. Pretenders are loaded into the gates on to many occassions. So the good horses win,and get credited with winning a Gi race. Like robbing a bank without a mask. Many times it is to easy.
The Breeders Cup is given way too much weight in the voting these days. The awards are supposed to be for the best WHOLE YEAR...... Even though I love him, MMM won 2 races all year so I do not see how he could be a HOTY candidate!
Mucho Macho Man was only a length off the pace setters until he took the lead... WTC went 6w with a huge move, both had great race.
The race is not always to the swift, NOR the battle to the strong, but that’s the way to bet – Damon Runyon >> URR... "by far" ? :)
One race a season does not make
I'm sorry to burst your bubble Greg, but the best horse in the Classic this year was by far Will Take Charge. Macho Man got a perfect trip. If anything other than Wise Dan for HOTY, it's Will Take Charge.
To me the real shocker is that 23 folks who had opportunity to return their ballots DID NOT!
Looks like Mucho Macho Chump is going to the Donn Handicap to face my boy Will Take Charge. The Chump is going to eat dirt this time my friends!
will take charge is the only oen in my book who should take it from macho. he did run a great race with the older males, beat the older males next time out. the blinkers remvoved gave him so much focus.
Ruffian, Havre de Grace didnt win HOY the year she had the rivalry with Blind Luck.
macho man derseves it way more than those two girls. when he was over his illness he showed vast improvemnt! then dominated and took on all comers in the bc classic that includes crushing the dude
If there is one "LOCK" besides Wise Dan as turf male what would it be? Carrasco as apprentice?
Not too many surprises here, I think a few awards will be close, Older Male, Sprinter, 2 year old filly, maybe even Horse of the Year. The most interesting to me is female sprinter between Groupie Doll and Mizdirection.
If havre de grace won HOTY after getting smacked around by blind luck so many times- beholder and princess definitely deserve to be finalist regardless whether or not they faced males
It really is sad and they might as well call it the breeders cup winners award
Can't believe honor code wasn't a finalist for two year old. And also can't believe mucho macho man made horse of the year finalist over princess beholder and a few other horses.

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