Eclipse Award Selections - Of the 21st century!

Eclipse Award Selections - Of the 21st century!
As the racing world prepares for the announcement of 2011 Eclipse Award winners, ZATT takes it to whole new level with a look at not just the best of last year, but rather the best of the entire 21st century. Below are my finalists for each division. Feel free to visit each horse's page on Horse Racing Nation, and like, favorite, and vote them up, if you believe they deserve to be. Also, see where are all these stars rank on the HRN Power Rankings of all-time greatsHave fun and tell me who you think the winners should be ... write-in votes are welcome. Check back later for the the results. I will announce my selections for each division at 4PM Eastern.

Two-Year-Old Male:
Uncle Mo, Vindication, War Pass
And the winner is: Uncle Mo - I don't think anyone in the last 12 years could have beaten Mo as a juvenile. He was that good.

Two-Year-Old Filly:
HalfbridledMy Miss Aurelia, Storm Flag Flying
And the winner is: Halfbridled - Not only was she an undefeated BC winner, but she won the Juvenile Fillies from the 14-hole.

Three-Year-Old Male:
Bernardini, Curlin, Point Given, Tiznow
And the winner is: Curlin - From unraced maiden to romping BC Classic winner in 2007, he did it all year long against an excellent crop of sophomores.

Three-Year-Old Filly:
Ashado, Blind Luck, Rachel Alexandra, Rags to Riches
And the winner is: Rachel Alexandra - Her 2009 campaign was as great as any 3yo filly in the history of the sport, in my humble opinion.

Older Male:
Ghostzapper, Invasor, Mineshaft, Tiznow
And the winner is: Invasor - Undefeated in America, his streak of the Pimlico Special, Suburban, Whitney, BC Classic, Donn, and Dubai World Cup was something special.

Older Female:
Azeri, Havre de Grace, Zenyatta
And the winner is: Zenyatta - From 2008 through 2010, Zenyatta ruled the older mare division like no one else in the sport ever has.

Male Sprinter:
Kona Gold, Lost in the Fog, Midnight Lute
And the winner is: Kona Gold - It was tough to go against the consecutive BC wins for Midnight Lute, but the consistency Kona Gold demonstrated in running in five straight BC Sprints, with one win, is enough for me.
Female Sprinter:
Honest Lady, Indian Blessing, Xtra Heat
And the winner is: Xtra Heat - She was so dominant that she was voted 3yo filly champ, despite only sprinting. 25 stakes wins is something you don't see any more

Male Turf Horse:
Conduit, English Channel, Gio Ponti, High Chaparral
And the winner is: Conduit - Tough call here, but his two wins in the Breeders' Cup Turf were so brilliant that I believe he would have won the race in most editions of the last 12 years.

Female Turf Horse:
Goldikova, Islington, Ouija Board
And the winner is: Goldikova - Three consecutive Breeders' Cup wins is a record that may never be broken, and she wasn't far off from a fourth last year.
Horse of the Year:
Curlin, Ghostzapper, Invasor, Rachel Alexandra, Tiznow, Zenyatta
And the winner is: Invasor - A champion on three different continents, Invasor, like Zenyatta, only lost once in his career. He gets the award by the slightest of nods over Zenyatta because of his travel and more consistent competition.

Meet Brian Zipse

Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, American Pharoah and Justify. Before coming to HRN, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. His racing partnership venture, Derby Day Racing, invites more fans to experience the thrill of racehorse ownership.

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, created the popular racing webcast HorseCenter, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as hosting HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves on the Board of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars and is a Vox Populi committee member. He is a voter for racing's Hall of Fame, as well as a weekly NTRA poll voter. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.

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