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January 5, 2012


The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters today announced the finalists for 2011 Eclipse Awards, recognizing excellence in Thoroughbred racing. Winners in all 17 horse and human categories will be announced at the 41st annual Eclipse Awards, presented by Daily Racing Form and the Breedersí Cup on Monday evening, January 16 at the Beverly Wilshire (a Four Seasons Hotel), in Beverly Hills, Calif. Finalists in the Horse of the Year category will be announced on the night of the ceremony.

Of the 267 eligible voters representing the NTRA, the NTWAB and Daily Racing Form, 248 (92.88%) took part in this yearís voting. Finalists were determined in each category by votersí top three selections, using a 10-5-1 point basis. Eclipse Award winners are determined solely by first place votes.

The Eclipse Awards finalists (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Two-Year-Old Male: Creative Cause, Hansen, Union Rags
  • Two-Year-Old Filly: Grace Hall, My Miss Aurelia, Stephanieís Kitten
  • Three-Year-Old Male: Animal Kingdom, Calebís Posse, Shackleford
  • Three-Year-Old Filly: Itís Tricky, Plum Pretty, Royal Delta
  • Older Male: Acclamation, Game on Dude, Tizway
  • Older Female: Awesome Maria, Blind Luck, Havre de Grace
  • Male Sprinter: Amazombie, Calebís Posse, Regally Ready
  • Female Sprinter: Hildaís Passion, Musical Romance, Sassy Image
  • Male Turf Horse: Acclamation, Cape Blanco (IRE), St Nicholas Abbey (IRE)
  • Female Turf Horse: Dubawi Heights (GB), Perfect Shirl, Stacelita (FR)
  • Steeplechase Horse: Black Jack Blues (IRE), Decoy Daddy (IRE), Tax Ruling (IRE)
  • Owner: Midwest Thoroughbreds, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, Team Valor
  • Breeder: Adena Springs, Brereton C. Jones, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey
  • Trainer: Bob Baffert, Bill Mott, Todd Pletcher
  • Jockey: Javier Castellano, Ramon Dominguez, John Velazquez
  • Apprentice Jockey: Ryan Curatolo, Kyle Frey, Rosario Montanez

The 41st Annual Eclipse Awards, presented by Daily Racing Form and the Breedersí Cup, will be held on Monday, January 16 at the Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif. For hotel accommodations and Eclipse Awards ceremony reservations, contact Michele Ravencraft at the NTRA's Lexington office, (800) 792-6872, or e-mail

The Eclipse Awards, presented by the Daily Racing Form and Breedersí Cup, 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). Awards also are given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing.

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