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Eclipse Awards finalists announced


January 17, 2009     E-mail this page to a friend!

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), National Turf Writers Association (NTWA) and Daily Racing Form (DRF) have announced the finalists for the 2008 Eclipse Awards, as voted on and presented by the three organizations, in recognition of excellence in Thoroughbred racing. Winners in all categories will be announced at the 38th annual Eclipse Awards ceremony, to be held Monday evening, January 26, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Florida.

The Eclipse Awards finalists (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Two-Year-Old Male: Midshipman, Old Fashioned, Vineyard Haven

  • Two-Year-Old Filly: Dream Empress, Maram, Stardom Bound

  • Three-Year-Old Male: Big Brown, Colonel John, Raven’s Pass

  • Three-Year-Old Filly: Eight Belles, Music Note, Proud Spell

  • Older Male: Commentator, Curlin, Einstein (BRZ)

  • Older Female: Cocoa Beach (CHI), Ginger Punch, Zenyatta

  • Male Sprinter: Benny the Bull, Midnight Lute, Street Boss

  • Female Sprinter: Indian Blessing, Intangaroo, Ventura

  • Male Turf Horse: Conduit (IRE), Einstein (BRZ), Grand Couturier (GB)

  • Female Turf Horse: Cocoa Beach (CHI), Forever Together, Goldikova (IRE)

  • Steeplechase Horse: Be Certain, Good Night Shirt, Sovereign Duty

  • Owner: Godolphin Racing, IEAH Stables, Stronach Stables

  • Breeder: Adena Springs, Stonerside Stable, WinStar Farm

  • Trainer: Steve Asmussen, Richard Dutrow, Jr., Bobby Frankel

  • Jockey: Robby Albarado, Rafael Bejarano, Garrett Gomez

  • Apprentice Jockey: Inez Karlsson, Pascacio Lopez, Abel Mariano


Finalists for Horse of the Year will be announced at the Eclipse Awards ceremony. NTRA President and CEO Alex Waldrop will present the Horse of the Year trophy to the winning connections at the conclusion of the ceremony.

The Eclipse Awards 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.