01/28/2009 2:04PM

Decision 2008


Here's a breakdown of the percentage of the total vote each Eclipse Award winner earned within his division. There were 242 ballots cast; categories in which the total vote below is under 242 reflect abstentions. (For example, Good Night Shirt received 217 of 219 votes in the Steeplechase division, meaning 23 voters abstained.)

It's interesting that you can win an Eclipse with as much as 99 percent, or as little as 20 percent, of the votes cast. Of the 17 winners, 10 received at least 70 percent of the vote, while three received under 50 percent.

For a link to the complete vote breakdown by division, click here.

And here's a set of the winning horses' past performances to tide you over until the 2009 American Racing Manual comes out this spring.

Last year's results, when 267 ballots were cast, were more definitive: 10 of the 17 winners got 90 percent of the vote or more, and no winner received less than 50 percent:

Brad More than 1 year ago
I am on the final chapter of your book "exotic betting" and think your awesome..thanks for writing..
Flip Dawson More than 1 year ago
Your numbers for Gulf Race 9 on the turf for Thursday are 1,5,6, 11,12,14 with 4 for last. The first 6 nags are to be used as you see fit. If including #4, I would use him either in 2nd or 4th spot. Possible sleeper is #14, as he came in off AE list. Scratched are 8, 13, 15, 16. Also, possible winner is #11, with Alan Garcia up.(both horse and boy love turf.) This is the best race to play in some time, in my opinion. Post Time is 5:14 PM EST Best of luck, chumps!!!
Unitas More than 1 year ago
What possible explanation can the two voters give for voting for Ginger Punch over Zenyatta in the older female division of the Eclipse Awards? Personal vendetta's against the connections? I understand that this is not the most important question ever asked on this site, however, it makes you think sometimes about how some of the "experts" in this industry come to some of the conclusions that they ultimately come to regarding divisional honors and to a lesser extent, Hall of Fame considerations. If it is possible to find out who indeed voted for GP over Zenyatta, would love to see these individuals give an explanation of why they voted this way. Steelers in a blowout Sunday!
Wayne80 More than 1 year ago
Adena Springs did not deserve the "breeder" award in 2007 either. Something needs to be done with this confict of interest.
Stella More than 1 year ago
Matt M: Your right about the Alabama. I found one thing interesting after just watching a replay. It looked to me like Proud Spell should have been named Proud Little Spell. Is it my imagination or is Little Belle and Music Note much bigger than Proud Spell?
Brian McLean More than 1 year ago
I’d like to further what real1quiet said…. I see that votes were cast for: Tale of Ekati-3yr old Albertus Maximus-Older Male Champs Elysees- Turf You’d have to be a dolt, ill-informed, or trying to make a mockery of the process to cast such votes. How does somebody acquire an Eclipse vote and show that they deserve to keep it?
Dan MacKenzie More than 1 year ago
How are the special award winners chosen ?
callmetony More than 1 year ago
matt I agree. I was there also and I too thought it was the best race of the Spa season . Just a great race. The Col john win of the Travers was also pretty exciting . I can;t wait till summer . i've had enough of this NY winter stuff .
chris lowe More than 1 year ago
what could tvg possibly have shown 2day with the big a cancelled? eclipse award reruns? infomercials?
real1quiet More than 1 year ago
2 geniuses voted for Ginger Punch over Zenyatta --- Why should these two people keep their votes for 2009? Are the votes public or private?