01/19/2014 12:26AM

Eclipse Awards Voting


 HALANDALE, Fla. -- Here are the 17 Eclipse Award winners that were announced at Gulfstream Park  Saturday night, ranked in order of the percentage of the vote each winner received in his or her division. There were 249 ballots cast but abstentions in many categories including 52 in the steeplechase division and 29 in the voting for apprentice jockey:

There were no real surprises among the winners, but I found some the margins of victory surprising at both ends of the scale.

The 2-year-old filly division was widely seen as a contentious one but it was an absolute runaway for She's a Tiger (212 votes) over Chriselliam (15) and Ria Antonia (10). The closest race turned out to be for 2-year-old male, with Shared Belief edging New Year's Day by a 115-99 tally.

Perhaps the most interesting totals were in the three categories where Wise Dan won. He was the most dominant winner of the nght in the Turf Male category, getting 243 of 249 votes (97.5 percent) and a handy Horse of the Year winner with 208 of 247 votes (84.2 percent), but he did not even get a majority of the votes while winning the Older Male title, which many voters believe should be awarded to a dirt horse, with just 123 of 249 votes (49.4 percent).

The human categories usually feature the closest races with votes dispersed among a wide range of candidates, but this year's winners were all clear-cut. It is extremely rare to see such lopsided totals in the Owner and Breeder categories, which this year were both taken by Ken & Sarah Ramsey, who got a whopping 95.5 percent of the Owner votes and 90.5 percent of the Breeder votes.

For a complete rundown of all first-, second- and third-place votes in all categories, you can go to www.ntra.com/eclipse_awards/files/Eclipse_Voting_2013_Results_Composite.pdf .