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Eclipse Awards Voting, By The Numbers
By Steven Crist
MIAMI BEACH -- Here is the percentage of first-place votes received by the winners of the 17 Eclipse Awards presented here Monday evening. In an unusually lopsided year, more than half half of the winners received at least 89 percent of the votes, with six of those nine getting at least 97 percent:
As expected, the only really close races were for Horse of the Year and three of the five awards honoring humans rather than horses. All 11 of the divisional winners got at least 71 percent of the vote (10 of them getting 83 percent or more.) Only two of the 17 winners received less than 50 percent of the first place votes, in the owner and breeder categories.
Zenyatta's 128-102 victory over Blame for Horse of the Year (with five votes going to Goldikova) gave her 54.47 percent of the votes cast. A year ago, Rachel Alexandra received a similar majority (a 130-99 tally), getting 56.77 percent of the vote.
Last year, Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta were the only unanimous selections in their divisions. This year, Blame was the only unanimous winner because there was one vote cast for Goldikova over Zenyatta as older female, one for No Such Word over Blind Luck for 3-year-old filly, two votes cast against Uncle Mo for 2-year-old and three against Awesome Feather as 2-year-old filly.
The complete first-place tallies appear below. The order of finish in some cases does not match the three "finalists" in each category because while winners are determined solely by first-place votes, second- and third-place votes are used to determine the two other finalists. For example, Bob Baffert received only one first-place vote for the trainer award, while six other trainers received more, but Baffert was a finalist because he was the second or third choice of so many voters.
Horse of the Year: Zenyatta, 128; Blame,102; Goldikova (IRE), 5; Voter Abstention, 1; No Vote, 2.
Two-Year-Old Male: Uncle Mo, 236; Boys at Tosconova, 1; Pluck, 1.
Two-Year-Old Filly : Awesome Feather, 235; Turbulent Descent, 2, More Than Real, 1.
Three-Year-Old Male: Lookin At Lucky, 224; Eskendereya 5; Drosselmeyer, 3; Afleet Express, 1; Discreetly Mine, 1; Paddy O’Prado, 1; Super Saver, 1; Smiling Tiger, 1; Twirling Candy, 1.
Three-Year-Old Filly: Blind Luck, 237; No Such Word, 1.
Older Male: Blame, 238.
Older Female: Zenyatta, 237; Goldivoka (IRE), 1.
Female Sprinter: Dubai Majesty, 232; Franny Freud, 3; Rightly So, 2; Serious Attitude, 1.
Male Sprinter: Big Drama, 170; Majesticperfection, 61; Discreetly Mine, 4; Bribon (FR), 1;Chamberlain Bridge, 1; Smiling Tiger, 1.
Male Turf Horse: Gio Ponti, 199; Dangerous Midge, 22; Champ Pegasus, 6; Winchester, 6; Paddy O’Prado, 5.
Female Turf Horse: Goldikova (IRE), 212; Proviso (GB), 15; Tuscan Evening (IRE), 11.
Steeplechase Horse: Slip Away, 175; Arcadius, 25; Percussionist (IRE), 6; Sermon of Love, 4; Voter Abstentions, 28.
Outstanding Owner: WinStar Farm, 100; Mr. and Mrs. Jerome S. Moss, 81; Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider 16; Midwest Thoroughbreds 15; Juddmonte Farms, 5; Zayat Stables, 5; Repole Stable 3; Edward P. Evans, 2; Augustin Stable 1; Melnyk Racing Stables 1; Maggi Moss, 1; Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, 1; Wertheimer and Frere, 1; Voter Abstentions, 6.
Outstanding Breeder: Adena Springs, 69; Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider 55; Brereton C. Jones, 43; WinStar Farm 26; Edward P. Evans, 12; Maverick Productions, 10; Juddmonte Farms, 7; Gulf Coast Farms 3; Ocala Stud, 2; Eugene Melnyk, 1; Pamela and Martin Wygod, 1; Voter Abstentions, 9.
Outstanding Trainer: Todd Pletcher,168; John Shirreffs, 28; Jerry Hollendorfer, 17; Steve Asmussen, 8; Albert Stall, Jr., 5; W. Brett Calhoun, 4; Bob Baffert, 1; Freddy Head, 1; Juan Carlos Guerrero, 1; Kiaran McLaughlin, 1, Bill Mott, 1 ; Voter Abstentions, 2; No Vote, 1.
Outstanding Jockey: Ramon Dominguez, 124; Garrett Gomez, 60, John Velazquez, 32; Mike Smith, 13; Deshawn Parker, 3; Joel Rosario, 2; Kent Desormeaux, 1; Russell Baze, 1. No Vote, 1; Voter Abstention, 1.
Outstanding Apprentice Jockey: Omar Moreno, 197; Forest Boyce, 6; Freddy Lenclud, 4; Angel Serpa, 4; Luis Saez, 3; Tyler Kaplan 1; Marcelino Pedroza, Jr., 1; Voter Abstentions, 20; No Vote, 2.
Zenyatta won 5 G1's in 2010, none aganst males. Goldikova won 5 Grade/group 1's in 2010, 4 of them against males. Doesn't take much of a rocket scientist to see who was the true HOY even with Goldis single appearance in the USA which was an easy 2 length victpry over the best males in the world and was a more impressive race than any that Zenyatta ran ths year by far. Eclipse HOY has become more about fan hype, sentiment and BS than what was actually accomplished on the track. Goldikova was the best older horse to race in the USA this year, that is reality and she didn't need sentiment or hype to win her Eclipse award unlike Zenyatta.
Congrats to Zenyatta on a well deserved lifetime achievement award. As a bitter denizen of the New York circuit .... I was actually happy when she lost the Breeders Cup ...and i should be ashamed of myself as a horse racing fan. What a shame the Moss's were not more like the Paulsons and try to make Zenyatta a horse of the world ...instead of just the Hollywood elite. But there was only one Allen Paulson.
I grew up on horse racing so I am not a new fan!!! Zenyatta won fair and square, she was the best horse that ran in 2010. Although she lost the BC Classic she was obviously the best horse (unless you are east coast biased) in the race. If Zenyatta would of won she very likely sweeps the vote, she came up a small head short while encountering traffic trouble and having to overcome an unheard of 20 length early deficit where she looked like she might be pulled up. All while Blame had the perfect trip and saved ground. The voters completely got it right, Zenyatta was the best horse to run in 2010 and the BC confirmed even more.. She is UNBELIEVABLE!
I really want to try to say something that hasn't already been said... and it appears that there is a "fairness" doctrine that exists to some degree. This vote is proof of it. However, if I were an owner (and every one of you here in Steve's blog pretend to be the same) of a horse that was undefeated (19-0 and every race was last to first), won the BCC in 2009 against males, retired, and then came out of retirement to defend her title and then came oh so close to running down a horse that was undefeated at Churchill Downs after a horrible trip, well... you get the point. If you were the owner of Zenyatta, you would have felt slighted for not winning HOY in the past. I don't care what ANY of you say, if YOU were the owner, you would feel slighted. That is all that happened in this HOY debate, they (the Moss family) were slighted in the past and EVERYONE knew it. The fact that Rachel never showed up and had declined so much from a performance level, made it easier for the writers to fix the slight. I respect the voters who obviously corrected a huge mistake.
Now Seth Hancock knows how Jerry Moss felt in 2009. Sometimes you have to "live in a person's shoes" before it all hits home. Maybe Seth can express his feelings to the Eclipse voters and let them know what Jerry Moss went through in 2009. The old saying "What comes around, goes around" couldn't be more true (when it comes to Eclipse awards).
Take nothing away from either of the top contenders for 2010 HOY. Both are wonderful horses that anyone would love to own. The line in the sand kept getting redrawn for Zenyatta. The more horses she beat, the fewer that wanted to enter against her. She was criticized for 'not beating anyone'. So by that logic, a horse like Spectacular Bid who won in a walkover wasn't that great. HUH? Pretzel logic. Zenyatta raced on two surfaces, synthetic and dirt. Blame raced on one surface, dirt. If Zenyatta was a being marketed at stud she would be called versatile. Naysayers called her a poly specialist even though her best races were on dirt. Blame won 3 G1's in 2010. Zenyatta won 5 G1's in 2010. Personal Ensign and Ruffian were never, and should never, be knocked for rarely leaving their home states. It seems to be fair game to knock Zenyatta for racing most of her career in CA. I think the Eclipse voters had it correct in 2010.
zenyatta should have one hoy last year after her bc win... hollendorfer was my trainer of the year. tp will win more derbies but jh had a championship season.
Winner: Hattie's over Flay .... 'by a nose!' (Steve handicapped the winner?)
I'm glad that those with the vote actually voted with their heads rather than any biases that they may have developed over the HOTY discussion... Curlin stopping at the head of the Santa Anita stretch was blamed on the track.... That was also garbage in my opinion since Curlin made a huge move in the turn and looked the winner until he flat quit...Curlin was a great animal who had a bad day! Some people have also been bitter about the Mosses and the reaction to losing last year...I know I would be a little miffed since in my mind at no time would have Rachael's connections agreed to meet at the Classic distance of 10F whether it was on dirt or synthetic. What a shame if we would have had to blame, Blame for Zenyatta's omittance from the pages of history...
Another joke for horse racing, yes! Blown last year when the award should have been split with RA and Zen, so let’s cover our butts over that debacle by mucking it up further. It’s no wonder the sport is in decline with credibility on parade like this. With overzealous takeouts, inconsistency in racing surfaces, and political shenanigans like this, it won’t be long before race fans just don’t care anymore. Racing insiders are now synonymous with politicians inside the beltway. Nice going . . .
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