12/27/2012 12:04PM

2012 Year In Review: Fan poll results


Daily Racing Form asked readers to cast their votes on the biggest races and storylines of the year. Here are the winners of the 2012 DRF.com fan poll.

Who was the best horse of the year?
Winner: Frankel

Rk. Horse Votes
1. Frankel 1,448
2. Wise Dan 674
3. I'll Have Another 370
4. Black Caviar 202
5. Royal Delta 174
6. Fort Larned 107
7. Other 71

What readers said:
“Wise Dan was the best of 2012. You must dance the dance to win the prize.” – ad

“I’ll Have Another 1000 percent. What else could he have done for racing? He raced on multiple tracks and looked good for the triple crown, but it was not written in the stars.” – Doug Bear

“No mention of Shackleford anywhere? I thought this was a fan poll?” – fayjhi

“Trinniberg gets no respect! The horse outperformed in almost all of his races and was a bettor’s bonanza.” – Elliott Factor

Which story had the biggest impact on racing?
Winner: I'll Have Another's Triple Crown pursuit and scratch

Rk. Story Votes
1. I'll Have Another's TC pursuit/scratch 1,492
2. Debate over Lasix and racing medication 878
3. State of New York takes control of NYRA 236
4. Horse welfare and aftercare 145
5. Other 124

What readers said:
“I believe I’ll Have Another was the single biggest racing story. Therefore it had the most impact.” – Ray Sousa

“I was on the way from Louisville to New York when I got the news about I’ll Have Another. I was already well into West Virginia at the time. We turned around and drove home.” – BrandonLayer

“I loved the story of I’ll Have Another, but I go back to the Derby runners of 2011. Mucho Macho Man had a great run in the BC Classic, while Shackleford and Stay Thirsty retired in style. I think that may be the best story.” – Randy Dusich

“Maybe more regular horse and owner stories should be in the mix. Lots more local color than the same trainers usually working for the 1 percent.” – M

What was the best race of the year?
Winner: Preakness Stakes (I'll Have Another over Bodemeister)

Rk. Race Votes
1. Preakness (I'll Have Another over Bodemeister) 743
2. Kentucky Derby (I'll Have Another over Bodemeister) 728
3. Queen Anne (Frankel posts 147 Timeform rating) 431
4. Breeders' Cup Classic (Fort Larned over Mucho Macho Man 367
5. Breeders' Cup Mile (Wise Dan over Animal Kingdom) 233
6. Belmont Stakes (Union Rags over Paynter) 224
7. Other 125

What readers said:
“The best race of the year was the Cotillion. The stretch battle between My Miss Aurelia and Questing gave me goosebumps.” – geoman52

“The Met Mile with Shackleford and Caleb’s Posse was one of the best of the year for sure. Even Tom Durkin was fooled by how Shackleford wouldn’t give up.” – PhilKlaiber

“The Alysheba (won by Successful Dan) had the best field of the year, even better than the Classic.” – Dan Cronin

“The Arc was the best race as far as being a gut check down to the wire in a huge event. Slow time, but time only counts in prison.” – Tom Urgo

“I’m surprised the Travers dead-heat did not make the cut. Never mind the lack of quality among 3-year-olds, whenever you have a classic race end in a dead-heat, that is always memorable.” – Anonymous

What was the best training feat of the year?
Winner: Graham Motion finishing second with Animal Kingdom in BC Mile

Rk. Trainer/feat Votes
1. Graham Motion: 2nd with Animal Kingdom in BC Mile 1,014
2. Doug O'Neill: Wins Derby with I'll Have Another off two-month gap between preps 592
3. Richard Dutrow Jr.: Wins King's Bishop with Willy Beamin on two days' rest 507
4. Bill Mott: Wins back-to-back BC Ladies' Classics with Royal Delta 458
5. Dale Romans: Wins Pacific with Dullahan vs. older horses 171
6. Other 80

What readers said:
“I am so proud of horse racing fans that acknowledge the incredible nature of Animal Kingdom’s second-place finish to Wise Dan in the BC Mile. It came against arguably the second-best horse in the world, he got a horrible trip, and he would have won had the race been another sixteenth longer.” – zeakman1398

“I find it astounding that anyone could vote for Richard Dutrow, given the controversy surrounding him. To get Willy Beamin to win off two days’ rest raises my eyebrows and lots of questions.” – raymond

“Dale Romans is the correct answer, but because of Little Mike, not Dullahan.” –EJXD2

Which horse will have the best 2013 season?
Winner: Animal Kingdom

Rk. Horse Votes
1. Animal Kingdom 714
2. Wise Dan 495
3. Eblouissante 276
4. Shanghai Bobby 272
5. Royal Delta 219
6. Groupie Doll 204
7. Other 170
8. Fort Larned 133
9. Little Mike 112
10. Game On Dude 90
11. Executiveprivilege 58
12. He's Had Enough 51
13. Beholder 47

What readers said:
“I believe My Miss Aurelia will come back bigger and stronger and take on the boys.” – John

“No Mucho Macho Man for best horse in 2013? At the very least he needs to be on that list.” – Scott

“My horse for 2013 is Groupie Doll. Look out, boys! She is all heart and always tries.” – Rocky

“Paynter is the true monster in waiting.” – Jeffrey Sparks