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2013 Eclipse Award Winners

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2012 Eclipse Awards

Winners of the 2013 Eclipse Awards, selected by voters from Daily Racing Form, the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. Click on a winner to read DRF's profile. Winners were announced Jan. 18 at the 43nd Annual Eclipse Awards dinner at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

Wise Dan

Horse of the Year
Wise Dan

For Wise Dan, winning Eclipse Awards is as easy as one, two, three.

Wise Dan completed an unprecedented trifecta Saturday night, becoming the first horse to win three Eclipse Awards in consecutive years by making off with titles as 2013 Horse of the Year, champion older male, and champion male turf horse – the same categories he swept in 2012 – at the 43rd annual Eclipse Awards dinner at Gulfstream Park. Read full story

Voting: Wise Dan, 208, Mucho Macho Man, 21, Will Take Charge, 15; Others: Dank (GB), 1; Princess of Sylmar, 1; Royal Delta, 1, abstentions,  2.

Shared

2-year-old male
Shared Belief

As he glanced at the board following the running of the fifth race at Golden Gate Fields on Oct. 19, track announcer Michael Wrona was taken aback by the fact that the debuting 2-year-old he had just called to victory had run six furlongs in 1:09.53. View Full Profile »

Voting: Shared Belief 115, New Year's Day 99, Havana 24, Others: Honor Code 5, Outstrip 4, Tamarando 1, No vote 1

Shesatiger

2-year-old female
She's a Tiger

She’s a Tiger holds the dubious distinction of being only the second horse ever to have her number taken down from first in a Breeders’ Cup race. That She’s a Tiger is still a finalist for the Eclipse Award for champion 2-year-old filly speaks well of what she accomplished before the Breeders’ Cup, and should be of at least some consolation to her people. View Full Profile »

Voting: She's a Tiger 212, Chriselliam 15, Ria Antonia 10, Others: Sweet Reason 3, Stopshoppingmaria 3, Streaming 3, My Conquestadory 2, Artemis Agrotera 1

Will Take Charge

3-year-old male
Will Take Charge

Will Take Charge was good in the spring, and very, very good in the fall, putting bookends on an ambitious 2013 campaign that has made him the favorite to be named champion 3-year-old male, despite a Triple Crown of discontent, when he was soundly beaten in all three legs. View Full Profile »

Voting: Will Take Charge 231, Orb 15, Palace Malice 1, Others: Goldencents 1, Verrazano 1

Beholder

3-year-old female
Beholder

As 2013 began, the bar was already set high for Beholder. She had nailed down an Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old filly with two memorable victories at Santa Anita – a preliminary allowance with a 108 Beyer Figure that was the season’s fastest juvenile performance of either sex (and second-fastest by a juvenile filly in 20 years), and a front-running triumph in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies over previously unbeaten Executiveprivilege.View Full Profile »

Voting: Beholder 207, Princess of Sylmar 42, Close Hatches 0

Wise Dan

Older male
Wise Dan

When a horse loses a race and the loss, which was only a plain, simple, happens-every-race kind of defeat, is news in itself, we are talking about a horse of real fame and accomplishment. We’re talking about a horse like Wise Dan. And yes, Wise Dan lost a race. On Oct. 5, he finished second in the Shadwell Turf Mile, a misnomer for a race that had been rained off grass. Wise Dan, wide on both turns, chased Silver Max all the way around Keeneland’s Polytrack and never caught him. For the first time since a narrow defeat June 16, 2012, in the Stephen Foster Handicap, Wise Dan returned to his stall after a race without first stopping to get his picture taken. It was news. And it opened a vein of skepticism that was mined for the three weeks between the Shadwell and the Breeders’ Cup Mile. View Full Profile »

Voting: Wise Dan 123, Mucho Macho Man 93, Game on Dude 31, Others: Flat Out 2

Royal Delta

Older female
Royal Delta

The bar was set high in 2013 for Royal Delta, the 2011 champion 3-year-old filly and 2012 champion older female with two Breeders’ Cup wins already on her résumé. At age 5, Royal Delta, owner Benjamin Leon, and trainer Bill Mott reached again for the stars. Her campaign began stylishly on Feb. 17 at Gulfstream Park. Making her first start since winning the BC Ladies’ Classic 3 1/2 months earlier at Santa Anita, Royal Delta was favored at odds-on in the Grade 3 Sabin. She did not disappoint. Royal Delta hopped at the start, jockey Mike Smith straightened her out, and the rest was history. Royal Delta crushed four rivals, winning by five lengths and setting her up for a second try at the $10 million Dubai World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. View Full Profile »

Voting: Royal Delta 234, Joyful Victory 3, Tiz Miz Sue 2, Others: Dank 5, Dance to Bristol 1, Laughing 1, Brandy's Secret 1, abstention 1, no vote 1

Wise Dan

Male turf
Wise Dan

When a horse loses a race and the loss, which was only a plain, simple, happens-every-race kind of defeat, is news in itself, we are talking about a horse of real fame and accomplishment. We’re talking about a horse like Wise Dan. And yes, Wise Dan lost a race. On Oct. 5, he finished second in the Shadwell Turf Mile, a misnomer for a race that had been rained off grass. Wise Dan, wide on both turns, chased Silver Max all the way around Keeneland’s Polytrack and never caught him. For the first time since a narrow defeat June 16, 2012, in the Stephen Foster Handicap, Wise Dan returned to his stall after a race without first stopping to get his picture taken. It was news. And it opened a vein of skepticism that was mined for the three weeks between the Shadwell and the Breeders’ Cup Mile. View Full Profile »

Voting: Wise Dan 243, Magician 4, Point of Entry 1, Others: Obviously 1

Dank

Female turf
Dank

Dank arrived from England for the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park in August as a filly with a growing reputation among turf females in Europe. She won the Beverly D. by 4 1/4 lengths, her first win at the highest level. When she returned to the United States for the $1.84 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita in November, American fans were ready. View Full Profile »

Voting: Dank 229, Laughing 8, Mizdirection 8

Pointsoffthebench

Male sprinter
Points Offthebench

One of the best stories of the 2013 racing season turned into one of the saddest in the blink of an eye on the morning of Oct. 26. Points Offthebench, who rose from relative anonymity at the beginning of the year, suffered a catastrophic injury while nearing the completion of his final workout for the Breeders' Cup Sprint. View Full Profile »

Voting: Points Offthebench 125, Secret Circle 70, Sahara Sky 45, Others: Justin Phillip 4, Private Zone 2, Immortal Eyes 1, Strapping Groom 1, abstention 1

Groupie Doll

Female sprinter
Groupie Doll

She wasn’t the overpowering force she was in 2012, but Groupie Doll still was able to repeat as winner of the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint and thereby make a very strong case to repeat as divisional champion in 2013. It was quite an emotional year for the connections of Groupie Doll, whose racing schedule did not begin until early August. View Full Profile »

Voting: Groupie Doll 192, Mizdirection 45, Dance to Bristol 5, Others: Cluster of Stars, 7

Divine Fortune

Steeplechase horse
Divine Fortune

Imagine riding a horse who finished second in five Grade 1 stakes without winning one. Then imagine winning one. “Finishing second in five Grade 1’s, it’s an unbelievable achievement, but after the fourth, the fifth, it sickens you,” said steeplechase jockey Darren Nagle, who rode Divine Fortune to runner-up efforts in the 2011 Colonial Cup, the 2012 Iroquois, the 2012 Grand National, the 2012 Colonial Cup, and the 2013 Iroquois. View Full Profile »

Voting: Divine Fortune 112, Italian Wedding 27, Gustavian 25, Others: Alajmal 21, Mr. Hot Stuff 12, Abstentions 52

Pletcher

Trainer
Todd Pletcher

Entering 2013 trainer Todd Pletcher led North American trainers in earnings seven times, including consecutively from 2010-2012. View Full Profile »

Voting: Todd Pletcher 183, Bill Mott 7, Bob Baffert 5, Others: D. Wayne Lukas 21, Jerry Hollendorfer 9, Charles LoPresto 6, Shug McGaughey 6, Steve Asmussen 3, Chad Brown 2, Kathy Ritvo 2, Ollie Figgins 1, David Jacobson 1, King Leatherbury 1, Dale Romans 1, abstention 1

Castellano

Jockey
Javier Castellano

Javier Castellano emerged as the dominant force among jockeys in 2013. He set an industry standard for mount earnings in North America and led all riders in wins by a clear margin, with 362. Along the way were 24 graded stakes victories, and for his unforgettable year Castellano is an Eclipse Award finalist for outstanding jockey for the third time.View Full Profile »

Voting: Javier Castellano 134, Gary Stevens 65, Joel Rosario 21, Others: Mike Smith 19, John Velazquez 8, Corey Nakatani 1, abstention 1

Carrasco

Apprentice jockey
Victor Carrasco

Victor Carrasco established himself as one of racing’s most promising young riders in 2013, when he led all North American-based apprentice jockeys in both wins and mount earnings. Carrasco won 215 races from 1,066 starts in his rookie season and amassed an imposing $4,357,715 in earnings. For the accomplishments, he is a finalist for an Eclipse Award. View Full Profile »

Voting: Victor Carrasco 172, Edgard Zayas 18, Manuel Franco 13, Others: Emmanuel Esquivel 8, Jose Ortiz 4, Dylan Davis 3, Trevor McCarthy 2, Voter abstentions 29

ramsey

Owner
Ken and Sarah Ramsey

Owners and breeders Ken and Sarah Ramsey are no strangers to being recognized at the highest levels of the sport, having received the Eclipse Award as outstanding owner in both 2004 and 2011. The couple has never enjoyed a year like 2013, however. The Ramseys in 2013 amassed more than $12 million in earnings as owners, $5 million ahead of second-place Midwest Thoroughbreds. View Full Profile »

Voting: Ken and Sarah Ramsey 235, Midwest Throughbreds 4, Juddmonte 0, Others: Morton Fink 3, Gary and Mary West 2, Jungle Racing 1, Maggi Moss 1, abstentions 3

ramsey

Breeder
Ken and Sarah Ramsey

Owners and breeders Ken and Sarah Ramsey are no strangers to being recognized at the highest levels of the sport, having received the Eclipse Award as outstanding owner in both 2004 and 2011. The couple has never enjoyed a year like 2013, however. The Ramseys in 2013 amassed more than $12 million in earnings as owners, $5 million ahead of second-place Midwest Thoroughbreds. View Full Profile »

Voting: Ken and Sarah Ramsey 221, Adena Springs 17, Morton Fink 4, Others: Darley 1, WinStar Farm 1, abstentions 1

Benes

Handicapper
Jim Benes

The winner of the $750,000 first-place prize and the title of 2013 DRF/NTRA Handicapper of the Year at the 14th annual Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship last January was Jim Benes, a 51-year-old professional horseplayer from Countryside, Ill. View Full Profile »


A Special Eclipse Award was presented to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, and Mucho Macho Man’s win in the Breeders’ Cup Classic was acknowledged as the NTRA Moment of the Year.

Media Eclipse Awards

Marty McGee of Daily Racing Form (feature writing), Marcus Hersh of Daily Racing Form (news writing), Jamie Radosevich-Hernandez (photography), NBC (live television), HRTV (television feature), and The New York Times (multi-media).

Matt Taylor 7 months ago
How was Mike Smith not the Jockey winner!? He won his 20th Breeders cup race this year, which is more than anyone else has. It was just crazy to me!
Ian Phillips 8 months ago
well deserved,epitome of a horse thats pure joy to watch and gives his all every where he runs.one of the few of todays that can match horses of yester year.
Geral John Pinault 8 months ago
And I don't think that Royal Delta was the filly & mare champ of 2013...
Susan Huart 7 months ago
4yo. Oh yes she is!!
Geral John Pinault 8 months ago
I'm so glad to see Flat Out in retirement! He looks great! It was such a laugher when Flat Out got up to win the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct in November! All summer they kept saying he was best at 1 turn. He was best at a mile. Then the Breeders Cup came up and everyone talked about 2 turns. THEY FORGOT ABOUT FLAT OUT like he was washed up! I rolled the wheelbarrow up to the window that day. Thanks Flat Out! You are a real champion!!!
Jackson Jackson 8 months ago
Nice REDBOARD !!!!! Nobody cares what you say about wheel [barrels] especially if you can't even spell it.
John Pisiona 8 months ago
Weak year as far as a dominating horse in any division, except for Male Turf.
M 8 months ago
Way to go Wise Dan. A true champion and awesome race horse.
Joe Eckert 8 months ago
NBC got an award for the coverage of the Derby...Remember ,we couldn't even tell who won with all the technology they have..seems rigged..
ghost2_ 8 months ago
Wow, with all the threadcrapping going on in the comments, one can only hope that racing has more supportive fans who just happen to post elsewhere. Of course, not everyone is whining about the results, but there sure is plenty of unwarranted complaining. For my part, I'm especially pleased that She's a Tiger got so many votes for 2yo filly. She had what I believe was clearly the best campaign, but there was always the concern that some voters would be blinded by Ria Antonia's DQ win in the BC. Glad to see that didn't happen. Points Offthebench also richly deserved his sprint award. I could quibble with a couple of categories (female sprinter is one), but the winners are all fine horses and people. No sour grapes here. Congratulations to ALL of the winners!
Lawrence Vaccarelli 8 months ago
hypo question to you....what if RA was not involved in the dq...but instead won BC juv fillies by a length or two....would your opinion be different ?
ghost2_ 8 months ago
No. Her body of work throughout the year wasn't enough compared to what She's a Tiger did.
Sam Shelby 8 months ago
A eclipse award for a handicapper?
sjm80s . 8 months ago
Handicapping contests are nothing more than catching one more bomb than the next guy. I want to see contest winners play the horses from the windows.
John Gaede 8 months ago
why was orb in the finale vote!
Susan Huart 7 months ago
Just bc the KD took it all out of him, doesn't mean he wasn't excellent the first 6 mos of 2013.