11/25/2014 12:08PM

California Chrome among Vox Populi Award nominees

Barbara D. Livingston
California Chrome, who made a run at the first Triple Crown since 1978, is among the six candidates for the Vox Populi Award.

California Chrome, the modestly bred winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, heads the list of six horses nominated for the Vox Populi Award, the administrators of the award announced Tuesday.

California Chrome was nominated along with Shared Belief, who was undefeated until his troubled trip in the Breeders’ Cup Classic; Untapable, the dominant 3-year-old filly who won the Kentucky Oaks and Breeders’ Cup Distaff; Wise Dan, the reigning Horse of the Year who won all four of his starts this year before being injured; Ben’s Cat, the hardy 8-year-old gelding who jumped into graded stakes company for the first time this year; and Game On Dude, who won the Santa Anita Handicap for a record third time this year before retiring.

The winner of the award, which was created by Penny Chenery, the owner of the late Secretariat, is determined by the results of an online poll and the opinion of a committee that reviews the nominees. The criteria for the award is “the racehorse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the public and gained recognition for the sport during the past year.”

Previous winners of the award have been Zenyatta in 2010, Rapid Redux in 2011, Paynter in 2012, and Mucho Macho Man last year.

Crystal David More than 1 year ago
I am all for Game On Dude. He did some great things and has not gotten the credit he deserves so I feel like this is the least we can do for him. Since he is retired he will have no more chances for awards, unlike the others who already have or will, win Eclipse awards.
Lara Martin More than 1 year ago
ok, What is that under the pic of chrome? "California Chrome, who made a run at the first Triple Crown since 1978, is among the six candidates for the Vox Populi Award." Made the first run at the TC since 78? I think there were more than just him since then trying for the crown? Um, someone needs to proof read things?
Maurice Fraser More than 1 year ago
game on dude without a shadow of doubt. what nastiness omitted bayern who did best of all this year and beat chrome.? what a jealous lot of sods
mike More than 1 year ago
Eye roll
Tom Hickey More than 1 year ago
Have you read what the Vox Populi award is?
Vernon France More than 1 year ago
California Chrome deserves this award and also HOY if he can win the Hollywood Derby on the grass. This is a bold move as he goes up against some top notch grass performers. Remember Curlin unsuccessfully tried the same turf move but still won HOY twice.
Sean Ali More than 1 year ago
Four losses in a row, the last one being beaten by a female...yeah, he'll get my HOY vote!
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Based on the criteria, California Chrome should win the award. I know I'll be watching as he runs on the grass this Saturday in the Hollywood Derby. I hope he stays sound and runs as a 4 year old. For sure, it's better for the sport if he stays in training. Always good to see the so called " modestly bred" horses kick butt against the " blue bloods".
mike More than 1 year ago