11/19/2013 12:36PM

Six finalists for Secretariat Vox Populi Award announced

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Barbara D. Livingston
Paynter, winner of last year's Secretariat Vox Populi Award, is a finalist for the award again this year.

Six horses, including last year’s winner, have been nominated for the 2013 Secretariat Vox Populi Award, which was instituted four years ago by the owners of Secretariat to “recognize the racehorse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the public,” the organizers of the award have announced.

Last year’s winner, Paynter, received his second straight nomination in a year in which he returned to the races following treatments for colitis and the possible onset of laminitis. Other nominees are Wise Dan, the 2012 Horse of the Year who won the Breeders’ Cup Mile in 2013 for the second straight year; Princess of Sylmar, the 3-year-old filly who won four Grade 1 stakes in 2013; Mucho Macho Man, who won this year’s BC Classic; Game On Dude, the 6-year-old gelding who won the Pacific Classic and four of five other starts; and Groupie Doll, who repeated this year in the Filly and Mare Sprint.

As in previous years, the winner of the award is determined by “the equally weighted basis” of fan voting and a committee that includes Penny Chenery, owner of the late Secretariat. Fan voting is conducted online through Dec. 21. Fans also may write-in candidates that were not nominated.

The first two winners of the award were Zenyatta in 2010 and Rapid Redux in 2011.

Stephanie Adamson More than 1 year ago
GAME ON DUDE!! or Groupie Doll.
Vod Farris More than 1 year ago
SAGINAW!
Judy Maass Gadwood More than 1 year ago
MUCHO MACHO MAN 110% His birth alone gives me chills! If you don't know about it you need to read about it!!!!! The heart transplant for his trainer, Kathy Ritvo, is incredible. Both survived to find each other. Heaven sent IMO! They won my heart and vote :-)
HHLou2244 More than 1 year ago
Groupie Doll for all her owner's family has given to the sport.
Petra Neumueller More than 1 year ago
http://www.secretariat.com/fan-club/vox-populi-award/ Online voting here!!!
Petra Neumueller More than 1 year ago
Nowhere do the requirements for the award ask for race performance on stakes or group level. It is a shame that those, who selected the six finalists didn't look beyond that level. My vote therefore goes to: SAGINAW! No other horse captured the hearts of the audience in a way he did when he was vanned off the track at Saratoga. RIP, big boy!!
Virgil Wolf More than 1 year ago
I voted for Saginaw.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Paynter Mucho Macho Man Wise Dan
Tyler Mathis More than 1 year ago
This award is pointless. They never nominate enough horses, and it's pointless to write one in.
Rhonda Ennis More than 1 year ago
Not true Tyler, Paynter was a write-in last year and he won. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/74891/shackleford-paynter-added-to-vox-populi-noms
ghost2_ More than 1 year ago
I think the story of Mucho Macho Man and Kathy Ritvo is going to take this one.It couldn't have been scripted any better. All of the other nominees are amazing as well, but MMM has that extra "push" this year.
Judy Maass Gadwood More than 1 year ago
I couldn't agree more! That's what the award is about. I voted for "Moochie" with much love and affection :-)