Katie Clawson rode just eight months last year, but made her mark on racing. She was the second&#45;leading apprentice in North America with 82 wins, and her $1,859,444 in mount earnings ranked third among her peers. For the memorable season, Clawson is an Eclipse Award finalist for outstanding apprentice of 2017.Clawson is a 20&#45;year&#45;old native of Arizona who grew up in Indiana. She wintered last year at Oaklawn Park, where she ranked as the meet&rsquo;s leading apprentice, and then made a splash at Indiana Grand.&ldquo;I made the choice of where to go for the summer based on where I thought I could be top five in the standings,&rdquo; she told Daily Racing Form. &ldquo;Obviously, I know people here. Being close to home, it seemed like a great place to spend my summer.&rdquo;During the meet, Clawson celebrated a four&#45;win day Aug. 15 and rode Lady Fog Horn, an Indiana&#45;bred earner of more than $800,000. She also led the overall standings at the track until being sidelined by a concussion. Not long afterward, Clawson made the decision to return to working as an exercise rider.&ldquo;The concussion made it more immediate, but this has been a plan of mine for a while, that at the end of the Indiana meet or the end of this year I was going to go back to galloping and stop riding races,&rdquo; Clawson told DRF. &ldquo;I decided what I wanted to do on the racetrack and what makes me happy. I&rsquo;ve prayed about this a lot, talked to a lot of people, and gotten advice from the people I trust. It&rsquo;s not a letdown or a disappointment for me.&rdquo; Nor was Clawson&rsquo;s time in the saddle in 2017.