Updated January 22, 2012
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association
(NTRA), National Turf Writers Association (NTWA) and Daily Racing Form
(DRF) today announced
the finalists for the 2003 Eclipse Awards
, voted on and presented by the
three organizations in recognition of excellence in Thoroughbred racing.
The Eclipse Awards are named after the great 18th-century racehorse and
sire Eclipse, who began racing at age five and was undefeated in 18
starts, including eight walkovers. Eclipse sired the winners of 344
races, including three Epsom Derbies.
Winners in all categories will be announced at the 33rd annual Eclipse Awards ceremony, to be held Monday, Jan. 26, 2004 at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. Tbe three finalists for Horse of the Year will be announced during the Eclipse Awards ceremony, where NTRA Commissioner Tim Smith will present the Horse of the Year trophy to the winning connections.
Below are the finalists in alphabetical order with a link to a profile and photo for each equine finalist and to a bio for each of the human finalists. Polls for you to vote for your choice in each category are coming soon.
Two-Year-Old Male: Action This Day,
Two-Year-Old Female: Ashado,
Three-Year-Old Male: Empire Maker,
Ten Most Wanted
Three-Year-Old Female: Bird Town,
Older Male: Congaree,
Older Female: Adoration,
Male Turf Horse: High Chaparral,
Female Turf Horse: Heat Haze,
Praise the Prince
Owner: Edmund Gann,
Breeder: Adena Springs/Stronach Entities,
Flaxman Holdings & Niarchos Family,
Trainer: Robert Frankel, Richard Mandella, Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Edgar Prado, Jerry Bailey, Patrick Valenzuela
Apprentice Jockey: Eddie Castro, Pablo Fragoso, Ryan Fogelsonger