The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), National Turf Writers Association (NTWA) and Daily Racing Form (DRF) Friday announced the finalists for the 2002 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 32nd annual Eclipse Awards ceremony, to be held Monday, Jan. 27, 2003 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Prince Ahmed bin Salman of Thoroughbred Corp.
|Richard Englander||1599 279 - 259 - 220 $7,523,827|
|Juddmonte Farms||153 41 - 29 - 23 $5,172,287|
|Thoroughbred Corp.||313 69 - 52 - 43 $7,887,915|
Allen E. Paulson
|Edward Evans||119 738 119 - 110 - 91 $5,903,257|
|Juddmonte Farms||59 270 49 - 43 - 32 $5,245,041|
|Harry T. Mangurian||498 4,240 671 - 542 - 572 $14,185,870|
|Allen E. Paulson||123 740 125 - 87 - 83 $6,351,538|
|Jerry Bailey||833 214 - 139 - 118 $22,871,814|
|Edgar Prado||1527 289 - 246 - 218 $18,024,429|
|Mike Smith||741 112 - 89 - 87 $10,807,977|
|John R. Velazquez||1394 289 - 221 - 185 $16,361,445|
Edgar Prado Mike Smith John Velazquez
|Francisco Duran||1295 202 - 211 - 195 $3,167,771|
|Ryan Fogelsonger||1374 270 - 240 - 198 $10,181,703|
|John McKee||1006 182 - 175 - 112 $2,373,638|
|Steve Asmussen||1810 407 - 319 - 282 $10,246,910|
|Laura De Seroux||106 26 - 13 - 6 $3,894,906|
|Robert Frankel||480 117 - 82 - 74 $17,748,340|
Laura De Seroux Bobby Frankel
The late Ogden Phipps, who bred and raced generations of champion Thoroughbred racehorses, and longtime racing secretary and handicapper Howard Battle, who died of cancer this summer, have been named co-recipients of the Eclipse Award of Merit. The award is given annually in recognition of an individual's lifetime achievements in Thoroughbred racing. Phipps, a former chairman of The Jockey Club whose homebred champions included Hall of Fame members Buckpasser, Easy Goer and Personal Ensign, died April 22, 2002 at age 93. Battle, who died in July 2002, was one of the world's most respected racing officials. He had written the race conditions for Keeneland Race Course since 1973 and as a handicapper was instrumental in establishing a world-class ranking system for horses used by the Breeders' Cup Racing Secretaries and Directors Panel, Experimental Free Handicap Committee and the Graded Stakes Committee.
From an NTRA press release.
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