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Eclipse Award Finalists - Part 2

Dateline: 01/05/03

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.

Below are the equine finalists in alphabetical order with some stats for each. To view the human finalists, check here. To vote for who you think should win, check here.

Owner

NameStarts/Placings/Earnings
Prince Ahmed bin Salman of Thoroughbred Corp.
Richard Englander1599   279 - 259 - 220   $7,523,827
Juddmonte Farms153   41 - 29 - 23   $5,172,287
Thoroughbred Corp.313   69 - 52 - 43   $7,887,915
 

Breeder

 
Name
Starters/Starts
Placings/Earnings

Allen E. Paulson
Edward Evans119   738   119 - 110 - 91   $5,903,257 
Juddmonte Farms59   270   49 - 43 - 32   $5,245,041 
Harry T. Mangurian498   4,240   671 - 542 - 572   $14,185,870
Allen E. Paulson123   740   125 - 87 - 83   $6,351,538
 

Jockey

NameStarts/Placings/Earnings
Jerry Bailey
Jerry Bailey833   214 - 139 - 118   $22,871,814
Edgar Prado1527   289 - 246 - 218   $18,024,429
Mike Smith741   112 - 89 - 87   $10,807,977
John R. Velazquez1394   289 - 221 - 185   $16,361,445

Edgar Prado                 Mike Smith                 John Velazquez
 

Apprentice Jockey

NameStarts/Placings/Earnings
Ryan Fogelsonger
Francisco Duran1295   202 - 211 - 195   $3,167,771
Ryan Fogelsonger1374   270 - 240 - 198   $10,181,703
John McKee1006   182 - 175 - 112   $2,373,638
 

Trainer

NameStarts/Placings/Earnings
Steve Asmussen
Steve Asmussen1810   407 - 319 - 282   $10,246,910
Laura De Seroux106  26 - 13 - 6   $3,894,906
Robert Frankel480   117 - 82 - 74   $17,748,340

Laura De Seroux                   Bobby Frankel


Ogden Phipps
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.

On to the equine awards

From an NTRA press release.

Photos ©2002, Cindy Pierson Dulay, licenced to About, except where noted on the photo.

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