Updated January 05, 2006
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association
(NTRA), National Turf Writers Association (NTWA) and Daily Racing Form
(DRF) today announced
the finalists for the 2005 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 35rd annual Eclipse Awards ceremony, to be held Monday, Jan. 23, 2006 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, California. Tbe three finalists for Horse of the Year will be announced during the Eclipse Awards ceremony, where NTRA Commissioner D.G. Van Clief, Jr. will present the Horse of the Year trophy to the winning connections. The Eclipse Awards will be televised live by TVG again this year, with coverage beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET.
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 where available.
Two-Year-Old Male: First Samurai,
Two-Year-Old Female: Adieu,
Three-Year-Old Male: Afleet Alex,
Three-Year-Old Female: Round Pond,
Older Male: Borrego,
Rock Hard Ten,
Older Female: Ashado,
Sprinter: Lost in the Fog,
Male Turf Horse: Artie Schiller,
Female Turf Horse: Cesario, Intercontinental,
Steeplechase: Hirapour, McDynamo, Sur La Tete
Owner: Michael Gill,
Live Oak Plantation,
Melnyk Racing Stables, Inc.
Breeder: Adena Springs, Edward P. Evans,
Live Oak Stud
Trainer: Steve Asmussen, Robert Frankel, Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Jerry Bailey, Edgar Prado, John Velazquez
Apprentice Jockey: Channing Hill, Justin Stein, Emma-Jayne Wilson
Previous Eclipse Winners