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2009 Eclipse Award Finalists

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Zenyatta

Zenyatta, winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic, is one of two finalists for Horse of the Year honors.

© Terence Dulay
January 6, 2010

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), National Turf Writers Association (NTWA) and Daily Racing Form (DRF) have announced the finalists for the 2009 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 39th annual Eclipse Awards ceremony, to be held Monday evening, January 18, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. In a departure from previous years, the finalists for Horse of the Year were also announced.

The three-year-old filly Rachel Alexandra, winner of all eight of her starts in 2009, including the Preakness Stakes; and the five-year old mare Zenyatta, who won all five of her races last year and culminated her undefeated career by becoming the first female to win the Breeders' Cup Classic, are the two candidates for Horse of the Year. Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta were the only two horses to receive votes in the Horse of the Year category.

The Eclipse Media Awards for writing, photography, television, etc. have already been announced. You can view the winners here.

Below are the finalists in alphabetical order with a link to a profile or bio for each of them where available. You can view lifetime past performances for all the horses here from Daily Racing Form.

Horse of the Year: Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta

Two-Year-Old Male: Lookin At Lucky, Noble's Promise, Vale of York

Two-Year-Old Filly: Blind Luck, Hot Dixie Chick, She Be Wild

Three-Year-Old Male: Mine That Bird, Quality Road, Summer Bird

Three-Year-Old Filly: Careless Jewel, Flashing, Rachel Alexandra

Older Male: Einstein, Gio Ponti, Kodiak Kowboy

Older Female: Life Is Sweet, Music Note, Zenyatta

Male Sprinter: Dancing in Silks, Kodiak Kowboy, Zensational

Female Sprinter: Informed Decision, Music Note, Ventura

Male Turf Horse: Conduit, Gio Ponti, Presious Passion

Female Turf Horse: Goldikova, Midday, Ventura

Steeplechase Horse: Mixed Up, Red Letter Day, Spy in the Sky

Owner: Godolphin Racing, Juddmonte Farms, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome S. Moss

Breeder: Adena Springs, Juddmonte Farms, Dolphus C. Morrison

Trainer: Steve Asmussen, Bob Baffert, John Shirreffs

Jockey: Ramon Dominguez, Garrett Gomez, Julien Leparoux

Apprentice Jockey: Luis Batista, Christian Santiago Reyes Luis Saez

Previous Eclipse Award Winners

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