The celebrities of the racing world came to the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Monday night January 22nd for the 2006 Eclipse Awards. Breeders' Cup Classic victor Invasor came out the big winner, as he was named Champion Older Male and Horse of the Year. In the hotly contested 3-year-old championship balloting, there was much debate as to whether it should go to Barbaro or Bernardini. In the final count, Bernardini got 210 votes while sentimental favorite Barbaro only got 56. This year 86% of eligible ballots were cast, up from 80% last year.
This year held more surprises than usual with turf specialist Wait a While winning for 3-year-old filly and Breeders' Cup Mile winner Miesque's Approval getting older turf male. The biggest surprise was probably the tie for top owner between Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stable and Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Lael Stables, only the fourth tie in the history of the Eclipse Awards.
Although there were some surprises, there were also several repeat winners. Trainer Todd Pletcher took home trainer for the third year in a row, Frank Stronach's Adena Springs got their fourth Champion Breeder title, Ouija Board picked up her second Champion Turf Female Eclipse, and McDynamo won top steeplechaser honors for the third year in a row. Other popular winners were Edgar Prado for top jockey and Julien Leparoux for top apprentice jockey.
All the winners are listed below with the actual vote totals. A link to a full profile is given for each horse and person. 2006 DRF past performances for all the horses can be viewed here. To see all this years finalists with profiles for each, check here. You can look up past year's winners here.
Horse of the Year and Champion Older Male: Invasor
HOY Vote totals: Invasor, 228; Barbaro, 21; Bernardini, 16; Lava Man, 3; Ouija
Board, 3. No Abstentions.
Older Male Vote totals: Invasor, 262; Lava Man, 8; Voter Abstentions, 1.
Two-Year-Old Male: Street Sense
Vote totals: Street Sense, 229; Circular Quay, 13; Tiz Wonderful, 11; Nobiz Like Shobiz, 9; Scat Daddy, 5; Great Hunter, 2; Day Pass, 1; Stormello, 1.
Two-Year-Old Filly: Dreaming of Anna
Vote totals: Dreaming of Anna, 265; Octave, 3; Boca Grande 1; Point Ashley, 1. Voter abstentions, 1.
Three-Year-Old Male: Bernardini
Vote totals: Bernardini, 210; Barbaro, 56; Discreet Cat, 4; Jazil, 1.
Three-Year-Old Female: Wait a While
Vote totals: Wait a While, 138; Pine Island, 108; Bushfire, 18; Ermine, 3; Lemons Forever, 1. Voter abstentions, 3.
Older Female: Fleet Indian
Vote totals: Fleet Indian, 213; Round Pond, 48; Asi Siempre, 4; Gorella (FR) 2; Ouija Board, 2; Pool Land, 1; Spun Sugar, 1.
Sprinter: Thor's Echo
Vote totals: Thor's Echo, 213; Discreet Cat, 39; Henny Hughes, 15; Bishop Court Hill, 1. Bordonaro, 1; Proud Tower Too, 1. Voter Abstentions, 1.
Male Turf Horse: Miesque's Approval
Vote totals: Miesque's Approval, 74; The Tin Man, 69; English Channel, 63; Red Rocks, 21; Aragorn 19; Showing Up, 12; Lava Man, 7; Ashkal Way (IRE), 1; Better Talk Now, 1; Collier Hill ,1. Voter Abstentions, 3.
Female Turf Horse: Ouija Board
Vote totals: Ouija Board, 217; Gorella 35; Wait a While 15. Voter Abstentions, 4.
Vote totals: McDynamo, 239; Sur La Tete, 6; Hirapour 2; Mixed Up 1; Voter Abstentions, 23.
Vote totals: Darley Stable, 110 and Lael Stables, 110; Shadwell Stable, 17; Live Oak Plantation, 13; Maggi Moss, 9; Louis O'Brien, 2; Frank Calabrese, 1; Robert Cole, Jr., 1; Melnyk Racing Stable, 1; J. Paul Reddam, 1; STD Racing and Jason Wood, 1; Stronach Stables, 1. Voter Abstentions, 4.
Breeder: Adena Springs
Vote totals: Adena Springs, 119; Mr. & Mrs. Roy Jackson, 47; Darley, 44; Live Oak Stud, 24; William S. Farish, 11; Thomas/Lakin, 7; Farnsworth Farms, 3; WinStar Farm, LLC, 2; Haras Clausan, 1; E. Paul Robsham, 1; Stanley Estate and Stud Co., 1. Voter Abstentions, 11.
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Vote totals: Todd Pletcher, 194; Kiaran McLaughlin, 29; Michael Matz, 18; Doug O'Neill, 11; Scott Lake, 7; Tom Albertrani, 3; Bill Mott, 3; Scott Blasi, 1; George Yetsook, 1. Voter Abstentions, 4.
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Jockey: Edgar Prado
Vote totals: Edgar Prado, 152; Garrett Gomez, 90; Russell Baze, 14; Julien Leparoux, 7 ; Ramon Dominguez, 3; John Velazquez, 3; Fernando Jara, 1. Voter Abstention, 1.
Apprentice Jockey: Julien Leparoux
Vote totals: Julien Leparoux, 254; Rosie Napravnik, 7; Martin Garcia, 6; Voter Abstentions, 4.