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The Eclipse Award categories:
1. American Horse of the Year
2. American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt
3. American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly
4. American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse
5. American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly
6. American Champion Older Male Horse
7. American Champion Older Female Horse
8. American Champion Sprint Horse
9. American Champion Female Sprint Horse
10. American Champion Male Turf Horse
11. American Champion Female Turf Horse
12. Outstanding Steeplechase horse
13. Outstanding Owner
14. Outstanding Breeder
15. Outstanding Trainer
16. Outstanding Jockey
17. Outstanding Apprentice Jockey
18. Eclipse Special Award
19. Eclipse Award Of Merit
20. National Thoroughbred Racing Association Moment of the Year
I think HOY is wrapped up unless Summer Bird beats a stellar field in the BC Classic. Then it might be close. I'm also curious as the what the "Moment of the Year" will be. I'm guessing Rachel's Woodward win. Jockey has to be Borel, right?
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Horse of the Year is wrapped up..no chance anyone other than RA wins..
Borel has gotta be the jockey, I agree
Moment of the Year could be Mine that Bird's Kentucky Derby? That will at least be the most lasting memory..
3 yo colt is pretty much wrapped up to Summer BIrd unless MTB can win the BC Classic..
Older Male is VERY interesting..Gio Ponti is probably the favorite for that, no? Could a turf horse win this award?
If Seventh Street wins the Ruffian on Saturday, she will make things very interesting for older female..that would be three G1 wins this year to Zenyatta's 2..
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"Moment of the Year" would be very close, IMO. Certainly Mine That Bird's Kentucky Derby win is worth great consideration, but I think Rachel's win in the Woodward deserves equal consideration. She became the first female to win the Woodward, and the way she did it was inspiring. They threw everything at her, and she turned them all back. For a three-year-old male to beat good older male horses is praiseworthy enough, but for a three-year-old filly to do it is something very rare.
I'm going to assume both Zenyatta and Seventh Street win their next races. Zenyatta still has the Ladies' Secret prior to the Breeders' Cup, and Seventh Street would need to run in the Ladies' Classic and beat Zenyatta to take the championship away from her; again, IMO.
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