Most prognosticators predicted Wise Dan to win Horse of the Year at the Eclipse Awards, but who knows if they were expecting a rout? Wise Dan garnered 194 total votes, while runner up and 2012 Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another placed a very distant second with 30 votes. Wise Dan, trained by Charles Lopresti, also won Horse of the Year in the four-year-old category.
As expected Shanghai Bobby was nearly unanimous in his win for two-year-old male colt of the year as he picked up 253 of the 254 first place votes. Shanghai Bobby won all five of his 2012 starts including two consecutive grade I races (Champagne Stakes, Breeders Cup Juvenile) and is slated to begin his three-year-old career in the Holy Bull Stakes. Mark Casse trained Uncaptured received one vote after winning in six of seven starts, but only one of those was a graded stakes victory.
In the three-year-old division, Doug O’Neill trained and Paul Reddam owned I’ll Have Another was a big winner getting 247 votes, with Bodemeister finishing second with only three votes. I’ll Have Another won all four of his starts in 2012 and after taking the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, he was retired before getting a shot at winning the Triple Crown, suffering an injury the day before the Belmont Stakes. He has since been sold to a breeding farm in Japan where he will begin a stud career. Three-year-old filly of the year was a very tight vote. Questing, owned by Godolphin Racing, received 106 votes, while runner-up My Miss Aurelia checked in with 102, after starting her season very late due to injury.
Dale Romans earned his first Eclipse for Trainer of the Year after an outstanding year that included wins in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, Clark Handicap, and the Bluegrass Stakes among others. Ramon Dominguez won his third Jockey of the Year trophy, but could not attend the ceremonies after being hospitalized following a fall at Aqueduct which resulted in a skull fracture. Dominguez, who was first in winnings in 2012 and is closing in on 5,000 career wins, is expected to recover, but his future in racing is still in doubt.
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