Champion Wise Dan heads list of Eclipse Award finalists

NTRA release:

Led by Horse of the Year candidates Mucho Macho Man, Will Take Charge and Wise Dan, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters today announced the finalists for the 2013 Eclipse Awards, recognizing excellence in Thoroughbred racing. Winners in 17 horse and human categories will be announced at the 43rd annual Eclipse Awards dinner and ceremony, presented by Daily Racing Form, Breeders’ Cup and The Stronach Group on Saturday evening, January 18 at the Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.


Of the 272 eligible voters representing the NTRA, the NTWAB and Daily Racing Form, 249 (91.5%) took part in this year’s voting. Finalists were determined in each category by voters’ top three selections, using a 10-5-1 point basis. Eclipse Award winners are determined solely by first place votes.


The 2013 Eclipse Awards finalists (in alphabetical order) are:


Horse of the Year:                 Mucho Macho Man, Will Take Charge, Wise Dan

Two-Year-Old Male:               Havana, New Year’s Day, Shared Belief

Two-Year-Old Filly:                Chriselliam (IRE), Ria Antonia, She’s a Tiger

Three-Year-Old Male:             Orb, Palace Malice, Will Take Charge

Three-Year-Old Filly:              Beholder, Close Hatches, Princess of Sylmar

Older Male:                             Game On Dude, Mucho Macho Man, Wise Dan

Older Female:                         Joyful Victory, Royal Delta, Tiz Miz Sue

Male Sprinter:                         Points Offthebench, Sahara Sky, Secret Circle

 Female Sprinter:                    Dance to Bristol, Groupie Doll, Mizdirection                     

Male Turf Horse:                    Magician (IRE), Point of Entry, Wise Dan

Female Turf Horse:                Dank (GB), Laughing (IRE), Mizdirection

Steeplechase Horse:             Divine Fortune, Gustavian, Italian Wedding

Owner:                                    Juddmonte Farms, Midwest Thoroughbreds, Kenneth and Sarah


Breeder:                                  Adena Springs, Morton Fink, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey

Trainer:                                   Bob Baffert, Bill Mott, Todd Pletcher

Jockey:                                   Javier Castellano, Joel Rosario, Gary Stevens

Apprentice Jockey:               Victor Carrasco, Manuel Franco, Edgard Zayas