2003 ECLIPSE AWARDS (Entire Televised Broadcast)
Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon the Thoroughbred horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements have earned them the title of Champion in their respective divisions. The Eclipse Awards are named after the great 18th Century racehorse and foundation sire ECLIPSE, who began racing at age five and was undefeated in eighteen starts, including eight walkovers. ECLIPSE sired the winners of 344 races, including three Epsom Derbies.
The 2003 Eclipse Awards were handed out and MINESHAFT came out the big winner with both Champion Older Male Horse and Horse-of-the-Year. Much speculation had been given as to whether he deserved to be Horse of the Year since he retired early and did not compete at the Breeders' Cup, despite winning the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Pimlico Special, Suburban, and Woodward, all Grade 1 contests. However, the voting was not even close. MINESHAFT got 209 votes, while runner-up CONGAREE only had eleven and third choice HALFBRIDLED had nine. Three voters abstained from voting for Horse-of-the-Year.
Defending champion AZERI repeated as Champion Older Female with 123 votes over second choice SIGHTSEEK'S 107 votes.
The undefeated HALFBRIDLED took home Champion Three-Year-Old Filly honors. Despite her flawless record, HALFBRIDLED was not a unanimous winner as one voter out of the 248 went to Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies runner-up ASHADO.
In the human categories, BOBBY FRANKEL won the Outstanding Trainer award for the fifth consecutive year, and JERRY BAILEY won the jockey award for the fifth year in a row and seventh time in nine years.
Other awards went out to FUNNY CIDE for Champion Three-Year-Old Male
ACTION THIS DAY took home the Champion Two-Year-Old Male honors
BIRDTOWN for Champion Three-Year-Old Filly
ALDEBARAN for Champion Sprinter
HIGH CHAPARRAL won the Champion Turf Male title
ISLINGTON took Champion Turf Female
McDYNAMO the Champion Steeplechase Horse
Juddmonte Farms as Champion Owner and Breeder
EDDIE CASTRO was awarded the Eclipse for Apprentice Jockey
The Eclipse Awards are presented by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers Association and the Daily Racing Form. The Eclipse Awards give us a chance to reflect on the best equine and human performances of the year; the goal is to tell the stories behind the most pivotal moments and players in Thoroughbred racing and make the viewer feel as though he or she is right there in the room with the athletes and others who make our sport great!
Don't miss the excitement of the culmination of another year of great racing...the 2003 ECLIPSE AWARDS!
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|Category:||U.S. & Canadian Flat Racing|