by ANNIE DALE THERE is no doubt that there should be five unchallenged winners when the Eclipse Awards go down later this month at Gulfstream Park. However, we know that will not happen when the awards take place on 24th. We have all seen how good Game Winner, Justify, Monomoy Girl, Accelerate and Roy H have been in their respective areas. Horse racing is proving to be a great sport for getting the best value for your money. So make sure you have a look here to get the best odds today.
The horse was undefeated the entire year and took off with three Grade I stakes which included the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. This is a feat that many horse owners only dream of and are trying to bag.
In a historic campaign, Justify managed to become the 13th Triple Crown Champion a feat which we may never witness again. The horse has been head and shoulders above others in the three year old male category.
She had a great year dictating the 3-year-old filly division. It was a successful year which saw her win five Grade Is and eventually going home with the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
He managed to match Monomoy Girl’s five Grade I victories in a successful year. Accelerate is not only a slam-dunk selection in the older dirt male category, but merits a lot of consideration when the Horse of the Year is announced.
With back-to-back Breeders’ Cup Sprint wins, Roy H turned out to be a sensation in the past year. The horse won 3 ¼ lengths while showing his superiority compared to the other male sprinters.
Yes, they may all win Eclipse Awards, but just maybe none of the mentioned horses will be unanimous. Some voters don’t have the same view as others when they make their decision. That is normal and over the years it has been seen in different sports all over the world. The three finalists in each category will be made public on Saturday before the final voting kicks
off. There are a few categories that are really hard to choose. For example, against all odds for top female turf horse, I went for Sistercharlie over Enable, who was pretty decent if you ask me. The latter turned out to be the first horse to walk away with both the Arc de Triomphe and the Breeders’ Cup Turf. Like many people, it’s hard for me to choose a horse that raced only once in the United States. That was the case with Enable even though she was spectacular during the Breeders’ Cup weekend. I chose Sistercharlie because of her four Grade I stakes wins. This included a win in the Breeders’ Cup filly and Mare Turf. She was a winner in three different states and won 4 of her 5 starts in total. A remarkable season only falling short in a race where she came short in Grade II New York Stakes at Belmont Park in June.
For the top Jockey, there is competition between the Ortiz brothers (Irad Jr. and Jose) followed closely by Joel Rosario and Mike Smith. Rosario walked away with 11 Grade I races while riding more than 600 fewer horses compared to Irad Ortiz and more than 500 compared to Jose. Rosario also came on top in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on top of Accelerate up from the number 14 spot. Therefore, Rosario easily takes it.