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2020 Eclipse Awards Finalists Announced

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Authentic, Improbable, Monomoy Girl Are Horse of the Year Finalists

Edited Press Release


The 2020 Eclipse Awards finalists (in alphabetical order) are:

Authentic wins the 2020 Kentucky Derby. Photo: Churchill Downs

Horse of the Year:         Authentic, Improbable, Monomoy Girl

Two-Year-Old Male:      Essential Quality, Fire At Will, Jackie’s Warrior
Two-Year-Old Filly:       Aunt Pearl (IRE), Dayoutoftheoffice, Vequist
Three-Year-Old Male:   Authentic, Nadal, Tiz the Law
Three-Year-Old Filly:    Gamine, Shedaresthedevil, Swiss Skydiver
Older Dirt Male:            Improbable, Maximum Security, Vekoma

Improbable. Photo: Jordan Thomson

Older Dirt Female:       Midnight Bisou, Monomoy Girl, Serengeti Empress
Male Sprinter:               Vekoma, Volatile, Whitmore
Female Sprinter:           Gamine, Glass Slippers (GB), Serengeti Empress
Male Turf Horse:           Channel Maker, Order of Australia (IRE), Zulu Alpha
Female Turf Horse:       Audarya (FR), Rushing Fall, Tarnawa (IRE)
Steeplechase Horse:    Moscato (GB), Rashaan (IRE), Snap Decision
Owner:                         Godolphin LLC; Klaravich Stables Inc.; Spendthrift Farm LLC,
                                         MyRaceHorse Stable, Madaket Stables LLC, and Starlight Racing
Breeder:                       Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds LLC, Calumet Farm, WinStar Farm LLC
Trainer:                        Steve Asmussen, Bob Baffert, Brad Cox

Irad Ortiz Jr. Photo: Jordan Thomson

Jockey:                         Irad Ortiz, Jr., Joel Rosario, John Velazquez

Apprentice Jockey:     Luis Cardenas, Yarmarie Correa, Alexander Crispin
In addition to honoring the 17 winners in the horse and human categories, Thomas Goldsmith will receive the Eclipse Award as the 2020 Horseplayer of the Year. Members of the media will be honored for outstanding coverage in six categories.
Eclipse Awards voting is conducted by the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB), the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), and Daily Racing Form. The Eclipse Awards ceremony is produced by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.
The Eclipse Awards are sponsored by Spendthrift Farm, Keeneland, Racetrack Television Network, Four Roses Bourbon, Daily Racing Form, Breeders’ Cup, FanDuel Group, The Stronach Group, TVG, Dean Dorton, Stonestreet Farm, Jackson Family Wines, Florida HBPA, Runhappy, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Hallway Feeds and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.
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 18 starts, including eight walkovers. Eclipse sired the winners of 344 races, including three Epsom Derbies.