Finalists Announced for 2019 Eclipse Awards

Eclipse Awards

Bricks and Mortar with Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard won the Breeders’ Cup Turf and is a top contender for Horse of the Year. (Photo credit: Carolyn Simancik/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM/Breeders’ Cup Ltd.)

Led by Horse of the Year candidates Bricks and Mortar, Maximum Security, and Mitole, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB)  today announced the finalists for the 2019 Eclipse Awards, recognizing excellence in Thoroughbred racing.

Winners in 17 horse and human categories will be announced at the 49th annual Eclipse Awards dinner and ceremony, presented by Daily Racing Form, Breeders’ Cup and The Stronach Group on Thursday evening, January 23, at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

Of the 254 eligible voters representing the NTRA, the NTWAB, and Daily Racing Form, 241 (94.88%) 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 2019 Eclipse Award finalists (in alphabetical order) are:

Horse of the Year:        Bricks and Mortar, Maximum Security, Mitole

Two-Year-Old Male:      Maxfield, Storm the Court, Structor

Two-Year-Old Filly:       Bast, British Idiom, Sharing

Three-Year-Old Male:   Code of Honor, Maximum Security, Omaha Beach

Three-Year-Old Filly:    Covfefe, Guarana, Serengeti Empress

Older Dirt Male:            McKinzie, Mitole, Vino Rosso

Older Dirt Female:        Blue Prize (ARG), Elate, Midnight Bisou

Male Sprinter:               Imperial Hint, Mitole, World of Trouble

Female Sprinter:           Belvoir Bay (GB), Come Dancing, Covfefe

Male Turf Horse:           Bricks and Mortar, Mo Forza, World of Trouble

Female Turf Horse:      Got Stormy, Sistercharlie (IRE), Uni (GB)

Steeplechase Horse:    Brain Power (IRE), Scorpiancer (IRE), Winston C (IRE)

Owner:                        Gary Barber, Peter Brant, Klaravich Stables, Inc. and William H. Lawrence

Breeder:                       Calumet Farm, Godolphin, George Strawbridge Jr.

Trainer:                         Steve Asmussen, Chad Brown, Brad Cox

Jockey:                         Javier Castellano, Irad Ortiz, Jr., Jose Ortiz

Apprentice Jockey:     Julio Correa, Angel Diaz, Kazushi Kimura

In addition to honoring the 17 winners in the horse and human categories, Scott Coles will receive the Eclipse Award as the 2019 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 and presented by the Breeders’ Cup, Daily Racing Form and The Stronach Group.

NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

No. Horse Points
1 Flightline 351
2 Life Is Good 306
3 Olympiad 292
4 Jackie's Warrior 282
5 Clairiere 142
5 Country Grammer 142
7 Epicenter 121
8 Regal Glory 89
9 Nest 87
10 Hot Rod Charlie 48
As of August 1, 2022

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