California Chrome Among Eclipse Finalists

By Evan Hammonds
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 7, 2015) — Finalists for the 44th annual Eclipse Awards were announced Jan. 7 on HRTV by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters.

Of the 280 eligible voters, 265 sent in their ballots, nearly 95%.

The awards will be presented Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla. The event begins at 6 p.m. Jeannine Edwards, sports broadcaster for ESPN and ABC, will host for the fourth time.

Here are the three finalists in each category, listed alphabetically:

Horse of the Year: Bayern, California Chrome, Main Sequence

2-year-old Male: American Pharoah, Hootenanny, Texas Red

2-year-old Filly: Condo Commando, Lady Eli, Take Charge Brandi

3-year-old Male: Bayern, California Chrome, Shared Belief

3-year-old Filly: Stopchargingmaria, Sweet Reason, Untapable

Older Male: Main Sequence, Palace Malice, Wise Dan

Older Female: Close Hatches, Dayatthespa, Don’t Tell Sophia

Turf Male: Karakontie, Main Sequence, Wise Dan

Turf Female: Crown Queen, Dayatthespa, Stephanie’s Kitten

Sprint Male: Goldencents  , Private Zone, Work All Week

Sprint Female: Artemis Agrotera, Judy the Beauty, Sweet Reason

Steeplechase: Demonstrative, Divine Fortune, Makari

Breeder: Adena Springs, Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Winchell Thoroughbreds

Owner: Kaleem Shah, Midwest Thoroughbreds, Ken and Sarah Ramsey

Trainer: Bob Baffert, Chad Brown, Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano, Joel Rosario, John Velazquez

Apprentice Jockey: Angel Cruz, Taylor Rice, Drayden Van Dyke

Eclipse Awards voting was conducted by the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters, NTRA, and Daily Racing Form. The Eclipse Awards ceremony is produced by the NTRA. The Eclipse Awards are presented by the Daily Racing Form, the Breeders’ Cup, and The Stronach Group.

To purchase seats to the Eclipse Awards dinner, ceremony, and after-party please return the registration form to Michele Ravencraft at or fax to 859.296.5257. This purchase also includes the Friday night VIP event, supporting the Thoroughbred Aftercare Program.