Thursday JAN 2 at 2 pm was the deadline for casting Eclipse Award ballots, a copy of which was cut and pasted below. First a couple of takeaways:
While the top vote-getter was obvious in many categories, second and third were debatable. The 1-2-3 finalists will be recognized and those second and third place votes could make a difference in contentious categories.
It also occurred to us that many top horses had scant records this year in terms of number of starts.
Of course, this reflects training trends in the modern era but it’s more than that; many of today’s brittle horses had their seasons curtailed by injury. Until you see the names laid out on a page, one forgets just how many there were. World of Trouble and Concrete Rose come quickly to mind.
As a consequence, some horses had to be demoted in rank, meaning the “better horse” was punished due to an insufficient body of work. We will not distinguish between them. See if you can pick them out on this list.
The partnerships made it difficult to know just who to vote for in the owner and even in some breeding categories due to common, entangling interests.
We abstained from a complete category, a first for us dating back to 1977, but we just did not see the top apprentices compete enough to have an honest opinion. Sometimes stats do lie.
So, without ado, here’s one voter’s ballot. Based on achievement, we voted our conscience. Confirmation of our ballot submission has been copied below:
Thank you for voting in the 2019 Eclipse Awards. Your ballot has been received on Jan 2, 2020 8:21 AM . Below is a confirmation of your submissions.
Name: JOHN PRICCI PIN: 4623—SELECTIONS
Two-Year-Old Male: 1st – STORM THE COURT, 2nd – MAXFIELD, 3rd – TIZ THE LAW
Two-Year-Old Filly: 1st – BRITISH IDIOM, 2nd – BAST, 3rd – SHARING
Three-Year-Old Male: : 1st – MAXIMUM SECURITY, 2nd – OMAHA BEACH, 3rd – CODE OF HONOR
Three-Year-Old Filly: 1st – COVFEFE, 2nd – GUARANA, 3rd – CONCRETE ROSE
Older Dirt Male: 1st – MITOLE, 2nd – VINO ROSSO, 3rd – MC KINZIE
Older Dirt Female: 1st – MIDNIGHT BISOU, 2nd – BLUE PRIZE, 3rd – ELATE
Male Sprinter: 1st – MITOLE, 2nd – SHANCELOT, 3rd – IMPERIAL HINT
Female Sprinter: 1st – COVFEFE, 2nd – COME DANCING, 3rd – SPICED PERFECTION
Male Turf Horse: 1st – BRICKS AND MORTAR, 2nd – WORLD OF TROUBLE, 3rd – MO FORZA
Female Turf Horse: 1st – UNI, 2nd – SISTERCHARLIE, 3rd – GOT STORMY
Steeplechase Horse: 1st – WINSTON C, 2nd – SCORPIANCER, 3rd – SURPRISING SOUL
Horse of the Year: 1st – BRICKS AND MORTAR, 2nd – MITOLE, 3rd – MAXIMUM SECURITY
Owner: 1st – KLARAVICH STABLES, 2nd – CALUMET FARM, 3rd – GODOLPHIN
Breeder: 1st – WINSTAR FARM, 2nd – CALUMET FARM, 3rd – GEORGE STRAWBRIDGE JR
Jockey: 1st – IRAD ORTIZ JR, 2nd – JOEL ROSARIO, 3rd – JOSE ORTIZ
Apprentice Jockey: 1st – ABSTAIN, 2nd – ABSTAIN, 3rd – ABSTAIN
Trainer: 1st – CHAD BROWN, 2nd – STEVEN ASMUSSEN, 3rd – KARL BROBERG