2022 Eclipse Awards Finalists Announced

January 7, 2023

NTRA Press Release

LEXINGTON, Ky.— The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB) today announced the finalists for the 2022 Eclipse Awards, recognizing excellence in Thoroughbred racing. Winners in 17 horse and human categories will be announced on FanDuel TV, and other outlets, during the 52nd annual Eclipse Awards, presented by John Deere, Keeneland, and The Jockey Club,  on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The evening will culminate with the announcement of the 2022 Horse of the Year.

Of the 258 eligible voters represented by the NTRA, consisting of member racetrack racing officials and Equibase field personnel, the NTWAB, and Daily Racing Form, 246 (95.3%) took part in the 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 2022 Eclipse Awards Finalists, with the exception of Horse of the Year, (in alphabetical order) are:

Two-Year-Old Male: Cave Rock, Forte, Victoria Road (IRE)

Two-Year-Old Filly: Leave No Trace, Meditate (IRE), Wonder Wheel

Three-Year-Old Male: Epicenter, Modern Games (IRE), Taiba

Three-Year-Old Filly: Nest, Secret Oath, Tuesday (IRE)

Older Dirt Male: Flightline, Life Is Good, Olympiad

Older Dirt Female: Clairiere, Goodnight Olive, Malathaat          

Male Sprinter: Cody’s Wish, Elite Power, Jackie’s Warrior

Female Sprinter: Caravel, Echo Zulu, Goodnight Olive

Male Turf Horse: Modern Games (IRE), Nations Pride (IRE), Rebel’s Romance (IRE) 

Female Turf Horse: In Italian (GB), Regal Glory, War Like Goddess     

Steeplechase Horse: Down Royal, Hewick (IRE), Snap Decision

Owner: Peter Brant, Godolphin LLC, Klaravich Stables Inc.   

Breeder: Godolphin, Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC, Summer Wind Equine

Trainer: Steve Asmussen, Chad Brown, Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr., Flavien Prat, Joel Rosario

Apprentice Jockey: Jeiron Barbosa, Vicente Del-Cid, Jose Antonio Gomez    

In addition to honoring the 17 winners in the horse and human categories, David Harrison will receive the Eclipse Award as the 2022 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 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.

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  1. Péter Elisabeth Jan 9, 2023 at 2:56 am

    Where is Rich Strike?????????????

    1. Mary Kalinich Jan 12, 2023 at 6:31 pm

      Rich Strike gave a superb performance in the Kentucky Derby but that was only his second win in 13 starts and his only win in 2022. Richie’s only other win was when he broke his maiden at Churchill Downs on Sept. 17, 2021 on second asking after finishing 10th at Ellis Park the month before. Love Richie a lot but he doesn’t have an Eclipse Award resume. Vox Populi, absolutely!

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