2006 ECLIPSE AWARDS (Entire Televised Broadcast)
Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon the Thoroughbred horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements have earned them the title of Champion in their respective divisions. 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 eighteen starts, including eight walkovers. ECLIPSE sired the winners of 344 races, including three Epsom Derbies.
Thoroughbred racing's night of champions took place at the Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, California, and the Darley Stable cleaned up as their horse INVASOR was named 2006 Horse of the Year and Champion Older Male while their colt BERNARDINI defeated the fallen hero, BARBARO, to win Champion Three-Year Old Male. They also tied with BARBARO'S owner Lael Stables for Outstanding Owner of the year.
The winner of the Eclipse Award of Merit, voted on by a panel of representatives from the three presenting organizations and previously announced, was JOHN NERUD. The Eclipse Award of Merit is presented to an individual or entity displaying outstanding lifetime achievement in, and service to, the Thoroughbred industry.
The winner of the Special Award, voted on by a panel of representatives from the three presenting organizations and previously announced were Roy and Gretchen Jackson (owners and breeders of undefeated 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, BARBARO) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals at New Bolton Center in recognition to their dedication to the survival of BARBARO. The Special Award is presented to honor outstanding individual achievements in, or contributions to, the sport of Thoroughbred racing.
The 36th annual Eclipse Awards proved to be the most anticipated edition in the history of the Eclipse Awards. The drama that has surrounded Kentucky Derby winner BARBARO gave the awards added attention. The most anticipated category was outstanding Three-Year-Old Male. Sentiment was with BARBARO while pragmatism was on the side of Preakness and Travers Stakes winner BERNARDINI. BERNARDINI was voted as Champion Three-Year-Old of 2006. He received the honor over the undefeated DISCREET CAT as well as injured BARBARO.
Another member of "Team BARBARO" to receive an Eclipse Award was jockey EDGAR PRADO. He was voted outstanding jockey for the first time in his career.
Delaware Handicap winner FLEET INDIAN was voted Champion Older Female.
The Champion Two-Year-Olds for 2006 both won their respective Breeders' Cup races; Juvenile winner STREET SENSE and Juvenile Fillies champ DREAMING OF ANNA were both honored for their accomplishments from last year.
Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner OUIJA BOARD is the Champion Female Turf Horse; OUIJA BOARD was also voted this honor for 2004.
WAIT A WHILE was honored as Champion Three-Year-Old Filly of 2006; the filly won stakes races on both the dirt and grass.
Breeders' Cup Sprint champ THOR'S ECHO was honored as outstanding Sprinter of 2006.
Breeders' Cup Mile winner MIESQUE'S APPROVAL claimed the Eclipse Award as Champion Male Turf Horse.
McDYNAMO became a three-time Eclipse Award winning Champion Steeplechaser of 2006 - an unprecedented accomplishment!
The winner as breeder of the year is Adena Springs' Frank Stronach. This is the third straight Eclipse Award and fourth overall for Adena Springs.
TODD PLETCHER garnered his third straight Eclipse Award as Outstanding Thoroughbred Trainer. Pletcher set a single season record with more than $27 million is earnings.
French native JULIEN LEPAROUX received the Eclipse Award as Champion Apprentice Jockey of 2006.
The Eclipse Awards are presented by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers Association and the Daily Racing Form. The Eclipse Awards give us a chance to reflect on the best equine and human performances of the year; the goal is to tell the stories behind the most pivotal moments and players in Thoroughbred racing and make the viewer feel as though he or she is right there in the room with the athletes and others who make our sport great!
Don't miss the excitement of the culmination of another year of great racing...the 2006 ECLIPSE AWARDS!
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