January 9, 1985 |
Pat Day and Jack Van Berg were surprise winners of Eclipse Awards as 1984's top jockey and trainer, respectively, and John Henry, the golden gelding, won his sixth Eclipse Award Tuesday. Two horses, Swale and Eillo, were honored posthumously. Swale, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, who died a week after the June 9 Belmont, was voted 3-year-old of the year. Eillo, winner of the Nov. 10 Breeders' Cup Sprint, who died of colic in December, was named champion sprinter.
January 26, 1990 |
Sunday Silence, trainer Charlie Whittingham and jockey Kent Desormeaux are the favorites to capture the remaining 1989 Eclipse Awards Saturday during a ceremony at Santa Anita. Sunday Silence is the strongest choice to win in his category, Horse of the Year. The spirited black colt defeated rival Easy Goer in three of four meetings last year--the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Breeders' Cup Classic--and also won the Santa Anita Derby and the Super Derby at Louisiana Downs.
January 10, 1990 |
When the vote breakdowns for the 1989 Eclipse Awards are announced--supposedly sometime today after a baffling delay--there is a chance that 2-year-old champion colt Rhythm will have received fewer votes than runner-up Grand Canyon. Now, that might not bother the everyday racing fan. An Eclipse Award doesn't make a horse run any faster. And it did not appear to faze William T. Young, who owns 75% of Grand Canyon in partnership with trainer Wayne Lukas. "It was a disappointment," Young said.
January 3, 1998 |
The Eclipse award voting for 1997 is so tricky that five of the seven winners on Breeders' Cup day could be shut out when the divisional champions are announced next Thursday. Favorite Trick and Countess Diana, who won the Breeders' Cup races for 2-year-olds at Hollywood Park, are shoo-ins for Eclipses, but the others may be caught in tight votes. Consider: * Skip Away, winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic, has been denigrated by some voters because he was beaten in seven of 11 starts.
January 8, 1986 |
Trainer Wayne Lukas, who entered the thoroughbred business full-time in 1978, and owner Gene Klein, who began buying horses as the result of his wife Joyce's interest in 1982, won four 1985 Eclipse Awards Tuesday--two for themselves and two for horses they raced. Lukas, whose coast-to-coast stable set records with 70 stakes wins and $11.1 million in purses, was voted the Eclipse as the year's outstanding trainer. The Kleins, whose horses earned a record $5.
April 10, 1996 |
Writer Stephanie Diaz was stripped of her Eclipse Award for magazine writing about horse racing Tuesday after an arbitrator found apparent plagiarism in her entry. Arbitrator Frank McCulloch, while unable to determine whether Diaz or an editor was responsible, ruled that "passages, phrases and concepts" in two of the entries appeared to have been taken from other sources. Diaz won the magazine award for several articles published in The Backstretch, a Louisville-based magazine.