I'll bet you all can't guess what this blog is gonna be about, I mean my title doesn't give a clue at all right? Ok, enough with the joking and time to get down to business. The 2010 Eclipse Awards are fast approaching and I have yet to post what would be my ballot if I had a vote. However after many days of carefully examining the merits of each horse, I have chosen who I believe should walk away with a Eclipse Award Trophy, the night of January 17, 2011.
Champion Two-Year-Old Male: Uncle M0- Who didn't see this coming? Not only is he unbeaten, no other horse he has faced has come close enough to sniff his tail. He stepped it up in company and distance every time he ran and every time he completely dominated his foes. He is easily the top candidate for this award. The runner up would have to be Boys at Toscanova and the second runner up would be Kantharos.
Champion Two-Year-Old Filly: Awesome Feather- This filly went six for six and danced in the biggest dance of her division, emerging the victor of an exciting stretch duel with the runner-up R Heat Lightning. The second runner-up would go to the exciting daughter of Tapit, Dancinginherdreams.
Champion Three-Year-Old Male: Lookin at Lucky- Another easy choice. He consistently showed he was the best, through both his wins and his losses. Runner-up honors got to Fly Down and second-runner up goes to Paddy o Prado.
Champion Three-Year-Old Filly: Blind Luck- This filly is the definition of consistency and is a complete throw back. She ducked nobody and danced every dance, more often than not coming out on top. Runner-up would go to her gritty rival Havre de Grace. Coming in third is the brilliant, yet inconsistent Devil May Care.
Champion Sprinter: Big Drama- The horse danced every dance and showed up every single time, winning where it counted most. That tops one brilliant performance, and even the fact that the runner-up Majesticperfection may have been the better horse. Third goes to Discreetly Mine.
Champion Turf Horse: Paddy O Prado- The dazzling dappled grey takes it by a nose over last years champion Gio Ponti, who had a bang up year himself. Paddy may have lost his only attempt at older males on turf, however had he entered the the BC Turf he would've been the favorite which shows you his dominance over his own peers. Coming up third is Winchester.
Champion Filly/Mare Turf Horse: Proviso- Yes, she gets it over the brilliant French sensation Goldikova, who settles for second only because it is my belief a horse must race in the US more than once to be considered for an American Award. Proviso dominated, winning four consecutive grade ones, one even against males. Third would be the ill fated Tuscan Evening.
Champion Older Male: Blame- After his win in the Classic he put the title away for good. A brilliant and explosive win in the Stephan Foster and a head decision over Quality Road in the Whitney also helped. Quality Road is a distant second and in third comes Haynesfield.
Champion Older Female: Zenyatta- Completely dominated out west and may very well be remembered most for her only loss. A gallant and compelling head loss to Blame in the Breeders Cup Classic. Second Life At Ten and third is Unrivalled Belle.
Horse of the Year: Blame- He won the Classic and the only head to head match up between himself and Zenyatta, and with both horses having only one loss the edge goes to him. His wins in the Whitney and Stephan Foster hold more weight than the restricted grade ones his rival competed in. Blame danced every dance and in the one where everyone went all in he Zenyatta had a full house but Blame had the Royal Flush.