2016 Eclipse Awards Nominee Glimpse - Part 3

January 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

It's almost time for the 2016 Eclipse Awards, we are looking at the final nominees! 

You know the drill by now: one nominee, one photo moment from their career, one professionally done caption.

Click the title to see past winners and click the horse name to see how it got on this list in the first place!

Good luck to all of the nominees, see you at the show!

Click HERE to see a photo from the careers' of the human Eclipse Award Nominees!

Click HERE to see a photo from the careers' of the other horse Eclipse Award Nominees!


Horse of the Year



Photo:Synonyms of Arrogate: assume, take claim, appropriate, seize, commandeer and yes--- WREST and USURP. Shocking he's nominated for Horse of the Year.

California Chrome

CaliforniaChromeZ1999CaliforniaChromeZ1999California Chrome with Frank Taylor at Gulfstream Park before the Pegasus World Cup

Photo: Everyone's like "California Chrome is so awesome! He got nominated in two categories!" and California Chrome is like "I want cookies."



Photo:Songbird requested text notification if she wins. She's busy romping in a paddock somewhere at WinStar.

Two-Year-Old Male

Classic Empire

ClassicEmpireKLD954ClassicEmpireKLD954Classic Empire with Julien Leparoux up wins the Sentient Breeders' Cup Juvenile for trainer Mark Casse and owner John C Oxley, 2016 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita

Photo: If there were a Best Group Smile category, this group would be the obvious winner.

Not This Time


Photo:Add one more to Taylor Made's collection of "One of the best I've ever seen", "One of the best I've ever sat on", " One of the best I've ever had". Here's to the best.

Practical Joke

PracticalJokeKLD95PracticalJokeKLD95Practical Joke, 2016 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Race Track, Arcadia California

Photo:Being nominated is no joke. It's practically in the bag.

Two-Year-Old Filly

Champagne Room

ChampagneRoomKLD955ChampagneRoomKLD955Champgne Room with Mario Gutierrez up wins the14 Hands Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies for trainer Peter Eurton and owner Ciglia Racing, 2016 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita

Photo:When this horse shows up, it's always a good time. Bubbly for everyone!

Lady Aurelia

LadyAureliaRedLodgeKLD29LadyAureliaRedLodgeKLD29Lady Aurelia outside, Red Lodge inside work at Keeneland for trainer Wesley Ward 2016, 2016 Keeneland Fall Meet Photo: Grass is grass to Lady Aurelia. It really doesn't matter where it grows.

New Money Honey

NewMoneyHoneyKLD851NewMoneyHoneyKLD851New Money Honey with Javier Casatellano up wins the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies for trainer Chad Brown and owner E Five Racing, 2016 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita

Photo:With horses like New Money Honey, e5 Racing is on track to be old money...honey.

Three-Year-Old Male


ArrogateKLD935ArrogateKLD935Arrogate with Mike Smith up wins the Breeders' Cup Classic for trainer Bob Baffert and owner Juddmonte Farms, 2016 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita



ExageratorZ24ExageratorZ24Exaggerator with Kent Desormeaux up wins the 2016 Preakness for trainer Keith Desormeaux and owners Big Chief Racing, 2016 Preakness, Pimlico

Photo: The mud fest and performance were intense - no exaggeration.


NyquistZ85NyquistZ85Nyquist with Mario Gutierrez up wins the 2016 Kentucky Derby for trainer Doug O'Neill and owner J Paul Reddam, Churchill Downs,

Photo: Nyquist was told how many people attended the Derby after he won. This photo was provided as proof when he said "I didn't see anyone there."

Three-Year-Old Filly

Cathryn Sophia


Photo:Maryland bred Cathryn Sophia making the Maryland State Horse proud. The Maryland State Horse is the thoroughbred, not that you didn't know that.

Queen’s Trust (GB)


Photo:This horse may have the Queen's trust, but her exercise jockey seems to be a little wary.



Photo:I feel pretty, oh so pretty, oh so pretty in blue and white. And I pity any girl who isn't me tonight.


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