2016 Eclipse Awards Nominee Glimpse

January 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Z Team has made it as far and wide as the horses and people nominated for the 2016 Eclipse Awards...well almost. Apprentice jockeys may have eluded us, but we decided to look at a moment for the rest from the past year.

Click the big names to see what they've done to get on this list OR Click the section title to see past winners, you know you want to.

Click almost anywhere else, it will take you somewhere laughable and/or horse related.


Up First....The People

Outstanding Trainer

Bob Baffert


Photo: Bob Baffert, luckily, made the list for a Coolmore American Pharoah jacket. Here he is sporting it Breeders' Cup weekend at Santa Anita Park.

Chad Brown

Brown,ChadKLD855Brown,ChadKLD855New 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: The best way to guarantee a photo of Chad Brown? Get him in the winner's circle or hand him a trophy so he has no where to go. Smiling on the other hand? Ask, like a photographer did for this photo at the Breeders' Cup.

Mark Casse

Casse,MarkKLD35Casse,MarkKLD35Mark Casse, 2016 Keeneland September Sales

Photo: Mark Casse always has a smile on his face, whether he's winning the Sovereign Award for Outstanding Trainer for the past five years or shopping for yearlings at Keeneland. 

Outstanding Owner

Juddmonte Farms, Inc.

Abdullah,KhalidZ51Abdullah,KhalidZ512009 Breeders Cup at Santa Anita, Midday with Thomas Quealy up wins the Emirates Airlines Breeder's Cup Filly and Mare Turf for trainer Henry Cecil and owner Khalid Abdullah

Photo: Juddmonte Farms owner Prince Khalid bin Abdullah of Saudi Arabia won the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf mid-day in 2009 with a horse named Midday...just saying.

Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey


Photo: Ken and Sarah Ramsey were asked to bring the trophies they won that week...

Spendthrift Farm LLC

BeholderHighesKLD870BeholderHighesKLD870Beholder with Gary Stevens up wins the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff for trainer Richard Mandella and owner B Wayne Hughes, 2016 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita

Photo: Spendthrift Farm Owner B. Wayne Hughes, making the executive decision to hold the Breeders' Cup trophy, not a watch. Screw the watch.

Outstanding Breeder

Clearsky Farms

We tried to get a photo one time, but it was overcast with heavy fog.


Maktoum,MohammedZ87Maktoum,MohammedZ87John Ferguson,His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, 2010 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling Sale

Photo: Darley Owner Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum knows noses...and every other part of a horse for that matter.

WinStar Farm, LLC

Troutt,KenKLD1142Troutt,KenKLD1142Carpe Diem with John Velasquez up wins the 2015 Toyota Bluegrass for trainer Todd Pletcher and owners Stonestreet Stable and Winstar Farm, 2015 Keeneland Spring Meet

Photo: WinStar Farm Owner Kenny Troutt after Carpe Diem won the G1 Toyota Blue Grass. (Not shown: Elliott Walden)

Outstanding Jockey

Javier Castellano

Castellano,JavierKLD18Castellano,JavierKLD18Jockey Signing, 2016 Keeneland Fall Meet, Scenics

Photo: Javier Castellano is always a hit at PDJF's Jockey Signings.

Jose Ortiz

Ortiz,JoseKLD07Ortiz,JoseKLD07Jose Ortiz shows off his 3 wins on opening day of Keeneland, 2016 Keeneland Fall Meet

Photo: Jose Ortiz won three races in one day at Keeneland and is also A-OK.

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Mike Smith

Smith,MikeKLD936Smith,MikeKLD936Arrogate with Mike Smith up wins the Breeders' Cup Classic for trainer Bob Baffert and owner Juddmonte Farms, 2016 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita

Photo: Mike Smith sets the scene for a photo of Mike Smith.

Outstanding Apprentice Jockey

We're thinking we will cross paths in the future.

Kevin Gomez

Lane Luzzi

Luis Ocasio


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