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Racing Dudes’ 2020 Eclipse Awards Votes
The 2020 Breeders' Cup Classic stretch run (Credit: Coady Photography)

Racing Dudes’ 2020 Eclipse Awards Votes

In 2018, Horse of the Year was a hotly-debated topic until Justify was ultimately named the 2019 Eclipse Award winner. In 2019 and 2020, however, several of horse racing’s year-end honors seem like mortal locks. Still, not every category has a surefire winner.

Even though we weren’t asked to vote, here’s how each member of the Racing Dudes team would have completed his or her ballot:

Racing Dudes' 2020 Eclipse Awards
Jared WelchAaron HaltermanMike "Saratoga Slim" SpectorCurtis "Magic" KallewardRicky "Rocket Man" PasternakDr. Miranda BungeVinny Consensus Vote
Horse of the YearAuthenticWelderTiz the LawAuthenticAuthenticSwiss SkydiverAuthenticAuthentic
Two-Year-Old MaleEssential QualityUltimate BadgerEssential QualityEssential QualityEssential QualityEssential QualityEssential QualityEssential Quality
Two-Year-Old FemaleVequistMoonlight d'OroVequistAunt PearlAunt PearlVequistVequistVequist
Three-Year-Old MaleAuthenticShivareeAuthenticAuthenticAuthenticAuthenticAuthenticAuthentic
Three-Year-Old FemaleSwiss SkydiverDonna VeloceSwiss SkydiverSwiss SkydiverSwiss SkydiverSwiss SkydiverSwiss SkydiverSwiss Skydiver
Older Dirt MaleImprobableWelderImprobableImprobableImprobableImprobableImprobableImprobable
Older Dirt FemaleMonomoy GirlHorologistMonomoy GirlMonomoy GirlMonomoy GirlMonomoy GirlMonomoy GirlMonomoy Girl
Male SprinterWhitmoreHidden ScrollWhitmoreWhitmoreWhitmoreWhitmoreWhitmoreWhitmore
Female SprinterGamineSally's CurlinSerengeti EmpressSerengeti EmpressGamineGamineSerengeti EmpressSerengeti Empress (tiebreaker goes to whoever has the lower number of positive drug tests)
Male Turf HorseChannel MakerOptimizer (standing at Calumet Farm with Oxbow)Channel MakerChannel MakerUnitedChannel MakerChannel MakerChannel Maker
Female Turf HorseRushing FallSistercharlieRushing FallRushing FallRushing FallTarnawaRushing FallRushing Fall
OwnerGodolphinEndzone AthleticsSackatoga StableGary BarberCalumet FarmKlaravich StablesSackatoga StableSackatoga Stable
BreederWinStarMichael SpectorGodolphinGodolphinKen and Sarah RamseyGodolphinGodolphinGodolphin
Trainer💉💉💉Kelly Von HemelBrad CoxBrad CoxChad BrownBrad CoxBrad CoxBrad Cox
JockeyIrad Ortiz Jr.Chris LanderosIrad Ortiz Jr.Irad Ortiz Jr.Irad Ortiz Jr.Tyler GaffalioneJoel RosarioIrad Ortiz Jr.
Apprentice Jockey-abstain-Oliver Spector-abstain-Alex CrispinLuis CardenasFerrin PetersonLuis CardenasLuis Cardenas

Did we get it right? Who did we miss? Let us know! @racing_dudes, @SaratogaSlim, @CurtisKalleward, @PicksByDynasty, @RickyP_15, and @MirandaBunge.

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