Thoroughbred Racing Fans Select Wise Dan as 2012 Eclipse Award Horse of the Year on

Fans' Choice for Champions in All 2012 Eclipse Awards Categories May Be Predictor of Winners to Be Announced on January 19

Jan 17, 2013, 09:05 ET from Daily Racing Form

NEW YORK, Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In advance of the 42nd Annual Eclipse Awards ceremony on January 19 racing fans have selected Wise Dan as their choice for Horse of the Year on Daily Racing Form's site, With over 11,000 votes cast, the fans' votes for Horse of the Year automatically entered them in Daily Racing Form's Eclipse Award Fan Vote Sweepstakes for a chance to win a VIP trip for two to attend this year's Eclipse Awards show, which will be streamed live at Fans were also encouraged to cast their votes in the other 14 horse and human Eclipse Award categories.


The results of the 2012 Daily Racing Form's Eclipse Award Fan Vote are:

Horse of the Year: 

Wise Dan

2-Year-Old Colt or Gelding: 

Shanghai Bobby

2-Year-Old Filly:


3-Year-Old Colt or Gelding:

I'll Have Another

3-Year-Old Filly:

My Miss Aurelia

Female Sprinter:

Groupie Doll

Female Turf Horse:


Male Sprinter:


Male Turf Horse:

Wise Dan

Older Filly or Mare:

Royal Delta

Older Male: 

Wise Dan




Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey


Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey


Dale Romans


Ramon Dominguez

Apprentice Jockey:

Irad Ortiz, Jr.

"We look forward to seeing how well the fans' picks align with the Eclipse Award champions who will be announced on Saturday," said John Hartig, CEO, Daily Racing Form. "Daily Racing Form readers are deeply knowledgeable and passionate about their favorite horses and players, and their choices are usually a strong indicator of who will be named the best of the best in each category."

Voter April Ward of Long Beach, California was selected at random as the winner of Daily Racing Form's Eclipse Award Fan Vote Sweepstakes. April's prize package features a 3 day/2 night trip, including airfare, hotel accommodations, ground transportation and event tickets, for her and a guest to attend the January 19 Eclipse Award ceremony. In addition, they will be treated to a VIP experience at Gulfstream Park.

As to why she cast her vote for Horse of the Year to enter the sweepstakes, April says, "I have been familiar with Daily Racing Form forever. I have never been to Gulfstream Park and thought it would be fun to go to the awards dinner. I love I'll Have Another so I had to choose him."

ABOUT Daily Racing Form
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ABOUT The Eclipse Awards
The Eclipse Awards are named after the great 18th-century racehorse and foundation sire Eclipse, who began racing at age five and was undefeated in 18 starts, including eight walkovers. Eclipse sired the winners of 344 races, including three Epsom Derbies. The Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements in North America have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. Those awards are voted by NTRA, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB). Eclipse Awards also are given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing.

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