Goldikova: nominated in the female turf division at the Eclipse AwardsPICTURE: Edward Whitaker/ racingpostpix.com
Conduit and Goldikova among Eclipse nominees
USA: Dual Breeders' Cup winners Conduit (Turf) and Goldikova (Mile) were among four European-based horses announced as Eclipse Award finalists by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association on Wednesday.
The two were joined by Juvenile winner Vale Of York and Midday, winner of the Filly & Mare Turf.
The winners will be announced at the annual Eclipse Awards dinner, held this year in Los Angeles on January 18.
The major announcement of the evening will concern the Horse of the Year award, which has been hotly contested this season between unbeaten Breeders' Cup Classic winner Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra, winner of the Preakness Stakes among her three victories over males in a year that saw her go unbeaten in eight starts.
The winners are decided by a vote of members of the National Turf Writers Association, selected staff members of Daily Racing Form and racing secretaries of member tracks of the NTRA.
Each organisation has one vote decided upon by a majority of voters within each group. Thus, no tie votes can occur.
There was a discussion among the members of the Eclipse Award steering committee that could have allowed for dual Horses of the Year for 2009, but that proposal was not approved.
The finalists in each division are:
|2yo Male||Lookin At Lucky, Noble's Promise, Vale Of York|
|2yo Filly||Blind Luck, Hot Dixie Chick, She Be Wild|
|3yo Male||Mine That Bird, Quality Road, Summer Bird|
|3yo Filly||Careless Jewel,Flashing, Rachel Alexandra|
|Older Male||Einstein, Gio Ponti, Kodiak Kowboy|
|Older Female||Life Is Sweet, Music Note, Zenyatta|
|Sprinter||Dancing In Silks, Kodiak Kowboy, Zensational|
|Male Turf||Conduit, Gio Ponti, Presious Passion|
|Female Turf||Goldikova, Midday. Ventura|
|Steeplechaser||Mixed Up, Red Letter Day, Spy In The Sky|
|Owner||Godolphin Racing LLC, Juddmonte Farms, Mr & Mrs Jerome Moss|
|Breeder||Adena Springs, Juddmonte Farms, Dolphus C. Morrison|
|Trainer||Steve Asmussen, Bob Baffert, John Shirreffs|
|Jockey||Ramon Doninguez, Garrett Gomez, Julien Leparoux|
|Apprentice Jockey||Luis Batista, Christian Santiago Reyes, Luis Saez|