Fox Hill Farm's 4-year-old Filly Havre de Grace was named Horse of the Year Monday evening at the 41st Eclipse Awards, Presented by The Stronach Entertainment Group, Daily Racing Form and the Breeders' Cup. Havre de Grace became the third consecutive female to win the Horse of the Year title, following Rachel Alexandra in 2009 and Zenyatta in 2010. The Eclipse Awards are voted on by representatives of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form (DRF) and National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB).
Havre de Grace finished first with 166 votes, followed by Peter and Mary Hilvers and Bud and Judy Johnston's 5-year-old Acclamation, who finished second with 26 votes. Diamond Pride LLC and the Lanni Family Trust's 4-year-old Game on Dude finished third with 10 votes, followed by Cape Blanco with 9 votes.
Havre de Grace, trained by Larry Jones, won five races in seven starts in 2011, beginning with the grade 3 Azeri Stakes last April, followed by the grade 1 Apple Blossom, the grade 3 Obeah Stakes, the Woodward against male horses in September and the Beldame Invitational at Belmont Park. Ramon Dominquez, who was also voted Champion Jockey of 2011, rode Havre de Grace in six of her seven starts. Gabriel Saez rode her in the Obeah.
Click here to view final voting results in all categories. The results of all divisions:
Two-year-old male: Hansen
Two-year-old female: My Miss Aurelia
Turf male: Cape Blanco
Turf female: Stacelita
Trainer: Bill Mott
Steeplechase: Black Jack Blues
Female Sprinter: Musical Romance
Male Sprinter: Amazombie
Older Male: Acclamation
Older Female: Havre de Grace
Owner: Ken and Sarah Ramsey
Breeder: Adena Springs
Three-year-old male: Animal Kingdom
Three-year-old female: Royal Delta
Apprentice Jockey: Kyle Frey
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Horse of the Year: Havre de Grace
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