Kling: Tradition Shouldn’t Determine Eclipse Criteria

by | 01.12.2014 | 9:31am

After the finalists for this year's Eclipse Awards were revealed Wednesday, there were the typical grumblings – but for a somewhat different reason, Nick Kling writes in the Troy Record.

Normally, complaints abound from fans over Eclipse Award issues like, who is deserving, who was excluded, etc. This year, however, voters have debated about the criteria for selecting winners of certain Eclipse categories, an idea put forth by Gary West earlier this month.

In West's recent article, he argued that historical criteria for champion older male dictates that the award must go to the most accomplished older, dirt runner of the year. He points out that when the awards were created, there was very little turf racing in the U.S., so the winner would have undoubtedly run on dirt.

Kling, on the other hand, points to the increased number of turf races in the country, as well as the popularity of the surface among fans and horsemen. There is nothing on the ballot to suggest that a turf specialist cannot be a candidate for both the Male Turf Horse and Older Male divisions. If strongholds like West want to maintain that position, then perhaps the category should be renamed for the sake of clarity, or a Male Dirt Horse division added.

Read more at the Troy Record

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