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, DRF.com. 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 DRF.com and HRTV.com. Fans were also encouraged to cast their votes in the other 16 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: Beholder
3-Year-Old Colt or Gelding: I'll Have Another
3-Year-Old Filly: My Miss Aurelia
Female Sprinter: Groupie Doll
Female Turf Horse: Zagora
Male Sprinter: Trinniberg
Male Turf Horse: Wise Dan
Older Filly or Mare: Royal Delta
Older Male: Wise Dan
Owner: Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey
Breeder: Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey
Trainer: Dale Romans
Jockey: 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.”
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