The racing world celebrates its most outstanding competitors with Eclipse Awards each January, and this year’s ceremony is just a few days away. Gulfstream Park hosts the 2017 awards on Jan. 25, when championship honors will be bestowed on the best horses (and people!) of the year.
The finalists include top Pegasus World Cup contenders Gun Runner, West Coast, and Collected, making it an exciting prelude to the $16-million race that follows just days later.
Read on for the stats and figures surrounding this year’s Eclipse Awards.
2 – The number of 2017 finalists that were primarily trained outside the U.S., including French-trained Talismanic, winner of this year’s Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf, and British-trained Wuheida, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.
2 – Finalists bred by Runnymede Farm: Lady Eli (bred in partnership with Catesby W. Clay), finalist for turf female; and Collected (bred in partnership with Peter J. Callahan), finalist for older dirt male.
3 – Three finalists have previously been named champion in one or more categories: Arrogate (2016 champion 3-year-old male), Songbird (2015 2-year-old filly and 2016 3-year-old filly), and Stellar Wind (2015 3-year-old filly).
5 – This year could be Javier Castellano’s fifth consecutive Eclipse Award for outstanding jockey.
6 – The number of Eclipse Awards won by 2012-13 Horse of the Year Wise Dan, more than any horse this century and third-highest total in the history of the awards.
7 – The record number of outstanding trainer Eclipse Awards won by Todd Pletcher.
8 – The number of Eclipse Awards won by Forego from 1974-77, including three Horse of the Year titles.
9 – The number of champion 2-year-olds who went on to win the Kentucky Derby, including Nyquist in 2016.
11 – The total number of 2017 Eclipse Award finalists trained by either Chad Brown (six) or Bob Baffert (five).
12 – The number of Eclipse Awards won by Frank Stronach as owner or breeder, including those in the name of his Adena Springs. He will add a 13th this year when he receives the Eclipse Award of Merit for his contributions to the industry.
18 – The number of racing victories by the awards’ namesake, Thoroughbred stallion Eclipse. He was undefeated in his racing career.
21 – The number of different trainers that have ever been named outstanding trainer. Nine of them have won more than once. All of this year’s finalists have won the award previously.
27 – The total number of Eclipse Awards that will be given this year, including 17 voted on by the media, two Special Eclipse Awards, one Eclipse Award of Merit, an Eclipse Award for the top horseplayer, and six awards for media coverage of the sport.
676 – The total number of 2017 wins by the three finalists for top trainer: Steve Asmussen, Bob Baffert, and Chad Brown.
1971 – The first year that the Eclipse Awards were held, making this year the 47th edition. Horse racing’s championship honors previously had different names and decision processes before being united as the Eclipse Awards.
$13,338,000 – Money earned by Horse of the Year contender Arrogate in 2017.
$53,185,118 – Dollars won in 2017 by the 29 equine finalists for this year’s awards.
$72,959,063 – Total purse earnings by the three finalists for top jockey: Javier Castellano, Jose Ortiz, and Mike Smith.