Led by Horse of the Year finalists Authentic, Improbable and Monomoy Girl, Kentucky-breds are prominent among all candidates for 2020 Eclipse Awards, announced on Jan. 16 by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB). A virtual ceremony of the 50th annual Eclipse Awards will be presented on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. ET.
A Kentucky-bred son of Into Mischief, Authentic won the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and the Kentucky Derby (G1), as well as the Haskell Inv. (G1) in 2020 and is also a finalist in the 3-year-old male category. In addition, his connections—breeder Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds and his ownership group of Spendthrift Farm, MyRaceHorse Stable, Madaket Stables and Starlight Racing, and trainer Bob Baffert—are finalists for Breeder of the Year, Outstanding Owner, and Trainer of the Year, respectively.
Kentucky-bred Eclipse Awards finalists are as follows:
Horse of the Year:
Authentic, Improbable, Monomoy Girl
Essential Quality, Fire At Will, Jackie’s Warrior
Gamine, Shedaresthedevil, Swiss Skydiver
Older Dirt Male:
Improbable, Maximum Security, Vekoma
Older Dirt Female:
Midnight Bisou, Monomoy Girl, Serengeti Empress
Vekoma, Volatile, Whitmore
Gamine, Serengeti Empress
Male Turf Horse:
Female Turf Horse: