On the heels of a another ground-breaking season, SMART STRIKE’s superlative son CURLIN was honored with a second Horse of the Year title at the Eclipse Awards, held at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. CURLIN became the first horse to win back-to-back titles since Cigar. It was fitting that CURLIN matched Cigar’s feat, as it was Cigar’s mark that Curlin surpassed when he became racing’s all-time leading money earner with a bankroll of $10,501,800. CURLIN, whose victories in 2008 included the G1 Dubai World Cup and three other Grade 1′s, was also honored as Champion Older Male. CURLIN raced for Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables and Midnight Cry Stable.
George Strawbridge received a well-deserved Champion Turf Mare statuette for his GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare turf heroine Forever Together. In addition to her Breeders’ Cup win at 1 1/4 miles, Forever Together, a daughter of BELONG TO ME, also won the one-mile G1 Diana S. and the nine-furlong G1 First Lady S. Forever Together has won seven of her 14 starts and earned over $2 million. BELONG TO ME is the sire of ten Grade 1 winners.