The stars were out in Miami on Monday, Jan. 17, as the horse racing industry recognized its very best at the 40th annual Eclipse Awards. A fun and exciting night was highlighted by the announcement of Horse of the Year honors. Eclipse voters crowned Jerry and Ann Moss’s Zenyatta as the best horse of 2010 after taking five of her six starts, all in Grade 1 company, and nearly overcoming an acre worth of lost ground to run Blame to a head in the G1 Breeder’s Cup Classic. It was a fitting send off for the Queen of racing, who put together one of the most accomplished and celebrated careers in racing history under the tutelage of trainer John Shirreffs and his team. When all was said in done, Zenyatta compiled a record of 19 wins from 20 starts, including 13 Grade 1 wins, and over $7.3 million in earnings. Zenyatta also earned her third straight Eclipse as Champion Older Female. Zenyatta now begins her career as a broodmare at Lane’s End Farm!
SMART STRIKE’s Lookin At Lucky became the first horse since the great Spectacular Bid to followed up a juvenile championship with an Eclipse Award at three. The hard-knocking colt won four of his seven starts in 2010, including the G1 Preakness S., G1 Izod Haskell Invitational S., G2 Indiana Derby and the G2 Rebel S. He retires with a record of 13-9-1-1, $3,307,278. Lookin At Lucky, who was produced by the BELONG TO ME mare Private Feeling, becomes SMART STRIKE’s third Eclipse winner, following two-time Horse of the Year CURLIN and Champion Turf Horse ENGLISH CHANNEL! He is SMART STRIKE’s eighth overall champion, a group that includes Canadian Horse of the Year Soaring Free.
Other finalists with Lane’s End connections on the night included QUALITY ROAD, whose exploits earned him recognition in the Champion Older Male category. The Ned Evans homebred won four of six in 2010, including a dazzling record-setting win in the G1 Donn H. He also won a pair of important New York races in the G1 Met Mile and the G1 Woodward S. QUALITY ROAD begins his stud career at Lane’s End with a stellar record of 13-8-3-1 and earnings of $2,232,830. LEMON DROP KID’s Richard’s Kid was a finalist in the same category after successfully defending his title in the G1 Pacific Classic S. and wining the G1 Goodwood Breeders’ Cup S., pushing his earnings past the $1.7-million mark. The late SAINT LIAM’s daughter Havre de Grace was a finalist as Champion Three-Year-Old Female.