LEXINGTON, KY (Jan. 20, 2013) – Keeneland-based Wise Dan swept honors as 2012 Horse of the Year, champion turf horse and champion older male, while Keeneland sales graduates I’ll Have Another, Shanghai Bobby, Beholder and Royal Delta were each named divisional champions at the 42nd annual Eclipse Award ceremony, held Saturday night at Gulfstream Park.
Eclipse Award winners and their Keeneland connections include:
- Morton Fink’s homebred Wise Dan, based at Keeneland with trainer Charlie Lopresti, became the first horse since John Henry in 1981 to win Eclipse Awards as Horse of the Year, champion turf horse and champion older male in the same year. Wise Dan kicked off 2012 with a track-record-setting 10½ -length victory in Keeneland’s Ben Ali (G3), and returned in the fall to take the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) just prior to his win in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1).
- Paul Reddam’s I’ll Have Another was named champion three-year-old colt following wins in the 2012 Kentucky Derby (G1), Preakness (G1) and Santa Anita Derby (G1). The Flower Alley colt was consigned by Brookdale Sales, agent, to the 2010 September Yearling Sale, where he was purchased for $11,000 by Victor Davila.
- Shanghai Bobby and Beholder, both graduates of the 2011 September Sale, were voted champion two-year-old colt and filly, respectively. Co-owner Starlight Racing paid $105,000 for Shanghai Bobby, winner of the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and Foxwoods Champagne (G1). He was consigned to the sale by breeder Stonehaven Steadings. Owner Spendthrift Farm bought Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner Beholder for $180,000 from breeder Clarkland Farm.
- Champion older female Royal Delta sold for $8.5 million, the highest price for a horse in training in Keeneland sales history, to owner Benjamin Leon at the 2011 November Breeding Stock Sale. She was consigned by Saud bin Khaled’s Chanteclair Farm, agent for the complete dispersal of his Palides Investments N.V. Inc. Named champion three-year-old filly in 2011, Royal Delta won her second consecutive Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (G1), among others, in 2012.
- Fred Bradley, William “Buff” Bradley, Carl Hurst and Brent Burns’ Groupie Doll, who earned an Eclipse Award as champion female sprinter, won the 2012 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) and Vinery Madison (G1) at Keeneland.
- Dale Romans, honored with his first Eclipse Award as champion trainer, won four stakes at Keeneland in 2012, highlighted by Dullahan’s victory in the Toyota Blue Grass (G1) and Tapitsfly’s win in the First Lady (G1).