Thoroughbred Racing

2012 Eclipse Award finalists announced

New York, NY (Sports Network) - Finalists were announced Saturday for the 2012 Eclipse Awards, including the three finalists for Horse of the Year. The 42nd annual Eclipse Awards will be presented on Saturday evening, Jan. 19 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

The three finalists for 2012 Horse of the Year, won in 2011 by Havre de Grace, are Breeders' Cup Classic winner Fort Larned, Kentucky Derby and Preakness champ I'll Have Another and Breeders' Cup Mile winner Wise Dan.

In addition, Fort Larned and Wise Dan are both finalists for champion Older Male along with Breeders' Cup Turf winner Little Mike. Wise Dan, along with Little Mike and Point of Entry, is a finalist for champion Male Turf Horse.

Joining I'll Have Another as finalists for champion 3-Year-Old Male are Derby and Preakness runner-up Bodemeister and Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags.

The awards are voted on by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB) and Daily Racing Form.

The 2012 Eclipse Awards finalists (in alphabetical order) are:

2-Year-Old Male: Shanghai Bobby, Uncaptured, Violence

2-Year-Old Filly: Beholder, Dreaming of Julia, Executiveprivilege

3-Year-Old Male: Bodemeister, I'll Have Another, Union Rags

3-Year-Old Filly: Believe You Can, My Miss Aurelia, Questing (GB)

Older Male: Fort Larned, Little Mike, Wise Dan

Older Female: Groupie Doll, Include Me Out, Royal Delta

Male Sprinter: The Lumber Guy, Shackleford, Trinniberg

Female Sprinter: Contested, Groupie Doll, Mizdirection

Male Turf Horse: Little Mike, Point of Entry, Wise Dan,

Female Turf Horse: Marketing Mix, Tapitsfly, Zagora (FR)

Steeplechase Horse: Demonstrative, Divine Fortune, Pierrot Lunaire

Horse of the Year: Fort Larned, I'll Have Another, Wise Dan

Owner: Godolphin Racing LLC, Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc., Reddam Racing LLC

Breeder: Adena Springs, Darley, Brereton C. Jones

Trainer: Bob Baffert, Todd Pletcher, Dale Romans

Jockey: Javier Castellano, Ramon Dominguez, John Velazquez

Apprentice Jockey: Jose Montano, Irad Ortiz, Jr., Angel Suarez

01/05 18:21:13 ET