California Chromes Wins Multiple Eclipse Awards
California Chrome was the biggest winner at the Eclipse Awards Saturday night, winning his second Eclipse honor and three trophy’s overall including 2016 Horse of the Year.
“It’s really an honor,” trainer Art Sherman said. “People don’t realize how hard that is to be horse of the year, and I appreciate it. It gives me a chance to say, ‘Wow.’ I got the horse of the year trophy when he won it the last time we were here. It’s a gorgeous trophy. This will be another one in my trophy case. It’s been filled up pretty good by Chrome, I can tell you that.”
Like his strong stretch runs, California Chrome kept the awards coming winning another Eclipse award as the best horse in the older male division. And the moment of the year? The National Thoroughbred Racing Association awarded California Chrome for his victory at the Dubai World Cup.
California Chrome is the eighth horse to win the Eclipse Award multiple times, after also winning in 2014, and joined John Henry as only to do so in non-consecutive years.
“It’s been an once-in-a-lifetime horse,” Sherman said. “And I’ll tell you, it’s been a hell of a ride.”
The Eclipse Awards, honoring excellence in North American Thoroughbred racing, presented by The Stronach Group, Daily Racing Form and the Breeders’ Cup, are voted on by the NTRA, Daily Racing Form (DRF) and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB).
This year’s 46th Annual Eclipse Awards ceremony was held at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla
California Chrome’s final race is Jan. 28, when he’ll face Arrogate again and 11 rivals in the world’s richest race, the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at GulfStream Park.