Finalists for the 2019 Eclipse Awards were announced Saturday morning, with turf star Bricks and Mortar, three-year-old Maximum Security, and sprint supremo Mitole all up for Horse of the Year honors as well as their respective divisional titles.
Voters from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB) submitted ballots ranking their top three choices in 17 categories (11 equine and six human). All selections factored in the tabulation of the finalists, but only first-place votes count to determine the Eclipse Award winners.
Here are the 2019 Eclipse Award finalists, in alphabetical order, with links to lifetime Brisnet past performances:
Male Turf Horse: Bricks and Mortar, Mo Forza, World of Trouble
Steeplechase Horse: Brain Power, Scorpiancer, Winston C
Owner: Gary Barber; Peter Brant; Klaravich Stables Inc. and William H. Lawrence
Breeder: Calumet Farm, Godolphin, George Strawbridge Jr.
Trainer: Steve Asmussen, Chad Brown, Brad Cox
Jockey: Javier Castellano, Irad Ortiz, Jr., Jose Ortiz
Apprentice Jockey: Julio Correa, Angel Diaz, Kazushi Kimura
Also at the Jan. 23 gala, 2019 Horseplayer of the Year Scott Coles and the media honorees will receive their Eclipse Awards.