Kentucky Derby Champion Wins Eclipse Award

Posted by Matt Cullen on Fri, Jan 6, 2012 @ 17:05 PM


**Update** Animal Kingdom, the long shot winner of the 137th Kentucky Derby, earned an Eclipse Award last night for his incredible 2011 race season.

Animal Kingdom earned 3-year-old male honors, edging Caleb's Posse, 114-111 in the voting.

He was nominated in the Three-Year-Old Male Division January 5th, along with Preakness Stakes winner, Stableford, and Breeder’s Cup Dirt Mile champion, Caleb’s Posse.

Recognizing excellence in Thoroughbred racing, the Eclipse Awards are presented annually to recognize those horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories.

The Eclipse Awards are determined by 267 voters representing the Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters.

The 41st Eclipse Awards was held January 16, 2012, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, California.

Animal Kingdom was a 21-1 favorite for the 137th Kentucky Derby and was overlooked by many as a serious contender. Struggling early in the race, Animal Kingdom charged down the backstretch and won by a length. A comeback that will go down as one of the greatest in Derby history

Click here for a complete list of 2011 Eclipse Awards winners.

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