Posted: Jan. 25, 2019
Triple Crown winner Justify, owned by WinStar Farm, China Horse Club Intl., Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners, was voted 2018 Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male in results announced at the Eclipse Awards celebration at Gulfstream Park Jan. 24.
Trained by Bob Baffert, Justify won the grade I Kentucky Derby, grade I Preakness Stakes and grade I Belmont Stakes to capture the Triple Crown. He received 191 out of a possible 249 first-place votes for Horse of the Year and was a unanimous choice in the 3-year-male category.
He retired last year undefeated in six starts, all of them in 2018.
Parx Racing-based Jaywalk, owned by D. J. Stable and Cash is King Stable and trained by John Servis, was voted champion 2-year-old filly; Pennsylvania-bred Shamrock Rose, bred by Best A Luck Farm, owned by Conrad Farms and trained by Mark Casse, was voted champion 3-year-old filly; Pennsylvania-bred Unique Bella, bred by Brushwood Farm, owned by Don Alberto Stable and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, was voted champion older dirt female; Maryland-based Weston Hamilton, who became a journeyman in late December, was voted top apprentice jockey; New York-based Chad Brown was voted top trainer; and New York-based Irad Ortiz Jr. took top jockey honors.
Here is the list of 2018 Eclipse Award winners:
Horse of the Year: Justify
Two-Year-Old Male: Game Winner
Two-Year-Old Filly: Jaywalk
Three-Year-Old Male: Justify
Three-Year-Old Filly: Monomoy Girl
Older Dirt Male: Accelerate
Older Dirt Female: Unique Bella
Male Sprinter: Roy H
Female Sprinter: Shamrock Rose
Male Turf Horse: Stormy Liberal
Female Turf Horse: Sistercharlie
Steeplechase Horse: Zanjabeel
Owner: Hronis Racing
Breeder: John D. Gunther
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
Apprentice Jockey: Weston Hamilton