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WINSTON C WINS ECLIPSE AWARD

Thursday, 23 January 2020 by

Hudson River Farms' Winston C sealed his Eclipse Award with an easy victory in Saratoga Race Course's New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1) (Tod Marks photo)

Hudson River Farms’ Winston C, a newcomer to American racing who easily won Saratoga Race Course’s two Grade 1 jump races, was honored Thursday evening with the Eclipse Award as North America’s champion steeplechase horse in 2019.
An Irish-bred gelding by Galileo’s son Rip Van Winkle, Winston C prevailed in the Eclipse voting over two other Grade 1 winners: Michael Buckley’s Brain Power, who invaded from England to win Far Hills’ Grand National, and Bruton Street-US’s Scorpiancer, the 2017 Eclipse Award champion who won the Calvin Houghland Iroquois for a second time.
Winston C and other Thoroughbred champions were honored at the 49th annual Eclipse Awards dinner at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. This year’s Eclipse Awards presentations were sponsored by Claiborne Farm stallion Runhappy.
Among the Eclipse winners was George Strawbridge Jr., the all-time leading steeplechase owner who was honored as outstanding breeder.
Accepting the Eclipse Award was Hudson River Farms owner Edward P. Swyer, who was accompanied by trainer Jonathan Sheppard’s assistant, Keri Brion, jockey Thomas Garner, and National Steeplechase Association director Eve Ledyard.

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he National Steeplechase Association celebrated its 2019 champions both horse and human at Baltimore's Maryland Club on Thursday Jan. 16, and among all the moving tributes was the award for leading jockey. The championship was famously shared by Jack Doyle and Michael Mitchell, who tied for honors with 20 wins each. Mitchell had the opportunity to win the award outright, but opted not to ride in the final meet of the season after Doyle went down with a serious injury a week earlier at Callaway Gardens. Here are highlights of the evening's festivities.

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