Two-time Grade 1 winner Winston C, Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) winner Scorpiancer, and Grand National (Gr. 1) winner Brain Power are the finalists for 2019’s Eclipse Award as champion steeplechase horse.
Eclipse Award finalists in all categories were announced Saturday. The Eclipse Awards will be presented on Thursday, Jan. 23, at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla.
Owned by Hudson River Farms and trained by Racing Hall of Fame member Jonathan Sheppard, Winston C was imported in late spring and won Saratoga Race Course’s two Grade 1 races, the A. P. Smithwick Memorial on July 25 and the New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap on Aug. 22, both by open lengths. He was ridden by Thomas Garner, who had recommended his purchase.
Bruton Street-US’s Scorpiancer won the 2017 Eclipse Award, missed the 2018 season, and came back to win the Iroquois for a second time in 2019. Trained by Jack Fisher, Scorpiancer finished second in the Grand National.
Michael Buckley’s Brain Power scored a 15-length victory in the Grand National, his only U.S. start for trainer Nicky Henderson.