Inside look at the Eclipse Awards

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The Eclipse Awards will be handed out Saturday night. Thorougbred racing's top honors will be given to the top horses and people in the industry.

Here's a by-the-numbers loo at what it took to get there:

2,984,000: Dollars earned in 2013 by Horse of the Year finalist Mucho Macho Man, the most by any American Thoroughbred.

43: Years of the Eclipse Awards.

36: Nominees for Eclipse Awards in 12 Thoroughbred categories.

15: Nominees for Eclipse Awards in five human categories.

13: Three-year-olds who have won Horse of the Year, as Will Take Charge is attempting.

11: Starts in 2013 by Will Take Charge, finalist in the 3-year-old male category, the most of any finalist.

11: Eclipse Awards already earned for outstanding trainer by the 2013 candidates in that category: Bob Baffert (3), Bill Mott (3) and Todd Pletcher (5).

11: 2013 Breeders’ Cup winners, out of 14 possible, among the Eclipse Award finalists.

6: Horses that have won multiple Horse of the Year titles (Secretariat, Forego [3 times], Affirmed, John Henry, Cigar and Curlin), as Wise Dan is attempting after receiving the honor last year.

6: Age of Wise Dan in 2013, oldest among Horse of the Year candidates.

3: Age of Will Take Charge in 2013, youngest among Horse of the Year candidates.

2: Starts in 2013 by Secret Circle, finalist in the male sprinter category, the fewest of any finalist.

2: Special Eclipse Award winners, previously announced – D. Wayne Lukas (Award of Merit) and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (Special Award).

1: Horse of the Year, the night’s marquee honor, awarded at the conclusion of Saturday's show.

( Jim Mulvihill is director of media and industry relations for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association)

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