Inside look at the Eclipse Awards
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)