UPDATE: Find results of the Eclipse Awards at www.ntra.com/gun-runner-voted-2017-horse-of-the-year/.
Horse racing's highest honors will be doled out tonight at the Eclipse Awards, beginning at 8 p.m. ET on TVG. English broadcaster Nick Luck will host the event, which has honored the best in horse racing since 1971.
Awards will be given out for the best human and horse achievements in the sport over the past year. Check out the list of finalists in each category below.
The event will also recognize tragedies that struck a racetrack in Puerto Rico and a training center in Southern California and honor the relief efforts. Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in September, destroying much of racetrack Hipodromo Camarero. Last month, a wildfire struck San Luis Rey Training Center in Bonsall, CA, taking the lives of 46 horses.
Additionally, Frank Stronach (owner/breeder/racetrack owner) will receive the Eclipse Award of Merit for lifetime achievement.
Here are the Eclipse Award finalists (courtesy of NTRA.com):
Horse of the Year: Arrogate, Gun Runner, World Approval
Two-Year-Old Male: Bolt d’Oro, Good Magic, Solomini
Two-Year-Old Filly: Caledonia Road, Moonshine Memories, Rushing Fall
Three-Year-Old Male: Always Dreaming, Battle of Midway, West Coast
Three-Year-Old Filly: Abel Tasman, Elate, Unique Bella
Older Dirt Male: Arrogate, Collected, Gun Runner
Older Dirt Female: Forever Unbridled, Songbird, Stellar Wind
Male Sprinter: Imperial Hint, Mind Your Biscuits, Roy H
Female Sprinter: Bar of Gold, Paulassilverlining, Unique Bella
Male Turf Horse: Beach Patrol, Talismanic (GB), World Approval
Female Turf Horse: Lady Eli, Off Limits (IRE), Wuheida (GB)
Steeplechase Horse: All the Way Jose, Mr. Hot Stuff, Scorpiancer (IRE)
Owner: Godolphin Racing LLC, Juddmonte Farms, Winchell Thoroughbreds & Three Chimneys Farm
Breeder: Besilu Stables LLC, Clearsky Farms, WinStar Farm, LLC
Trainer: Steve Asmussen, Bob Baffert, Chad Brown
Jockey: Javier Castellano, Jose Ortiz, Mike Smith
Apprentice Jockey: Katie Clawson, Hector Rafael Diaz Jr., Evin A. Roman