St. Liam captures Horse of the Year honor for '05

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Saint Liam, the Breeders' Cup Classic champion, won the Eclipse Award as thoroughbred racing's Horse of the Year on Monday night.

Trained by Richard Dutrow Jr., Saint Liam won four of six races in 2005 -- all Grade 1 stakes. He defeated Flower Alley by one length in the BC Classic at Belmont Park in October before retiring with earnings of $4,456,995 for owners William and Suzanne Warren.

Saint Liam also won the Eclipse for older male in balloting by the Daily Racing Form, National Turf Writers Association and National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

Afleet Alex, who won the Preakness and Belmont Stakes after finishing third in the Kentucky Derby, was voted top 3-year-old colt. He beat out Flower Alley and Derby winner Giacomo.

Stevie Wonderboy, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner, was chosen top 2-year-old colt. Trained by Doug O'Neill and owned by hotel and TV magnate Merv Griffin, Stevie Wonderboy is one of the early favorites for the Kentucky Derby.

Folklore was named 2-year-old female; Smuggler was chosen 3-year-old female; Ashado won her second straight Eclipse, this time as older female; Lost in the Fog, who won the first 10 races of his career before losing the Breeders' Cup Sprint, was sprinter of the year; Leroidesanimaux was male turf horse; and Intercontinental was female turf horse.

For the second straight year, the breeder award went to Adena Springs, operated by Frank Stronach. Michael Gill, who led the nation in wins and earnings, was voted owner of the year.

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