American Champion Older Dirt Female Horse

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The Eclipse Award for Champion Older Dirt Female Horse is an American Thoroughbred horse racing honor awarded annually to a filly or mare, four years old and up, for performances on dirt and main track racing surfaces. In 1971, it became part of the Eclipse Awards program as the award for Champion Older Female Horse.

In 1936 both the Turf & Sports Digest magazine and Daily Racing Form (DRF) began naming an annual champion. Starting in 1950, the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) began naming its own champion. The following list provides the name of the horses chosen by both of these organizations. Whenever there were different champions named, the horses are listed side-by-side with the one chosen as champion by the Daily Racing Form noted with the letters (DRF), the one chosen by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations by the letters (TRA) and the one chosen by Turf and Sports Digest by the letters (TSD).

Prior to 1971 this award was referred to as "Champion Female Handicap Horse" or "Champion Handicap Mare". The Daily Racing Form version was open to any female horse, and was given to some Champions at the age of three, such as Tosmah, Twilight Tear and Busher.

Champions prior to 1936 were selected retrospectively by a panel of experts as published by The Blood-Horse magazine.

In 2015, the Daily Racing Form, the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, and the National Turf Writers Association decided that the award would be renamed and awarded to older female horses proficient in dirt and main track races.[1]

Honorees[edit]

Eclipse Award for Champion Older Dirt Female[edit]

Year
Horse
Age Trainer
Owner
2015 announced January 2016

Eclipse Award for Champion Older Female[edit]

Year
Horse
Age Trainer
Owner
2014 Close Hatches 4 William I. Mott Juddmonte Farms
2013 Royal Delta 5 William I. Mott Besilu Stables
2012 Royal Delta 4 William I. Mott Besilu Stables
2011 Havre de Grace 4 J. Larry Jones Rick Porter/Fox Hill Farms
2010 Zenyatta 6 John Shirreffs Ann & Jerry Moss
2009 Zenyatta 5 John Shirreffs Ann & Jerry Moss
2008 Zenyatta 4 John Shirreffs Ann & Jerry Moss
2007 Ginger Punch 4 Robert J. Frankel Stronach Stables
2006 Fleet Indian 5 Todd A. Pletcher Paul H. Saylor
2005 Ashado 4 Todd A. Pletcher Jonabell Farm
2004 Azeri 6 D. Wayne Lukas Allen E. Paulson Living Trust
2003 Azeri 5 Laura de Seroux Allen E. Paulson Living Trust
2002 Azeri 4 Laura de Seroux Allen E. Paulson Living Trust
2001 Gourmet Girl 6 Pico Perdomo Gary A. Tanaka
2000 Riboletta 5 Eduardo Inda Aaron & Marie Jones
1999 Beautiful Pleasure 4 John T. Ward, Jr. John C. Oxley
1998 Escena 5 William I. Mott Allen E. Paulson
1997 Hidden Lake 4 John C. Kimmel Tracy Farmer & Robert N. Clay
1996 Jewel Princess 4 Wallace Dollase M. & R. Stephen/Thoroughbred Corp.
1995 Inside Information 4 C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Mills Phipps
1994 Sky Beauty 4 H. Allen Jerkens Georgia E. Hoffman
1993 Paseana 6 Ron McAnally Jenny & Sidney Craig
1992 Paseana 5 Ron McAnally Jenny & Sidney Craig
1991 Queena 5 C. R. McGaughey III Emory G. Alexander
1990 Bayakoa 6 Ron McAnally Janis & Frank Whitham
1989 Bayakoa 5 Ron McAnally Janis & Frank Whitham
1988 Personal Ensign 4 C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps
1987 North Sider 5 D. Wayne Lukas D. W. Lukas & Paul Paternostro
1986 Lady's Secret 4 D. Wayne Lukas M/M Eugene Klein
1985 Life's Magic 4 D. Wayne Lukas Mel Hatley & Eugene Klein
1984 Princess Rooney 4 Neil D. Drysdale Paula J. Tucker
1983 Ambassador of Luck 4 Mitchell C. Preger Envoy Stable
1982 Track Robbery 6 Robert L. Wheeler Summa Stable
1981 Relaxing 5 Angel Penna, Sr. Ogden Phipps
1980 Glorious Song 4 Gerry Belanger F. Stronach & N. B. Hunt
1979 Waya 5 David A. Whiteley P. M. Brant & G. W. Strawbridge, Jr.
1978 Late Bloomer 4 John M. Gaver, Jr. Greentree Stable
1977 Cascapedia 4 Gordon C. Campbell Bernard J. Ridder
1976 Proud Delta 4 Marion duPont Scott Peter M. Howe
1975 Susan's Girl 6 L. R. Fenstermaker Fred W. Hooper
1974 Desert Vixen 4 Thomas F. Root, Sr. Harry T. Mangurian, Jr.
1973 Susan's Girl 4 Charles R. Parke Fred W. Hooper
1972 Typecast 6 A. Thomas Doyle Fletcher R. Jones
1971 Shuvee 5 Willard C. Freeman Anne Minor Stone

Daily Racing Form, Turf & Sport Digest and Thoroughbred Racing Association Awards[edit]

Year
Horse
Age Trainer
Owner
1970 Shuvee 4 Willard C. Freeman Anne Minor Stone
1969 Gallant Bloom (DRF) 3 William J. Hirsch Robert J. Kelberg, Jr.
1969 Gamely (TRA) 5 James W. Maloney William Haggin Perry
1968 Gamely 4 James W. Maloney William Haggin Perry
1967 Straight Deal II 5 Hirsch Jacobs Ethel D. Jacobs
1966 Open Fire (DRF)[2] 5 Virgil W. Raines Brandywine Stable
1966 Summer Scandal (TRA) 4 Woods Garth Harborvale Stable
1965 Old Hat 6 Charles C. Norman Stanley Conrad
1964 Tosmah (DRF) 3 Joseph W. Mergler Briardale Farm
1964 Old Hat (TRA)[3] 5 Charles C. Norman Stanley Conrad
1963 Cicada 4 Casey Hayes Christopher Chenery
1962 Primonetta 4 James P. Conway Darby Dan Farm
1961 Airmans Guide 4 Burton Williams Hugh A. Grant, Sr.
1960 Royal Native 4 Peter F. Gacicia William B. MacDonald
1959 Tempted 4 Henry S. Clark Mooring Stable
1958 Bornastar 5 W. Graves Sparks J. Graham Brown
1957 Pucker Up 4 James P. Conway Ada L. Rice
1956 Blue Sparkler 4 Howard Wells Amory L. Haskell
1955 Misty Morn (DRF) 3 James E. Fitzsimmons Wheatley Stable
1955 Parlo (TRA) 4 Richard E. Handlen William du Pont, Jr.
1954 Parlo (DRF)[4] 3 Richard E. Handlen William du Pont, Jr.
1954 Lavender Hill (TRA) 5 Tommy Kelley Mrs. Charles Silvers
1953 Sickle's Image 5 Clarence W. Hartwick Clarence W. Hartwick
1952 Real Delight (DRF) 3 Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm
1952 Next Move (TRA)[5] 5 William C. Winfrey Alfred G. Vanderbilt II
1951 Bed o' Roses 4 William C. Winfrey Alfred G. Vanderbilt II
1950 Two Lea 4 Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm

Daily Racing Form and Turf & Sport Digest Awards[edit]

Year
Horse
Age Trainer
Owner
1949 Bewitch 4 Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm
1948 Conniver 4 William Post Harry La Montagne
1947 But Why Not 3 Max Hirsch King Ranch
1946 Gallorette 4 Edward A. Christmas William L. Brann
1945 Busher 3 George M. Odom Louis B. Mayer
1944 Twilight Tear 3 Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm
1943 Mar-Kell 4 Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm
1942 Vagrancy 3 James E. Fitzsimmons Belair Stud
1941 Fairy Chant 4 Richard E. Handlen William du Pont, Jr.
1940 War Plumage 4 Howard Oots James Cox Brady, Jr.
1939 Lady Maryland 5 not found Gustav Ring
1938 Esposa 6 Matthew P. Brady William Ziegler, Jr.
1938 Marica 5 Howard Wells Thomas D. Taggart
1937 Esposa 5 Matthew P. Brady William Ziegler, Jr.
1936 Myrtlewood 4 Ray Kindred Brownell Combs

Informal and retrospective awards[edit]

Year
Horse
Age Trainer
Owner
1935 Late Date 6 R. E. Mahoney Brentwood Stable
1935 Some Pomp 4 Bert B. Williams Calumet Farm
1934 Advising Anna 4 Jack Howard Mrs. Anna Howard
1933 Rambour 5 Preston M. Burch Preston M. Burch
1932 Tred Avon 4 William Irvine Sylvester W. Labrot
1931 Valenciennes 4 Willie Knapp Fannie Hertz
1930 Lady Broadcast 4 not found Roger Caldwell
1929 Bateau 4 Scott P. Harlan Walter M. Jeffords
1928 Black Maria 5 William H. Karrick William R. Coe
1927 Black Maria 4 William H. Karrick William R. Coe
1926 Princess Doreen 5 Kay Spence Audley Farm Stable
1925 Princess Doreen 4 Kay Spence Audley Farm Stable
1924 Chacolet 6 Will Buford Hal Price Headley
1923 Chacolet 5 Will Buford Hal Price Headley
1922 Careful 4 Eugene Wayland Walter J. Salmon, Sr.
1921 My Dear 4 Fred Musante Fred Musante
1920 Milkmaid 4 H. Guy Bedwell J. K. L. Ross

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hegarty, Matt (February 19, 2015). "Eclipse Awards: Turfers no longer eligible in older-male, older-female categories". drf.com. Daily Racing Form. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Unitas won't pass buck". Altus Times-Democrat. November 23, 1966. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  3. ^ "Minute sports page". Spokane Daily Chronicle. November 27, 1964. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  4. ^ "Native Dancer Horse-of-Year". Times-News. November 27, 1954. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  5. ^ "Horse Champion list completed". Tuscaloosa News. December 4, 1952. Retrieved 2012-07-15.