American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly

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The American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly is an American Thoroughbred horse racing honor awarded annually to a female horse in Thoroughbred flat racing. It became part of the Eclipse Awards program in 1971.

The award originated in 1936 when both the Daily Racing Form (DRF) and Turf and Sports Digest (TSD) magazine 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 these organizations. There were several disagreements, with more than one champion being recognized on five occasions. In 1949, two Calumet Farm fillies, Wistful and Two Lea, shared the Champion's title after finishing equal top of the Daily Racing Form poll.

The Daily Racing Form, the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, and the National Turf Writers Association all joined forces in 1971 to create the Eclipse Award. In 1978, the voting resulted in a tie between two fillies.

Champions from 1887 through 1935 were selected retrospectively by a panel of experts as published by The Blood-Horse magazine.[1]

Honorees[edit]

Eclipse Awards[edit]

Year
Horse
Trainer
Owner
2018 Monomoy Girl Brad Cox Sol Kumin, Michael Dubb, Elkstone Group & Bethlehem Stables
2017 Abel Tasman Bob Baffert China Horse Club International & Clearsky Farms
2016 Songbird Jerry Hollendorfer Fox Hill Farms Inc.
2015 Stellar Wind John W. Sadler Hronis Racing
2014 Untapable Steve Asmussen Ron Winchell
2013 Beholder Richard E. Mandella Spendthrift Farm
2012 Questing Kiaran McLaughlin Godolphin Racing
2011 Royal Delta Bill Mott Saud bin Khaled
2010 Blind Luck Jerry Hollendorfer M. Dedomenico, J. Carver, J. Hollendorfer, Abruzz
2009 Rachel Alexandra Steve Asmussen Stonestreet Stables
2008 Proud Spell J. Larry Jones Brereton C. Jones
2007 Rags to Riches Todd A. Pletcher Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
2006 Wait A While Todd A. Pletcher Arindel Farm
2005 Smuggler Claude R. McGaughey III Ogden Mills Phipps
2004 Ashado Todd A. Pletcher Jonabell Farm
2003 Bird Town Nick Zito Marylou Whitney Stables
2002 Farda Amiga Paulo Lobo Escolastica Stable et al.
2001 Xtra Heat John E. Salzman Sr. J. E. Salzman Sr., Ken Taylor, Harry Deitchman
2000 Surfside D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm
1999 Silverbulletday Bob Baffert Michael E. Pegram
1998 Banshee Breeze Carl Nafzger Jayeff B. Stables & James B. Tafel
1997 Ajina William I. Mott Allen E. Paulson
1996 Yanks Music Leo O'Brien Audrey H. Cooper & Michael Fennessy
1995 Serena's Song D. Wayne Lukas Robert & Beverly Lewis
1994 Heavenly Prize Claude R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps
1993 Hollywood Wildcat Neil D. Drysdale Irving & Marjorie Cowan
1992 Saratoga Dew Gary Sciacca Charles F. Engel
1991 Dance Smartly James E. Day Sam-Son Farm
1990 Go For Wand William Badgett Jr. Christiana Stable
1989 Open Mind D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein
1988 Winning Colors D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein
1987 Sacahuista D. Wayne Lukas Barry A. Beal & Lloyd R. French Jr.
1986 Tiffany Lass Laz Barrera Aaron U. Jones
1985 Mom's Command Edward T. Allard Peter Fuller
1984 Life's Magic D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein & Mel Hatley
1983 Heartlight No. One Pedro Marti Burt Bacharach
1982 Christmas Past Angel Penna Jr. Cynthia Phipps
1981 Wayward Lass Jose A. Martin Lizza & Hochreiter
1980 Genuine Risk LeRoy Jolley Diana M. Firestone
1979 Davona Dale John M. Veitch Calumet Farm
1978 Tempest Queen Lou Rondinello John W. Galbreath
1977 Our Mims John M. Veitch Calumet Farm
1976 Revidere David A. Whiteley William Haggin Perry
1975 Ruffian Frank Y. Whiteley Jr. Stuart & Barbara Janney
1974 Chris Evert Joseph A. Trovato Carl Rosen
1973 Desert Vixen Thomas F. Root Sr. Harry T. Mangurian Jr.
1972 Susan's Girl John W. Russell Fred W. Hooper
1971 Turkish Trousers Charles E. Whittingham Howard B. Keck

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

Year
Horse
Trainer
Owner
1970 Office Queen (DRF)[2] Budd Lepman Stephen A. Calder
1970 Fanfreluche (TRA) Yonnie Starr J. Louis Lévesque
1969 Gallant Bloom William J. Hirsch Robert J. Kelberg Jr.
1968 Dark Mirage Everett W. King Lloyd I. Miller
1967 Furl Sail (DRF)[3] John L. Winans Edwin K. Thomas
1967 Gamely (TRA) James W. Maloney William Haggin Perry
1966 Lady Pitt Stephen A. DiMauro Thomas A. Eazor
1965 What a Treat Sylvester Veitch George D. Widener Jr.
1964 Tosmah Joseph W. Mergler Briardale Farm
1963 Lamb Chop James W. Maloney William Haggin Perry
1962 Cicada Casey Hayes Meadow Stable
1961 Bowl of Flowers J. Elliott Burch Brookmeade Stable
1960 Berlo Richard E. Handlen William du Pont Jr.
1959 Royal Native (DRF)[4] Kenny Noe Sr. Perne L. Grissom
1959 Silver Spoon (TRA)[5] Robert L. Wheeler Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney
1958 Idun Sherrill W. Ward Mrs. Charles U. Bay
1957 Bayou Moody Jolley Claiborne Farm
1956 Doubledogdare Moody Jolley Claiborne Farm
1955 Misty Morn Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons Wheatley Stable
1954 Parlo Richard E. Handlen William du Pont Jr.
1953 Grecian Queen James P. Conway Mrs. Ben F. Whitaker
1952 Real Delight Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm
1951 Kiss Me Kate Oscar White Walter M. Jeffords
1950 Next Move William C. Winfrey Alfred G. Vanderbilt II

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

Year
Horse
Trainer
Owner
1949 Two Lea (DRF tie)[6] Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm
1949 Wistful (DRF tie)[6] Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm
1948 Miss Request James P. Conway Mrs. Ben F. Whitaker
1947 But Why Not Max Hirsch Robert J. Kleberg Jr.
1946 Bridal Flower James W. Smith Edward R. Bradley
1945 Busher George M. Odom Louis B. Mayer
1944 Twilight Tear Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm
1943 Stefanita Bert Mulholland George D. Widener Jr.
1942 Vagrancy James E. Fitzsimmons Belair Stud
1941 Painted Veil Graceton Philpot Louis B. Mayer
1940 Fairy Chant Richard E. Handlen William du Pont Jr.
1939 Unerring (DRF) Ben A. Jones Woolford Farm
1939 War Plumage[7] Howard Oots James Cox Brady Jr.
1938 Handcuff Hugh L. Fontaine Isabel Dodge Sloane
1937 Dawn Play Max Hirsch Robert J. Kleberg Jr.
1936 High Fleet Bert Mulholland George D. Widener Jr.

The Blood-Horse retrospective champions[edit]

Year
Horse
Trainer
Owner
1935 Black Helen William A. Hurley Edward R. Bradley
1934 Mata Hari Clyde Van Dusen Charles T. Fisher
1934 Bazaar Herbert J. Thompson Edward R. Bradley
1933 Barn Swallow Herbert J. Thompson Edward R. Bradley
1932 Top Flight Thomas J. Healey C. V. Whitney
1931 Tambour Preston M. Burch Preston M. Burch
1930 Alcibiades Walter W. Taylor Hal Price Headley
1930 Snowflake Jack R. Pryce Walter J. Salmon Sr.
1929 Rose of Sharon Daniel E. Stewart Johnson N. Camden Jr.
1928 Bateau Scott P. Harlan Walter M. Jeffords
1928 Easter Stockings Kay Spence Audley Farm Stable
1927 Nimba George M. Odom Marshall Field III
1926 Edith Cavell Scott P. Harlan Walter M. Jeffords
1926 Black Maria William H. Karrick William R. Coe
1925 Florence Nightingale Robert A. Smith Walter M. Jeffords
1925 Maid at Arms Gwyn R. Tompkins Samuel D. Riddle
1924 Nellie Morse Albert B. Gordon Bud Fisher
1924 Princess Doreen Kay Spence Audley Farm Stable
1923 Untidy Scott P. Harlan Helen Hay Whitney
1922 Emotion George M. Odom Robert L. Gerry Sr.
1921 Prudery James G. Rowe Sr. Harry Payne Whitney
1920 Cleopatra William H. Karrick William R. Coe
1919 Milkmaid H. Guy Bedwell J. K. L. Ross
1919 Vexatious James G. Rowe Sr. Harry Payne Whitney
1918 Enfilade John Hastings Morton L. Schwartz
1918 Eyelid Richard O. Miller Anthony L. Aste
1917 Sunbonnet Walter B. Jennings A. Kingsley Macomber
1916 Kathleen Pete Coyne George J. Long
1915 Regret James G. Rowe Sr. Harry Payne Whitney
1914 Addie M. George W. Langdon John W. Messervy
1913 Flying Fairy J. Simon Healy Edward B. Cassatt
1912 None Selected n/a n/a
1911 None Selected n/a n/a
1910 Ocean Bound French Brooks Woodford Clay
1909 Maskette James G. Rowe Sr. James R. Keene
1908 Stamina A. Jack Joyner Harry Payne Whitney
1907 Court Dress James G. Rowe Sr. James R. Keene
1907 Kennyetto William Hayward Jr. John Sanford
1906 Tangle John E. Madden Francis R. Hitchcock
1906 Running Water Thomas Welsh Newcastle Stable (Andrew Miller, et al.)
1905 Artful John W. Rogers Harry Payne Whitney
1905 Tanya John W. Rogers Harry Payne Whitney
1904 Beldame Fred Burlew Newton Bennington
1903 Eugenia Burch William C. Smith Libby Curtis
1902 Blue Girl John W. Rogers William C. Whitney
1901 Trigger Charles F. Hill Clarence H. Mackay
1900 Killashandra Sam Hildreth William C. Whitney
1899 Admiration Sam Hildreth William C. Whitney
1898 Briar Sweet Walter B. Jennings Walter B. Jennings
1897 Cleophus Hardy Campbell Jr. Michael F. Dwyer
1896 Souffle James M. Murphy James M. Murphy
1895 The Butterflies John J. Hyland David Gideon
1894 Beldemere Edward Feakes Preakness Stables
1893 None Selected n/a n/a
1892 Yo Tambien John Huffman Kendall Stable
1892 Yorkville Belle Matthew M. Allen Frank A. Ehret
1891 La Tosca John Huggins Pierre Lorillard IV
1890 Sinaloa II Robert E. Campbell E. J. "Lucky" Baldwin
1889 Fides James G. Rowe Sr. August Belmont
1888 Los Angeles Robert E. Campbell E. J. "Lucky" Baldwin
1888 Bella B. Frank McCabe Dwyer Brothers Stable
1887 Firenze Matthew Byrnes James B. A. Haggin

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

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  3. ^ "Damascus top horse". Victoria Advocate. November 24, 1967. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  4. ^ "Sword Dancer unanimous choice". Montreal Gazette. November 29, 1959. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  5. ^ "In racing". Vancouver Sun. December 1, 1959. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  6. ^ a b "Capot captures horse of the year". Toledo Blade. November 28, 1949. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  7. ^ Avalyn Hunter (2003-05-25). American Classic Pedigrees. Blood-horse Publications. Retrieved 2012-07-14.