American Champion Two-Year-Old Male Horse

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The American Champion Two-Year-Old Male Horse is an American Thoroughbred horse racing honor awarded annually in Thoroughbred flat racing. It became part of the Eclipse Awards program in 1971.

The award originated in 1936 when the Daily Racing Form (DRF) began naming an annual champion. In the same year, the Baltimore-based Turf and Sports Digest magazine instituted a similar award. 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. 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).

The Daily Racing Form, the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, and the National Turf Writers Association all joined forces in 1971 to create the Eclipse Award.

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


Eclipse Awards[edit]

2017 Good Magic Chad Brown e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Stables
2016 Classic Empire Mark Casse John C. Oxley
2015 Nyquist Doug O'Neill Reddam Racing
2014 American Pharoah Bob Baffert Ahmed Zayat
2013 Shared Belief Jerry Hollendorfer Jungle Racing, Kmn Racing et al.
2012 Shanghai Bobby Todd Pletcher Starlight Racing
2011 Hansen Mike Maker K. Hansen/Sky Chai Racing
2010 Uncle Mo Todd Pletcher Mike Repole
2009 Lookin at Lucky Bob Baffert Mike Pegram/Karl Watson/Paul Weitman
2008 Midshipman Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing
2007 War Pass Nicholas P. Zito Robert V. LaPenta
2006 Street Sense Carl Nafzger James B. Tafel
2005 Stevie Wonderboy Douglas F. O'Neill Merv Griffin
2004 Declan's Moon Ronald W. Ellis Jay Em Ess Stables
2003 Action This Day Richard E. Mandella B. Wayne Hughes
2002 Vindication Bob Baffert Padua Stables
2001 Johannesburg Aidan O'Brien Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier
2000 Macho Uno Joe Orseno Stronach Stables
1999 Anees Alex L. Hassinger, Jr. The Thoroughbred Corp.
1998 Answer Lively Bobby C. Barnett John A. Franks
1997 Favorite Trick Patrick B. Byrne Joseph LaCombe
1996 Boston Harbor D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm
1995 Maria's Mon Richard E. Schosberg Mrs. Morton Rosenthal
1994 Timber Country D. Wayne Lukas Gainesway Stable, et al.
1993 Dehere Reynaldo Nobles Due Process Stable
1992 Gilded Time Darrell Vienna David Milch, Jack & Mark Silverman
1991 Arazi Francois Boutin Allen E. Paulson & Sheikh Mohammed
1990 Fly So Free Flint S. Schulhofer Tommy & Elizabeth Valando
1989 Rhythm Claude R. McGaughey III Ogden Mills Phipps
1988 Easy Goer Claude R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps
1987 Forty Niner Woody Stephens Claiborne Farm
1986 Capote D. Wayne Lukas Beal, French, Jr. & Klein
1985 Tasso Neil D. Drysdale Gerald Robins
1984 Chief's Crown Roger Laurin Star Crown Stable
1983 Devil's Bag Woody Stephens Hickory Tree Stable
1982 Roving Boy Joseph Manzi Robert E. Hibbert
1981 Deputy Minister Bill Marko Centurion Stables & Kinghaven Farms
1980 Lord Avie Daniel Perlsweig SKS Stable
1979 Rockhill Native Herbert K. Stevens Harry A. Oak
1978 Spectacular Bid Bud Delp Hawksworth Farm
1977 Affirmed Laz Barrera Harbor View Farm
1976 Seattle Slew William H. Turner, Jr. Karen & Mickey Taylor
1975 Honest Pleasure LeRoy Jolley Bertram R. Firestone
1974 Foolish Pleasure LeRoy Jolley John L. Greer
1973 Protagonist John P. Campo Maxwell H. Gluck
1972 Secretariat Lucien Laurin Christopher Chenery
1971 Riva Ridge Lucien Laurin Christopher Chenery

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

1970 Hoist The Flag Sidney Watters, Jr. Jane Forbes Clark
1969 Silent Screen J. Bowes Bond Elberon Farm
1968 Top Knight Raymond Metcalf Steven B. Wilson
1967 Vitriolic Edward A. Neloy Ogden Phipps
1966 Successor Edward A. Neloy Wheatley Stable
1965 Buckpasser William C. Winfrey Ogden Phipps
1964 Bold Lad William C. Winfrey Wheatley Stable
1963 Hurry to Market (TRA)[1](DRF)[2] David Erb Roger W. Wilson & Mrs. T. P. Hull, Jr.
1963 Raise a Native (TSD) Burley Parke Louis Wolfson
1962 Never Bend Woody Stephens Cain Hoy Stable
1961 Crimson Satan Gordon R. Potter Peter W. Salmen, Sr.
1960 Hail to Reason Hirsch Jacobs Hirsch Jacobs & Harbor View Farm
1959 Warfare Hack Ross Clifford H. Jones
1958 First Landing Casey Hayes Christopher Chenery
1957 Nadir (DRF) Moody Jolley Claiborne Farm
1957 Jewel's Reward (TRA)[3] (TSD) Ivan H. Parke Maine Chance Farm
1956 Barbizon Horace A. Jones Lucille P. Markey
1955 Needles Hugh L. Fontaine Jack Dudley & Bonnie Heath
1954 Nashua James E. Fitzsimmons Belair Stud
1953 Porterhouse (TRA)[4] (DRF)[5] Charles E. Whittingham Liz Whitney Tippett
1953 Hasty Road (TSD)[6] Harry Trotsek Hasty House Farm
1952 Native Dancer William C. Winfrey Alfred G. Vanderbilt II
1951 Tom Fool John M. Gaver, Sr. Greentree Stable
1950 Battlefield Bert Mulholland George D. Widener, Jr.

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

1949 Hill Prince (DRF)[7] Casey Hayes Christopher Chenery
1949 Oil Capitol (TSD)[8] Harry Trotsek Thomas Gray & Cora M. Trotsek
1948 Blue Peter Andy Schuttinger Joseph M. Roebling
1947 Citation Ben & Horace Jones Calumet Farm
1946 Double Jay Walter L. McCue James V. Tigani & James Boines
1945 Star Pilot Tom Smith Maine Chance Farm
1944 Pavot Oscar White Walter M. Jeffords, Sr.
1943 Platter (DRF) Bert Mulholland George D. Widener, Jr.
1943 Occupy (TSD)[9] Burley Parke John Marsch
1942 Count Fleet Don Cameron Fannie Hertz
1941 Alsab Sarge Swenke Albert Sabath
1940 Whirlaway (TSD)[10] Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm
1940 Our Boots (DRF) Steve Judge Royce G. Martin
1939 Bimelech William A. Hurley Edward R. Bradley
1938 El Chico Matthew P. Brady William Ziegler, Jr.
1937 Menow Duval A. Headley Hal Price Headley
1936 Pompoon Johnny Loftus Jerome H. Louchheim

Informal and retrospective awards[edit]

1935 Tintagel George M. Odom Marshall Field III
1934 Balladier Herbert J. Thompson Edward R. Bradley
1933 Cavalcade Robert Augustus Smith Isabel Dodge Sloane
1932 Ladysman Bud Stotler William R. Coe
1931 Burning Blaze John B. Partridge Pat & Richard Nash
1930 Jamestown A. Jack Joyner George D. Widener, Jr.
1930 Equipoise Freddy Hopkins Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney
1929 Whichone James G. Rowe, Sr. Harry Payne Whitney
1928 High Strung George M. Odom Marshall Field III
1927 Reigh Count Henry McDaniel Fannie Hertz
1927 Dice James E. Fitzsimmons Wheatley Stable
1926 Scapa Flow Scott P. Harlan Walter M. Jeffords, Sr.
1925 Pompey William H. Karrick William R. Coe
1924 Master Charlie Andrew Blakely William Daniel
1923 St. James A. Jack Joyner George D. Widener, Jr.
1923 Wise Counsellor John S. Ward Frederick A. Burton & John S. Ward
1922 Zev Sam Hildreth Rancocas Stable
1921 Morvich Fred Burlew Benjamin Block
1920 Tryster James G. Rowe, Sr. Harry Payne Whitney
1919 Man o' War Louis Feustel Samuel D. Riddle
1918 Billy Kelly H. Guy Bedwell J. K. L. Ross
1918 Eternal Kimball Patterson James W. McClelland
1917 Sun Briar Henry McDaniel Willis Sharpe Kilmer
1916 Campfire Thomas J. Healey Richard T. Wilson, Jr.
1915 Dominant James G. Rowe, Sr. Lewis S. Thompson
1914 Pebbles I Richard C. Benson James Butler
1913 Old Rosebud Frank D. Weir Frank D. Weir & Hamilton Applegate
1912 Helios John Oliver Keene Johnson N. Camden, Jr.
1911 Worth Frank M. Taylor Henry C. Hallenbeck
1910 Novelty Sam Hildreth Sam Hildreth
1909 Sweep James G. Rowe, Sr. James R. Keene
1909 Waldo Raleigh Colston C. L. Harrison
1908 Sir Martin John E. Madden John E. Madden
1907 Colin James G. Rowe, Sr. James R. Keene
1906 Salvidere Thomas Hitchcock Thomas Hitchcock
1905 Burgomaster John W. Rogers Harry Payne Whitney
1904 Sysonby James G. Rowe, Sr. James R. Keene
1903 Highball John W. May Walter M. Scheftel & John W. May
1902 Irish Lad John E. Madden H. P. Whitney & H. B. Duryea
1901 Nasturtium John W. Rogers William Collins Whitney
1900 Commando James G. Rowe, Sr. James R. Keene
1899 Mesmerist Julius Bauer Bromley and Co.
1899 Chacornac James G. Rowe, Sr. James R. Keene
1898 Jean Bereaud Sam Hildreth Sydney Paget
1897 Hamburg John E. Madden John E. Madden
1896 Ogden John Campbell Marcus Daly
1895 Requital James G. Rowe, Sr. David Gideon
1895 Ben Brush Edward D. Brown H. Eugene Leigh & Edward D. Brown
1894 none selected
1893 Domino William Lakeland James R. Keene
1892 Morello A. F. Van Ness William M. Singerly
1891 His Highness John J. Hyland David Gideon
1890 Potomac James G. Rowe, Sr. August Belmont
1889 El Rio Rey Alfred H. Estell Theodore Winters
1888 Proctor Knott Sam W. Bryant S. W. Bryant & George Scoogan
1887 Emperor of Norfolk John W. McClelland E. J. "Lucky" Baldwin
1887 Raceland James G. Rowe, Sr. August Belmont
1886 Tremont Frank McCabe Dwyer Brothers Stable

See also[edit]


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