In the first year of Racing at the Jersey Shore at HorseRacingNation.com I got to see several of the Eclipse Award finalists run or train at either my home track of Monmouth Park or on the New York circuit.
At Monmouth I saw Stacelita begin her American campaign with a troubled third place finish against the boys in the United Nations. I spent time with Shackleford on the backside as he prepared for his game second place finish in the Haskell. Perfect Shirl ran third in the Matchmaker.
On Super Saturday at Belmont Park, Havre de Grace and Royal Delta ran one-two while dominating the Beldame. Cape Blanco won his third straight US grade one stake in the Joe Hirsch. Stacelita recorded a very impressive win in the Flower Bowl.
To wrap-up the year, here are my choices for the 2011 Eclipse Awards.