HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Wise Dan beat out I'll Have Another for Horse of the Year at the Eclipse Awards on Saturday night.
Wise Dan won five of six starts in 2012, winning the Breeders' Cup Mile in course-record time and two other Grade I turf stakes. The 5-year-old gelding's lone defeat was by a head in the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs, where he gave weight to winner Ron the Greek.
Wise Dan became the first gelding to win Horse of the Year since John Henry in 1984. He also became the first horse to sweep Horse of the Year, older male and male turf horse honors since John Henry in 1981.
I'll Have Another finished second in the voting after winning all four starts, including the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. He was scratched from the Belmont Stakes due to a tendon injury that led to his retirement.
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1/19/2013 10:18:52 PM (GMT -5:00)