Three Eclipse Award Snubs Worth Noting

I know I said the Eclipse Award Picks blog would be my last for Breeders' Cup Chat, but after the Eclipse Award finalists were announced today I had to make note of a three things I found particularly interesting:

--Even though he has finalists and probable winners in two Eclipse Award categories (Informed Decision as Female Sprinter and Mixed Up as Steeplechaser) Jonathan Sheppard is not among the finalists for top trainer. How can that be?

--Another notable snub is Calvin Borel as Outstanding Jockey. Borel is not among the finalists even though he was the regular rider for the probable Horse of the Year and the rider of the 50-1 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird. He rode winners in two legs of the Triple Crown but didn't make the top three? Interesting.

--Another snub, this one more predictable, is that Jess Jackson did not make the cut in the owner category. Jackson could be the owner of a Horse of the Year for the third consecutive year but not win an Eclipse Award in any of those years. Hmmm....

That's all I have for now. Now back to your Rachel vs. Zenyatta squabbling...

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