VA-BRED QUALITY ROAD, GIO PONTI ECLIPSE FINALISTS

The Year of the Girls will now conclude with Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta facing off for Horse of the Year honors.

The two females who dominated racing were the only horses receiving votes for the honor, however, there were three finalists in each of the other 16 Eclipse Award categories announced Wednesday.

Virginia-bred Quality Road is a finalist as is former Virginia Derby winner Gio Ponti (r) and Virginia-connected jumper Spy in the Sky.

Two-Year-Old Male: Lookin at Lucky, Noble’s Promise, Vale of York
Two-Year-Old Filly: Blind Luck, Hot Dixie Chick, She Be Wild
Three-Year-Old Male: Mine That Bird, Quality Road, Summer Bird
Three-Year-Old Filly: Careless Jewel, Flashing, Rachel Alexandra
Older Male: Einstein (BRZ), Gio Ponti, Kodiak Kowboy
Older Female: Life Is Sweet, Music Note, Zenyatta
Male Sprinter: Dancing in Silks, Kodiak Kowboy, Zensational
Female Sprinter: Informed Decision, Music Note, Ventura
Male Turf Horse: Conduit, Gio Ponti, Presious Passion
Female Turf Horse: Goldikova, Midday, Ventura
Steeplechase Horse: Mixed Up, Red Letter Day, Spy in the Sky (l)
Owner: Godolphin, Juddmonte Farms, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Moss
Breeder: Adena Springs, Juddmonte Farms, Dolphus C. Morrison
Trainer: Steve Asmussen, Bob Baffert, John Shirreffs
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez, Garrett Gomez, Julien Leparoux
Apprentice Jockey: Luis Batista, Christian Santiago Reyes, Luis Saez

Voting is done by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the National Turf Writers Association and the Daily Racing Form.