New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan is a finalist for that honor as the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers And Broadcasters and Daily Racing Form announced the finalists for the 2013 Eclipse Awards on Wednesday morning.
The finalists in 17 Equine and Human categories were revealed with the winners to be announced at the 43rd annual Eclipse Awards Saturday evening, Jan. 18 at Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Wise Dan, owned by Morton Fink and trained by Charles LoPresti, is joined in the Horse of the Year category by Breeders' Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man and Travers champ Will Take Charge.
Wise Dan, who won his second straight Breeders' Cup Mile on Nov. 2, is also a finalist for champion Older Male and Male Turf Horse. The 7-year-old gelding won the three Eclipse Awards last year.
The 2013 Eclipse Awards finalists:
Horse of the Year: Mucho Macho Man, Will Take Charge, Wise Dan
2-Year-Old Male: Havana, New Year's Day, Shared Belief
2-Year-Old Filly: Chriselliam (IRE), Ria Antonia, She's a Tiger
3-Year-Old Male: Orb, Palace Malice, Will Take Charge
3-Year-Old Filly: Beholder, Close Hatches, Princess of Sylmar
Older Male: Game On Dude, Mucho Macho Man, Wise Dan
Older Female: Joyful Victory, Royal Delta, Tiz Miz Sue
Male Sprinter: Points Offthebench, Sahara Sky, Secret Circle
Female Sprinter: Dance to Bristol, Groupie Doll, Mizdirection
Male Turf Horse: Magician (IRE), Point of Entry, Wise Dan
Female Turf Horse: Dank (GB), Laughing (IRE), Mizdirection
Steeplechase Horse: Divine Fortune, Gustavian, Italian Wedding
Owner: Juddmonte Farms, Midwest Thoroughbreds, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey
Breeder: Adena Springs, Morton Fink, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey
Trainer: Bob Baffert, Bill Mott, Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano, Joel Rosario, Gary Stevens
Apprentice Jockey: Victor Carrasco, Manuel Franco, Edgard Zayas