American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse
The award originated in 1936 when both Turf & Sports Digest (TSD) the Daily Racing Form (DRF) began naming an annual champion. Starting in 1950, the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) began naming its own champion. The following list provides the name of the horses chosen by these organizations. The only disagreement came in 1968, when Turf & Sports Digest named Forward Pass as champion whereas the other two organizations voted for Stage Door Johnny.
There were Co-Champions chosen retrospectively for 1876, 1882, 1885, 1886, 1888, 1893, 1894, 1904, 1906, 1917, 1923, and 1932.
The Daily Racing Form, the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, and the National Turf Writers Association all joined forces in 1971 to create the Eclipse Award.
As of 2018, Bob Baffert won the award 9 times as a trainer. No other train won the award more than twice.
Daily Racing Form, Turf & Sport Digest and Thoroughbred Racing Association AwardsEdit
Daily Racing Form and Turf & Sport Digest AwardsEdit
|1949||Capot||John M. Gaver, Sr.||Greentree Stable|
|1948||Citation||Ben A. Jones||Calumet Farm|
|1947||Phalanx||Sylvester Veitch||Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney|
|1946||Assault||Max Hirsch||King Ranch|
|1945||Fighting Step||Charles C. Norman||Murlogg Farm|
|1944||By Jimminy||James W. Smith||Alfred P. Parker|
|1943||Count Fleet||Don Cameron||Fannie Hertz|
|1942||Alsab||Sarge Swenke||Albert Sabath|
|1941||Whirlaway||Ben A. Jones||Calumet Farm|
|1940||Bimelech||William A. Hurley||Idle Hour Stock Farm|
|1939||Challedon||Louis J. Schaefer||Branncastle Farm|
|1938||Stagehand||Earl Sande||Col. Maxwell Howard|
|1937||War Admiral||George Conway||Glen Riddle Farm|
|1936||Granville||James E. Fitzsimmons||William Woodward, Sr.|
The Blood-Horse retrospective championsEdit
A ‡ designates co champion three-year-olds.
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- "Dark Mirage wins honor". Spokane Daily Chronicle. December 4, 1968. Retrieved 2012-07-13.
- "Unprecedented turf sweep by Dr Fager". Press-Courier. November 28, 1968. Retrieved 2012-07-13.
- "Dr Fager Named top horse". Montreal Gazette. November 13, 1968. Retrieved 2012-07-13.