Barbaro an Eclipse theme
Invasor is expected to be named Horse of the Year at the 36th annual Eclipse Awards dinner on Monday night at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., and though many divisional winners are fairly obvious, the evening should have plenty of drama and emotion because several divisions are up for grabs, and the saga of Barbaro will be a major theme.
Barbaro's jockey, Edgar Prado, is up for champion jockey in one of the more competitive divisions. Both Prado and Garrett Gomez, who led the nation in purse earnings and Grade 1 victories, had championship-caliber seasons.
Another division in which the winner's name is not a fait accompli is male turf horse, where English Channel, Miesque's Approval, and The Tin Man are the three finalists in an inscrutable division in which there were several other worthy contenders, such as Aragorn.
The black-tie dinner will be televised live by TVG beginning at 5 p.m. Pacific, with actor Jerry O'Connell the master of ceremonies for the third straight year.