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Hall of Fame

Since launching the stable in late 2011, Eclipse has been blessed with some extraordinary runners who have carried the baby blue and black silks to victory in some of the most important, historic and lucrative races throughout the country, if not the world.

This section of the website is dedicated to the horses who have represented Eclipse with either exemplary performances on the racetrack at the highest level or who have etched themselves into the hearts of the Eclipse brethren for any number of meaningful or special reasons.

Eclipse horses are eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame once they are officially retired from racing and each new member of the Hall of Fame will be announced at the end of each calendar year.

War Correspondent Grade 3 Miami Mile

War Correspondent

War Correspondent rounds out the 2017 Hall of Fame class. Plucked privately at the end of his 3 year-old season, Eclipse campaigned War Correspondent for 3 seasons, winning a pair of Grade 3’s, including the Miami Mile this past year, in addition to a pair of Grade 1 placings in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap and a narrow 2nd in the Grade 2 Autumn Stakes. A magnificently-bred colt, War Correspondent provided his partners with some massive paydays when Sagamore Farm acquired a minority interest in him as a 4 year-old and then his stallion rights were acquired at age 5 by the historic Calumet Farm. War Correspondent was a regal colt for Eclipse and with his stellar looks, prime-time ability and royal pedigree, he has every right to make his presence felt on the breed as he assumes his duties as a sire in 2018.

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Grade 1 Belmont Stakes

Tapwrit

Tapwrit is most definitely a class of 2018 Hall of Famer. He will forever be remembered as the 2017 Belmont Stakes hero and beyond that it’s all gravy. He will have every opportunity to prove he can be a meaningful stallion at Gainesway Farm and it is an honor of epic proportions for Eclipse to have been part of such a remarkable colt who captured a Classic and now gets his shot to change the breed for the better at one of the best stallion stations the world over.

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3rd in Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

Sweet Cat

Sweet Cat can be credited for setting the tone for Eclipse’s top tier aspirations when she turned in a huge 3rd-place performance in the 2011 running of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Churchill Downs. A private acquisition off a 5 1/2-furlong Maiden Special Weight win on the sod at Saratoga in the summer of her 2 year-old season, Eclipse and trainer Todd Pletcher developed this classy daughter of Kitten’s Joy into a multiple-Graded and Listed performer. Sweet Cat was sold for $300,000 at Keeneland November of her 3 year-old year and has already produced a winner by Hard Spun.

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Pinot Group 1 Kennedy Oaks

Pinot

Pinot was the first ever horse ever acquired and campaigned in Australia for Eclipse and did she ever set the bar high when winning the Group 3 Ethereal Stakes and then converting that score into an epic triumph in the Australian version of the Kentucky Oaks. Pinot was a fairy-tale through and through for her partners who traveled Down Under to experience the magic in the Kennedy Oaks and capped off a dual-Classic-winning season for Eclipse in 2017. Pinot was a special filly and while her career was brief, it was one for the ages.

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Toronto Cup Stakes

Patrioticandproud

Patrioticandproud will forever be etched in Eclipse history as the stable’s 1st ever starter and simultaneously, the stable’s 1st ever winner when he captured a Maiden Special Weight heat at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto on Octover 10, 2011. Patrioticandproud went on to assume poster boy status for the stable, going on to carry the baby blue and black silks to post on 44 occasions, posting 8 wins from age 2 through age 7. The son of Proud Citizen won the 2013 renewal of the $150,000 Toronto Cup and placed in several Graded and Listed Stakes. In addition to his 8 wins, Patrioticandproud racked up thirteen 2nd place finishes and five 3rds, all the while compiling a hefty lifetime bankroll of $669,000 and counting.

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Grade 1 Spinster

In Lingerie

In Lingerie was the 1st real blockbuster horse to represent the Eclipse squad. This royally-bred daughter of Empire Maker was a stealth acquisition by Eclipse and partner, Gary Barber, in the wake of a debut score in January of her sophomore season in the dead of winter at Turfway Park. That very season, In Lingerie would go on to capture the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks, the Grade 2 Black Eyed Susan and she achieved the ultimate success when dominating her elders in the Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland. In Lingerie was retired after a respectable effort in the Breeders’ Cup with a bankroll of over $712,000 and in an enterprising venture, was shipped overseas to be part of an elite group of fillies to be bred to the immortal, Frankel. In November of 2013 In Lingerie became the 1st mare to be sold in foal to Frankel in North America when she commanded $2.4 million at Fasig-Tipton. In Lingerie now resides in Japan when she is an esteemed member of the Yoshida Family’s “Box of Jewels.”

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Grade 1 Gamely

Illuminant

Illuminant joins an esteemed list of esteemed Eclipse fillies in the Hall of Fame. Although it took the black beauty 4 tries to break her Maiden, she always hinted at being Grade 1 caliber and she proved it in her 4 year-old season when she traveled to Keeneland to run the mighty Tepin to a 3rd in the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley and she validated that tremendous performance when she bounded home a decisive winner in the Grade 1, $300,000 Gamely a month later. A high maintenance filly who required an enormous amount of TLC, Illuminant was sidelined for the remainder of her 4 year-old year and after an innovative deal for Eclipse to retain an interest in the star filly, she overcame all odds to return to the upper ranks at age 5, booming home best in the Wishing Well Stakes and then providing a smashing score in the Grade 2, $200,00 Monrovia. A Grade 1 winner at 9 furlongs and a Grade 2 victor at 6 1/2-furlongs, Illuminant resembles the prototypical all-around athlete with the versatility, adaptability, courage and psyche to be an elite thoroughbred racehorse. Illuminant was sold in November for $1.1 million and now resides side by side 2 other Eclipse legendary ladies, In lingerie and Curlalina, at the famed Shadai Farm in Japan.

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Grade 3 Edgewood

Feathered

Feathered soared for Eclipse over the course of 2 seasons. This elegant, yet ferocious daughter of Indian Charlie flew to stardom with a brilliant 9-length victory in a Maiden Special Weight race at Saratoga as a freshman, placed in the Grade 1 Frizette and then put forth a dynamite performance in the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies when beaten less than a length. Feathered would go on to prove a star in her sophomore season when transitioned to the turf and she again gained Graded glory when bounding to win the Grade 3, $150,000 Edgewood on Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs. Feathered would compile further Graded Stake Black Type while pocketing greater than $577,000 in purse money and was sold privately at the end of her 3 year-old season for well into the 7-figure price range.

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2nd in Grade 1 Belmont Stakes

Destin

Destin handed the Eclipse brethren one of the most brutal beats in the history of the American Turf when he got nostrilized in the 2016 Belmont Stakes. Little did those who bleed baby blue and black know that the nasty defeat would be avenged at Big Sandy just 1 year later, but Destin will forever go down in the history books as perhaps the narrowest loss in the Triple Crown era. Destin provided a consolation prize to his partners when he stormed home to win the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Marathon at Del Mar.

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Danza AR Derby Grade 1 Arkansas Derby

Danza

Danza is a name who will always be remembered for his association with Eclipse. Unearthed as a yearling for just $105,000, Eclipse developed Danza into a Graded Stakes performer at age 2 in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special and the strapping son of Street Boss went on to blitz his rivals in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park before providing his partners and fans with the ultimate thrill with an extraordinary showing when 3rd in the Kentucky Derby. Sadly, injury prevented Danza from ever competing again on the racetrack, but the talented colt retired with over $866,000 in lifetime earnings and was sold as a stallion to B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky.

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Curalina Belmont Acorn Stakes Grade 1 Acorn

Curalina

Curalina is perhaps the best filly Eclipse has ever campaigned in a long line of fantastic Eclipse fillies. Scouted by Eclipse as a yearling and purchased for $125,000, this daughter of Curlin was a star, through and through. After breaking her Maiden at Gulfstream and dominating an Allowance at Churchill Downs to launch her 3 year-old season, Curalina delivered an unforgettable performance in the Grade 1, $750,000 Acorn at Belmont Park, overcoming massive trouble to surge to victory in the historic race on the same day and track as American Pharoah captured the Triple Crown. Curalina embellished her legend and race record with a pair of additional Grade 1 wins, including the Coaching Club American Oaks at The Spa and then bounding to a daylight triumph in her 4 year-old unveiling in the Grade 1 La Troienne beneath the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs. Curalina was also placed in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and several other Grade 1 fixtures, retiring at the end of her 4 year-old campaign with 6 wins from 13 starts and in excess of $1.53 million in purses. Curalina was sold at Fasig-Tipton for $3 million, ranking the #1 highest priced broodmare prospect to be sold at public auction in 2017. She now resides beside fellow Eclipse Hall of Famer, In Lingerie, at Shadai Farm in the Yoshida Family’s “Box of Jewels” in Japan.

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2nd in Grade 1 Whitney

Comfort

Comfort was acquired privately by Eclipse in January of his 3 year-old year after an eye-catching Maiden score. The son of Indian Charlie was much maligned throughout his Eclipse career, emerging from his auspicious stable debut in the Grade 3 Lexington with a hind ankle injury and he was injury prone and plagued for the next 2+ seasons, although magnificent on his day. Comfort won an Allowance sprinting on the dirt at Gulfstream at the end of his 3 year-old season, but came out of that effort requiring surgery to cut his check ligament. Ever the warrior, Comfort came back at age 4, reeling off a pair of spectacular victories at Belmont Park, including a rousing score in the State Dinner Stakes. He then dove into the deep end of the pool, tackling the top Handicap colt in all the land, Frosted, and ran that foe to a fierce 2nd in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney at Saratoga. Comfort would then return to Belmont Park where he won the Seattle Slew Stakes, fracturing his shin in the process. From June to September he posted 4 consecutive triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures, won 2 Stakes at Big Sandy and a gutsy 2nd in the Whitney at The Spa. After the Seattle Slew, Comfort underwent a 3rd surgery and was brought back for a 5 year-old campaign, but he re-aggravated his shin and was retired to stud in New Mexico where he is preparing to stand his 1st season as a stallion. On his day, Comfort was exceptional, winning Stakes in the Big Apple in monster style while racking up robust speed figures. He was a true warrior who battled through injury and always laid his body down. With his sterling pedigree and natural talent, Comfort is cut out to be a serious stallion and in a few year’s time, it will come as no surprise if he takes New Mexico by storm. Comfort epitomizes the heart, class and talent of a true Eclipse Hall of Famer.

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Capo Bastone Kings Bishop Grade 1 King’s Bishop

Capo Bastone

Capo Bastone was part of Eclipse’s initial 2 year-old in-training draft classes and he’d carry that banner with the utmost pride, being named a TDN Rising Star in a scintillating debut performance as a freshman at Del Mar. Capo Bastone would go on to place in several Grade 1 events as a 2 year-old, including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita. Transferred into the care of Todd Pletcher for his sophomore campaign, Capo Bastone delivered a Grade 1 glory thrill when storming home from dead-last to prevail in the prestigious Grade 1, $500,000 King’s Bishop at Saratoga. Capo Bastone raced 17 times for Eclipse, accumulating in excess of $731,000 in purses and was sold to Adena Springs where the son of Street Boss is now a stallion in Kentucky.

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Grade 1 Vanity Handicap

Byrama

Byrama epitomizes the image of a filly Eclipse seeks to acquire, develop and manage into a Grade 1 winner. Plucked for a modest price from the stix in Europe in the summer of her 2 year-old season in 2011, Byrama carried the Eclipse colors to post 24 times, winning 3 Stakes, including a brilliant win in the Grade 1, $250,000 Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park. Known as a turf sprint specialist, Byrama’s crowning moment came in 2013 when she streaked to victory in the 9 furlong Vanity on the synthetic, signifying her incredible raw talent and versatility. Known as “Nails” by the Eclipse brethren, Byrama was sold at auction for $750,000 after racking up five wins, seven 2nds and nine 3rds during a career in which she earned over $650,000.

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Grade 2 Mac Diarmida

Amira’s Prince

Amira’s Prince fortified Eclipse’s reputation for seeking talent in Europe when the 1 time winner in Ireland was imported to the States and transferred to Hall of Famer, Bill Mott. Amira’s Prince came from humble beginnings in his Native land, but made a huge splash on the American Turf scene, capturing his first 4 outings in America, including jaw-dropping scores in the Grade 2 Mac Diarmida at Gulfstream Park and the Grade 2, $400,000 Mervin Muniz at Fair Grounds. Amira’s Prince added multiple Grade 1 placings to his resume along with over $542,000 in earnings before being sold to stud where he stands at Pleasant Acres in Ocala, Florida.

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