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Posted 2024-01-26 06:32:00  
America's Darling Cody's Wish named Horse of the Year

Cody's Wish took center stage at the 53rd annual Eclipse Awards, securing the prestigious Horse of the Year title and earning recognition as the outstanding older dirt male. The Belmont Stakes and Travers winner, Arcangelo, claimed the title of the nation's top 3-year-old male.

Hall of Famer Bill Mott, the guiding force behind Cody's Wish, received well-deserved accolades as the top trainer. Irad Ortiz Jr. showcased his skill in the saddle, securing the top jockey award, while Axel Concepcion was celebrated as the apprentice rider. Godolphin emerged as the top owner and breeder.

Cody's Wish, named in honor of Kentucky teenager Cody Dorman, resonated with the racing community, particularly after winning the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita in November. Tragically, Dorman, born with a rare genetic disorder, witnessed the victory but passed away a day later.

Goodnight Olive clinched the title of female sprinter, successfully defending her Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint title.

Other notable winners included Fierceness as 2-year-old male, Just F Y I as 2-year-old filly, Pretty Mischievous as 3-year-old filly, Idiomatic as older dirt female, Elite Power as male sprinter, Up to the Mark as male turf horse, Britain-bred Inspiral as female turf horse, and Ireland-bred Merry Maker as steeplechase horse.

These awards, reflecting excellence in thoroughbred racing, are determined through the collective votes of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters.

Image Kelly Dorman, and Cody's Wish with Cody Dorman 

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