Curlin won in Dubai and Big Brown won
at Churchill Downs. Now both have won on Miami Beach.
Dubai World Cup winner Curlin was chosen Horse of the Year for
the second year in a row Monday night at the Eclipse Awards. Big
Brown, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, was chosen
3-year-old Male of the Year.
The other nominees for Horse of the Year were Big Brown and
undefeated Zenyatta, the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic winner. Big
Brown bested two other nominees for top 3-year-old male: Santa
Anita Derby winner Colonel John and Breeders' Cup Classic winner
Curlin was chosen top older male over Commentator and
Proud Spell was selected the top 3-year-old filly over Music
Note and sentimental choice Eight Belles, who broke both front
ankles moments after finishing second to Big Brown in the Kentucky
Derby and was euthanized.
Steve Asmussen, who worked with Curlin, was chosen trainer of
the year over Big Brown trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. and Hall of Famer