D. Wayne Lukas and Holy Bull overcame long odds to win Eclipse Awards.
Holy Bull was voted top 3-year-old old colt or gelding even though he didn’t win a Triple Crown race. He is the first 3-yearold since Slew o’ Gold in 1983 and only the fourth ever to get the divisional award without a Triple Crown victory.
Holly Bull finished 12th in the Derby and didn’t run in the Preakness or Belmont Stakes, but made up for it by winning eight of 10 starts and more than $2 million in 1994. He beat Derby winner Go For Gin in the Woodward Stakes and outraced Preakness and Belmont winner Tabasco Cat in the Travers.
Lukas, whose son and assistant Jeff was nearly killed 13 months ago when he was run over by Tabasco Cat, won his fourth trainer-of-the-year award. Two of his horses, Timber Country and Flanders, swept the awards for 2-year-olds.
Holy Bull also is favored to win the Horse of the Year award, which will be announced Jan. 27. The other finalists are Flanders, male turf champion Paradise Creek and top 3-year-old filly Heavenly Prize. Other Eclipse Award winners include Sky Beauty (older filly or mare), Hatoof (female turf), The Wicked North (older colt, horse or gelding) and Cherokee Run (sprinter).