Holy Bull’s performance in the Woodward Stakes left jockey Mike Smith trying in vain to assess the gray colt.
“There are no words in the world to describe him,” Smith decided that September afternoon at Belmont Park.
A lot of people started calling the colt Horse of the Year, and that’s what Holy Bull officially became Friday during the Thoroughbred Racing Association’s Eclipse Awards Dinner.
It was the colt’s second Eclipse. On Jan. 12, he was selected as champion 3-year-old in voting by the National Turf Writers Association, Daily Racing Form and the racing secretaries of TRA tracks. All three groups gave Holy Bull first-place votes in the 3-year-old and Horse of the Year categories.