Vote Online for the NTRA Moment of the Year
One of the thrilling victories and moment of the year was watching Always Dreaming win the 2017 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. And on Jan. 2, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NYRA) opened voting via social media for its 2017 Moment of the Year, with a winner to be announced at the 47th Eclipse Awards set for later this month at Gulfstream Park.
There are 13 nominees on the ballot, and you can retweet NTRA’s original posting of each horse and nominee, or by using the corresponding hashtag for each nominee listed below.
Always Dreaming was our top selection to win the 2017 Kentucky Derby, and he delivered an inspiring front-end victory by 2 3/4 lengths as the slight 9/2 favorite. Always Dreaming paid $11.40 to win, and if his Kentucky Derby victory was your favorite moment of the year, you can vote for him referencing the hashtags on twitter.
Also on the ballot is Gun Runner, an 11-time winner with nearly $9 million in career earnings and likely Horse of the Year for 2017. Gun Runner is nominated for his 2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic victory at Del Mar. Gun Runner finished 3rd in the 2016 Kentucky Derby before going on to win three races at Churchill Downs – the Matt Wynn Stakes (G3), Clark Handicap (G1) and this year the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1).
#JVPRIP – In remembrance of Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg.
#RememberSLR – To recognize those lost — and the heroes who saved many — during the San Luis Rey Downs fires.
#GunRunnerBC – For likely Horse of the Year Gun Runner’s victory at Del Mar.
#RacingWins – To celebrate updated IRS regulations regarding withholding/reporting of pari-mutuel winnings.
#RememberCamarero – To recognize another tragedy, this one at the Puerto Rican racetrack hit by Hurricane Maria.
#PennyRIP – The beloved owner of Secretariat left quite the legacy.
#LadyEli – Returning from a near-fatal bout of laminitis, she won two Grade 1 races.
#AccelerateSanDiego – The horse upset Arrogate and lit up the tote board.
#BensCatRIP – The eventual Vox Populi winner earned his retirement, but it was short-lived due to colic.
#CloudComputing – He topped Classic Empire in the Preakness Stakes.
#AlwaysDreaming – The Kentucky Derby winner always deserves a nod.
#ArrogateDWC – His last-to-first run at Meydan is a favorite in this competition.
#ArrogatePegasus – He proved the Travers and Breeders’ Cup Classic were no fluke in the lucrative race.