Voting begins for 2014 NTRA Moment of the Year

Lexington, KY ( – Fan voting to determine the 16th annual
NTRA Moment of the Year has begun. The winning moment will be revealed the
morning of Jan. 16 at the annual ThoroFan Awards Breakfast at Gulfstream Park
in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

“The NTRA Moment of the Year is about a singular event, whereas The Eclipse
Awards recognize entire campaigns across many months,” said Keith Chamblin,
NTRA Senior Vice President. “Fans deserve a voice, too, and this is their
opportunity to tell us what they will never forget from an extraordinary year
for racing.”

Last year’s winning “Moment” was Mucho Macho Man’s nose victory over Will Take
Charge in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Here are the 10 nominated moments from 2014:

Seven-year-old gelding Game On Dude wins the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap by
13/4 lengths, becoming the first three-time winner in the Big ‘Caps rich 77-
year history. (occurred March 8)

With his victory aboard We Miss Artie in the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park,
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez becomes the first North American rider to
surpass $300 million in career earnings. (March 22)

California Chrome wins the 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in front of
a crowd of 164,906, second-largest in Derby history. He becomes the first
horse bred in the Golden State to wear the garland of roses since Decidedly in
1962. It is the second Derby victory for jockey Victor Espinoza and first for
Art Sherman, who became the oldest Derby-winning trainer at 77. (May 3)

California Chrome’s quest to become racings first Triple Crown winner in 36
years falls short as the heavy favorite dead-heats for fourth behind winner
Tonalist in the 146th Belmont Stakes. The third-largest crowd in Belmont
history, 102,199, watches the drama unfold, while another 20.6 million
viewers, the second-highest Belmont viewership on record, tune in on NBC. In
the aftermath co-owner Steve Coburn tells NBC’s Kenny Rice that the result is
“a coward’s way out,” a sound bite that is replayed countless times in
mainstream media. (June 7)

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens saddles the top two finishers in the $1 million Travers,
with V.E. Day besting stablemate Wicked Strong in the Mid-Summer Derby at
Saratoga Race Course. (August 23)

Two-time defending Horse of the Year Wise Dan returns after more than two
months of recovery from emergency colic surgery to win the Grade II Bernard
Baruch at Saratoga Race Course with John Velazquez up. (August 30)

Track announcer Tom Durkin calls the final race of his illustrious 43-year
career at Saratoga Race Course. Following the featured Spinaway Stakes – in
which “Condo Commando was splash-tastic!” – Durkin is treated to a long
standing ovation and an emotional retirement ceremony in the winner’s circle,
coverage of which makes the front page of The New York Times. (August 31)

Two-time Horse of the Year Cigar dies at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital from
complications following surgery for severe osteoarthritis in his neck. The
popular member of racing’s Hall of Fame, who once won 16 consecutive races,
had resided at the Kentucky Horse Parks Hall of Champions since his
retirement in 1999. (October 7)

Jockey Rosie Napravnik announces her retirement and pregnancy live on NBC
Sports after winning the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff aboard
Untapable. (October 31)

Bayern survives a tense inquiry into bumping at the start to win a
controversial running of the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, the first
Classic win for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, owner Kaleem Shah and jockey
Martin Garcia. (November 1)

The winning moment will also be recognized at the 44th Annual Eclipse Awards
at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, Jan. 17.