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WHAT HORSE HOLDS THE RECORD FOR RECEIVING THE HORSE-OF-THE-YEAR TITLE THE MOST NUMBER OF TIMES?
The Eclipse Awards ceremony is coming in just 13 days. They are the most prestigious awards in Thoroughbred racing. For nearly a century Thoroughbred racing has been recognizing the best horses in a given racing year. Informally that process began in 1887. In 1936 the Daily Racing Form and the Turf and Sports Digest formalized the award process. In 1950 these two added the Thoroughbred Racing Association to their group. In 1971 the Eclipse Awards as we know them today were established. In the history of the top award, the Horse-of-the-Year awards, a number of horses won the award in two consecutive years. However, the one horse that has been recognized as the Horse-of-the-Year was Kelso who received the award for five consecutive years from 1960 to 1964. The runner-up to this top awardee was Forego who received the award in three consecutive years from 1974 to 1976. Given the breeding and racing models of today, it is unlikely that any modern horse will “eclipse” this record.