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January 21, 2013

Pierrot Lunaire Wins Eclipse Award

Steeplechase horse Pierrot Lunaire, winner of the $150,000 Grade 1 Lonesome Glory at Belmont Park (N.Y.) and the $250,000 Grade 1 Grand National at Far Hills (N.J.), picked up the 2012 Eclipse Award for his division during the banquet Jan. 19 at Gulfstream Park (Fla.).

Mrs. Calvin Houghland’s Pierrot Lunaire (War Chant—Playact, Hernando), trained by Blythe Miller Davies, galloped to both victories with Bernard Dalton in the tack.

“No horse—racing on dirt, turf, synthetic, or over the jumps—did more to revive his image in 2012 than this one,” wrote Joe Clancy in the Daily Racing Form. “The Kentucky-bred began his 8-year-old season with three consecutive losses to extend his career winless streak to nine races and more than three years, then went on a tear with back-to-back Grade 1 triumphs.”

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, and the Daily Racing Form vote each season to determine the Eclipse winners. Pierrot Lunaire received 116 votes; Demonstrative, 99; Divine Fortune, 1; Arcadius, 1; Woodmont, 1; and one voter abstained.