The 'Eclipse Awards', the representative awards ceremony of the American horse race, was held on Feb. 10 at the Santa Anita Racecourse in California, the U.S.
Knicks Go (6 years old, male), a racehorse belonging to the Korea Racing Authority (KRA), was awarded in the 'Horse of the Year' and 'Old Dirt Male' categories, which are the biggest honors at the awards ceremony. The racehorse won two gold medals and once again raised its status of the world champion.
Knicks Go recorded the best performance in 2021 that will remain in history.
Starting with winning the Pegasus World Cup in January, Knicks Go ranked first overall in the World's Best Racehorse Rankings after winning the world's best race, the Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) on Nov. 7, 2021.
The World Race Horse Ranking is calculated by handicappers from major horse racing countries who are affiliated with the World Racehorse Ranking Committee under the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).
Knicks Go, which achieved No. 1 in the world rankings, won the ‘Longines World’s Best Racehorse Award’ last month, and also won the ‘Eclipse Award’.
The ‘Eclipse Awards’ is an annual awards ceremony for the United States, the largest market for the horse industry.
‘Eclipse’ is a legendary racehorse that was active in the 18th century and left a great record of victories in 21 battles for two years.
‘Eclipse’ has had a profound influence to this day, as about 90% of today’s active racehorses have inherited that lineage.
The 'Eclipse Awards', started in 1971 to remember the legendary racehorse, are awarded in 17 categories for the most outstanding racehorses and horse racing officials during the year.
This is not the first time that Knicks Go has been nominated for the Eclipse Awards. In the first year of its debut in 2018, Knicks Go won the 2018 Breeders' Futurity and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up, and was selected as a candidate for 'Best 2nd Generation Male Horse', but failed to win the award.