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American Champion Male Turf Horse

The American Champion Male Turf Horse award is an American Thoroughbred horse racing honor. In 1971 it became part of the Eclipse Awards program and is awarded annually to a Colt or Gelding, regardless of age, for their performance on grass race courses.

The award originated in 1953 when the Daily Racing Form (DRF) began naming an annual champion. Starting in 1950, the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) began naming its own champion. The following list provides the name of the horses chosen by both of these organizations. Whenever there were different champions named, the horses are listed side-by-side with the one chosen as champion by the Daily Racing Form noted with the letter (D) and the one chosen by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations by the letter (T).

The Daily Racing Form, the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, and the National Turf Writers Association all joined forces in 1971 to create the Eclipse Award. From 1953 through 1978 it was awarded to male or female horse then in 1979 an individual category was created for each of the sexes.

Past winners:

  • 2006 : Miesque's Approval
  • 1991 : Tight Spot
  • 1989 : Steinlen
  • 1969 : Hawaii
  • 1965 : Parka
  • 1964 : Turbo Jet II
  • 1962 : No award
  • 1960 : No award
  • 1955 : St. Vincent
  • 1954 : Stan
  • 1953 : Iceberg II



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