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American Champion Sprint Horse

The American Champion Sprint Horse award is an American Thoroughbred horse racing honor. Created in 1947, in 1971 it became part of the Eclipse Awards program and is awarded annually to the top horse in sprint races usually run at a distance of under one mile).

The Daily Racing Form (DRF) began naming an annual champion. Starting in 1950, the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) began naming its own champion. [1] The following list provides the name of the horses chosen by both of these organizations.

The Daily Racing Form, the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, and the National Turf Writers Association all joined forces in 1971 to create the Eclipse Award.

Through 2006, the Sprint Champion was chosen from a horse of either sex. In 2007, a separate category honoring the American Champion Female Sprint Horse became part of the Eclipse Awards program.

From 1960 through 1963 no award was given.






2009 Kodiak Kowboy Steve Asmussen Vinery Stables & Fox Hill Farm
2008 Benny the Bull Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. IEAH Stables et al.
2007 Midnight Lute Bob Baffert Michael E. Pegram & Watson & Weitman Performance, LLC
2006 Thor's Echo Douglas F. O'Neill Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
2005 Lost in the Fog Greg Gilchrist Harry J. Aleo
2004 Speightstown Todd A. Pletcher Eugene Melnyk
2003 Aldebaran Robert J. Frankel Flaxman Holdings
2002 Orientate D. Wayne Lukas Robert & Beverly Lewis
2001 Squirtle Squirt Robert J. Frankel David J. Lanzman
2000 Kona Gold Bruce Headley Headley, Molasky & High Tech
1999 Artax Louis Albertrani Paraneck Stable
1998 Reraise Craig Dollase B. Fey/M. Han, L. Opas et al
1997 Smoke Glacken Henry L. Carroll William Roberts, Alexander Karkenny, Robert P. Levy
1996 Lit de Justice Jenine Sahadi Evergreen Farm
1995 Not Surprising Judson Van Worp Robert Van Worp
1994 Cherokee Run Frank A. Alexander Jill E. Robinson
1993 Cardmania Derek Meredith Jean Couvercelle
1992 Rubiano Flint S. Schulhofer Centennial Farms
1991 Housebuster Warren A. Croll, Jr. Robert P. Levy
1990 Housebuster Warren A. Croll, Jr. Robert P. Levy
1989 Safely Kept Alan E. Goldberg Barry Weisbord
1988 Gulch D. Wayne Lukas Peter M. Brant
1987 Groovy Jose A. Martin Prestonwood Farm
1986 Smile Flint S. Schulhofer Frances A. Genter
1985 Precisionist L. Ross Fenstermaker Fred W. Hooper
1984 Eillo Budd Lepman Crown Stable
1983 Chinook Pass Laurie Anderson Hi Yu Stables
1982 Gold Beauty William D. Curtis Georgia E. Hoffman
1981 Guilty Conscience Sonny Hine Rosalee Davidson
1980 Plugged Nickle Thomas J. Kelly John M. Schiff
1979 Star de Naskra Richard D. Ferris Carlyle J. Lancaster
1978 Dr. Patches (tie) John A. Nerud Virginia & James Binger
1978 J.O. Tobin (tie) Laz Barrera George A. Pope, Jr.
1977 What a Summer LeRoy Jolley Diana M. Firestone
1976 My Juliet Eugene Euster George Weasel, Jr.
1975 Gallant Bob Joseph D. Marquette Robert P. Horton
1974 Forego Sherrill W. Ward Lazy F Ranch
1973 Shecky Greene Lou M. Goldfine Joseph Kellman
1972 Chou Croute Robert G. Dunham Emanuel V. Benjamin III
1971 Ack Ack Charles E. Whittingham Buddy Fogelson
1970 Ta Wee Flint S. Schulhofer Tartan Stable
1969 Ta Wee Flint S. Schulhofer Tartan Stable
1968 Dr. Fager John A. Nerud Tartan Stable
1967 Dr. Fager John A. Nerud Tartan Stable
1966 Impressive Edward A. Neloy Ogden Phipps
1965 Affectionately Hirsch Jacobs Ethel D. Jacobs
1964 Ahoy J. Bowes Bond Jaclyn Stable
1959 Intentionally Edward I. Kelly, Sr. Harry Z. Isaacs
1958 Bold Ruler James E. Fitzsimmons Wheatley Stable
1957 Decathlon Rollie T. Shepp Robert J. Dienst
1956 Decathlon Rollie T. Shepp Robert J. Dienst
1955 Berseem Frank E. Childs Abe Hirschberg
1954 White Skies Thomas F. Root, Sr. William M. Wickham
1953 Tom Fool John M. Gaver, Sr. Greentree Stable
1952 Tea-Maker J. Dallet Byers F. Ambrose Clark
1951 Sheilas Reward Eugene Jacobs Mrs. Louis Lazare
1950 Sheilas Reward Eugene Jacobs Mrs. Louis Lazare
1949 Delegate (Tie) William W. Stephens Herbert M. Woolf
1949 Royal Governor (Tie) James E. Ryan Esther D. du Pont
1948 Coaltown Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm
1947 Polynesian Morris H. Dixon Gertrude T. Widener



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