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Eclipse Award of Merit

The Eclipse Award of Merit is part of the American Eclipse Awards in Thoroughbred horse racing. The industry's highest honor, it is presented to an individual or entity displaying outstanding lifetime achievement in, and service to, the Thoroughbred industry.

First awarded in 1976, the Eclipse Award of Merit is voted on by a panel of representatives from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers Association.


  • 2008 - Alice Headley Chandler of Mill Ridge Farm
  • 2007 - No Award Presented
  • 2004 - The Cella Family
  • 1999 - No award presented
  • 1998 - D. G. Van Clief, Jr.
  • 1995 - James E. "Ted" Bassett III
  • 1990 - Warner L. Jones
  • 1989 - Michael Sandler
  • 1988 - John Forsythe
  • 1987 - James B. Faulconer
  • 1986 - Herman Cohen
  • 1985 - Keene Daingerfield
  • 1984 - John R. Gaines
  • 1980 - John D. Shapiro
  • 1979 - Frank E. Kilroe
  • 1976 - Jack J. Dreyfus



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