`Heat' finalist for 2 Eclipse Awards

Salzman: `I feel good'

Lake, Dominguez, Rose also have Maryland ties

Horse Racing

January 11, 2002|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

Xtra Heat heads the list of horses and people in Maryland racing announced yesterday as finalists for the 2001 Eclipse Awards, the coveted statuettes that denote "champions" of the sport.

Laurel-based Xtra Heat was named a finalist in two categories: 3-year-old filly and sprinter. Other finalists with Maryland ties were Scott Lake (trainer), Ramon Dominguez (jockey) and Jeremy Rose (apprentice jockey).

Finalists for Horse of the Year were Johannesburg, Point Given and Tiznow.

Winners will be announced Feb. 18 at the 31st Eclipse Awards banquet in Miami Beach, Fla. Voting for the awards were racing writers, employees of the Daily Racing Form and representatives of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

"What else can you say except that I feel good," said John Salzman, trainer and part owner of Xtra Heat. "I thought she should make both lists, even if she doesn't win."

Marylanders Salzman, Kenneth Taylor and Harry Deitchman bought Xtra Heat at auction for $5,000 when she was 2. Now 4, the little filly with explosive speed has won 18 of 23 races and earned $1.3 million.

"That's like winning the lottery," Salzman said.

Lake, who manages stables at Pimlico, Belmont and Philadelphia Park, became the second trainer to win more than 400 races in a year. His main competition will likely be Bobby Frankel, who won 49 stakes races, including 18 Grade I events.

Laurel-based Dominguez led all jockeys in wins, but Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey rode horses that earned a record $22.6 million. Rose, also based at Laurel, far outdistanced other apprentices in wins and earnings.

The Maryland-based Quel Senor, winner of the country's most prestigious jump race, the $250,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase, was a surprise omission as a finalist for steeplechase horse of the year.

Eclipse Awards finalists

Horse of the Year: Johannesburg, Point Given, Tiznow.

2-year-old filly: Habibti, Tempera, You.

2-year-old male: Johannesburg, Officer, Siphonic.

3-year-old filly: Exogenous, Flute, Xtra Heat.

3-year-old male: Point Given (unanimous vote).

Turf male: Fantastic Light, Val Royal, With Anticipation.

Turf female: Banks Hill, Lailani, Tranquility Lake.

Older male: Lido Palace, Sakhee, Tiznow.

Older female: Gourmet Girl, Spain, Tranquility Lake.

Sprinter: Delaware Township, Squirtle Squirt, Xtra Heat.

Steeplechase: Lord Zada, Pompeyo, Praise the Prince.

Owner: Richard Englander, Juddmonte Farms, The Thoroughbred Corp.

Breeder: Juddmonte Farms, Harry T. Mangurian Jr./Mockingbird Farm, The Thoroughbred Corp.

Trainer: Bob Baffert, Bobby Frankel, Scott Lake.

Jockey: Jerry Bailey, Ramon Dominguez, Laffit Pincay Jr., John Velazquez.

Apprentice jockey: Julian Pimentel, Kris Prather, Hector Rosario Jr., Jeremy Rose.

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