Keeneland Press Release

Jose Ortiz topped all riders by earnings last year while winning 270 races, including 30 graded stakes, and led the standings at Belmont and Saratoga. He won his first Triple Crown race, the Belmont, aboard Tapwrit, and won 13 Grade 1 races overall.

Jose Ortiz topped all riders by earnings last year. (Coady Photography)

Chad Brown led all trainers by earnings last year and won 16 Grade 1s, including his first classic, the Preakness, with Cloud Computing.

Ortiz and Brown teamed up on several of their biggest stakes victories in 2017, including Keeneland’s Madison Stakes with Paulassilverlining, and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile with Good Magic (who went on to win last weekend’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland).

Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon the Thoroughbred horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements have earned them the title of Champion in their respective divisions. The Eclipse Awards are named after the great 18th-Century racehorse and foundation sire Eclipse, who began racing at age five and was undefeated in 18 starts, including eight walkovers. Eclipse sired the winners of 344 races, including three Epsom Derbies.