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Naylor hits 21 with Eclipse winner Black Jack Blues
Havre de Grace wins Horse of the Year
Black Jack Blues
BLACK JACK BLUES used his win in the $250,000 Grand National last October to catapult the 8-year-old Irish-bred gelding to the 2011 Eclipse Award for steeplechasing. - photo by Photo courtesy of Catherine French
For Irvin Naylor, it was not whether one of his jumpers would win the 2011 Eclipse Award for steeplechasing, but which one would be voted to receive racing’s top honor.On Monday night in Beverly Hills, Cal., the Naylor-owned Black Jack Blues beat out Naylor-owned stablemates and Eclipse Award finalists Tax Ruling and Decoy Daddy as voted on by representatives of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form (DRF) and National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB).Naylor joined George Strawbridge Jr.’s Augustin Stables as the only owners to have all of the Eclipse Awards finalists in a division in a given year. In 2001, Augustin had all three steeplechase finalists: Lord Zada, Praise the Prince, and winner Pompeyo.The evening’s biggest award, for the 2011 Horse of the Year, went to Fox Hill Farm’s Havre de Grace. The 4-year-old filly, which is trained by Larry Jones, became the third consecutive female to win the Horse of the Year title, following Rachel Alexandra in 2009 and Zenyatta in 2010.

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