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Riding to glory
Bernie Dalton teamed with Pierrot Lunaire for Eclipse-winning run
Bernie  Pierrot
PIERROT LUNAIRE AND CAMDENS Bernie Dalton fly a fence at last Septembers winning run in the $150,000 Lonesome Glory Stakes. On Saturday night, the then-8-year-old gelding was named as winner of the 2012 Eclipse Award for steeplechase horse. - photo by Photo courtesy of NYRA/Adam Coglianese
Bernie Dalton had the best seat in the house when it came to being there for Pierrot Lunaire’s unlikely run to the 2012 Eclipse Award for steeplechase horse.No, the Camden resident was not in some box seat in the grandstand watching the proceedings through a set of binoculars. Nor, was Dalton there waiting at the finish line for the then-8-year-old’s two victories last year.Instead, Dalton was the pilot for both of Pierre Lunaire’s wins --- each a Grade I chase --- after having taken picked up the ride in late spring when trainer Blythe Miller Davies asked Dalton to take over the seat which belonged to Jacob Roberts for Pierrot Lunaire’s previous three races, dating back to 2011.Pierrot Lunaire outpolled Eclipse Award finalists Demonstrative and Divine Fortune to collect the statue which was presented on Saturday night at the 42nd annual Eclipse Awards held at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla.Pierrot Lunaire garnered 116 first-place votes to 99 for 2012 Colonial Cup winner Demonstrative. Arcadius, Divine Fortune and Woodmont each received one first-place vote.