Champion Turf Horse of 2012

Harry How

This is going to be Wise Dan, because it has to be. But what if we could change the Eclipse Awards voting rules?

Apparently with the way the Eclipse Awards voting works it is impossible for Wise Dan to be Horse of the Year and NOT be the Turf Horse of the year as well. But let's assume that we can separate the two out. Does Wise Dan still deserve the Turf accolades? The way I see it, there are three main candidates:

Point of Entry: $1,746,600 earnings in 2012

Grade

Race

Finish

Surface

G1

BC Turf

2nd

Turf

G1

Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes

1st

Turf

G1

Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes

1st

Turf

G1

Man o' War Stakes

1st

Turf

G2

Elkhorn Stakes

1st

Turf

Wise Dan: $2,622,037 earnings in 2012

Grade

Race

Finish

Surface

G1

Breeders' Cup Mile

1st

Turf

G1

Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes

1st

Turf

G1

Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes

1st

Turf

G2

Fourstardave Handicap

1st

Turf

G1

Stephen Foster Handicap

2nd

Dirt

G3

Ben Ali Stakes

1st

AWT

Little Mike: $2,668,742 earnings in 2012

Grade

Race

Finish

Surface

G1

Breeders' Cup Turf

1st

Turf

G1

Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes

5th

Turf

G1

Arlington Million Stakes

1st

Turf

G1

Shoemaker Mile Stakes

3rd

Turf

G1

Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes

1st

Turf

G3

Canadian Turf Stakes

4th

Turf

UnGr

Florida Sunshine Millions Turf Stakes

1st

Turf

Point of Entry showed that when in top form, he's nearly impossible to beat. He's also a great story since he was running in AOC and Allowance races at the beginning of the year. Wise Dan is obviously horse of the year, but was not the most dominant at the classic turf distance of 12 furlongs. Little Mike won three of the biggest (maybe even THE three biggest) classic distance-ish turf races in North America in the Arlington Million, the Woodford, and the BC Turf. So who is the best TURF horse?

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