I don’t believe that a horse wining the Triple Crown should automatically make him Horse of the Year because that sometimes means they still don’t get tested against older horses. But I still feel that Justify should be this year’s Horse of the Year. He won all of his races so easily and the other horse, Accelerate, had a big year, but he didn’t go undefeated like Justify did. It’s a hard choice. Accelerate had a great year and beat older horses. Accelerate was very good and I think he’ll go on and win the Pegasus World Cup. But I was so impressed with how easily Justify won the Triple Crown that he would be my choice.
Turcotte does not have an Eclipse Award vote.
RON TURCOTTE, Hall of Fame Jockey, winner of the 1973 Triple Crown aboard Secretariat.