Secretariat 'Vox Populi' Award Nominees Announced

Vox Populi trophy

The nominees for the 2023 Secretariat Vox Populi Award are: Arcangelo, winner of the GI Belmont and Travers S. and the first horse to win a Triple Crown race with a female trainer; Casa Creed, the seasoned 7-year-old turf veteran who has continued to thrill fans while demonstrating both heart and resilience in winning the GI Fourstardave H.; Cody's Wish, 2022 Secretariat Vox Populi recipient whose four wins in five starts

this year as a 5-year-old included the GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, and who shared an endearing and enduring connection with his namesake, the late Cody Dorman; Echo Zulu, the courageous

2021 champion juvenile filly and former Secretariat Vox Populi nominee who battled back to form in 2023 with impressive victories in each of her three stakes starts before suffering a career-ending injury, from which she battles back once again on her road to recovery; and White Abarrio, the eye-catching gray 4-year-old colt who scored scintillating victories in the GI Whitney S. and GI Breeders' Cup Classic.

Created by Secretariat's late owner Penny Chenery, the Vox Populi, or “Voice of the People” award annually recognizes the racehorse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the public and gained recognition for the sport. Through online voting at, fans can vote for one of the five candidates selected by the Vox Populi nominating committee or write in their own favorite.

The poll is open now through Dec. 3, with the winner to be announced in December. The Vox Populi trophy presentation is planned for Jan. 13 at Santa Anita Park.

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