Secretariat Vox Populi Award Nominees Announced

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The Vox Populi Award

Online voting is now open for the ninth annual winner of the Secretariat Vox Populi Award. Created by Secretariat’s late owner Penny Chenery, the Vox Populi, or “Voice of the People,” Award recognizes the racehorse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the public and gained recognition for the sport during the past year.

This year’s star-studded nominees span the globe: GI Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Accelerate (Lookin At Lucky), G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and GI Breeders’ Cup Turf heroine Enable (Nathaniel {Ire}), Triple Crown winner Justify (Scat Daddy), GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner and presumptive 3-year-old filly champion Monomoy Girl (Tapizar) and Australian superstar Winx (Street Cry {Ire}).

“We are thrilled to present such a fine field of nominees. Their talent and competitive spirit have excited fans both here in the U.S. and abroad,” said Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Mrs. Chenery. “Mom loved a good matchup, and she would have been delighted with nominees who have turned in such remarkable performances and achieved such a broad range of successes at the highest levels of racing.”

Inaugurated in 2010 with Zenyatta as the winner, the Vox Populi has been handed out to stars like American Pharoah and California Chrome and last year was bestowed on hard-knocking turf sprinter Ben’s Cat.

Fans can vote in the online poll, which can be found at Secretariat.com. Voters also have the option to write in a racehorse of their choice. The poll is open through Nov. 30, and a public presentation to the 2018 Vox Populi winner is planned for Jan. 12, 2019 at Santa Anita.

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