If you limit me to the choice of Accelerate and Justify I would vote for Accelerate. The question is, 'what is the criteria?' We look at things from a figure point of view, and there is difference between looking at ability versus accomplishment. We measure ability, not accomplishment. Justify was a good 3-year-old, but he wasn't close to some of the top 3-year-olds of the last 15 years, like Rachel Alexandra, American Pharoah, Smarty Jones. Accelerate was a good, solid older horse and on figures he was far superior to Justify. Older horses are, generally, supposed to run faster than 3-year-olds, but he was significantly better. I know she has no chance, but if you look at who was historically good and the superior horse when compared to anyone else in their division, Newspaperofrecord would be my Horse of the Year by a mile. She's clearly the best 2-year-old grass filly we have seen since we started making figures.
Brown does not have an Eclipse Award vote.
Jerry Brown is the owner of Thoro-Graph