Mott claims Eclipse Award as top trainer

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Bill Mott won trainer honors at the Eclipse Awards on Monday night, capping a year in which he swept the top two races at the Breeders’ Cup.

Mott earned his third career Eclipse over fellow Hall of Famer Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher, who led the nation’s trainers in purse earnings with $16.8 million.

Mott saddled Royal Delta to victory in the BC Ladies’ Classic in November and the next day his Drosselmeyer pulled an upset in the BC Classic. Last year, the East Coast-based Mott won 15 graded stakes races, including six in November. Mott had purse earnings of more than $10.5 million.

“The competition was pretty deep and this is a real honor,” Mott said in thanking his assistant trainers, his horses and his family.

Dogwood Stable founder Cot Campbell received the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in thoroughbred racing.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Hansen won the trophy for 2-year-old male at the 41st annual awards honoring the top horses and humans of 2011.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey were chosen owner of the year. Their horses earned more than $4.8 million, fourth-best in the nation.

Ireland-bred Cape Blanco earned male turf honors. He flew to the U.S. and won the Man o’ War, Arlington Million and Turf Classic Invitational for trainer Aidan O’Brien. France-bred Stacelita took the female turf award.

In the sprinting categories, Amazombie won male honors and Musical Romance took the female trophy. Amazombie, who was never worse than third in nine starts last year, capped 2011 with a win in the BC Sprint. Musical Romance won the BC Filly & Mare Sprint.

Havre de Grace won older female.

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