Voting has begun for the fourth annual Secretariat Vox Populi (Voice of the People) Award, recognizing 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 nominees are: Game On Dude (three-time Grade1 winner in 2013, including the Pacific Classic and Santa Anita H.); Groupie Doll won second consecutive Gr.1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint this year); Mucho Macho Man winner of 2013 Gr.1 Breeders’ Cup Classic); Paynter (returned to racetrack in 2013 win Gr.1 Awesome Again S. after battling Laminitis and Colitis); Princess of Sylmar (won four Grade 1 stakes in 2013, including Kentucky Oaks and Alabama S.); and Wise Dan (2012 Horse of the Year who defended his title in this year’s Grade 1 BC Mile).
Past winner of the award include Zenyatta, the inaugural winner in 2010.
The winner will be selected as a combined effort by the public=s online votes, the Vox Populi committee and Penny Chenery.
The presentation of the award is scheduled for Jan. 11, 2014 at Santa Anita Park. To vote, click here.