Elite 8 Horses on the Racetrack in 2012

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Elite 8 Horses on the Racetrack in 2012
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Is Wise Dan's win in the Breeders' Cup Mile good enough to lock up Horse of the Year honors?

All of the major races of 2012 are now in the books, and there were many outstanding performances, leading to a wide-open race for Horse of the Year honors.

The 42nd annual Eclipse Awards ceremony will be held Jan. 19, 2013 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

It is such a wide-open race that the Horse of the Year may not even win his division.

Wise Dan has perhaps the best body of work, having wins on turf and synthetic surfaces and a runner-up finish on conventional dirt. He could lose the Older Male division to Fort Larned and top Turf Male to Little Mike and still walk away with the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year.

Here are the eight elite racehorses of 2012.

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