Here’s how the Eclipse Award balloting went

The official tallies for the 2009 Eclipse Awards balloting include only first-place votes from the three voting entities — the NTRA/Equibase, Daily Racing Form and National Turf Writers Association. Of the 271 eligible voters, 232 cast ballots for a participation rate of 85.6 percent:

Two-year-old male

Lookin At Lucky, 209; Vale of York, 17; Buddy’s Saint, 2; Noble’s Promise, 2; D’Funnybone, 1; Jackson Bend, 1.

Two-year-old filly
She Be Wild, 171; Blind Luck, 41; Hot Dixie Chick, 17; Awesome Maria, 1; Biofuel, 1; Tapitsfly, 1.

Three-year-old male
Summer Bird, 225; Mine That Bird, 4; Blame, 1; I Want Revenge, 1; no vote, 1.

Three-year-old filly
Rachel Alexandra, 232.

Older male
Gio Ponti, 184; Einstein, 18; Kodiak Kowboy, 16; Macho Again, 5; Furthest Land, 2; Rail Trip, 2; Well Armed, 1; voter abstentions, 4.

Older female
Zenyatta, 231; Icon Project, 1.

Female sprinter
Informed Decision, 222; Ventura, 6; Game Face, 1; Indian Blessing, 1; Music Note, 1; Diamondrella, 1.

Male sprinter
Kodiak Kowboy, 118; Zensational, 54; Dancing In Silks, 43; Fabulous Strike, 9; California Flag, 6; Vineyard Haven, 1; voter abstentions, 1.

Male turf horse
Gio Ponti, 206; Conduit, 22; Presious Passion, 3; Court Vision, 1.

Female turf horse
Goldikova, 172; Ventura, 41; Magical Fantasy, 7; Midday, 7; Pure Clan, 3; Forever Together, 1; voter abstentions, 1.

Steeplechase horse
Mixed Up, 209; Red Letter Day, 3, voter abstentions, 20.

Horse of the Year
Rachel Alexandra, 130; Zenyatta, 99; voter abstentions, 2; no vote, 1.
Note — Rachel Alexandra received 71 first-place votes from the NTWA; 31 from the Daily Racing Form and 28 from the NTRA; Zenyatta received 51 first-place votes from the NTWA, 23 from the DRF and 25 from the NTRA.

Outstanding owner
Godolphin Racing, 61; Mr. and Mrs. Jerome S. Moss, 56; Juddmonte Farms, 40; WinStar Farm, 38; Stonestreet Stables and Harold McCormick, 15; Augustin Stables, 7; Michael Gil, 6; Darley Stable, 3; Zayat Stables, 2; Heiligbrodt Racing Stables, 1; Midwest Thoroughbreds, 1; voter abstentions, 2.

Outstanding breeder
Juddmonte Farms, 157; Adena Springs, 44; Dolphus Morrison, 16; Maverick Productions, Ltd., 3; WinStar Farm, 3; Eugene Melnyk, 2, Darley Stable, 1; voter abstentions, 6.

Outstanding trainer
Steve Asmussen, 130; John Shirreffs, 57; Jonathan Sheppard, 19; Bob Baffert, 10; Saeed bin Suroor, 5; Bobby Frankel, 4; Jerry Hollendorfer, 2; Hal Wiggins, 2; Todd Pletcher, 2; voter abstentions, 1.

Outstanding jockey
Julien Leparoux, 122; Garrett Gomez, 46; Ramon Dominguez, 45; Calvin Borel, 13; Mike Smith, 3; Kent Desormeaux, 2; Russell Baze, 1.

Apprentice jockey
Christian Santiago Reyes, 93; Luis Saez, 48; Luis Batista, 47; Inez Karlsson, 8; Michael Straight, 4; Omar Moreno, 3; Jose Vega, 3; Tony Maragh, 2; Casey Papineau, 1; Angel Serpa, 1; voter abstentions, 21; no vote, 1.

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  2. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be a mbeemr of Hackney North CLP, Luke. My CLP GC is a friendly affair, about fifty people turn up, we have a speaker, hurry hurry hurry through any boring business, and have our MP’s report. Then we all have a glass of wine and adjourn to a curry house or pub. I can’t remember having a contested election – we’ve had a quiet coup over the past three years to get rid of some of the older crapper people and replace them with enthusiastic campaigners in key positions, but we’ve managed that with no unpleasantness. And the only contested election we tend to have – for conference delegate – is always friendly, and there tends to be a consensus about whose turn it is to go, once a few people have declared an interest. Yet we have active mbeemrs of Socialist Appeal and Workers’ Liberty at most CLP meetings, as well as a strong McDonnell faction and some big Brownites. The only group we don’t really have many of are out-and-out Blairites – the one really bitter political argument I can ever remember was when one turned up and called for state funding of political parties, and every other person present turned round and looked at him in sheer amazement.Perhaps CLPs should be a venue for political discussion and vehement debate, where votes matter, or perhaps not. The only vote I can ever remember mattering was one about money, early on when the spend-on-campaigning tendency didn’t quite have the upper hand over the hoard-in-the-bank tendency, but that’s changed, slowly and without acrimony. Your CLP sounds like a complete throwback, and must be nightmarish for new mbeemrs.

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