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    (April 1, 1764-February 26, 1789)
    Born in Cranbourne Lodge, England, United Kingdom
    British race horse
    Born during a solar eclipse
    Record: 18 wins, 0 losses
    Won 11 King's Plates
    Namesake for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Eclipse Awards
    He was so ill-tempered that only one jockey could handle him.
    He was unable to compete in England's most prestigious races because his owner, gambler and rogue Denis O'Kelly, was not a member of the Jockey Club.
    His racing career lasted only 17 months (1769-71), largely due a lack of competition.
    Five inkwells were made from his hooves, indicating that at least one is a fake. (Or that he had an unfair advantage by having 25% more legs than other horses.)
    He won by such huge margins that his jockey never had to use the whip or spurs.
    The phrase 'Eclipse first, the rest nowhere' became a British idiom for a dominating victory.
    He sired three winners of Britain's most prestigious race, the Epsom Derby.
    An estimated 80-90% of thoroughbred horses are descended from him.

Credit: C. Fishel

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