Cape Blanco was crowned champion turf horse in America for the 2011 season at the prestigious Eclipse Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
The Aidan O’Brien trained son of Galileo landed three Grade 1’s in America last season, twice defeating leading turf performer Gio Ponti in the process.
His season was cut short when he sustained a slab fracture during his final Grade 1 win in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park in October.
Accepting the award on behalf of his owners, Coolmore spokesman Dermot Ryan said: “On behalf of all the owners of Cape Blanco, I would like to thank all of those who voted for him – I commend them on their good judgement!
“Cape Blanco is a very special horse by a very special sire in Galileo. He made more transatlantic flights in 2011 than many people make in a lifetime. And every time he came here, he got the job done, twice defeating a great champion himself in Gio Ponti.”