Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The voting for 2014 Horse of the Year and champion male 3-year-old was expected to be among the closest in recent history. Heading into Saturdays Eclipse Awards ceremony, there was heated debate as to which thoroughbred among California Chrome, Bayern and Main Sequence would be Horse of the Year and California Chrome, Bayern and Shared Belief for top 3-year-old colt and gelding. Personally, I thought there would be much closer voting than was revealed. California Chrome received substantially more votes as Horse of the Year and 3-year-old than I could possibly have expected. The chestnut colt, owned by Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, and trained by Art Sherman, won Horse of the Year by 90 votes over Main Sequences 53 and clobbered Breeders Cup Classic Bayern by 137 votes for the 3-year-old honor. There were no surprises (in the Eclipse results), said Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who conditions Bayern. It was entertaining to watch. The social media last year really followed California Chrome. Bayern never really had that following ,,, but at the end of the day, they gave it to the right horse. He deserved it. I dont have any problem with it. The unfortunate outcome was Bayerns lack of an award at the end of the evening. Main Sequence, winner of the Breeders Cup Turf, was voted champion Older Male Horse over Palace Malice, 127 votes to 103. He easily garnered the Eclipse Award as champion Male Turf Horse with 243 votes from the 265 cast. Jockey Victor Espinoza had to watch the Eclipse Awards announcement on television at Santa Anita. Hes the regular rider of California Chrome but was not a finalist for champion jockey of 2014. In fact, he finished sixth in the voting, receiving just four first-place votes and 102 points. However, Espinoza watched as three of his mounts picked up four honors, California Chrome, Take Charge Brandi and American Pharaoh. I was watching the show on HRTV last night, Espinoza said Sunday morning at Santa Anita. First they announced the filly had won, then later American Pharoah, then California Chrome as 3-year-old. I was more excited than I was after winning all the big races last year. I was thrilled that those young horses were champions. Then at the end it was California Chrome, Horse of the Year. Wow! I was very proud, and really proud of myself to be able to say that I rode those three champions. I never thought in a million years that would happen, in one year to have three great horses and be able to say I rode all three. We all hope everyone stays healthy for the new year. Thats the main thing. So far, it looks like all three are going to run in 2015. As a jockey, its amazing to say I rode all three. For me, its an honor to say that. Immediately after the Breeders Cup last November, I stated I thought Untapable should be 2014 Horse of the Year. 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Anaheim Ducks Ryan Getzlaf has been named the NHLs First Star for December. - Team Twitter Arizona Coyotes Tyler Gaudet has been assigned to the Portland Pirates (AHL). - Team Twitter David Schlemko has been placed on waivers. - Pierre LeBrun, TSN Buffalo Sabres Michal Neuvirth is likely to start. – Team Twitter Tyler Myers skated today. - Team Twitter Rasmus Ristolainen returns tonight. - Team Twitter Calgary Flames Johnny Gaudreau has been named NHL Rookie of the Month. - NHL PR Carolina Hurricanes Jeff Skinner is out tonight (flu-like symptoms). Jordan Staal is expected to play. - Team Twitter Cam Ward is expected to start tonight. - Chip Alexander, Raleigh News and Observer Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane has been named the NHLs Second Star for December. - NHL PR The team has recalled forward Teuvo Teravainen from the Rockford IceHogs (AHL). - Team Twitter Columbus Blue Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky was named the NHLs Third Star for December. - Team Release Dallas Stars Shawn Horcoff did not skate this morning. - Stars Inside Edge Edmonton Oilers The team has traded David Perron to Pittsburgh for Rob Klinkhammer and a 2015 first-round pick. - Darren Dreger, TSN Benoit Pouliot skated in practice and it looks like he will play. - Tom Gazzola, Oilers TV Leon Draisaitl will not play tonight. - Team Twitter Ben Scrivens will be in goal. - Tom Gazzola, Oilers TV Steve Pinizzotto has been assigned to the Oklahoma City Barons. - Team Twitter Florida Panthers The team has recalled Shane OBrien from the San Antonio Rampage (AHL). - Team Twitter Minnesota Wild Brett Sutter is sick and probably wont play tonight. Tyler Graovac has been recalled. - Michael Russo, Star Tribune Montreal Canadiens Carey Price will start tonight. - Team Twitter Manny Malholtra will be a healthy scratch tonight. - Montreaal Gazette Nashville Predators Taylor Beck will not make the upcoming road trip (illness).dddddddddddd - The Tennessean New Jersey Devils Martin Havlat, Patrik Elias, Michael Ryder (mumps) will be in the lineup. Steve Bernier (lower-body) will not. – Team Twitter Eric Gelinas (illness) will not play. No mumps symptoms yet. - Rich Chere, Star-Ledger Joe Whitney has been assigned to the Albany Devils (AHL). - Team Twitter Keith Kinkaid will start in net. - Twitter Stefan Matteau has been assigned to the Albany Devils (AHL). Mike Sislo has been placed on waivers. - Team Twitter New York Islanders Jaroslav Halak will start in goal. - Team Twitter New York Rangers Marc Staal and Dan Boyle are both not at practice because they are taking personal days. Both are expected to play tomorrow. - Team Twitter Ottawa Senators Marc Methot will play with the Binghamton Senators (AHL) on a conditioning stint. - Team Twitter Philadelphia Flyers Luke Schenn will be a scratch tonight. - Tim Panaccio, CSN Philly Pittsburgh Penguins The team has acquired David Perron from Edmonton for Rob Klinkhammer and a 2015 first-round pick. Perron will not play tonight. - Darren Dreger, TSN Blake Comeau, Pascal Dupius, Christian Ehrhoff, Patric Hornqvist, Olli Maatta, Paul Martin, Rob Scuderi and Scott Wilson all missed practice. – Team Twitter Thomas Greiss will start tonight. - Pens Inside Scoop Steve Downie will return tonight. - Team Twitter St. Louis Blues Carl Gunnarsson has been activated from injured reserve. - Team Twitter Martin Brodeur will start in net. - St. Louis Post-Dispatch Toronto Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier will start in net. - Jonas Siegel, TSN Tyler Bozak, James van Riemsdyk and Mike Santorelli all skated today. - Jonas Siegel, TSN Nazem Kadris status for tonight remains unknown. - Jonas Siegel, TSN Greg McKegg will play tonight. - Jonas Siegel, TSN Vancouver Canucks Tom Sestito has been placed on waivers. - Team Twitter ' ' '