As good as he was at ages 3 and 4, Skip Away saved the best for last. In his final year of racing, at age 5, Skippy won seven of nine starts and earned $2.7 million. The campaign included seven consecutive wins—five of them in grade I stakes—at six different tracks. He carried 130 pounds or more in two of those wins. His attempt to score back-to-back wins in the Breeders’ Cup Classic failed when the horse finished sixth at Churchill Downs, reinforcing a belief that he never had an affinity for the surface at the Louisville, Ky., oval. Honored with a second Eclipse as champion older male, Skip Away was also voted Horse of the Year.