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Almost famous: 2008's unsung heroes

Updated: November 24, 2008, 5:44 PM ET
By Bill Finley | Special to ESPN.com

You won't find any of these names when the Eclipse Awards are announced early next year, but each one had an outstanding year, whether anyone noticed or not. A look at some top performers who were under the radar in 2008:

Mike Maker: Maker probably gets the least publicity of any of the graduates from the D. Wayne Lukas School of Horse Training, but he's had a remarkable year. With 30 percent winners, he easily leads all Lukas grads in that category. He was the leading trainer at the Keeneland ...

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