winner's circle

noun
1.
a small, usually circular area or enclosure at a racetrack where awards are bestowed on winning mounts and their jockeys.
2.
any select group of winners, achievers, or those that have been accepted as worthy: the winner's circle of fine wines.

Origin:
1950–55

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In the winner's circle, a decidedly more blue-collar group is taking home the cash.
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