LEXINGTON, KY (Jan. 14, 2014) – Keeneland will once again serve as an Official Partner of The Eclipse Awards Presented by Daily Racing Form, Breeders’ Cup and The Stronach Group. The 43rd annual Eclipse Awards will be held Saturday at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Twelve of the 2013 Eclipse Award finalists have connections to Keeneland -- Keeneland-based reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan, and Keeneland sales graduates Will Take Charge, New Year's Day, She's a Tiger, Palace Malice, Beholder, Game On Dude, Joyful Victory, Royal Delta, Secret Circle, Groupie Doll and Mizdirection.
Keeneland’s award-winning Broadcast Services staff is again assisting with HorseRacing Television (HRTV)’s pre-production for the Eclipse Awards. Video for two categories in particular, the Eclipse Award of Merit, given this year to Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, and the Special Eclipse Award, to be presented to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, will be edited by Keeneland. Additionally, Broadcast Services has provided video elements for 12 of the Eclipse Award finalists, both equine and human, who are Keeneland sale graduates or Keeneland stakes winners.
Also joining Keeneland as Official Partners, as announced today by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), are FLAIR Equine Nasal Strips, Kendall-Jackson Winery and Racetrack Television Network (RTN). New Eclipse Awards partners include the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association (FTBOA) and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
“We greatly appreciate the support of these organizations that share an ongoing love of, and commitment to, the Thoroughbred industry,” said Keith Chamblin, Senior Vice President of the NTRA. “As Official Partners, all will contribute to the success of the Eclipse Awards while benefitting from prime exposure to many of horse racing’s most influential players.”
HorseRacing Television (HRTV) is the Official Broadcast Partner of the Eclipse Awards and will provide live coverage of the event Saturday from 8-11 p.m. EST (5-8 p.m. PST). HRTV will also offer a half-hour Eclipse Awards recap show at 11 p.m. EST (8 p.m. PST). Live coverage of the ceremony will also be available via RTN, DRF.com and HRTV.com.
The Eclipse Awards
The Eclipse Awards are named after the great 18th-century racehorse and foundation sire Eclipse, who began racing at age five and was undefeated in 18 starts, including eight walkovers. Eclipse sired the winners of 344 races, including three Epsom Derbies. The Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements in North America have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. Those awards are voted by NTRA, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB). Eclipse Awards also are given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing. An Eclipse Award is also presented to the Handicapper of the Year.
The Eclipse Awards are produced by the NTRA.