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Annual Event Moved to Saturday as Part of Eclipse Awards Champions Week

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that the 42nd annual Eclipse Awards ceremony will be held Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.   The Eclipse Awards—which will feature a ‘Miami Chic’ theme with black-tie attire optional—will cap off a weeklong series of events, several of which will be tied to charity. The tentative schedule of events includes a golf tournament, celebrity poker and slots tournaments, a special handicapping expo presented by Daily Racing Form, a handicapping tournament qualifier to the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas, autograph sessions with Eclipse Award nominees and past champions, and other events themed around Eclipse Awards Champions Week at Gulfstream Park.

“Next January’s event will incorporate an exciting series of fan-friendly components that will allow many more people to be a part of an event honoring excellence in Thoroughbred racing,” said Alex Waldrop, President and CEO of the NTRA.

“We look forward to hosting a weeklong series of events culminating with the Eclipse Awards and a great holiday weekend of racing and entertainment,” said Tim Ritvo, President and General Manager of Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino and Chief Operating Officer of the The Stronach Group. “We are committed to making this a memorable Eclipse Awards for all who attend and for all of our racing fans in South Florida.”

The Eclipse Awards Presented by Daily Racing Form, The Stronach Group and Breeders’ Cup, 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.