A trio of montages which aired during the 49th Annual Runhappy Eclipse Awards featuring tributes to Off-Track Thoroughbreds (OTTB) have been made available for viewing online by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.
The (NTRA) invited fans to participate in saluting Off-Track Thoroughbreds by submitting photos or videos of their OTTBs on Twitter and Facebook using the #NeverEclipsed hashtag in the weeks leading up to the Eclipse Awards, which took place on January 23. The response to the campaign was overwhelming, drawing more than a thousand submissions.
“For thousands of horses, their highest achievements came after they were retired,” said Amy Zimmerman, who, along with Keeneland’s G.D. Hieronymus, served as co-producer of the Eclipse Awards broadcast. “This year, the Eclipse Awards salutes all of the Off-Track Thoroughbreds whose top accomplishments took place not on the track, but in their second careers in show rings, on trails or in backyard pastures with loving families. These horses never won an Eclipse Award, thus #NeverEclipsed, but remain some of the sport’s bright and shining lights.”