The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced today that The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa has been named the Official Hotel of the 42nd annual Eclipse Awards, presented by Daily Racing Form, The Stronach Group and The Breeders’ Cup. The Eclipse Awards will be held Saturday, January 19, at Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

Located right on Hollywood Beach, just three miles from Gulfstream Park, The Westin Diplomat is currently reserving a discounted block of rooms for Eclipse Awards attendees at a group rate of $299 per night. Reservations can be made at a special, Eclipse Awards-dedicated web site by clicking here: The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa.

Eclipse Awards tickets are available for $375 each or $3,750 for a table of 10. For ticket purchases, please contact Michele Ravencraft of the NTRA at, or call (859) 422-2657. Order forms for tickets are available at

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 charitable causes. The schedule of events includes:

Tuesday, January 15:

  • Eclipse Charity Golf Tournament at The Westin Diplomat Golf Location in Hallandale Beach.

Wednesday, January 16:

  • Eclipse Charity Slots Tournament.

Thursday, January 17:

  • Eclipse Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament.

Friday, January 18:

  • Eclipse-eve Cocktail Party Under the Stars (admission included with Eclipse Awards ticket).

Saturday, January 19:

  • Eclipse Awards Dinner, Awards Ceremony and After Party.
  • ‘Sunshine Millions’ featuring six rich stakes events offering over $1,000,000 in purses.
  • Daily Racing Form Handicapping Conference.
  • ‘First Chance, Last Chance’ Handicapping tournament (Saturday-Sunday) and qualifier to the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas.

Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. Awards also are given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing.

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 presented by Daily Racing Form, The Stronach Group and The Breeders’ Cup and produced by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA). Eclipse Awards voting is conducted by the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB), the NTRA, Daily Racing Form and Equibase.

The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, a AAA Four-Diamond rated resort, offers a refreshing way to unwind.

Relax amidst beachfront surf and sand while you enjoy spectacular views of the Atlantic, the Intracoastal, the city or the golf course from a selection of 998 guest rooms and suites.  Conveniently located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami airports, the resort offers an array of amenities including a full-service spa, 18-hole golf course managed by Troon Golf®, Marina and several restaurant options from an award-winning seafood and steakhouse to dockside dining at Rivals Waterfront Sports Grille to 24-hour in-room dining. At the beach location, the adjacent convention center provides over 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting and catering space including four ballrooms, a 50,000-square foot unobstructed Great Hall and 39 individual meeting rooms.

The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horse racing interests consisting of leading Thoroughbred racetracks, owners, breeders, trainers, horseplayers and affiliated horse racing associations, charged with increasing the popularity of horse racing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA web site,