TVG will broadcast the 37th Eclipse Awards ceremony Jan. 21 from the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Award-winning horse racing and sports announcer Kenny Rice, hosting the awards for the first time, will serve as master of ceremonies during the live broadcast. TVG, the only network broadcasting the event, kicks off three hours of live coverage at 9:30 p.m. EST. Todd Schrupp, Simon Bray, and Christina Olivares will host the network’s pre-event programming.
“The Eclipse Awards continues to be one of the biggest nights in horse racing,” National Thoroughbred Racing Association president and chief executive officer Alex Waldrop said in a statement. “We’re fortunate to have TVG broadcasting this exciting event to millions of racing fans across the U.S. and around the world.”
The Eclipse Awards, which recognize excellence in Thoroughbred horse racing each year, are presented in 17 equine and human categories, including Horse of the Year, 2-year-old male, 2-year-old filly, 3-year-old male, 3-year-old filly, older male horse, older female horse, male turf horse, female turf horse, male sprinter, female sprinter, steeplechase, owner, breeder, jockey, apprentice jockey, and trainer.
Finalists for Horse of the Year will be honored during the course of the Eclipse Awards ceremony. The winner of Horse of the Year will be announced at the conclusion of the program, with the presentation of the award to connections of the winning horse.
In addition to the Eclipse Awards, Thoroughbred racing’s most memorable moment of 2007-as selected by racing fans voting at ntra.com-will be announced during the program.
“We’re proud to be a part of an event that means so much to our industry,” Tony Allevato, TVG senior vice president and executive producer, said in a statement. “This year’s Eclipse Awards show promises to be full of emotional moments and possibly a few surprises.”
The Eclipse Awards show will be produced by the NTRA in association with TVG.