The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has formed an Eclipse Awards "host committee" that will actively promote participation in Eclipse Awards week events.
Among the events that will be held leading up to the Eclipse Awards ceremony Jan. 19 at Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla., are a golf tournament Jan. 15 at the Westin Diplomat Golf Location that will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund; a slots tournament Jan. 16 at Gulfstream Park that will benefit the Race for Education and the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation; a celebrity poker tournament Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park to benefit the PDJF; and a Jan. 18 cocktail party at Gulfstream Park that will benefit Gulfstream Thoroughbred Aftercare Program.
According to the Dec. 7 announcement, Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey and his wife Suzee will serve as honorary chairpersons of the committee that also includes:
Fred Brei, director, Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association
Stacie Clark, program manager, Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred Aftercare Program
Joy Cooper, mayor of Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Craig Fravel, president and CEO, Breeders' Cup
Alana Gabriel, business travel sales manager, Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa
John Hartig, CEO, Daily Racing Form
Elisabeth Jensen, president and executive director, The Race for Education
Nancy Kelly, vice president of development, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation
Daryl LaRoche, racing fan, Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Terry Meyocks, managing director, The Jockeys' Guild
Teresa Palmer, vice president, Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association
Tim Ritvo, president and general manager, Gulfstream Park
Alex Waldrop, president and CEO, National Thoroughbred Racing Association