Anne M. Eberhardt

Simulcast Award Entries Deadline Aug. 17

The award honors the best simulcast presentation by a host site.

The award honoring the racing industry's best simulcast production will be presented at the 23rd annual International Simulcast Conference held this year in Clearwater Beach, Fla. The deadline for all entries is Monday, Aug. 17.

The International Simulcast Conference is co-sponsored by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations and Harness Tracks of America, in conjunction with the American Greyhound Track Operators Association. The winner will be announced and presented the award at the conference, which runs Oct. 5-7 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort.       

The award honors the best simulcast presentation by a host site and is open to all pari-mutuel breeds. The simulcast entry will be judged on technical merit, quality, and timeliness of racing and wagering information dissemination, as well as overall appeal.  

Entries for the award must be no more than 30 minutes in length and contain one complete race presentation, including pre-race features and graphics, the race itself, and any post-race replays and/or wrap-ups. Entries must have been part of a normal simulcast program and not a collection of highlights or features and have aired after Aug. 18, 2014. 

Tracks may submit a "marquee" race but will not be given special consideration for singular production components used only for that day. This award is meant to recognize the track which day-in, day-out consistently produces the premier simulcast feed, according to the TRA.

To enter, six copies in DVD format should be sent to TRA, 420 Fair Hill Drive, Suite 1, Elkton, MD 21921, Attn. Jane Murray, along with a letter of entry detailing the contact name for the entry and the date the program aired.

Last year, Keeneland won the award for the seventh time.