Eclipse Award Trophy

Eclipse Award Trophy

Anne M. Eberhardt

Eclipse Fundraiser to Help Aftercare Program

Gulfstream Park hosting charity fundraisers the week before the Eclipse Awards.

As host of this year's Eclipse Awards ceremony, Gulfstream Park has expanded the menu of activities surrounding the main event.

Among them is a cocktail party fundraiser benefiting Gulfstream Park's Thoroughbred Aftercare Program.

"Gulfstream Park and The Stronach Group are extremely proud to host the 'Celebration of the Thoroughbred' in conjunction with our other fundraising activities during Eclipse Award week," said Gulfstream president Tim Ritvo. "Thoroughbred aftercare is a priority for everyone at Gulfstream and The Stronach Group."

Started in 2011, the track's aftercare program matches retired racehorses with owners who will make a lifelong commitment to their health, safety, and well being.

The Celebration of the Thoroughbred event, Jan. 18 from 6-8 p.m. in the Gulfstream Park walking ring, will include a live, silent, and online auctions featuring equine art; breeding opportunities to Kitten's Joy  and Ghostzapper ; six tickets to the U.S. Open Tennis Championship; trips to the 2013 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park; a basketball autographed by Miami Heat President Pat Riley; two-night stays at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa (the official hotel of the Eclipse Awards), Hollywood Beach Marriott, and Chesapeake Resort; a case of Kendall Jackson Wine; and a limited edition Peb art box and Fred Stone canvas print.

Among the items available through the online auction are premium racing packages to Keeneland and Del Mar, plus stallion seasons to Harlan's Holiday, Leroidesanimaux, Macho Uno , and Shackleford .

Racing, sports, and travel enthusiasts can pre-register at and bid from any location in the world. The website will also offer the opportunity to watch bidding activity and receive updates and alerts.

Other charity events will be held hosted by Gulfstream during the week of Jan. 15-19 and will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and The Race for Education.