NTRA forms Eclipse Awards Host Committee

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Friday the formation of an Eclipse Awards Host Committee that will actively promote participation in Eclipse Awards week events and highlight Gulfstream Park and its surrounding community.

Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey and his wife, Suzee, who are longtime residents of south Florida, will serve as Honorary Chairpersons of the Host Committee. Other members are:

Fred Brei   Director, Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association
Stacie Clark   Program Manager, Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred Aftercare Program
Joy Cooper   Mayor of Hallandale Beach, Florida
Craig Fravel   President and Chief Executive Officer, Breeders' Cup
Alana Gabriel   Business Travel Sales Manager, The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa
John Hartig   Chief Executive Officer, 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   Horseracing fan, Hallandale Beach, Florida
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 Chief Executive Officer, National Thoroughbred Racing Association

Among the events that will be held leading up to the 42nd annual Eclipse Awards on January 19 at Gulfstream Park are a golf tournament at The Westin Diplomat Golf Location on January 15 that will benefit the PDJF; a slots tournament at Gulfstream on January 16 that will benefit The Race for Education and the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation; a celebrity poker tournament at Gulfstream on January 17 to benefit the PDJF; and a cocktail party at Gulfstream on January 18 that will benefit the Gulfstream Thoroughbred Aftercare Program.

"The Eclipse Awards Host Committee is made up of a wonderful combination of Eclipse Award supporters and local leaders," said Keith Chamblin, senior vice president of the NTRA. "Together, they will help generate interest and ensure that this year's event is a memorable one."

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 mravencraft@ntra.com or call 859-422-2657. Order forms for tickets are available at NTRA.com.

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.

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