"Miami Chic" will be the theme for the 42nd annual Eclipse Awards ceremony that will be held Jan. 19, 2013, at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
The optional black-tie attire affair will conclude a weeklong series of events, several of which will be tied to charity. The tentative schedule of events includes a golf tournament, celebrity poker and slots tournaments, a special handicapping expo presented by Daily Racing Form, a handicapping tournament qualifier to the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas, autograph sessions with Eclipse Award nominees and past champions, and other events with an Eclipse Awards theme.
"Next January's event will incorporate an exciting series of fan-friendly components that will allow many more people to be a part of an event honoring excellence in Thoroughbred racing," said Alex Waldrop, president and CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.
"We are committed to making this a memorable Eclipse Awards for all who attend and for all of our racing fans in South Florida," said Tim Ritvo, president and general manager of Gulfstream Park and COO of The Stronach Group.
Presented by Daily Racing Form, The Stronach Group, and Breeders' Cup, the Eclipse Awards are named after the 18th-century racehorse and foundation sire Eclipse, who began racing at age 5 and was undefeated in 18 starts, including eight walkovers. Eclipse sired 344 winners, including three winners of the Epsom Derby.