Eclipse Awards Events to Benefit Charities

A series of special events leading up to the 43rd annual Eclipse Awards will benefit a range of racing-related charities, including the Gulfstream Thoroughbred Aftercare Program, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, The Race for Education, and the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 7.

The Eclipse Awards will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino.

Among the events open to the public during Eclipse Awards Week are a golf tournament at The Westin Diplomat Golf & Tennis Club on Tuesday, Jan. 14, that will benefit the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation; a celebrity poker tournament at Gulfstream on Thursday, Jan. 16, to benefit the PDJF; a Ladies Luncheon on Thursday, Jan.16, to benefit the Race for Education; a ThoroFan Breakfast, featuring several racing luminaries, and a day at the races on Friday, Jan. 17; and a cocktail party at Gulfstream on Friday, Jan. 18, to benefit the Gulfstream Thoroughbred Aftercare Program.

The week will culminate with Saturday night's black-tie-optional Eclipse Awards ceremony, hosted by ESPN's Jeannine Edwards, featuring the announcements of Horse of the Year and divisional champions, as well as outstanding horsemen and media.

"We are delighted to join Gulfstream Park and The Stronach Group, Daily Racing Form and the Breeders' Cup to support these very worthy causes throughout Eclipse Awards Week," said Alex Waldrop, President and CEO of the NTRA, in a release. "Last year's events raised in excess of $120,000 for these important charities."

Following are contacts that can provide more details on the special charity events: golf tournament, nkelly@jockeyclub.com, (212) 512-5305; ladies' luncheon, bbell@raceforeducation.org, (859) 252-8648; poker tournament and cocktail party, jennifer.vitrella@gulfstreampark.com, (954) 457-6186; ThoroFan Awards Breakfast, ThoroFan, board@thorofan.com.

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