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TVG to broadcast exclusive live coverage of the Eclipse Awards on January 26


January 20, 2009     E-mail this page to a friend!

Horse of the Year to be announced at Thoroughbred racing’s premier awards event

TVG, America’s Horseracing Network, will exclusively broadcast the 38th Annual Eclipse Awards ceremony live on Monday, January 26 from The Fontainebleau in Miami Beach, Florida. Stars of the 2008 awards are expected to include reigning Horse of the Year Curlin, 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown and Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic winner Zenyatta.

TVG kicks off its live coverage of the Eclipse Awards at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. TVG’s Todd Schrupp, Simon Bray, and Jill Byrne will host the network’s programming surrounding the event. The Eclipse Awards show will be produced by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) in association with TVG.

“We’re delighted that TVG will once again bring the excitement and prestige of the Eclipse Awards into homes across the country and around the world,” said NTRA President and CEO Alex Waldrop. “The telecast makes the evening far more special by allowing our fans to share in the celebration of the sport’s brightest stars.”

Finalists for Horse of the Year will be announced and honored during the course of the Eclipse Awards ceremony, culminating when the winning horse’s connections receive the trophy at the conclusion of the program. In addition, the “NTRA Moment of the Year”—Thoroughbred racing’s most memorable moment of 2008, as selected by fan voting at NTRA.com—will be announced during the ceremony.

Award-winning horseracing and sports announcer Kenny Rice will serve as master of ceremonies. Representatives from the NTRA, the National Turf Writers Association (NTWA) and Daily Racing Form vote on the Eclipse Awards.

“TVG has been trackside for an incredible year of horseracing and it will be exciting to see who will be honored among so many talented finalists,” said Tony Allevato, TVG senior vice president and executive producer. “More viewers are tuning in each year for the thrill and emotion of The Eclipse Awards.”

About the 38th annual Eclipse Awards

The Eclipse Awards, which recognize excellence in Thoroughbred horse racing each year, are presented in 17 equine and human categories, including: Horse of the Year, two-year-old colt, two-year-old filly, three-year-old colt, three-year-old filly, older male horse, older female horse, male turf horse, female turf horse, male sprinter, female sprinter, steeplechase, owner, breeder, jockey, apprentice jockey and trainer.

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.