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Eclipse Awards week events to benefit industry charities


January 7, 2014     E-mail this page to a friend!

A series of special events leading up to the 43rd annual Eclipse Awards, presented by Daily Racing Form, Breeders’ Cup, and The Stronach Group, will benefit a range of racing-related charities, including the Gulfstream Thoroughbred Aftercare Program, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), The Race for Education, and the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today, January 7. The Eclipse Awards will be held Saturday, January 18, at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

Among the events that are open to the public during Eclipse Awards Week are a golf tournament at The Westin Diplomat Golf & Tennis Club on Tuesday, January 14, that will benefit the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation; a celebrity poker tournament at Gulfstream on Thursday, January 16, to benefit the PDJF; a Ladies Luncheon on Thursday, January 16, to benefit the Race for Education; a ThoroFan Breakfast, featuring several racing luminaries and a day at the races on Friday, January 17; and a cocktail party at Gulfstream on Friday, January 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. “Last year’s events raised in excess of $120,000 for these important charities.”

Below is the complete schedule of events during Eclipse Awards Week (all times Eastern):

Tuesday, January 14


Eclipse Awards Charity Golf Tournament – A scramble-format tournament benefitting the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, dedicated to funding equine medical research. Registration includes lunch, golf, cart, green fees, open bar and more. Additional prizes for Hole in One, Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive.
When: Registration, 11:30 a.m.; Shotgun Start, 12:30 p.m.; Cocktail Reception, 4:45-6:15 p.m.
Where: The Westin Diplomat Golf & Tennis Club, Hollywood, Fla.
Register: Grayson-Jockey Club
Contact: Nancy Kelly, The Jockey Club, nkelly@jockeyclub.com, (212) 512-5305


Wednesday, January 15 to Monday, January 20


Racing at Gulfstream Park – Live world-class Thoroughbred racing at Gulfstream Park, highlighted by the Jan. 18 Sunshine Millions, featuring six rich stakes events.
When: First post 12:40 p.m. daily
Where: Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino, Hallandale Beach, Fla.
More: gulfstreampark.com


Thursday, January 16


Eclipse Awards Ladies’ Luncheon – A day at the races just for women – sponsored by Xpressbet and benefitting the Race for Education and its Starting Gate initiative, a college readiness and reading program for middle school students – featuring lunch by Christine Lee’s, drinks, a silent auction, wagering help from a Daily Racing Form handicapper and more.
When: 12 p.m. (Noon)
Where: Platinum Suite, Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino
Tickets: raceforeducation.org; $100 (gourmet lunch, reserved seat, manicure, program and more)
Contact: Brittany Bell, Race for Education, bbell@raceforeducation.org, (859) 252-8648


Eclipse Awards Charity Poker Tournament – Compete against Hall of Fame jockeys and trainers, as well as other well-known racing personalities, in this live-money poker tournament with proceeds benefiting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino
Contact: Jennifer Vitrella, jennifer.vitrella@gulfstreampark.com, (954) 457-6186


Friday, January 17


ThoroFan Awards Breakfast – The second annual ThoroFan Awards Breakfast will honor Cot Campbell, founder of Dogwood Stable. Speakers include Mandy Pope, owner of champions including Groupie Doll and Havre de Grace, and William “Buff” Bradley, trainer of Groupie Doll. The program also features the announcement of the 2013 NTRA Moment of the Year and Horse Racing Nation Fan of the Year. Tickets include breakfast and seating for the day’s races.
When: 9 a.m.
Where: Ten Palms Restaurant, Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino
Register: Thorofan.com/awards
Contact: ThoroFan, board@thorofan.com


Eclipse Awards Celebration of the Thoroughbred – A private party for Eclipse Awards attendees to benefit Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred Aftercare.
When: 6 p.m. (private); 8 p.m. (public)
Where: Walking Ring, Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino
Register: Party included with Eclipse Awards ticket; open to public (with donation) after 8 p.m.
Contact: Jennifer Vitrella, Gulfstream Park, jennifer.vitrella@gulfstreampark.com, (954) 457-6186


Saturday, January 18


Eclipse Awards VIP Welcome Breakfast – Kick off the big day with a casual continental breakfast sponsored by the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association
When: 8-10 a.m.
Where: The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Third Floor (Room 301)
Contact: Michele Ravencraft, NTRA, mravencraft@ntra.com, (859) 422-2657


The 43rd Annual Eclipse Awards presented by Daily Racing Form, Breeders’ Cup, and The Stronach Group – Thoroughbred racing’s annual awards dinner with presentations for Horse of the Year, divisional champions, and outstanding horsemen and media.
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Sport of Kings Theater, Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino
Tickets: Eclipse NTRA.com ($400 per person; $4,000 table of 10)
Contact: Michele Ravencraft, NTRA, mravencraft@ntra.com, (859) 422-2657


Sunday, January 19


First Chance/Last Chance NHC Tournament – The top two finishers in this live-money tournament win the final two berths to the 2014 National Handicapping Championship, to be held the following weekend at Treasure Island Las Vegas (or, if already qualified twice, the 2015 NHC).
When: Check-in/Registration, 10 a.m.
Where: Ten Palms Restaurant, Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino
Register: gulfstreampark.com ($200 each; max. two per person; 20% discount for Eclipse Award guests)
Contact: Nancy Berry, Gulfstream Park, nancy.berry@gulfstreampark.com, (954) 457-6284