Watch as the Industry’s Best are Recognized on Saturday, January 16
January 6, 2016 (Washington, PA) – Leading online wager provider, Xpressbet, its parent company, The Stronach Group, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) are excited to announce this year’s Eclipse Awards will be broadcast online at Xpressbet.com and via the Racetrack Television Network (RTN). The Eclipse Awards annually showcase and celebrate the best horses, jockeys, owners and trainers in US horse racing, and culminate with the announcement of Horse of the Year.
The 45th Annual Eclipse Awards, hosted by the NTRA and presented by the Daily Racing Form, Breeders’ Cup and The Stronach Group, will take place at the Sport of Kings Theater at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, January 16. Among those expected to contend for Awards are Triple Crown champion, American Pharoah, as well as Beholder, Songbird, Nyquist, Tepin, Honor Code and Tonalist.
The 2016 Xpressbet broadcast will be the first Eclipse Awards presentation to be shown in High Definition, offering viewers an unparalleled glimpse at the festivities. The stream, which will begin at 6:30PM ET, will be available for free to Xpressbet customers, RTN subscribers and racing fans that register to watch at Xpressbet.com.
“Offering free, High Definition coverage of the Eclipse Awards to racing fans, horseplayers, horsemen and other industry stakeholders is incredibly important to Xpressbet and The Stronach Group,” said Xpressbet Senior Vice President of Marketing, Kerry Carlson. “As a presenting sponsor, The Stronach Group is incredibly proud to showcase and celebrate racing’s best athletes at one of its premier venues, Gulfstream Park. Whether watching the Awards in person at Gulfstream Park or online at Xpressbet.com, The Stronach Group is dedicated to providing an unmatched and enjoyable viewing experience.”
“2015 was an extraordinary year in horse racing,” said Keith Chamblin, Chief Operating Officer of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA). “American Pharoah’s unprecedented ‘Grand Slam,’ Beholder’s dominating Pacific Classic and Nyquist’s undefeated juvenile campaign were just a few of the incredible feats we had the pleasure of watching in 2015. We look forward to reliving all of those moments – and more – at the Eclipse Awards, and would like to thank The Stronach Group for their commitment to bringing the Awards to racing fans around the world.”
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