TVG to Present Exclusive Live Coverage of the Eclipse Awards on January 17
Horse of the Year Announcement to Highlight Show
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 12, 2011
The 40th annual Eclipse Awards, scheduled for next Monday at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, is shaping up as the most anticipated in the horse racing event’s history. The reason, the hotly contested battle for Horse of the Year between America’s Sweetheart, Zenyatta, and Blame, who nipped her in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. Also a finalist for Horse of the Year is the French mare Goldikova, who won an unprecedented third straight TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile last November.
Delivering the verdict on that contest, as well as capturing the entire evening’s activities, both pre and post-event, will be TVG, America’s Horseracing Network, which has exclusive coverage.
With Todd Schrupp, Simon Bray and Christina Olivares serving as host, analyst and on-site interviewer, TVG’s broadcast will begin at 6:00 p.m. EST with a one-hour pre-show program that will capture the arrival of the evening’s key participants as well as their reflections on the past year in racing.
After the pre-show, TVG will telecast the awards ceremony, at which the sport’s 2010 champion horses and people will be announced. Concluding the festivities will be a post-show segment, highlighted by live reactions from the connections of the newly crowned Horse of the Year.
“This marks the seventh consecutive year that TVG has aired the Eclipse Awards show and there’s a level of excitement this year that exceeds any we’ve done in the past,” said Tony Allevato, executive producer and senior vice president for TVG. “We look forward to capturing that excitement for our viewers.”
“Bringing the Eclipse Awards to fans at home is something we feel strongly about,” said Keith Chamblin, senior vice president of the NTRA. “We are delighted to once again partner with TVG on what promises to be a historic night for Thoroughbred horse racing.”
The Eclipse Awards show is produced by NTRA Productions in association with TVG.
The Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements in North America have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. 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.
TVG, the official TV and Interactive Wagering partner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and a subsidiary of Betfair Group Ltd, the premier e-gaming betting community, is among the most widely distributed horseracing networks in the world. TVG is the second largest legal online betting company in the US, accepting over $500 million in wagers in 2009. The company has demonstrated its commitment to the racing industry, its owners, tracks and fans through sponsorship of several preeminent races including the TVG Breeders Cup Mile and the Betfair/TVG Triple Tiara. TVG viewers in certain areas can wager interactively on races via telephone, the Internet, TVG Mobile or Interactive Television by establishing a wagering account online at http://www.tvg.com or by telephone at 1-888-PLAY-TVG.
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