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LAURA HILLENBRAND WINS ECLIPSE AWARD FOR FEATURES/ENTERPRISE WRITING

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that Laura Hillenbrand has won the Media Eclipse Award for Writing in the Features/Enterprise category. Hillenbrand's article, "The Greatest Horse Race Ever," was an original adaptation of part of her best-selling book, "Seabiscuit: An American Legend," that appeared in the May 2001 issue of EQUUS Magazine. This is the second Eclipse award for Hillenbrand.

"My deal with the devil is working out very well," Hillenbrand said, referring to the attention and awards her book has garnered, seemingly at the expense of her health -- she suffers from severe chronic fatigue syndrome. "Seriously, this whole year has been overwhelming. This is a wonderful way to top it off."

The panel of judges for the Writing - Features/Enterprise category include Andy Plattner, a Flannery O'Connor Award-winning writer who regularly contributes to several racing magazines; Jane Schwartz, author of the book "Ruffian: Burning from the Start"; Greg Michalson, a longtime Thoroughbred owner/breeder and the editor of BlueHen Books, a literary imprint and a member of Penguin Putnam, Inc.; Steve Wulf, executive editor of "ESPN The Magazine"; and novelist, short story writer and essayist Jana Harris.

"It's just a piece of great storytelling, bringing to life the spirit of the people, the horses and the times through details that ring like the starter's bell," said Michalson. "It can introduce people who aren't already fans to what's most fascinating and enduring about the sport. And remind the rest of us why we do this."

Eclipse Awards are given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing. Eclipse Awards also are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. The awards are presented by the NTRA, the National Turf Writers Association and Daily Racing Form. The Eclipse Awards are named after the great 18th-century racehorse and 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.

Media Eclipse Award winners will be honored at the 31st annual Eclipse Awards Dinner, to be held Monday, Feb. 18, 2002, at the new, $800 million Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Fla. For ticket information and reservations contact Alison Thompson-Murphy at the NTRA, (800) 792-6872 or via email at amurphy@ntra.com.

The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of horseracing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA and Breeders' Cup Limited also conduct the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championship consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, and the Breeders' Cup Stakes Program, which are funded by the industry's owners and breeders. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site, www.ntra.com, and at the Web site for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, breederscup.com. Contact the NTRA at ntra@ntra.com.

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