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ECLIPSE AWARDS' VENUE CHANGED TO MIAMI BEACH'S FONTAINEBLEAU HILTON RESORT
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that the site for the 31st annual Eclipse Awards ceremony has been changed from the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Fla., to the Fontainebleau Hilton Resort in Miami Beach, Fla. The date of the event, Monday, Feb. 18, 2002, remains unchanged.
"We're pleased that the Eclipse Awards ceremony will remain in South Florida and that the Fontainebleau can accommodate our guests as well as the banquet itself," said Keith Chamblin, senior vice president marketing and industry relations. "This year's event coincides with the Fountain of Youth Stakes and the Miami Boat Show and takes place during a prime weekend to visit a popular wintertime destination."
The 1,206-room Fontainebleau, located at 4441 Collins Avenue, is easily accessible from the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood international airports. The hotel is on the Atlantic Ocean beachfront and is approximately 10 miles from Gulfstream Park. For more information on the Fontainebleau, visit www.hilton.com. Attendees wishing to make room reservations should call the Fontainebleau reservation lines, (800) 548-8886 or (800) HILTONS, and request the NTRA special rate.
Tickets to the Eclipse Awards ceremony are $300 per person or $3,000 for a table of 10. Invitations will be mailed on Jan. 10, as originally scheduled. For information contact Alison Thompson-Murphy at the NTRA, (800) 792-6872, or via e-mail at email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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