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LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY TELECAST WINS MEDIA ECLIPSE AWARD FOR LOCAL TELEVISION
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that Fox Sports Net Southwest's telecast of Louisiana Champions Day at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, which aired Dec. 8, 2001, has won the Media Eclipse Award for Local Television. The production team included Craig Wilkie, Ed Pappas, Matt Celli, Ty Ezell and five-time Emmy award-winning director Michael Sheehan.
"I'm pleased that the group that has produced this show for the last 11 years has been recognized with this award," said Bryan Krantz, president and general manager of Fair Grounds. "We're especially grateful because this project is a labor of love for everyone involved with it."
Eclipse Award winners will be honored at the 32nd annual Eclipse Awards Dinner, to be held Monday, Jan. 27, 2003 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. For hotel accommodations and Eclipse Awards dinner reservations, contact Debbie Blair at the NTRA's Lexington office, (800) 792-6872, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Judges for the Local Television category include Dan Guido, a videographer and electronic photo journalist whose credits include ESPN's "SportsCenter" and Major League Baseball's "This Week in Baseball"; Robert Fishman, a multiple Emmy Award-winning director for CBS Sports; and Rob Duboff, marketing consultant and executive-in-residence at Boston College.
"The overall production, which included the talent, the race coverage, the photography and the features within the telecast, were of network quality," said Guido. "I would put it in a category with a Breeders' Cup telecast."
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 Championships consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, the Breeders' Cup Stakes Program and the Great State Challenge. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site, www.ntra.com.
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