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KEENELAND LIBRARY SELECTED FOR SPECIAL ECLIPSE AWARD
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that the new Keeneland Library, one of the world’s largest public-access repositories for information related to Thoroughbred horseracing and the Thoroughbred breed, has been selected to receive a Special Eclipse Award. The library, which opened this summer, is located on the grounds of Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., and contains more than 10,000 books, 100,000 news and trade publications, 225,000 photos and photo negatives, 1,500 videocassettes and 3,000 files of newspaper clippings.
In April 2000, Daily Racing Form donated its entire archival collection to Keeneland, whose library then consisted of a combined research and reading area. The Form’s donation was the incentive for Keeneland to build a separate facility -- including humidity- and climate-controlled rooms for rare books -- to house the collection that includes editions of Daily Racing Form and Morning Telegraph dating back to the mid-1800s. The Form’s donation included almost every edition of the Daily Racing Form and the American Racing Manual, dating back to 1896, which together provide one of the most comprehensive records of American Thoroughbred racing. Many of the newspapers are the sole surviving copies.
The Keeneland Library also contains a number of other noteworthy collections, including the 18,000-item Charles Christian Cook Photographic Negative Collection. Cook was one of the first photographers in this country to specialize in horseracing and racetrack scenes. His work covered the sport from the early 1900s to mid-century.
"We’re extremely honored and wish to thank those responsible for this award," said Nick Nicholson, president and CEO of Keeneland. "Preserving our industry’s rich history is an awesome responsibility first recognized by our founders more than 60 years ago. Our early libraries served a valuable role in documenting our sport’s storied past. Now, with our new state-of-the-art facility, we will be able to expand that role by creating an archival system for the Thoroughbred breed that is second to none."
The Keeneland Library is open to the public Monday through Friday and on Saturday mornings during April and October.
The winner of the Special Eclipse Award is determined by a committee composed of representatives from the Eclipse Award-presenting organizations: the NTRA, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers Association. Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. Awards also are given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing.
Eclipse Award winners will be honored at the 32nd annual Eclipse Awards ceremony 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.
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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