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MARYLAND JOCKEY CLUB'S PRODUCTION OF "THE PREAKNESS: AN AMERICAN CLASSIC" WINS ECLIPSE AWARD FOR LOCAL TELEVISION

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that the "The Preakness: An American Classic," which aired July 15, 2000 on WMAR-TV, a Baltimore-area ABC affiliate, has won the Eclipse Award for Local Television. The director was Trent Cooper of Ole Man Potter Productions; produced by Maryland Jockey Club; Karin DeFrancis, executive producer; Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Bill McCutcheon; Leffler Agency was the creative consultant.

Judges for the Local Television category include Tim Cowling, an award-winning producer and director for Discovery Communications and National Geographic's "Explorer" series, who now works as an independent film producer; Dan Guido, a videographer and electronic photo journalist whose credits include ESPN's "SportsCenter"; and Stu Kirshenbaum, a freelance producer whose subjects include Thoroughbred racing.

The half-hour show was "informative, interesting, wonderfully shot and edited, and not just for race fans," commented Guido. "It was a great retrospective on a classic racing event."

The Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. Eclipse Awards are also given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing. 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 30th annual Eclipse Awards Dinner, to be held Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001 at the historic Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, La. For ticket information and reservations contact Jamie Haydon at the NTRA, (859) 245-6853, or via e-mail at jhaydon@ntra.com.

The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of Thoroughbred interests, which in addition to racetracks, includes owners, breeders, off-track betting organizations, trainers, jockeys, veterinarians and sales companies, among others. Through membership dues and funding from other horseracing interests, like the American Quarter Horse Association, the NTRA markets, advertises, promotes and televises Thoroughbred racing in North America. It also serves as a catalyst for industry-wide programs benefiting members in group purchasing, telecommunications and technology, consumer research and legislative initiatives. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. A compendium of NTRA press releases appears on the NTRA Web site, ntra.com. Contact the NTRA at ntra@ntra.com.

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