Eclipse Awards Moving to Thursday Before Pegasus

By BloodHorse Staff
April 7, 2017-The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced April 7 that the 47th Annual Eclipse Awards will be Jan. 25, 2018 at Gulfstream Park; the Thursday before the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) at Gulfstream in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

The Eclipse Awards, bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements in North America in 2017 have earned them the title of champion in 17 categories, will be hosted at Gulfstream for the sixth consecutive year.

"The Stronach Group is honored to host the 47th Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park and delighted that it will coincide with the second running of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational," said Belinda Stronach, of The Stronach Group. "We are anticipating record crowds with this newly combined effort, bringing together the best in this industry who will be awarded and rivaled in the same week.

"These two events will help in our efforts to elevate the sport with world-class entertainment, unparalleled amenities, and exciting events. The Stronach Group has become synonymous with world-class racing and world-class events. This week will raise the bar to new heights."

Earlier this week The Stronach Group announced that the 2018 Pegasus World Cup Invitational will be held Jan. 27 at Gulfstream. The inaugural Pegasus World Cup in January was held one week after the Eclipse Awards and was billed as a showdown between 2014 and 2016 Horse of the Year California Chrome   and Champion 3-Year-Old Arrogate.

"Syncing the Eclipse Awards with the Pegasus World Cup Invitational will only enhance two of American racing's most prestigious events," said NTRA president Alex Waldrop. "The Stronach Group has created an important, world-class race that will regularly attract Eclipse Awards finalists, including Horse of the Year candidates.

"Together we are building a multi-day celebration of champions that will make South Florida the only place to be for racing fans and industry players during the last week of January."