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2013 Eclipse Awards Week Schedule and Guide

The 42nd Annual Eclipse Awards takes place Saturday January 19, 2013. This year’s Eclipse events begin on Tuesday and last throughout the week benefitting several different charities along the way.

Below is a schedule of events taking place at the Diplomat Resort and Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida to celebrate the 2013 Eclipse Awards.

Tuesday January 15, 2013- Golf Tournament
Play 18 holes of golf at the Westin Diplomat Golf Resort to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Lunch is included as well as free drinks all day. For tickets or sponsorship, call Susan at 954-455-6672. If you haven’t been, the Westin Diplomat is a beautiful hotel with a gorgeous beach complete with crystal clear water. After golf, be sure to sip cocktails on the beach of the Diplomat and watch the sunset.

Wednesday January 16, 2013- Slot Tournament
The tournament begins at 6:30 pm at Gulfstream Park’s casino. $100 buy-in to enter with over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Portions of the proceeds will benefit The Race for Education. In addition to the racetrack at Gulfstream Park, there is a swinging casino with lots of action! The Slot Tournament is a nice way to warm up your luck before the Thursday Poker Tournament.

Thursday January 17, 2013- Poker Tournament
Here’s your chance to compete against hall of fame trainers and jockeys in a game of poker! Portions of the proceeds will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. The poker tournament takes place at 6:30 pm on the second floor of Gulfstream Park Casino’s poker room. Please call 954-454-7000 to reserve your seat.

Friday January 18, 2013- Eclipse Cocktail Party
A silent and live auction will benefit GSP Thoroughbred Aftercare Program at the Eclipse Cocktail Party. View the artwork of Barbara Livingston and witness a live auction by Walt Robertson. The cocktail party is for VIP only from 7:00-9:00 pm and opens to the public from 9:00-10:00 pm. Hopefully the VIP guests will stay the extra hour and mingle with the public folk. That’s when all the fabulous lucky ladies arrive anyway.

Saturday January 19, 2013 (morning)-  Breakfast at Gulfstream Park
Gulfstream Park will give away five mini ipads during the trackside breakfast buffet. The breakfast is from 7:00 am-10:00 am and includes a free tee-shirt and tour of the barn. The kid-friendly event is $8.00.

Saturday January 19, 2013 (mid-day)- The Florida Sunshine Millions
The Florida Sunshine Millions will be a prelude to the Eclipse Awards on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The Florida Sunshine Millions is exclusive to Florida bred thoroughbreds entries only. If you’re busy glamming it up in preparation for the Eclipse Awards, you can easily listen to a live broadcast of the 2013 Florida Sunshine Millions by tuning into Horse Racing Radio Network. HRRN will broadcast live from Gulfstream Park at 3:00 pm on Sirius channel 93. HRRN is a reliable source for live racing coverage from anywhere in the world.

The six Florida Sunshine Millions races will be:
$400,000 Classic, 4-year-olds and up, 1 1/8th mile
$300,000 Distaff, 4-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, 1 1/8th mile
$150,000 Turf, 4-year-olds and up, 1 1/8th mile
$150,000 Filly & Mare Turf, 4-year-olds and up, 1 1/8th mile
$150,000 Sprint, 4-year-olds and up, six furlongs
$150,000 Filly & Mare Sprint, 4-year-olds and up, six furlongs

Saturday January 19, 2013 (evening)- Eclipse Awards Dinner
The 2013 Eclipse Awards will take place in The Sport of Kings Theater located at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. Cocktails begin at 6:00 pm, dinner at 7:00 pm. The Eclipse Awards begin at 8:00 pm. An after party will kick off at 10:00 pm to celebrate the 2013 Eclipse Award winners! If you’re questioning what the definition of “Miami Chic” is, be sure to check out Fashion At The Races for everything you need to know regarding your fashion choices for any of the week long Eclipse events.

ADDED EVENT FOR THE FANS: “Fans First” is a free event for fans added to the week-long Eclipse Award events. The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Gulfstream Park announced today that fans will have special access to view the 2013 Eclipse Award winners being photographed. Gulfstream Park’s website states: “Within minutes of receiving their Eclipse Award on stage, the winning connections for each of the 17 human and equine Eclipse Awards will be brought to a special area adjacent to the Gulfstream Park Sport of Kings Theatre for photographs. The area will be open to fans and visitors to Gulfstream Park. Beverages, cocktails and concessions also will be available throughout the facility and in the paddock walking ring, and the entire Eclipse Awards broadcast on HRTV will be televised live on monitors throughout the facility.”

Sunday January 20, 2013- Thorofan Annual Awards Brunch
Registration begins at 9:00 am. Breakfast begins promptly at 9:30 am for the 2013 Thorofan Awards Brunch. Trainer Nick Zitto will be a key speaker during the awards dedicated to the fans of horse racing. The Thorofan Awards Brunch takes place at Gulfstream Park and Casino in the Ten Palms Room. Anyone can buy a ticket for the Thorofan Awards for $60 by visiting the Thorofan website directly. Be sure to learn more about Thorofan, the mission of the Thoroughbred Racing Fan Association, Inc., (ThoroFan) is to foster the growth of the Thoroughbred racing industry by providing racing fans with an organization that will actively support their interests.

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