THE STRONACH GROUP TO SPONSOR ECLIPSE AWARDS, TWO-YEAR AGREEMENT WILL BRING EVENT TO GULFSTREAM PARK IN 2013

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that The Stronach Group (SG) has agreed to join Daily Racing Form and Breeders' Cup as a presenting sponsor of the Eclipse Awards.

The 41st annual Eclipse Awards ceremony will be held Monday, January 16, at the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

As part of the agreement, which is effective immediately and carries a duration of two years, the January 2013 Eclipse Awards will be held at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., in the Sport of Kings Theatre.

“We are delighted to reach this agreement that will take the Eclipse Awards to new and exciting heights,” said Alex Waldrop, President and CEO of the NTRA. “The partnership was structured to be multi-faceted and, while it’s too early to get into specifics, it is expected to have many ancillary benefits for both The Stronach Group and the industry as a whole going forward.”

"Our commitment is to provide a first-class customer experience for racing fans and horsemen year-round at our racing properties," said Stronach Entertainment Group CEO Greg Avioli. "We are excited to sponsor the Eclipse Awards, which has always exemplified the best in the sport of racing. We especially look forward to hosting the 2013 Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park which will be a first for the racing industry."

The Eclipse Awards Presented by Daily Racing Form, The Stronach Group and Breeders’ Cup, are named after the great 18th-century racehorse and foundation 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.

The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horse racing interests consisting of leading Thoroughbred racetracks, owners, breeders, trainers, horseplayers and affiliated horse racing associations, charged with increasing the popularity of horse racing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA web site, NTRA.com.

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