The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB) announced today that prominent broadcast talent Acacia Courtney, Britney Eurton, Gabby Gaudet and Michelle Yu will host the 51st Annual Eclipse Prize on Thursday, February 2. 10 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.
The Eclipse Awards, which honor the 2021 Thoroughbred racing champions, will be held in California for the first time since 2012. Winners in 17 horse and human categories will be announced at Santa Anita and live on TVG and other outlets. on sale, starting at 8 a.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The evening will culminate with the announcement of the Horse of the Year 2021.
Eclipse Awards tickets and information about the awards show, dinner and party are available on the NTRA website https://www.ntra.com/eclipse-awards/.
Courtney, Eurton, and Gaudet started hosting the 2020 Eclipse Awards together. Yu joins as hosts for the first time.
Courtney is in her sixth year as a handicap and paddock reporter for the Gulfstream Park simulcast stream. She also works with the New York Racing Association and is a host of the popular show America’s Day at the Races, and paddock reporter for Saratoga Live, both on FOX Sports. Originally from Connecticut, Courtney began riding at the age of eight, training in the disciplines of hunter-jumper and dressage.
In 2011, Courtney founded the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Racing for Home, Inc., which she runs with her mother, Sherrie. Accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, Racing for Home is dedicated to retraining and rehoming off-track Thoroughbreds for new careers after the track.
Eurton is a journalist and host of many of horse racing’s biggest events through her ongoing work with TVG Network and NBC Sports, including the Triple Crown, Royal Ascot and the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Eurton began her broadcasting career in 2014 with TVG Network, where she covers Thoroughbred racing in the United States and around the world.
Eurton, who made her NBC Sports debut in June 2017 in the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, worked her first Triple Crown for NBC Sports in 2018 and was co-host of the network’s coverage of Royal Ascot in 2019. She resides in Los Angeles. and graduated from the University of Southern California. She is the daughter of Peter Eurton, a former thoroughbred jockey and trainer.
Gaudet grew up in a horse racing family as his parents, Linda and the late Eddie Gaudet, coached in the mid-Atlantic region. She began her career as a racing analyst and paddock reporter for the Maryland Jockey Club in 2013 and later covered horse racing nationwide at Arlington Park, Breeders’ Cup and Gulfstream Park. In 2016, she joined the New York Racing Association broadcast team as a racing analyst and reporter.
In 2019 Gaudet joined TVG as a year-round analyst and journalist covering top-tier racing including the Gulfstream Park Championship Meet, Keeneland and Churchill Downs. As well as joining the Keeneland team in April as co-host of “Today at Keeneland” and paddock commentator, Gaudet has expanded her responsibilities with the track to include sales representation and recruiting. in the USA. Gaudet is married to trainer Norm Casse. His sister, Lacey Gaudet, is also a trainer.
Yu is currently a member of the award-winning Santa Anita Park simulcast team. An avid rider from a young age, Yu’s first foray into the backside was as a hotwalker before moving into television production. Eventually, this brought her in front of the camera as an analyst and presenter. After nearly two decades in the industry, his resume includes FOX, Breeders’ Cup, HRTV, TVG and various international shows. Yu is married to Santa Anita-based trainer Ryan Hanson and they have two children, Olivia (5) and Spencer (3). Still involved with the horses on a daily basis, Yu helps pre-train the yearlings and is also an owner.
The Eclipse Awards are sponsored by Roberts Communications, Four Roses Bourbon, Daily Racing Form, Breeders’ Cup, FanDuel Group, The Stronach Group and 1/ST Racing, Santa Anita Park, TVG, Dean Dorton, Stonestreet Farm, Keeneland, Racetrack Television Network , Jackson Family Wines, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Hallway Feeds, and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.
The Eclipse Awards are named after the great racehorse and founding stallion of the 18th century, Eclipse, who started racing at the age of five and was undefeated in 18 starts, eight of them clear. Eclipse has sired winners of 344 races, including three Epsom Derbies.
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