John Deere Presenting Sponsors Of The 52nd Annual Eclipse Awards

December 21, 2022

Joins Keeneland And The Jockey Club; 21 Official Partners Also Sign On In Support Of Event

NTRA Press Release

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that John Deere, Keeneland, and The Jockey Club are presenting sponsors of the 52nd Annual Eclipse Awards, honoring Thoroughbred racing’s champions of 2022, to be held Thursday, January 26, 2023, at The Breakers Palm Beach.

“We are grateful to John Deere, Keeneland, and The Jockey Club for their partnership in serving as this year’s presenting sponsors for the Eclipse Awards,” said Tom Rooney, President and CEO of the NTRA. “We’re very excited to welcome the Thoroughbred industry to The Breakers to celebrate the best of the best of this year’s finalists. This event would not be possible without our presenting sponsors or our large number of official partners, and we are very appreciative for their support.” 

In addition to the presenting sponsors, many other organizations have pledged their support and are serving as official partners of the event. Official Partners for the event include 1/ST, Breeders’ Cup, Churchill Downs Incorporated, Daily Racing Form, Dean Dorton Equine, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, EquinEdge, FanDuel, Four Roses, Florida Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association, Hallway Feeds, Jackson Family Wines, Monmouth Park, The New York Racing Association, Oaklawn Park, Palm Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room, Racetrack Television Network, Rood and Riddle, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, and the Thoroughbred Owners of California.

John Deere is the Official Equipment Supplier of agricultural, turf, and construction equipment to the NTRA and Breeders’ Cup, and the proud Tractor Supplier of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. Deere & Company (www.JohnDeere.com) is a world leader in providing advanced products, technology, and services for customers whose work is revolutionizing agriculture and construction — those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich, and build upon the land to meet the world’s increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. For additional information and savings, contact Equine Benefits at 866-678-4289.

Since its founding in 1936, Keeneland has devoted itself to the health and vibrancy of the Thoroughbred industry. Keeneland plays a prominent role in both breeding and racing, serving as the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house and conducting world-class racing twice annually during its Spring and Fall Meets. Keeneland hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in 2015 and 2020, and this year on Nov. 4-5. In furtherance of its mission, Keeneland reinvests its earnings in the form of higher purses and support of horse industry initiatives and charitable contributions focused on education, research, the arts, and health and human services throughout the Central Kentucky community. 

The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club (www.jockeyclub.com), directly or through subsidiaries, provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives, and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans, and farms.

For additional information on the 52nd Eclipse Awards, contact Michele Ravencraft at mravencraft@ntra.com.

About The Eclipse Awards

The Eclipse Awards 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 Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements in North America have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. Those awards are voted by NTRA, Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB). Eclipse Awards also are given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing.

About The Breakers Palm Beach

Originally built in 1896, The Breakers remains one of America’s legendary resort destinations. Renowned for its seaside glamour and world-class service, the 538-room, Italian Renaissance-style hotel resides on 140 acres of oceanfront property in the heart of Palm Beach. With unapologetic luxury, Resort amenities feature a private beach, four oceanfront pools, five whirlpool spas, 25 luxury beach bungalows and a variety of watersports; a new luxury spa; indoor-outdoor Ocean Fitness center; 36 holes of championship golf, including the Ocean Course and The Breakers Rees Jones® Course; 10 Har-Tru tennis courts; a Family Entertainment Center; an array of on-site boutiques; and nine acclaimed restaurants, with settings ranging from casual beachfront to stylishly sophisticated.

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