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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and National Turf Writers and Broadcasters announced Wednesday that Jeannine Edwards, who enjoyed an award-winning 22-year career with ESPN and ABC, will host the 48th Annual Eclipse Awards on Thursday, January 24. It will be the seventh time Edwards has emceed the ceremony.
The Eclipse Awards, which honor the 2018 champions of Thoroughbred racing, will be held for the seventh time at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Edwards joined ESPN in 1995 as a Thoroughbred racing analyst and over time became among the network’s most recognizable faces. She worked the sidelines for college football and college basketball, in addition to reporting on a variety of news for SportsCenter, including extensive coverage of American Pharoah’s 2015 Triple Crown run.
In 2009, Edwards was part of the broadcast team that won an Eclipse Award for the Belmont Stakes telecast on ABC, as well as an Emmy nomination for the Breeders’ Cup on ESPN. That same team won a second Eclipse Award and a second Emmy nomination for the 2010 Breeders’ Cup telecast.
A native of Tenafly, N.J., Edwards spent 10 years on the racetrack as an exercise rider, apprentice jockey, and trainer in New York and New Jersey before initially getting into television in 1994 as an in-house TV host at racetracks in Maryland.
Tickets to the Eclipse Awards also include an invitation to a Friday night, Jan. 25, party in the Gulfstream Park walking ring on the eve of the Pegasus.
Eclipse Awards voting is conducted by the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB), the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Daily Racing Form. The Eclipse Awards ceremony is produced by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and presented by the Breeders’ Cup, Daily Racing Form and The Stronach Group.
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 Derbys.