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Dec 22, 2011

Eclipse Awards to have Edwards host

By: SPORTS NETWORK


New York, NY (Sports Network) - Next month's 41st annual Eclipse Awards will be hosted by ESPN's Jeannine Edwards. The awards ceremony will be at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, California on Monday evening January 16.

"I'm extremely proud, flattered and honored to be hosting the Eclipse Awards -- racing's Oscars," said Edwards, who becomes the first female to serve as host of the event. "I want to thank the NTRA for this extraordinary opportunity. Ever since I was a little girl, I've been in love with horses and racing. For me, the Eclipse Awards would come along every year and be the anxiously-awaited, crowning moment of a season's worth of indelible achievements. With so many divisions up in the air, I'm just as eager as everyone else to see who will be taking home the hardware. It humbles me to think I will be a part of this year's crowning moment."

Edwards is a senior broadcast analyst for ESPN and is considered one of the leading female sportscasters in the country.

"Jeannine is not just a talented on-air personality, but also one of the most universally admired and respected people associated with the thoroughbred industry," said Alex Waldrop, President and CEO of the NTRA. "We are delighted to have her as the host of the upcoming Eclipse Awards."

A resident of Maryland, Edwards got into thoroughbred broadcasting after spending a decade as an exercise rider, apprentice jockey and trainer in New York and New Jersey. She served as an in-house TV host at racetracks in Maryland.

The New Jersey native joined ESPN in 1995 as a studio analyst for "National Best 7" which became "2Day at the Races." Edwards has also worked as a sideline reporter for ESPN covering college football and basketball. In addition, she has been a general assignment reporter on ESPN's SportsCenter.

Edwards has been part of two Eclipse Awarding winning broadcast teams. In 2009 the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Live Telecast was bestowed for the Belmont Stakes on ABC and ESPN was honored for the following year's Breeders' Cup.



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