The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB) announced on Saturday that premier broadcast talent Acacia Courtney, Britney Eurton, Gabby Gaudet and Michelle Yu will host the 51st Annual Eclipse Awards on Thursday, February 2. organize. 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 in Santa Anita and live on TVG and other outlets starting at 8am. pm EST. The evening will be concluded with the announcement of the Horse of the Year 2021.
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Eclipse Awards tickets and information about the awards show, dinner and party are available on the NTRA website.
Courtney, Eurton and Gaudet began co-hosting the Eclipse Awards ceremony in 2020. Yu joins as host for the first time.
Courtney is in her sixth year as a handicapper and paddock reporter for the Gulfstream Park simulcast feed. She also works with the New York Racing Association and is a host of the popular show America’s Day at the Races, and a paddock reporter for Saratoga Live, both on FOX Sports. Courtney, a Connecticut native, began riding at age eight, training in the hunter-jumper and dressage disciplines.
In 2011, Courtney founded the nonprofit 501(c)(3) Racing for Home, Inc. op, which she runs with her mother Sherrie. Accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, Racing for Home is committed to retraining and rehoming off-track Thoroughbreds for new careers beyond the track.
Eurton serves as a reporter and host to 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, covering thoroughbred racing in the US and internationally.
Eurton, who made her NBC Sports debut in the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series in June 2017, worked her first Triple Crown for NBC Sports in 2018 and co-hosted the network’s coverage of Royal Ascot in 2019. She lives in Los Angeles and is a graduate of the University of Southern California. She is the daughter of Peter Eurton, a former jockey and accomplished Thoroughbred trainer.
Gaudet grew up in a horse racing family while her parents, Linda and the late Eddie Gaudet, were trainers in the Mid-Atlantic region. She began her career as a race analyst and paddock reporter for the Maryland Jockey Club in 2013 and has since covered national horse racing at Arlington Park, the Breeders’ Cup and Gulfstream Park. In 2016, she joined the broadcast team of the New York Racing Association as a race analyst and reporter.
In 2019, Gaudet joined TVG as a year-round analyst and reporter covering key races, including the Gulfstream Park Championship Meet, Keeneland and Churchill Downs. In addition to joining the Keeneland team in April as a co-host of “Today at Keeneland” and as a paddock commentator, Gaudet expanded her responsibilities with the track to include sales representation and recruiting in the US. Gaudet is married to trainer Norm Casse. Her sister, Lacey Gaudet, is also a trainer.
Yu is currently a member of the award-winning Santa Anita Park simulcast team. Yu’s first foray into the back was an avid horsewoman from an early age as a hotwalker before transitioning into TV production. Ultimately, this brought her in front of the camera as an analyst and presenter.
After nearly two decades in the industry, her resume includes FOX, Breeders’ Cup, HRTV, TVG and several international shows. Yu is married to Santa Anita based trainer Ryan Hanson and they have two children, Olivia (5) and Spencer (3). Yu is still involved with horses on a daily basis, assists with the pre-training of yearlings and is also the owner.