Univ. of Arizona student wins ‘dream trip’ to 2012 Eclipse Awards
Starlight Racing and Coolmore’s Tabor, Magnier, and Smith are pleased to announce the winner of our Eclipse Awards sweepstakes! Megean O’Dell of Tucson, AZ won two tickets to the 42nd annual Eclipse Awards to be held this Saturday, January 19 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. Her prize also includes backstage access at the Eclipse Awards for a portion of the event and admission to the Eclipse-eve “Celebration of the Thoroughbred” cocktail party on Friday, January 18 at Gulfstream Park.
Megean will be attending the Eclipse Awards with her friend Spring Evans, also of Tucson, AZ. Both Megean and Spring are major horse racing fans, and both are enrolled in the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program (RTIP). Both are expected to graduate this December.
From RTIP’s 2012 Student Profiles:
Megean, originally from Anaheim, CA, fell in love with Thoroughbred racing when she was seven years old during her first trip to Santa Anita. Frequent trips back to the track fueled her desire to be in the Thoroughbred racing industry. After watching her first Kentucky Derby in 2001, she was hooked. She attended Midway College in Kentucky for 2009-2010. While there, she attended various tracks including Keeneland, Churchill Downs and Oaklawn Park. After learning about the RTIP, she transferred to the University of Arizona.
Spring, originally from Phoenix, AZ, grew up around rodeos, horse shows and Thoroughbred racing. Spending some of her younger years on the backside of a race track was enough to spark her love for racing. All through her high school years, Spring was heavily involved in the agricultural program at Gilbert High School. It was during this time that she decided to make a career out of her passion for horses. Spring is in her third year of the Race Track Industry Program and has participated in all the equine hands-on courses offered.
Starlight would like to congratulate Megean and thank all of the fans who participated in the sweepstakes. We are looking forward to sharing the Eclipse Awards experience with Megean and Spring this weekend!
The Eclipse Awards, which will be televised live on HRTV, are presented by Daily Racing Form, The Stronach Group and Breeders’ Cup and produced by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA).