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Seven Questions: Alex Waldrop, CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)

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Alex Waldrop, CEO of NTRA | Photo courtesy of Horsephotos.com/NTRA
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Today's subject is Alex Waldrop, CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA).LA is a place for stars to shine, and today Alex is in town to see horse racing’s finest shine at the 2009 Eclipse Awards, recognizing excellence in Thoroughbred racing over the past year.

Tonight’s 39th annual Eclipse Awards dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills will announce the results of 17 equine and human categories, ranging from Jockey to Trainer to Two-Year Old Male, leading into the main event, the announcement of one of the most buzzed-about Horse Of The Year honors in history.

Two females horses - Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta - dominated horse racing in 2009, both going undefeated for the year with Alexandra taking The Preakness and Zenyatta becoming the first female to win The Breeders’ Cup Classic. In advance of tonight’s Eclipse Awards (which will be broadcast on TVG at 5 p.m. PST/ 8 p.m. EST), we caught up with Alex to get the inside track on all things equine.

1) You are in LA for the Eclipse Awards - tell us about them.
The Eclipse Awards are like the Oscars of Thoroughbred racing. The best horses and human athletes, plus top owner, breeder and trainer, are named champion in their category as voted on by writers and racing officials. An Eclipse Award is the highest honor you can receive in the sport.