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Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Actor Jerry O'Connell to host Eclipse Awards

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - Actor and horse racing fan Jerry OConnell will host the 34th annual Eclipse Awards on Jan. 24, when the sport gives out its highest honors to last year's top horses, trainer, jockey and owners.

"I'm so excited," O'Connell said. "It's the Oscars for horse racing, except horses are a lot faster and less temperamental than people in show business."

For the first time the awards will air live on television, carried by TVG from the Regent Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills. The telecast will include a 90-minute red carpet show and a 30-minute wrapup segment.

O'Connell co-stars on NBC's "Crossing Jordan." His other credits include the movies "Jerry Mcguire," "Scream 2," and "Kangaroo Jack."