01/04/2005 12:00AM

Broadcast Eclipse winners named


The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced on Tuesday the 2004 Eclipse Awards in several media categories.

NBC Sports was selected for a national television broadcast of live racing, and the NBC affiliate in Louisville, Ky., WAVE, was selected for local television coverage.

ESPN won for a nationally televised feature, and Premiere Radio Networks won for audio coverage.

NBC won for its June 5 broadcast of the Belmont Stakes, in which Smarty Jones failed in his attempt to win the Triple Crown, losing to Birdstone.

ESPN was honored for a half-hour broadcast on Oct. 31 called "Smarty Jones: America's Horse."

The local award went to WAVE for its 9 1/2 hours of pre- and postrace coverage on Kentucky Derby Day.

Premiere Radio's Eclipse came for its live national coverage of the Belmont.