04/13/2017 1:45PM

Nominations to open in May for 2017 Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards

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Nominations will open on Monday, May 8 for the 2017 Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards, presented in America for the first time last year.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Godolphin is the principal sponsor of the awards, in association with The Jockey Club, the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protection Association, and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Godolphin also sponsors the equivalent Stud and Stable Staff Awards in Ireland, Australia, Britain, and France.

This year, a total of six awards will be presented – including a new category, “The Newcomer Award” – worth a total of $128,000 in prize money. Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 1, and the awards will be presented in a ceremony Oct. 13 at Keeneland.

 “The first group of nominees were so impressive across the board and we fully expect to see that again this year,” Dan Pride, chief operating officer of Godolphin in America, said. “It’s extremely heartwarming that the hardworking men and women in our industry receive the recognition that they truly deserve.”

For more information, visit www.godolphinusawards.com.