Ex-Keeneland chief Nicholson honored with Eclipse Award of Merit

Former Keeneland President Nick Nicholson will be honored by the racing industry for his "distinguished leadership and outstanding achievements" with an Eclipse Award of Merit.

The award will be presented Jan. 19 at the 42nd annual Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

"I am truly honored and deeply appreciative to win the Eclipse Award of Merit," Nicholson said in a statement. "I am also quite surprised. Throughout my career, the opportunity to work in the Thoroughbred industry has been its own reward. I want to thank my wife and children (Susan, Nick Jr. and Trish) and all the kind and talented people with whom I have had the pleasure of working. This prestigious honor belongs as much to them as it does to me."

Nicholson, 65, retired last year from Keeneland after 12 years as president and CEO. Before that, he was executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club, beginning in 1989. He also has served on numerous board and racing organizations.