America’s Best Racing (ABR), a multi-media fan development and awareness-building platform initiated by The Jockey Club, today released episode 3 of their four-part series of digital video ads filmed and produced by ABR Films entitled “The Road Less Traveled: The Road to the Triple Crown.” More
We have many positive developments to report, as you will see below. There also is some negative news that I will not attempt to bury. More
Larry Collmus and John Scheinman, both NTWAB members, will be joint recipients of the Old Hilltop Award at Pimlico’s Alibi Breakfast on May 14. More
There are four simple things coming up that need the attention of membership, and without further ado, here they are. More
Seats at the Alibi Breakfast are limited. Media members with a credential don’t need a pass. Others should contact Jessica.Schisler@marylandracing.com.
The Maryland Jockey Club announced today that Joe Clancy, an NTWAB member and an Eclipse Award-winning writer and editor of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine, will receive the David F. Woods Memorial Award for excellence in journalism. More
America’s Best Racing today released episode 2 of their 4-part series of digital video ads filmed and produced by ABR Films entitled “The Road Less Traveled: The Road to the Triple Crown.” More
American Pharoah leads the latest NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll, results of which were released today. The son of 2009 Kentucky Derby runner-up Pioneerof the Nile romped by eight lengths in the Arkansas Derby and is now the probable favorite for the Kentucky Derby. More
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers and Broadcasters, and Daily Racing Form announced Feb. 19 rules modifications and name changes in two Eclipse Awards categories. The older male category has been renamed older dirt male and the older female category has been renamed older dirt female. More
President Pedulla’s update to membership covers the Eclipse Awards dinner, detailed voting results, related expenses, worthy causes, our representative to the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program, an update on Bill Mooney and a request that dues be paid promptly. More
The Dubai Racing Club is accepting applications for the Dubai World Cup meeting to be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Wbile airfare is not subsidized, the DRC is supplying a four-night stay in Dubai. The cost of hotel rooms makes this a fairly generous offer. More
Complete list of the 2014 Eclipse Awards winners presented at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 17, 2015. More
View the finalists in each category, human and equine here.
Joe Clancy has won the 2014 Media Eclipse Award for Writing in the News/Enterprise category for “Horse of a Lifetime,” a news account of the 2014 Preakness Stakes won by California Chrome, which appeared in the July edition of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine. More
John Scheinman is the winner of the 2014 Media Eclipse Award for Writing in the Feature/Commentary category for “Memories of a Master: The Determined Life of Dickie Small”. More
Barbara Livingston has won the Media Eclipse Award for Photography for a third time with her photo of Tapiture breezing in a driving rain before the Kentucky Derby. More
The Blood-Horse has won the 2014 Media Eclipse Award in the Audio/Multi-Media Internet category for “Waiting, and Waiting, for Crowning Glory: A generation repeatedly denied a Triple Crown winner looks to California Chrome.” More
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB) announced that NBC Sports has won the Media Eclipse Award for Television – Live Racing Programming for its broadcast of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic. More
Our membership roster has been updated with dues-paying members of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters. Those with unpaid 2014 dues may get in touch with Treasurer Loren Hebel-Osborne.
In the years’ final newsletter, Tom Pedulla writes, “For those who are in the spirit of giving back this holiday season, I believe the NTWAB has an excellent opportunity for you to consider.” More
Ten photos from the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters 2014 Awards Dinner at The Derby in Arcadia, Ca. Photos by Mike Kane. More
A tremendous team effort led to what has to be viewed as one of the most successful annual awards dinners in the history of our organization. The room was filled to capacity as we honored Art Sherman, Cot Campbell, Charlsie Cantey and Tom Lamarra. More
This piece by Bill Marshall of The Augusta Chronicle melds the legends of Cot Campbell and the man whose name is on the award the Thoroughbred partnership icon was recently presented by the NTWAB: Joe Palmer. More
Congratulations to Art Sherman (Mr. Fitz Award), Cot Campbell (Joe Palmer Award), Tom LaMarra (Walter Haight Award) and Charlsie Cantey (Jim McKay Award) for jobs well done. They were honored Oct. 29 at NTWAB’s annual awards dinner along with Alicia Wincze Hughes (Joe Hirsch Award). Full Story
Guidelines for the 2014 Media Eclipse Awards Guidelines have been set by the NTRA in conjunction with Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters. More
Longtime handicapper and author Barry Meadow has secured the first-ever Ron Rippey Award for Handicapping Media for his piece, “Statistics and Garbage”, that appeared in the Horseplayers Association of North America newsletter. More
Here are the nominees for the annual National Turf Writers and Broadcasters awards. Winners will be announced at the annual gala on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the Derby, near Santa Anita. More
With this post, we observe the passing of three notable men who helped cover Thoroughbred racing during the last 50 years or so. Each, in his own way, made a major contribution to the coverage and culture of the sport — Dale Austin, Paul Moran and Victor Zast. More
By Tom Pedulla, President,
I hope this finds you well and that you are headed to Del Mar or Saratoga or some fine venue in between. I heard from a number of you regarding issues at the Kentucky Derby, and we are following up. While I think most of you will agree that it was a much better working experience than it was in trouble-filled 2013 with the addition of ethernet cables, improved cell service and the virtual elimination of food lines, there is ample room for improvement. More
By Tom Pedulla, President
As many of you know, we met with Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs, Darren Rogers and John Asher last autumn to review the difficult experience we endured in 2013, our first year covering the Kentucky Derby without benefit of a press box.
I can only speak for my experience last week, but I feel significant gains were made. While the Internet remained spotty, Ethernet cables were provided to solve that. I did not have an issue with one cell call after encountering numerous lost calls the year before. The long food lines were eliminated, and the courtesy of providing lunch and dinner on Oaks and Derby Day, not to mention lunch vouchers throughout the week, were greatly appreciated. It is a wonderful convenience. More