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
Tom Pedulla – Freelance
Mike Kane – Freelance
Loren Hebel-Osborne – Freelance
Greg Hall — Louisville Courier-Journal
Marty McGee – Daily Racing Form
Alicia Wincze-Hughes – Lexington Herald Leader
Vic Zast – Freelance
Jennie Rees – Louisville Courier-Journal
Jessie Oswald – Louisville.com
The deadline for new membership applications is April 1. A letter of application is required, accompanied by two letters of recommendation from current members.
The date was advanced to ensure that the board and officers have ample time to review the qualifications of potential new members and make the best possible recommendation to the membership.
Applications should be sent to Tom Pedulla at email@example.com. Please copy Loren Hebel-Osborne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For anyone who has not paid dues, please send a check for $50, payable to National Turf Writers and Broadcasters, to Loren Hebel-Osborne at NTWAB, P.O. Box 541, Prospect, Ky. 40059.
NTWAB will be going to print soon with the hard copy 2014 Directory. Please submit contact information changes by April 1.
To those of you who are slogging through a particularly harsh winter, some warming thoughts: the Preakness credential application was e-mailed with the Derby application to be made available soon. Horses are on the Triple Crown trail in earnest and a good number of our members will be as well.
I was joined by Mike Kane, our vice president, as part of a Feb. 4 conference call with representatives of the NTRA and Daily Racing Form that was arranged by Jim Gluckson to review every element associated with the Eclipse Awards. While the awards program was widely viewed as a well-staged event, we spent a significant amount of time on the supplement that contains past performances of the most prominent horses in North America and what can be done to see that it better serves voters’ needs. More
After a period of dormancy, we are in the process of updating NTWAB.org. A membership roster recently posted is being reviewed and will be updated again soon. The names of our officers and directors are current. Our Awards Archive has been brought up to speed, and we’ve added to that Archive the identities of all media Eclipse Award winners since the inception of the program. Look for more content soon, and a brand new feature we’re bringing into NTWAB.org.
Dick Downey, Editor