Purchase NTWAB Awards Dinner Tickets Here

September 29, 2015

Link: Purchase Tickets to the NTWAB 56th Annual Awards Dinner


Rippey Handicapping Award Accepting Entries

September 18, 2015

Entries are being taken in the second-annual Ron Rippey Handicapping Media Award. Brisnet.com will honor the winner at the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters awards dinner on Oct. 28 at the Griffin Gate in Lexington. More

American Pharoah and Team Lead NTWAB Annual Awards Winners

September 2, 2015

The National Turf Writers and Broadcasters will salute American Pharoah and the team that molded him into the first Triple Crown champion in 37 years to highlight its 56th annual awards dinner on Oct. 28 at the Griffin Gate Marriott in Lexington, Ky. More

NTWAB Releases Annual Awards Nominees

August 9, 2015

Without further ado, here are the distinguished nominees for the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters annual major awards. The awards will be presented at the annual dinner gala on Oct. 28 at Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington, Ky. More

Annual Awards Nominees Coming

July 16, 2015

Membership submissions for nominees to NTWAB’s Annual Awards are due July 19, and the Board will hold a conference call on July 21 to decide who they’ll be. More

NTWAB Summer 2015 Newsletter

June 22, 2015

I am sure the run to the Triple Crown reminded many of us why we chose this profession. What an honor and thrill it was to chronicle the first sweep in 37 years! More

Hughes, Law Win Hirsch Writing Contest

June 9, 2015

Alicia Wincze Hughes of the Lexington Herald-Leader and Tom Law of ST Publishing earned top honors in The New York Racing Association, Inc.’s (NYRA) sixth annual Joe Hirsch Memorial Writing Contest. Law is a past president of the NTWAB and Hughes is a current board member. More

American Pharoah Tops Poll

May 5, 2015

Coming off a one-length win in the Kentucky Derby, American Pharoah is the clear leader in the latest NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll. The Pioneerof the Nile colt, a winner of five in a row, received all 47 first-place votes for 470 points. More

In Memory of Dan Farley, Former NTWA President

May 4, 2015

Dan Farley, a former president of the National Turf Writers Association (NTWA), died May 1. He was 72. More

America’s Best Racing Releases Episode 3 of Ad Series

April 20, 2015

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

NTWAB Spring 2015 Newsletter

April 19, 2015

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

Collmus, Scheinman to Receive Old Hilltop Award

April 18, 2015

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

NTWAB Member Alert

April 17, 2015

There are four simple things coming up that need the attention of membership, and without further ado, here they are. More

Woods Memorial Award Goes to Clancy

April 16, 2015

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

Episode 2 of ‘Road to Triple Crown’ Released by ABR

April 13, 2015

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

‘Pharoah’ Takes Lead in 3-Year-Old Poll

April 13, 2015

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

Rules Changed for Older Male, Female Eclipse Awards

February 20, 2015

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

NTWAB 2015 Winter Newsletter

January 25, 2015

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

DRC Offers Subsidized Dubai World Cup Coverage

January 22, 2015

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

2014 Eclipse Award Winners

January 17, 2015

Complete list of the 2014 Eclipse Awards winners presented at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 17, 2015. More

Eclipse Awards Finalists Named

January 7, 2015

View the finalists in each category, human and equine here.

Clancy Takes Eclipse for ‘Horse of A Lifetime’

January 6, 2015

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

Scheinman Honored with Eclipse for Feature Writing

January 6, 2015

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

Livingston Wins Record Third Eclipse

January 6, 2015

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 Awarded Internet Eclipse

January 5, 2015

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

NBC Named for 11th Eclipse Award

January 5, 2015

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

Membership Roster Updated

December 6, 2014

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.

NTWAB Offers Chance to Give Back

December 6, 2014

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

NTWAB 2014 Awards Dinner Photo Gallery

November 17, 2014

Ten photos from the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters 2014 Awards Dinner at The Derby in Arcadia, Ca. Photos by Mike Kane. More

November Letter from the President

November 17, 2014

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

Campbell’s Stirring Consolation Prize

October 30, 2014

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

NTWAB Awards to Sherman, Campbell, LaMarra, Cantey

October 30, 2014

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

2014 Media Eclipse Awards Guidelines

October 14, 2014

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

Meadow Wins Inaugural Rippey Award

October 10, 2014

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

NTWAB Awards Nominations Announced

September 5, 2014

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

In Tribute and Memoriam

August 28, 2014

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

NTWAB Summer Newsletter

July 26, 2014

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

NTWAB Newsletter; Spring Meeting Summary

May 8, 2014

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



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