New Membership Deadline Reminder

March 26, 2014

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 Please copy Loren Hebel-Osborne at
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.

February 2014 Newsletter

February 22, 2014

tompedullaFrom Tom Pedulla, President

Dear Members,

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

Save the Date Notices

February 6, 2014

The NTWAB annual meeting will be held Kentucky Derby week as usual, and details are forthcoming, but save Wednesday, April 30 so you can attend. It’s thought now that the meeting will take place between Noon and 1:00 p.m ET in the Parlay at Churchill Downs, which doubles as the Media Center during Derby week.

The annual awards dinner will be on Wednesday, Oct. 29, and it looks like it’ll again take place at The Derby in Arcadia, California, site of the 2013 dinner. The second annual members meeting will be earlier the same day during lunch hour, and the likely location will be either the Santa Anita press box or the auxillary press box.

Pardon Our Dust

January 22, 2014

After a period of dormancy, we are in the process of updating 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

Dick Downey, Editor



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