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National Turf Writers and Broadcasters

Simple Way to Sign Up for Awards Dinner

October 19, 2014

Want to attend the annual NTWAB Awards Dinner at The Derby in Arcadia but don’t know how to get a seat or a table? Drop us an email at ntwab2014@gmail.com, and we’ll steer you in the right direction.

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

Have An Item to Donate to Our Awards Dinner?

September 25, 2014

But don’t know how to get it to us? Please click here for the contact information, and thank you.

Sherman, Campbell Lead Annual Awards Recipients

September 12, 2014

The National Turf Writers and Broadcasters will honor Kentucky Derby winning trainer Art Sherman, innovative owner Cot Campbell; trailblazing broadcaster Charlsie Cantey and accomplished sportswriter Tom LaMarra at its 55th annual awards dinner on Oct. 29 in Arcadia, Calif. 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

Officers, Directors Following April 30 Meeting

May 1, 2014


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

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 tpedulla23@gmail.com. Please copy Loren Hebel-Osborne at lorenpr@aol.com.
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

Pardon Our Dust

January 22, 2014

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



With 225 members strong, the NTWAB is the largest professional journalistic organization in horse racing.