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American Pharoah was unanimously named Horse of the Year at the Eclipse Awards Ceremony at Gulfstream Park. Here's a rundown of the evening's highlights and all the winners at the 45th annual ceremony.
The Jockeys’ Guild and JockeyTalk360.com announced today that Florent Geroux won The Most Improved Rider Award and T. D. Houghton was named The Comeback Rider of The Year. It was the inaugural year for both awards.
Michael Clevenger, veteran photographer for the Louisville Courier-Journal, was named today to receive a 2015 Media Eclipse Award for Photography for his shot of American Pharoah winning the Belmont Stakes.
Jennie Rees, a member of the NTWAB Board of Directors and past president of the organization, has won the 2015 Media Eclipse Award for Writing in the Feature/Commentary category for “Dyslexia Doesn’t Slow Down Keen Ice Trainer Romans.” The story takes readers through Dale Romans' journey to overcome a severe reading disability as a child on his way to becoming one of America’s top Thoroughbred trainers.
Scott Serio, who heads up Eclipse Sportwire, photographed Triple Crown winner American Pharoah galloping on the Keeneland training track before the Breeders' Cup, and the image is now an Eclipse Award winner.
The suicide of Hub Johnson was the subject of an investigative report by Tim Sullivan, and the writer has been awarded the 2015 Media Eclipse Award for Writing in the News/Enterprise category for “Family, PETA at Odds after Horseman’s Death."
NBC Sports has won the Media Eclipse Award for Television – Live Racing Programming for its broadcast of the 2015 Belmont Stakes featuring American Pharoah’s win of the race. The two-hour broadcast aired June 6 and captured the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.
Mary Simon of Daily Racing Form has won the 2015 Media Eclipse Award in the Audio/Multi-Media and Internet category for “Regret’s Derby at 100: Filly Made a Case for Equality.”