NTWAB Spring Newsletter

Fellow Turf writers, I hope this note finds you all well and recovering from the excitement and grind of this year’s Triple Crown season.

NTWAB Members Ehalt, Law Win Joe Hirsch Memorial Writing Awards

Tom Law of ST Publishing and Bob Ehalt, writing for Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, both members of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters, earned top honors in the New York Racing Association's ninth annual Joe Hirsch Memorial Writing Contest.

Nack, Graves Left Lasting Marks on Racing Coverage

The world of turf writing has lost two important members of its community this year, Bill Nack and Matt Graves. We pause in the midst of coverage of the Triple Crown races and reflect on their lives.

Law Presented David F. Woods Memorial Award

Tom Law, the recently-elected president of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters, was presented the David F. Woods Memorial Award for excellence in journalism today at the annual Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course.

Kentucky Derby Media Guide Available

NTWAB has compiled a Kentucky Derby Media Guide. Members are encouraged to print it before arriving in Louisville to cover the Kentucky Derby. Please click the headline to gain access.

Big Media Parking Changes for 2018 Kentucky Derby Week

With extensive ongoing parking renovations at Churchill Downs, media parking will be affected before and during Kentucky Derby week. Kevin Kerstein made himself available to NTWAB President Alicia Hughes and board member Nicole Russo to discuss the matter, and here's a rundown.

Gun Runner Named 2017 Horse of the Year

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters announced this evening that Gun Runner, a winner of four Grade 1 races culminating with the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, was voted the 2017 Horse of the Year at the 47th Annual Eclipse Awards Ceremony at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. 

NTRA Work on Tax Regulation Reform Spurs Special Eclipse Award

For its efforts to benefit horseplayers and thus the Thoroughbred industry as a whole by lobbying for changes to tax withholding rules allowing bettors to keep more of their winnings, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) will receive a Special Eclipse Award at the 47th annual Eclipse Awards on Thursday, Jan. 25 at Gulfstream Park. The Eclipse Awards will air live on TVG at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

Special Eclipse Award to San Luis Rey, Camarero Responders

In recognition of countless acts of heroism, bravery, and benevolence in the face of tragedy, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB) today announced that a Special Eclipse Award will be awarded to all responders who assisted in mitigating the year’s worst racehorse-related disasters – the wildfire that claimed 46 Thoroughbreds at Southern California’s San Luis Rey Training Center in December and  a hurricane that left more than 800 Thoroughbreds stranded with limited food and clean water at Puerto Rico’s Hipódromo Camarero in September.

Media Eclipse Award Steering Committee Rules Award Stands

On Jan. 7, the Eclipse Awards Steering Committee issued a statement in the wake of some questions that were raised following an announcement last week that a Media Eclipse Award would go to Daily Racing Form in the the Audio Multi-Media and Internet Category. Here is the statement in its entirety.

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