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.”
Digital Kitchen’s production of “Ironman Perry Ouzts,” directed by the Hennegan Brothers, has won the Media Eclipse Award for Television – Feature.
In a press release issued today, NTRA, DRF and NTWAB announced that Leonard Lavin of Glen Hill Farm will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement for a career marked by enduring accomplishments in racing, breeding and devotion to the Thoroughbred industry.
Tom Pedulla, President of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters, today cautioned members to avoid conflicts of interest when casting votes for the Eclipse Awards.
This tribute to Australian radio giant Steve Cairns is worth reading. Ron Flatter writes, “You may not have known Steve Cairns, and he probably wanted it that way.”
Attendance at the 2015 Annual Awards Dinner was double that of the previous year, and the event was highlighted by a surprise announcement from Ahmed Zayat. This is an especially uplifting newsletter.