Hughes, Law Win Hirsch Writing Contest

Originally posted May 31, 2015

Alicia Wincze Hughes of the Lexington Herald-Leader and Tom Law of ST Publishing earned top honors in The New York Racing Association, Inc.’s (NYRA) sixth annual Joe Hirsch Memorial Writing Contest. Law is a past president of the NTWAB and Hughes is a current board member.

The award recognizes the best in print and internet coverage of the 2014 Belmont Stakes, won by Tonalist.

Wincze Hughes won for her feature story leading up to the race which profiled Art Sherman’s son and assistant Alan Sherman. They oversaw Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome’s preparations for the “Test of the Champion.”

Law won for his follow-up piece entitled “Good sports, bad sports” which took a poignant look at some of the most sincere moments of good sportsmanship from winners and losers in horse racing through the years, as well as touching upon those who took defeat harder than others.

The awards are named in honor of Joe Hirsch, the longtime executive sports columnist for Daily Racing Form, who died Jan. 9, 2009. Previous winners include Dave Grening of DRF and Bob Fortus of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans in 2010, Ed Fountaine of the New York Post and DRF’s Jay Privman in 2011, Ed McNamara of Newsday and Todd Simmons of the Staten Island Advance in 2012; Mike MacAdam of The Daily Gazette of Schenectady, N.Y., and Claire Novak, writing for in 2013, and Bob Ehalt of and Nicole Russo of Daily Racing Form in 2014.