NTWAB 2015 Winter Newsletter

Originally posted Jan. 25, 2015

Dear Members,

I was honored to represent us at the 44th annual Eclipse Awards dinner on Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park. In brief remarks, I thanked all of those who cooperated with us throughout the year. I noted our efforts to give back beyond our donations to industry-related charities by establishing a program that will have us annually send a speaker to the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program and by creating a paid internship at the University of Kentucky.

In maintaining our tradition of transparency, this Eclipse voting detail shows voters’ selections for the Eclipse Awards. Please enlarge the pdf to 200% or more.

My expenses to represent us at the Eclipse dinner (rehearsal on Friday, dinner on Saturday) totaled $1,140.69. Please be assured I did everything possible to control expenses. The plane ticket was purchased in November; the rental car was arranged then. I stayed at a family-run hotel for $99 per night.

Since the other two voting blocs are prominent sponsors of the event, I believe we must assert ourselves by being represented at the dinner. After some lobbying, Eric Wing was good enough to place our paid advertisement, buried in the back of the program in recent years, on page three. I also use social events to lay groundwork for ad sales related to our dinner program.

I hope everyone agrees that this is a worthwhile expenditure. Loren has receipts for every expense if anyone is interested in greater detail. I welcome hearing from you via email at tpedulla23@gmail.com or by cell, 646-337-6955.

Yours in racing,

Tom Pedulla

In other matters:

WORTHY CAUSES: The NTWAB officers and board are pleased to announce three donations to industry-related charities. The first, to thank Mike Gathagan for 14 years of exemplary service as vice president of communications for the Maryland Jockey Club, is for $200 to Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue, an organization Mike chose. The other donations are to honor the memory of Dan Johnson, the only racing writer in the history of the Des Moines Register, who died after battling cancer for a decade. We will donate $100 to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund and $100 to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance in Dan’s name.

WEST HEADED WEST: Gary West, a freelance writer for ESPN who has decades of outstanding work behind him, will be our first representative as part of an annual program we are establishing with the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program. Gary was chosen by Doug Reed, the program director, in conjunction with faculty members. He will speak to students Feb. 17 and 18 and meet with them outside of the classroom setting. We will reimburse Gary for his airfare and incidentals; the school is providing lodging at a Marriott and meals. A large number of members applied for this opportunity. We look forward to sending a different speaker every February, so please continue to keep this in mind.

MOONEY UPDATE: Bill Mooney, who was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma, would like to share the following update: “I started taking a chemotherapy drug called Sutent. It’s potent stuff – and I’ve been prescribed the maximum amount allowed, which is 50 mgs per day. Blood tests will be taken in about three weeks to see how my system is handling it (with particular emphasis on my liver). Sutent cannot cure renal cell carcinoma; there is no cure for this form of cancer. But it has been proven that Sutent can keep the further spread of cancer at bay, at least for a while.” Bill gained weight, reaching 155 pounds, and is taking long walks while keeping to a weight-lifting regimen. He bench-pressed 100 pounds on three occasions on Saturday, Jan. 24!

DUES: Please help us by paying your dues now. Please send your check for $50, payable to the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters, to our treasurer, Loren Hebel-Osborne, at 11400 Covered Bridge Road, PO Box 219, Prospect, Ky. 40059. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.