Maryland Jockey Club Opens Entries for Writing Awards

The Maryland Jockey Club is accepting entries for the David F. Woods Memorial Award, presented annually to the writer of the best Preakness story from the previous year, and the Jerry Frutkoff Photography Award, presented to the photographer of the best Preakness picture from the previous year.

Recipients of the the David F. Woods Award and Jerry Frutkoff Award will be honored at the historic Alibi Breakfast Thursday, May 16. The Alibi Breakfast, which started in the late 1930s, features a gathering of media, owners, trainers, breeders and jockeys to celebrate Preakness and solicit interesting race predictions.

The Maryland Jockey Club will also recognize the recipient of the Old Hilltop Award, a tribute to selected media members who have covered Thoroughbred racing with excellence and distinction

In addition, a Special Award of Merit will be given to a person who has made a positive impact on the racing industry.

Entries must be submitted by April 3.

Submissions for the David F. Woods should include an attachment of story, name of publication, date and a link to story. Submissions for the Jerry Frutkoff should include an attachment of the photo as well as publication.

All submissions must be sent to Dave Joseph at

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