Alibi Breakfast: NTWAB Member Ehalt Wins David F. Woods Award

Posted April 26, 2019

Bob Ehalt, a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters, will receive the David F. Woods Award for excellence in journalism at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course on May 16, two days before the Preakness Stakes.

On the same occasion, Steve Heuertz will be presented the Jerry Frutkoff Preakness Photography Award, sponsored by Nikon.

Ehalt’s story about the 2018 Preakness, titled "Baffert and the Triple Crown: Two out of Three Ain’t Bad? It’s Unprecedented," appeared on on May 20, 2018. The story may be read here.

A two-time recipient of the David F. Woods Award, Ehalt was awarded the Joe Hirsch Memorial Writing Award in 2014 and 2018. He is a native of Queens Village, N.Y., near Belmont Park.

“It is truly an honor to be presented with this highly respected award and be included among so many great and talented recipients,” Ehalt said. “I’m thankful to Pimlico and the Maryland Jockey Club for their continued support of this award that honors David F. Woods and recognizes the tremendous efforts of the journalists who cover this historic event.”

Heuertz won for his iconic photo of 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify leaping while racing in front of Pimlico’s grandstand. The photo appeared at The Horse Resource and in Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine. A resident of Chicago, Heuertz frequents Arlington International Racecourse and Hawthorne Race Course and attends the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup.

The Alibi Breakfast began in the 1930s on the porch of the historic Pimlico Clubhouse and is a gathering of media, owners, trainers, jockeys, horsemen and fans who celebrate the Preakness and share interesting and humorous race predictions.

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Edited release with additional content by Dick Downey