Spring Newsletter from President Tom Law

Greetings fellow Turf writers. I hope this note finds everyone doing well, staying healthy, practicing social distancing and following the guidelines from state and federal officials as we wade through the coronavirus crisis affecting all corners of the country. I’m writing today to update you on a few things of importance, some related to the health crisis and some not.

First up is a bit of housekeeping for 2019. Keeping with our official/unofficial practice of full transparency, please see the attached document that gives a full account of the NTWAB members’ Eclipse Award votes for 2019.

Second, NTWAB VP Greg Hall and I, and the NTWAB’s designated members of the Eclipse Awards Steering Committee, met with other members of the committee last month to discuss Maximum Security in the wake of the federal indictments of his trainer, Jason Servis, and how it might affect him being named champion 3-year-old male for 2019. The group agreed that no action was warranted until the case was fully adjudicated and/or any actions were taken by individual racetracks to disqualify Maximum Security from any of his 2019 races.

Third, the NTWAB board and officers met via a special conference call March 31 to discuss a number of items, including:

  • Ways to help. We know some of our members might be or will be affected economically by the health crisis, either through loss of work, unpaid job furloughs, mounting medical bills or other ways. The NTWAB’s Charitable Foundation was designed, first and foremost and from the generosity of some amazing people through the years, to assist members in need. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 the NTWAB assisted members in the region affected, and our organization has helped others in the past. If you are being affected, or know another NTWAB member being affected, please don’t hesitate to reach out. The NTWAB is here to help, however we can, and in a 100% confidential manner. 

  • Officer/Director Elections. The postponement of the Kentucky Derby will also force the NTWAB to delay its first of two meetings for the year – typically held the week of the Derby in the spring – until early September. The delay will also extend the current terms of the 4 officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary) and three of the six directors. Each of the 7 individuals agreed to extensions to their current terms.

  • Membership Review. The review continues, some of you were sent notes in the last year asking about your status, Writer or Broadcaster, Regular or Associate, and to clarify your professional status as well. Please know that this will continue into 2020. We are also working on some potential changes to the NTWAB Bylaws related to membership. Any changes would require a vote of the membership.

  • Annual Awards Dinner. We’re hopeful there still will be a Breeders’ Cup and thus our Annual Awards Dinner the Wednesday prior in Lexington. We’re working on some details and looking at hosting the event again at the Marriott Griffin Gate (the site of the 2015 event).

That covers everything for now. I wish each of you and your families all the best going forward, stay safe and healthy. See you soon.

Tom Law
NTWAB President
April 14, 2020