Steve Haskin, senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse, was honored Nov. 2 with the Bill Leggett Award for outstanding magazine writing by Breeders’ Cup Ltd. Haskin’s entry, entitled “One for the Ages,” chronicled last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) battle between Blame and Zenyatta.
Haskin encapsulated the outcome of the race in his lede: “With darkening skies creating an almost surreal atmosphere, Blame and Zenyatta put on a show for the ages in the Nov. 6 Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I), creating a mosaic of emotions that ran the gamut between joy and sadness, and in the end, admiration.”
For outstanding newspaper writing related to the 2010 Breeders’ Cup, the Daily Racing Form’s Marcus Hersh was honored with the Joe Hirsch Award. Hersh wrote a profile of Al Stall Jr., the trainer of Blame.
Both writers were honored during the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters’ annual awards dinner, which was held at the Louisville Slugger Museum. Others honored at the dinner included Oaklawn Park track announcer Terry Wallace, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, and DRF’s New York-based turf writer David Grening.
Wallace received the Mr. Fitz Award, which goes to the individual or group for typifying the spirit of horse racing; the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, led by Nancy LaSala, was honored with the Joe Palmer Award for meritorious service to racing; and, Grening received the Walter Walter Haight Award for career excellence in Turf writing.