New York Turf Writers Plan Ceremony for Moran

The New York Turf Writers Association will honor the late racing journalist Paul Moran with a ceremony at Saratoga Race Course Sunday, July 20, which would have been his 67th birthday. Moran died Nov. 9 of complications from lung cancer.

At 11 a.m. friends and family of the two-time Eclipse Award-winning writer will gather at the winner’s circle, and, per his request, scatter Moran’s ashes by the grave of Go for Wand in the Saratoga infield. Go for Wand’s death on the racetrack in the 1990 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Belmont Park was the subject of one of Moran’s Eclipse Award-winning articles, "Nightmare in the Daytime."

Later in the day, a race named in Moran’s honor will be run at Saratoga.

Following the races, Moran’s friends and colleagues will gather at Longfellow’s at 500 Union Avenue, a few miles from the racetrack, to remember him with a cocktail reception.

The New York Turf Writers Association, of which Moran was a past president, encourages those who remember and enjoyed his work to make a contribution in his honor and memory to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.

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