A record field of 606 entrants will compete for more than $2.36 million, the largest purse in handicapping tournament history, and an Eclipse Award at the 16th National Handicapping Championship Jan. 23-25.
Finalists for the 2014 Eclipse Awards were announced Jan. 7 on HRTV at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Bayern, California Chrome, and Main Sequence were named as finalists for the Horse of the Year title.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association said Dec. 11 the 2015 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship Tour will offer record prize money of $250,000, up 25% from 2014.
Jeannine Edwards, a sports broadcaster for ESPN and ABC, will host the Eclipse Awards presentations Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced May 9 that the National Handicapping Championship will see a 13% purse increase to $1.8 million.
The Daily Racing Form has reported that Steven Crist, the editor and publisher emeritus of the publication, was placed in a hospital April 6 in critical but stable condition after suffering cardiac arrest.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) will be presented with the Special Eclipse Award during the 43rd annual Eclipse Awards ceremony Jan. 18 at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Kentucky-based turf writer Marty McGee is the winner of the 2013 Media Eclipse Award in the feature/commentary writing division, and Chicago-based Marcus Hersh landed the Eclipse in the news/enterprise category.
Former Blood-Horse editor Kent Hollingsworth along with esteemed turf writers Andrew Beyer and George F. T. Ryall have been selected to the National Museum of Racing's Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor.
Effective Jan. 1, 2014, additional quality control requirements will be implemented for races in North America eligible for non-listed, black-type status in auction catalogs.
Jim Benes topped a field of 455 to win the $750,000 first-place prize and an Eclipse Award as Handicapper of the Year.
Holding the Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park plus the addition of several new charity events has given the event new life.
The 42nd annual Eclipse Awards will be broadcast live Jan. 19 on HRTV, according to an announcement. HRTV will also provide live coverage of the announcement of Eclipse Awards finalists on Jan. 5 at noon EST.
Keyser is first person to win Media Eclipse Awards in both writing and photography categories.
Ryan Goldberg has won the Media Eclipse Award for Writing in the Feature/Commentary category for an article on the father-son bond between Eibar and Keiber Coa in "Keiber Coa Presses on a Year After Father's Fateful Spill."
ESPN's news-magazine show E:60 has won the 2012 Media Eclipse Award in the Television-Features programming category for "Notinrwildestdremz", the story of a rescued and neglected Thoroughbred filly.
Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky., will host a new handicapping contest with an estimated purse of $300,000 over the Labor Day weekend in 2013.
Daily Racing Form has announced the release of Old Friends magazine, designed to raise funds for the Old Friends retirement center based in Georgetown, Ky., and with a division in New York.
Phil O'Hara has been named executive director of racetrack development for Daily Racing Form, the company announced Aug. 1.
Royal Delta, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2011, will make her 2012 debut in the Sabin Stakes (gr. III) "barring any complications," according to the Daily Racing Form.
Trainer Rick Dutrow reported Arson Squad, who suffered an injury before completing a workout at Gulfstream Park Jan. 31, would most likely make a full recovery, however the gelding has been retired from racing.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Jan. 3 announced that W. Cothran "Cot" Campbell will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit.
Turf writers Claire Novak and Jennie Reese won Media Eclipse Awards for 2011, it was announced Dec. 28 by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters.
Free-to-enter sweepstakes requires fans to select the horse they feel deserves to win the 2011 Horse of the Year award, which will be announced Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at the Eclipse Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Beginning in the early 1960s, a year-long handicapping contest known as "Broken Downs" was held in the offices of The Morning Telegraph/Daily Racing Form. read blog
Monzon, who finished sixth in the May 14 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park and is being pointed for the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), worked six furlongs in 1:16 May 31, according to Daily Racing Form.
- By Tom LaMarra
Churchill Downs Inc. and Daily Racing Form are at odds over the publishing company's launch of an advance deposit wagering system powered by XpressBet.com, which is owned by CDI rival MI Developments.
The Yavapai County Fairgrounds' board of trustees has contracted Bill Murphy to be its consulting executive director and Mike Mullaney to be its on-site general manager. The Arizona track slated to open May 28.
Team Zenyatta, consisting of the individuals who helped 6-year-old Zenyatta become one of the most recognizable sports stars of 2010, will be honored with the Special Eclipse Award.
At The Morning Telegraph I got to know a group of one-of-a-kind Runyonesque characters. Read Blog
Daily Racing Form has extended its title sponsorship of the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship and the DRF National Handicapping Championship Tour through the 2012 National Championship.
Jack Kelly, an Equibase chart caller and field supervisor, died Sept. 20 at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City after a lengthy illness. He was 61.
Leading sprinter Majesticperfection suffered a condylar fracture in his right foreleg during a workout Sept. 6, according to Daily Racing Form.
- By Tom LaMarra
It may take some time, but at some point the industry will get it right. Read Blog
David Grening of Daily Racing Form and Bob Fortus of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans earned top honors as the New York Racing Association announced the winners of the inaugural Joe Hirsch Memorial Writing Contest.
The first series of 2010 jockey cards is on sale at the Keeneland gift shop and will also be sold at the Riders Up! Karaoke benefit on April 16.
Leo Waldman, who in the early 1950s founded the advertising departments of the Daily Racing Form and the Form's East Coast sister publication, The Morning Telegraph, died March 29.
Listen to an audio podcast with Steve Davidowitz, professional handicapper, reporter, editor, consultant, and columnist; as he answers your questions. Transcript now available! Read Transcript!
Voting for the 2009 older female category has been revised to reverse an error made by a voter who mistakenly voted for Icon Project instead of Zenyatta.
Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas--host of the $1 million Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) on January 29-30, 2010--will host the second annual "Red Rock Shootout" Sunday, Jan. 31.
TVG will broadcast exclusive live coverage of the 39th annual Eclipse Awards from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on January 18.
Awards ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 18 in California.
Monique Koehler, known for her tireless work saving retired racehorses through Thoroughbred retirement programs, will be recognized with the 2009 Special Eclipse Award, it was announced Dec. 30.
Fritz Widaman, who has headed marketing efforts at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association since 2003, has been named to the newly created position of director of sales and business development for Daily Racing Form.
There were so many good stories being told, and re-told, in memory of Joe Hirsch June 5 at Belmont Park, it is hard to know which one Joe would have liked most. Well, Hirsch always saw the positive in everything, so he would have liked all the stories, equally.
Dale Omenson, a retired Daily Racing Form columnist and desk editor, died March 8 of a heart attack.
The Daily Racing Form, together with the New York Racing Association, invites family, horsemen, media, and friends to remember and celebrate the life of turf writer Joe Hirsch during Belmont Stakes Week. The tribute service will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. June 5 at Belmont Park in the North Shore Terrace (4th floor Clubhouse level).
Wally Wood, a retired columnist for Daily Racing Form, has died in Toronto.
For the second consecutive year, announcer Kenny Rice will host the 38th annual Eclipse Awards on Monday evening Jan. 26 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Fla.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers Association Jan. 15 announced that the veterinary On Call media-assistance program of the American Association of Equine Practitioners has been honored with the 2008 Special Eclipse Award.
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