DRF, NYRA Host Hirsch Tribute Service

(Edited press release)

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).

Joe Hirsch, known to many as the dean of American racing writers whose byline graced the pages of Daily Racing Form for 50 years, died at the age of 80 Jan. 9 after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease.

The Eclipse Award winning columnist is the only person to win all three awards presented by the National Turf Writers Association - the Walter Haight Award for career achievement, the Joe Palmer Award for meritorious service, and the Mr. Fitz Award for typifying the spirit of racing.