Lexington photographer Matt Goins has won the 2008 Media Eclipse Award for Photography for his picture “Frankie’s Flying Dismount” of jockey Frankie Dettori leaping off the 2-year-old Donativum in the winner’s circle following his victory in the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 25. The photograph appeared in Al-Adiyat, the Dubai-based racing publication, on November 6.
The announcement was made Dec. 29 by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers Association. Goins will recieve his award at the 2008 Eclipse Awards ceremony Jan. 26, 2009 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Fla.
The winning photo may be accessed at the following link: http://www.ntra.com/content/Donavitum_goins.jpg
This is the second Media Eclipse Award for Photography for Goins, 38, who won his first bronze statue in 2006 for a photo published in the Lexington Herald-Leader of jockey Julien Leparoux.
"I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to work in such an exciting industry, and to be awarded the sport's highest honor on two occasions is extremely humbling," said Goins. "I've had a front row seat for some of the greatest moments in racing history while being surrounded by the beauty that is the Thoroughbred."
Honorable mention is the photography category went to Alexander Barkoff, whose photo of a morning sunrise on the Fair Grounds backstretch was published in the New Orleans Times Picayune on Nov. 9, and to Matt Wooley, whose photo of Big Brown winning the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) that appeared in Daily Racing Form on May 6.
The panel of judges in the photography category was comprised of Ed Reinke, The Associated Press, Louisville; Jim Gensheimer, San Jose Mercury News and Dan Farrell, former photographer for New York Daily News.
Eclipse Awards are given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing. Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. Awards also are given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing.