The 2004 Eclipse Awards will be presented Jan. 24, 2005 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Cindy Pierson Dulay was selected as the Eclipse Award winner for photography, the The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 3.Pierson Dulay was recognized for a shot of Stephan's Angel leaping in the air while being saddled before the Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course last year. The photograph appeared in the July 2004 issue of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred. The award is the first for Pierson Dulay.The Eclipse Award winning photograph may be viewed at www.ntra.com/mediacenter."I'm thrilled to win this award in a business I love very much," said Pierson Dulay, a resident of Pickering, Ontario. "The connections decided not to saddle Stephan's Angel in the enclosed paddock at Pimlico and instead brought her outside in front of the stands. I do look for horses acting up from time to time, but this was a lucky shot."The panel of judges in the Photography category was comprised of Steve Fine of Sports Illustrated, Clem Murray of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Danny Farrell, retired New York Daily News photographer.Honorable mentions in the photography category went to Bill Denver for his May 14 photo in USA Today of Smarty Jones galloping alone at Pimlico; and to Jonathan Palmer for capturing jockey Clayton Chipperfield performing a back flip dismount in a shot that appeared in The Steeplechase Times April 23, 2004.