Produced by Alexander Piper, the piece aired during NBC Sports' Preakness Stakes telecast on May 18. This is NBC's third Eclipse Award and Piper's first. "Alex is clearly one of the emerging bright lights in feature producing," said David Michaels, NBC Sports VISA Triple Crown senior producer. "His piece on War Emblem was beautifully told and artfully produced. Alex worked very hard to tell this compelling story and his Eclipse Award is richly deserved." Eclipse Award winners will be honored at the 32nd annual Eclipse Awards Dinner, to be held Monday, Jan. 27 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Judges for the National Television – Feature category include Paul Lucey, a producer for FOX Sports Net – New England; Stu Kirshenbaum, a two-time Emmy award-winning freelance producer whose subjects include Thoroughbred racing; and George Butler, producer of such acclaimed documentaries as Pumping Iron and The Endurance. "NBC did a masterful job of conveying the mixed emotions of War Emblem's former owner and former trainer in the days after the Kentucky Derby," said Kirshenbaum. "I think it underscored the essence of Thoroughbred racing ... both sides involved in the sale of War Emblem took a gamble and hoped for the best."