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HARPER'S JOHN JEREMIAH SULLIVAN WINS MEDIA ECLIPSE AWARD FOR FEATURE/ENTERPRISE WRITING
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that John Jeremiah Sullivan has won the Media Eclipse Award for Writing in the Feature/Enterprise category for his article, "Horseman, Pass By: Glory, Grief, and the Race for the Triple Crown," which appeared in the October 2002 issue of Harper's Magazine. Sullivan's article, recounting War Emblem's attempt to win the Triple Crown, is also an elegy for his late father, Mike Sullivan, a staff sportswriter at the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., throughout the 1970s and '80s and for the Columbus Dispatch in Ohio in the '90s.
"I'm surprised and honored by the award," said Sullivan, a writer and senior editor at Harper's. "It's been won in the past by so many writers I revere. When I was working on the piece for Harper's, I more than once despaired at my ability to get across how complicated the worlds of Thoroughbred breeding and racing are. So it's tremendously gratifying to know that a group of knowledgeable readers thought I'd succeeded even partly."
Media Eclipse Award winners will be honored at the 32nd annual Eclipse Awards Dinner, to be held Monday, Jan. 27, 2003 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. For hotel accommodations and Eclipse Awards dinner reservations, contact Debbie Blair at the NTRA's Lexington office, (800) 792-6872, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eclipse Awards are given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing. Eclipse Awards also are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. The awards are presented by the NTRA, the National Turf Writers Association and Daily Racing Form.
The Eclipse Awards are named after the great 18th-century racehorse and sire Eclipse, who began racing at age five and was undefeated in 18 starts, including eight walkovers. Eclipse sired the winners of 344 races, including three Epsom Derbies.
The panel of judges for the Writing – Feature/Enterprise category include Sandy Padwe, associate professor of professional practice with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a former reporter or editor with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday, The New York Times and Sports Illustrated; Greg Michalson, a longtime Thoroughbred owner/breeder and the editor of BlueHen Books, a literary imprint and member of Penguin Putnam, Inc.; and Kevin Conley, an editor at The New Yorker and author of "Stud: Adventures in Breeding."
"I thought that [the article] was written beautifully, with a lot of passion and emotion," said Padwe. "But that passion and emotion never got in the way. His feeling for the track and racing came through very clearly, but again it was understated. It just had a wonderful, cohesive feeling that caught the nature of the sport."
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of horseracing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA and Breeders' Cup Limited also conduct the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championships consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, the Breeders' Cup Stakes Program and the Great State Challenge. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site, www.ntra.com.
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