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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that Jay Hovdey has won the Media Eclipse Award for Writing in the News/Commentary category. Hovdey's award-winning story, "Racing Loses a Man of Taste," reflected on the life and character of California-based trainer Eddie Gregson, whose suicide in early June shocked the Thoroughbred community. The story appeared in the June 7, 2000 issue of Daily Racing Form. Hovdey has previously won Eclipse Awards for magazine writing in 1982 and 1994. The winning story can be read online at the NTRA Web site,, and at the Daily Racing Form Web site,

This year, the writing categories were broadened to News/Commentary and Features/Enterprise. The previous writing categories were Newspaper and Magazine. Additionally, Internet-based submissions were accepted for the first time.

The panel of judges for the Writing-News/Commentary category included Frederick C. Klein, sports columnist for The Wall Street Journal; Reid Cherner, a sports editor for USA TODAY; Pete Coates, Bloomberg News' primary horseracing reporter; Furman Bisher, senior columnist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; and freelance writer Jenny Kellner, a former president of the National Turf Writers Association.

"This was a strong piece with a good mix of story-telling and reporting," said Coates. "The detail was great."

The Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. Eclipse Awards are also given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing. 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. Media Eclipse Award winners will be honored at the 30th annual Eclipse Awards Dinner, to be held Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001 at the historic Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, La. For ticket information and reservations contact Jamie Haydon at the NTRA, (859) 245-6853, or via e-mail at

The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of Thoroughbred interests, which in addition to racetracks, includes owners, breeders, off-track betting organizations, trainers, jockeys, veterinarians and sales companies, among others. Through membership dues and funding from other horseracing interests, like the American Quarter Horse Association, the NTRA markets, advertises, promotes and televises Thoroughbred racing in North America. It also serves as a catalyst for industry-wide programs benefiting members in group purchasing, telecommunications and technology, consumer research and legislative initiatives. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. A compendium of NTRA press releases appears on the NTRA Web site, Contact the NTRA at



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