And the Eclipse goes to … 2022 Media Awards

“Elbow Room Please,” a head-on {photograph} of the $500,000 Lukas Traditional at Churchill Downs on Oct. 1, between Wealthy Strike with Sonny Leon (left) and Scorching Rod Charlie and Tyler Gaffalione. (Photograph by Wendy Wooley/Equi-Sport)

NTRA Press Launch/Edited

LEXINGTON, Ky.―The Nationwide Thoroughbred Racing Affiliation, Each day Racing Kind, and the Nationwide Turf Writers and Broadcasters immediately introduced the winners of the 2022 Media Eclipse Awards in six classes. 

Media Eclipse Award winners can be introduced their trophies on the 52nd Annual Eclipse Awards Ceremony and Dinner at The Breakers Palm Seashore in Florida on Thursday, Jan. 26. 

The 2022 Media Eclipse Award winners are as follows:

Pictures – WENDY WOOLEY – “Elbow Room Please,” The Paulick Report, Oct. 1, 2022. 

Writing – Function/Commentary – TIM LAYDEN – “Beneath the Tremendous Bowl’s Turf: The Ghosts of Hollywood Park,”, Feb. 8, 2022. 

Writing- Information Enterprise – TOM LAW – “Large Tally,” Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, July 1, 2022

Stay Tv Programming – NBC SPORTS Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 4-5, 2022
Lindsay Schanzer – NBC Sports activities Producer of Horse Racing

Function Tv Programming – NBC SPORTS – “Cody’s Want” Nov. 5, 2022
Jack Felling – Coordinating Producer

Audio/Multimedia – HORSE RACING RADIO NETWORK (HRRN) – Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Nov. 5, 2022 
Mike Penna – HRRN President


Wooley, from Lexington, Ky., has received her first Eclipse Award, for “Elbow Room Please,” a head-on {photograph} of the $500,000 Lukas Traditional at Churchill Downs on Oct. 1, depicting a livid stretch battle between Kentucky Derby introduced by Woodford Reserve winner Wealthy Strike and the eventual 2021 Kentucky Derby runner-up Scorching Rod Charlie. Wooley’s picture captured Wealthy’s Strike’s jockey, Sonny Leon, making an attempt to elbow jockey Tyler Gaffalione and his mount, Scorching Rod Charlie, within the battle to the wire. Scorching Rod Charlie prevailed within the Lukas Traditional by a half-length. 

“Profitable an Eclipse Award feels surreal to me! It’s a tremendous honor,” mentioned Wooley. “I’m a bit speechless. I grew up within the Detroit space as a typical horse-crazy lady. I all the time watched racing on tv, and I’ll always remember when Affirmed received the Triple Crown. I received out of racing when my life had me getting into a unique path however then Barbaro reignited my curiosity. I began capturing racing within the Chicago space since that was the closest monitor for me on the time. It was enjoyable and photographing horse racing is how I ultimately met my husband, Matt, and moved to Lexington.” 

The Wooleys, full-time photographers working for a lot of farms in Central Kentucky, run EquiSport Images and have been capturing for the Paulick Report for almost 10 years.  

They had been at Churchill on Oct. 1 to primarily shoot the Ack Ack Stakes on project for the Breeders’ Cup Problem Sequence race, but in addition took an excellent curiosity within the Lukas Traditional, which was Wealthy Strike’s first race at Churchill since profitable the Derby. 

“Since I shoot with huge glass (600mm lens) I normally wish to shoot head-on,” Wooley remembers in organising her shot utilizing a Canon R3 digicam. “In order that’s the place I went, down on the clubhouse flip going across the flip sufficient in order that I get them operating straight in the direction of me, and I couldn’t imagine what I used to be seeing by means of my digicam whereas capturing.”

When Wooley returned to the Churchill Downs media heart, she discovered a number of Eclipse Award-winning author Jennie Rees and mentioned “You’ve received to see this!” and confirmed her the entire sequence of photographs. “We each chalked it as much as some tough race using. I despatched the picture to the Paulick Report and Ray wrote me again with ‘it is a heckuva shot.’ That’s after I knew it was a particular picture. I spotted I used to be the one one with that angle too. Nobody else shot the top on that day.”

The profitable {photograph} will be considered right here.

Honorable Point out within the Pictures class went to former Eclipse Award winner Scott Serio for his picture “The Coach” of Corridor of Fame coach D. Wayne Lukas, which appeared first on Hipismo.web on Nov. 15, 2022. 

Judges within the class had been Mark Abraham, freelance photographer and at present deputy director of the US Senate Press Photographers’ Gallery; Rob Carr, Getty Photos/Chief Photographer, Sport and Mike Kane, veteran Thoroughbred journalist, and photographer.


Layden, a writer-at-large for NBC Sports activities, has received his third Media Eclipse Award for “Beneath the Tremendous Bowl’s Turf: The Ghosts of Hollywood Park,” which was printed on on Feb. 8, 2022. Layden, from Simsbury, Conn., received his first Eclipse Award in 1987 for Newspaper writing for Capital Newspapers in Albany, N.Y., and in 2018 for Sports activities Illustrated, for his Function/Commentary article on monitor announcer Charles “Stylish” Anderson. 

“I’m glad for, and grateful to the folks at, who gave me a spot to publish my work after I left Sports activities Illustrated, and have been unfailingly supportive,” mentioned Layden. “It’s a thrill to see that work acknowledged, not simply because all of us wish to be acknowledged, but in addition due to NBC’s enduring relationship with racing.”

Tremendous Bowl LVI in February 2021 was being performed at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., which was as soon as the location of Hollywood Park, one among America’s most outstanding and profitable racetracks of the 20th Century, with the largest names in present enterprise having fun with such excellent horses as Seabiscuit, and Triple Crown winners Quotation, Seattle Slew and Affirmed. Hollywood Park hosted the primary Breeders’ Cup in 1984.

“NBC owned the rights to Tremendous Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Ron Vaccaro, NBC’s Vice President for Content material, who I work with incessantly, puzzled if there may be one thing to put in writing about the truth that SoFi Stadium sat on the bottom that after was Hollywood Park,” Layden recalled. “It was a terrific thought. I really like tales that join the current to the previous, and I had seen the previous Hollywood Park, and like so many different frequent vacationers, had watched the transformation through the strategy to the LAX, the place you may look down and see it occurring.”

In his article, Layden drew an image of the workmanlike environment of Hollywood Park by means of the phrases of Corridor of Fame Jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr., two-time Kentucky Derby profitable coach Doug O’Neill, and John Shirreffs, who skilled Horse of the 12 months Zenyatta at Barn 55.   

Honorable point out within the Function/Commentary class went to three-time Eclipse Award winner Natalie Voss for “After Tough Entry To The World, ‘Gumbo’ The Colt Is Overcoming The Odds,” which appeared within the Paulick Report on Sept. 5, 2022, and to former Eclipse Award winner Bryce Miller for “Sophisticated Case of Horse Racing Coach Peter Miller Returns to Del Mar,” which was printed within the San Diego Union-Tribune on July 21, 2022.

Judges within the Function/Commentary class had been Reid Cherner, former sports activities and racing author, and columnist for USA Right now; Tom LaMarra, Director of Communications and Backstretch Companies for the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Affiliation and Amy Owens, Communications Affiliate at Keeneland.

The profitable article will be considered right here.


In “Large Tally,” Tom Legislation, born and raised in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., coated the 2022 Preakness Stakes for Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred and reported on the victory by Klaravich Secure’s Early Voting within the second jewel of racing’s Triple Crown at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. That is the second Eclipse Award for Legislation, who shared the 2011 Audio/Multimedia and Web Award with Greg Charkoudian of Thoroughbred Instances, the place he labored for greater than 14 years in Lexington earlier than becoming a member of ST Publishing as Managing Editor in 2012.

“Profitable a second Eclipse Award is an unimaginable honor, and particularly satisfying to be acknowledged for the protection of a historic occasion just like the Preakness,” mentioned Legislation.

Enveloping crisp race reporting, Legislation bolstered his piece with quotes from profitable coach Chad Brown’s choice to skip the Kentucky Derby for Early Voting, and his preparations previous to the Preakness in Baltimore. Legislation additionally delivered to gentle jockey Jose Ortiz’s choice to take the mount on Early Voting, and his calculated trip to victory.

 “One of many many issues I’ve discovered working with colleagues, buddies, and companions Joe and Sean Clancy for greater than 10 years is there’s all the time a narrative behind the story, and possibly even one other story,” mentioned Legislation. “That was the case with Early Voting and his connections, who saved the colt in New York for the winter, skipped the Kentucky Derby, and had been rewarded for these strikes within the Preakness. Jockey Jose Ortiz additionally offered nice perception into his early impressions of Early Voting and a brief dialog with him an hour after the race laid the groundwork for my protection.”

The profitable article will be accessed right here.

Honorable point out within the Information/Enterprise class went to five-time Eclipse Award winner Jay Hovdey for “Flightline Lands a Particular Place in Historical past,” which was printed within the BloodHorse Each day on Sept. 4, 2022, and to Paul Halloran for “Fairytale,” about Cody’s Want, which was printed within the Saratoga Particular on Aug. 31, 2022.

Judges within the Information/Enterprise class had been Bob Kieckhefer, racing author for United Press Worldwide; Dan Liebman, former editor of The BloodHorse and The State-Journal in Frankfort, Ky., and Robert Yates, author for Oaklawn Park Media Relations. 


For the third consecutive yr, NBC Sports activities has received the Eclipse Award for Stay Tv Programming for its broadcast on NBC, Peacock, and the USA Community, culminating its two-day protection of the 39th Breeders’ Cup World Championships from Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., with the scintillating efficiency of Flightline within the Longines Breeders’ Cup Traditional. 

Persevering with to supply its viewers with technical improvements and a number of viewing alternatives, NBC Sports activities employed distinctive views from the monitor with entry to roughly 75 video sources, together with a number of dwell jockey cams and jockey and coach/proprietor mics; a backstretch digicam; jockey cams connecting to real-time information that allowed viewers to see graphic overlays on replays, together with velocity, present place, distance from the chief, and distance from the end; and a megaladon digicam to share live-action footage of the style and flavors surrounding the occasion. For particular person entry to the horses, NBC Sports activities utilized Breeders’ Cup Contender Cams, that includes paddock ISO cameras and front-side ISO roof cameras. For the primary time, NBC Sports activities added a aspect set with a full-screen telestration monitor for our two desk analysts to have the ability to take a deep dive into every Breeders’ Cup race. 

“At NBC Sports activities, we’re grateful to be part of the largest horse racing occasions within the nation – and this yr’s Breeders’ Cup capped all of them off with an absolute flourish,” mentioned NBC Sports activities Senior Producer of Horse Racing Lindsay Schanzer. “Your complete weekend was a thrill, highlighted by the inspirational story of Dust Mile winner Cody’s Want and his namesake Cody Dorman, and the otherworldly Flightline ending his illustrious profession with a dominant win within the Traditional. These are the moments you dream about protecting in sports activities and in racing. We’re extremely pleased with this broadcast and thank our NBC Sports activities colleagues and our companions at Breeders’ Cup for all of their efforts to make this doable.” 

Becoming a member of Schanzer on the manufacturing group had been director Kaare Numme; assistant producer Caroline Sayer; assistant director Jared Sumner; affiliate director Jeff Burriesci and editorial producer Amy Zimmerman.

The NBC expertise group was comprised of Ahmed Fareed, Jerry Bailey, Randy Moss, Britney Eurton, Donna Brothers, Kenny Rice, Nick Luck, Matt Bernier, Steve Kornacki, and Larry Collmus.

Judges within the Stay Tv Programming class had been Jeannine Edwards, a number of award-winning reporter, and analyst for ESPN from 1995-2018; Dick Jerardi, who coated greater than three many years of Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup races for Philadelphia Each day Information and Chris Svendsen, Director – CBS Sports activities.


In “Cody’s Want” NBC Sports activities produced a function, which aired on USA Community on Nov. 5, on some of the heartwarming tales of 2022 about teenager Cody Dorman, and the racehorse Cody’s Want. Cody Dorman was stricken at beginning with Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, a genetic dysfunction that impacts many components of the physique. At age 4, in an opportunity go to by means of the Make-A-Want Basis, Cody went to Gainsborough Farm in Versailles, Ky., and instantly bonded with a younger foal, who was later named Cody’s Want. After Cody’s Want had begun racing, Cody got here to see him win his first race at Churchill Downs in 2021. Cody went to subsequent races to see Cody’s Want win twice extra. After the section aired, Cody was additionally at Keeneland to see Cody’s Want win the Large Ass Followers Breeders’ Cup Dust Mile at Keeneland through the World Championships.

“For so long as I’ve been engaged on horseracing, I can’t recall a connection between horse and human just like the bond shared by Cody Dorman and Cody’s Want. That horse has really made a long-lasting influence on Cody’s life,” mentioned NBC Sports activities Coordinating Producer Jack Felling, “Cody is such a brave younger man, and his mother and father, Kelly and Leslie, are two of essentially the most selfless and loving folks I’ve ever met on the job. The sight of the Dormans celebrating collectively after Cody’s Want received the Breeders’ Cup Dust Mile is a scene I’ll always remember. That was horseracing at its highest. All of us at NBC Sports activities really feel fortunate to have had the possibility to inform that story.” 

“Cody’s Want” was narrated by former NBC award-winning broadcaster Tom Hammond. Ryan Yeager was the editor. Lindsay Schanzer is NBC Sports activities Senior Producer for Horse Racing.


Honorable Point out within the Tv Function class went to ESPN for “Bob Baffert Dialog,” produced by Kristine Kugler, which aired on Could 6, 2022. 

Judges within the Tv Options class had been Liz Bronstein, tv showrunner and govt producer, and creator of the Animal Planet 2008-09 collection “Jockeys”; Bruce Casella, Tv producer and director, Pushin a Rock Productions, and Lenny Shulman, Emmy Award-winning author/producer; writer, and former senior correspondent for Bloodhorse.

Horse Racing Radio Community has received its third Audio/ Multimedia Eclipse Award for its dwell broadcast of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 4-5, 2022 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. 

“To be honored with a 3rd Eclipse Award is extraordinarily particular,” mentioned HRRN President and broadcast anchor Mike Penna. “Once we launched HRRN almost 20 years in the past, our solely aim was to create one thing that may assist the game indirectly. Due to the help of our sponsors, our listeners, and everybody who has ever taken the time to hitch us as a visitor on our exhibits, we’ve been in a position to proceed to inform the tales which make our sport nice. We’re really grateful and humbled to be acknowledged as soon as once more.”

The 2022 Longines Breeders’ Cup Traditional was some of the anticipated races of the season, headlined by the exceptional Flightline, who was undefeated in 5 profession begins previous to the race. HRRN reached behind the scenes with pre-race interviews with Flightline’s co-owner and breeder, Jane Lyon,and produced a function telling the story of Flightline as a child earlier than he turned a star on the monitor. Whereas Flightline was the first storyline related to the Traditional, the HRRN group additionally spoke to connections of his gifted rivals, which included WinStar Farm’s CEO Elliott Walden and their four-time Grade 1 winner Life Is Good. Coach Eric Reed mentioned Kentucky Derby winner Wealthy Strike and the potential for wrapping up a three-year-old championship with a Traditional win, in addition to discussions with Corridor of Famers Todd Pletcher, Steve Asmussen, and Mike Smith. Instantly after the race, John Velazquez, who rode Completely happy Saver, shared his ideas on Flightline and what it was like competing towards him.

Along with Penna, the HRRN analyst group included Bobby Neuman, Jude Feld, and Jeff Bloom. Keeneland announcer Kurt Becker offered the dwell name of the Breeders’ Cup Traditional. The published was produced by Lee Dellapina together with engineer Shawn Seay. Manufacturing help was contributed by Feld, Justin Taylor, Keith O’Brien, Fanny Salmon, and Michelle Penna. 

Honorable point out within the Audio Multimedia class went to Horse Racing Nation for “Jockey will get her 1st Saratoga win on filly skilled by her dad,” about Robbie Davis and his daughter Jackie. The video was produced by Andrew Capone and was posted on Aug. 13, 2002.

Judges within the Audio/Multimedia class had been Glenn Crouter, former lead tv anchor for Woodbine Stay Community and sports activities and way of life announcer for Newstalk 1010 in Toronto; Bob Curran, longtime Vice President of Company Communications for The Jockey Membership and graduate of the St. Bonaventure College journalism program; and Julie Sarno, freelance author, a former editorial workers member of The BloodHorse, workers member at The Meadowlands, workers member and Division Head at Del Mar. 

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