On July 20, about 50 people gathered at the graveside of Go For Wand in the Saratoga infield to scatter the ashes of turfwriter Paul Moran, who succumbed to lung cancer last November.
We were there to say goodbye to the last true turf writer,” wrote Joe Drape for the New York Times, “whose written words and outsize personality belonged on the same page and in the same press box with Ring Lardner and Damon Runyon, Joe Palmer and Red Smith.”
Among his work was an account of Go For Wand's fatal injury in the 1990 Breeders' Cup Distaff, an award-winning piece named “Nightmare in the Daytime.” Drape describes Moran as having a sense of humor, a sense of decorum, and a big heart.
Read more at the New York Times
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