by | 11.17.2010 | 12:46am
NTRA PRESS RELEASEDecember 29, 2008








The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers Association announced today that Matt Goins of Lexington, Ky., has won the 2008 Media Eclipse Award for Photography for his picture “Frankie's Flying Dismount” of jockey Frankie Dettori leaping off the 2-year-old Donativum in the winner's circle following his victory in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita Park on October 25. The photograph appeared in Al-Adiyat, the Dubai-based racing publication, on November 6.



The winning photo (pictured, left) can also be viewed at www.ntra.com



This is the second Media Eclipse Award for Photography for the 38 year-old Goins, who won his first bronze statue in 2006 for a photo published in the Lexington Herald-Leader of Jockey Julien Leparoux.



“I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to work in such an exciting industry, and to be awarded the sport's highest honor on two occasions is extremely humbling,” said Goins. “I've had a front row seat for some of the greatest moments in racing history while being surrounded by the beauty that is the Thoroughbred.”



Dettori is a champion jockey in Europe and known around the world for his flying dismounts after important victories. In Goins's winning photo, he captures a delighted Dettori, arms and legs in the air, over the gray Donativum, owned by Princess Haya of Jordan and Darley Stable. The full frame, shot with a Canon 70-200mm zoom lens at 75mm, captured palm trees to the left of the winner's circle and the San Gabriel Mountains in the background.



Honorable mention is the Photography category went to Alexander Barkoff, whose photo of a morning sunrise on the Fair Grounds backstretch was published in the New Orleans Times Picayune on November 9, and to Matt Wooley, whose photo of Big Brown winning the Kentucky Derby appeared in Daily Racing Form on May 6.



The panel of judges in the Photography category was comprised of Ed Reinke, The Associated Press, Louisville; Jim Gensheimer, San Jose Mercury News and Dan Farrell, former photographer for  New York Daily News.


Eclipse Awards are given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing. Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. Awards also are given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing.


The Eclipse Awards are named after the great 18th-century racehorse and foundation 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 2008 Eclipse Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, January 26, 2009 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Fla. For hotel accommodations and Eclipse Awards dinner reservations, contact Michele Ravencraft the NTRA's Lexington office, (800) 792-6872, or e-mail [email protected]



NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horse racing interests consisting of leading thoroughbred racetracks, owners, breeders, trainers and affiliated horse racing associations, charged with increasing the popularity of horse racing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and in New York. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA web site, NTRA.com.



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