Bill Mooney

Martine Bellocq To Receive Bill Mooney Award For Courage

The National Turf Writers and Broadcasters will present Martine Bellocq, a lifelong horsewoman who rushed into a burning barn trying to save her horses in a wildfire that decimated much of the San Luis Rey Downs training center last December, with the Bill Mooney Award for displaying courage in the face of tremendous adversity. Bellocq […]

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Mountaineer Honors Publicist Bill Mooney On West Virginia Derby Day

For the better part of 20 years, Bill Mooney was the point person for publicity for the West Virginia Derby, which he chronicled through its rise to a major graded stakes on the national Thoroughbred racing calendar. The two-time Eclipse Award-winning writer, who also was recognized as one of the top racing historians, died Jan. […]

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Eclipse Award Winning Writer, Racing Historian Bill Mooney Dead

Bill Mooney took nothing for granted. In 2003, when Todd Pletcher broke the single-season record for most wins by a trainer at the Saratoga meet, racing writers said Pletcher beat the old mark of 24 victories set by Hall of Famer Sylvester Veitch in 1954. That’s what was published in the New York Racing Association […]

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Turf Writer, Racing Historian Mooney Recognized By Kentucky Senate, Mayor Of Lexington

Bill Mooney, the award-winning Turf writer who ranks among Thoroughbred racing’s premier historians of any generation, has been recognized by Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and the Kentucky Senate for his contributions to the horse industry and courage in the face of a devastating two-year battle with cancer. The Senate proclamation on the motion of Sen. […]

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Post Time USA Publisher Gene Stevens Dies

Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. for Gene “Gino” Stevens, the longtime publisher of Post Time USA, a Florida-based tabloid best known for covering horse racing’s social scene but which also published an Eclipse Award-winning article in 2007. Mr. Stevens, 84, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., died on Friday in Miami after […]

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American Pharoah Team, Hammond Among Those To Be Honored By NTWAB

The National Turf Writers and Broadcasters will salute American Pharoah and the team that molded him into the first Triple Crown champion in 37 years to highlight its 56th annual awards dinner on Oct. 28 at the Griffin Gate Marriott in Lexington, Ky. Members of the NTWAB also voted to honor Eclipse Award winners Tom […]

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Mooney: Patrick Byrne and Take Charge Indy reaching for summit in KY Derby

No fanfare accompanied Take Charge Indy’s arrival on the Churchill Downs backside Tuesday morning. Two turf writers; a couple of still photographers; and a pair of one-man camera crews. It seemed a sparse amount of interest for the winner of the Florida Derby (G1), a major prep for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands […]

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Jockey Pereira follows family tradition to the winner’s circle

It would be inappropriate to state that Oswald M. Pereira tries harder than any other jockey at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort. But he does try hard. Pereira’s efforts in 2011 at Mountaineer resulted in 213 wins, a total surpassed only by the 380 achieved by DeShawn Parker.       “I don’t care if my […]

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Rapid Redux’s curious path to success

By Bill Mooney All systems remain fully on “go” for Rapid Redux’s quest for a record 20th consecutive victory at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack on Monday evening. The five-year-old gelding is 1-to-9 in the morning line for the one-mile, $14,900 starter allowance event. With DeShawn Parker aboard, he’ll break from the seven post in the field […]

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