Stanley Bergstein Writing Award

Borell Expose Earns Margaret Ransom 2016 Stan Bergstein Writing Award

Margaret Ransom has won the Stan Bergstein Writing Award for a story that revealed dire conditions for more than 40 horses at a Kentucky farm that led to animal cruelty charges against Chuck and Maria Borell. Ransom’s story on USRacing.com prompted aid from outside horsemen and equine retirement groups and an investigation from the Kentucky […]

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Story On Out-Of-Competition Testing Garners Voss Third Bergstein Award Nomination

Team Valor International has issued a Stan Bergstein Writing Award nomination for a Natalie Voss story on out-of-competition drug testing that was published on September 7 on the Paulick Report website. Voss examines why out-of-competition testing is not more prevalent in North America, ten years after the first program went into place. She notes that […]

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Borell Expose Nominated For Stan Bergstein Writing Award

Team Valor International has submitted a Stan Bergstein Writing Award nomination to Margaret Ransom for a story that revealed dire conditions for approximately 40 horses at a Kentucky farm and led to animal cruelty charges against Chuck and Maria Borell. Ransom’s story on USRacing.com prompted aid from outside horsemen and equine retirement groups and an […]

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Denman, McCarron Among Judges For 2016 Stan Bergstein Writing Award

Barry Irwin and his Team Valor International will again honor excellent journalism in 2016 and have lined up a new slate of judges to decide the $25,000 Stan Bergstein Writing Award. Legendary racecaller Trevor Denman and Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron will join esteemed Turf writers Neil Milbert, Michael Veitch and Maryjean Wall in […]

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Irwin: Tennis, Track And Field Scandals Support Racing’s Path Toward Independent Oversight

Unbeknownst to many people involved in the movement to eliminate drugs in racing, a couple of months ago I lessened my involvement because I had become discouraged with the progress of the proposed federal legislation sponsored by Congressmen Andy Barr and Paul Tonko. Sparking my change in direction was an impassioned talk delivered by harness […]

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Voss Story On New York Drug Testing Nominated For Bergstein Award

Team Valor International has nominated a story from the Paulick Report on drug testing in New York for the Stan Bergstein Writing Award. Natalie Voss wrote the piece “New York’s Drug Testing Has Its Own ‘Style,’” published in March, that delves into several layers of New York’s drug testing system: cases in which split samples […]

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Blood-Horse Story On Lab Quality Assurance Nominated for Bergstein Award

A state racing commission’s unique layer of scrutiny uncovered a laboratory’s surprising rate of failure in detecting prohibited drugs. What about testing elsewhere in the U.S where such a quality assurance program is not in place? Frank Angst of the Blood-Horse examines the Indiana Racing Commission’s unique efforts and the integrity concerns they raise for […]

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Paulick Report Story on Jockey Roman Chapa Nominated for Stan Bergstein Award

Team Valor International has issued a Stan Bergstein Writing Award nomination for a Paulick Report story on jockey Roman Chapa’s alleged use of an electrical device in a race at Sam Houston Race Park. On January 18, Ray Paulick broke the story centering on a photo of Chapa that appears to show a device in […]

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Bonnie To Speak at Bergstein Award Ceremony

Edward “Ned” Bonnie will deliver the keynote speech at the third annual Stan Bergstein Writing Award presentation in Lexington on November 14 at the Thoroughbred Club of America. Bonnie is a longtime equine attorney and member of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. “Ned has been at the forefront of the medication issue as long as […]

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Paulick Report, TDN Stories Nominated for Bergstein Award

A thorough look at the past and future of synthetic racetrack surfaces in the United States and an exposé of a racing con man have both been nominated for Team Valor International’s Stan Bergstein Award, the annual $25,000 writing prize that recognizes excellent investigative journalism related to the sport of kings. The stories were released within a […]

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