turf writers

Los Angeles Times’ Decision On Racing Coverage Rankles Some At Least

Do newspapers matter? The answer to that depends on whom you ask. They matter to a 90-year-old horseplayer named Mel Brooks, a Santa Anita Park regular who is also known for making a few movies over the years: “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Spaceballs,” among many others. They matter to his good friend, […]

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Award-Winning Turf Writer Paul Moran Passes Away at 67

Eclipse Award-winning turf writer Paul Moran died today in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. at age 67 following a long battle with lung cancer. A veteran reporter who covered horse racing since the 1970s, Moran was a mainstay in the press boxes of New York Racing Association racetracks since joining the staff of Newsday in 1985. That […]

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Eric Banks: Audax Minor’s lengthy tenure at The New Yorker

On July 10, 1926, Audax Minor wrote his first column on horse racing for The New Yorker. His final column appeared on December 18, 1978. By the time of his retirement Audax Minor, a pseudonym for George F.T. Ryall, had contributed more than 2,000 columns to the paper. When he retired, Ryall was the oldest […]

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DRF: An ode to turf writing great Charles Hatton

The Daily Racing Form’s Ryan Goldberg has a wonderful piece on Charles Hatton, who wrote for the Form during horse racing’s “golden age.”  Hatton’s writing was filled with allusions to history and literature and “two-dollar words,” as Bill Nack put it.  Hatton was truly a unique chronicler of the sport.  He died in 1975, two […]

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Turf writing legends Harris and Palmer make Hirsch Media Roll of Honor

Legendary turf writers Dr. Russ Harris and Joe Palmer have been chosen as the National Museum of Racing’s Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor recipients for 2011. The Roll of Honor was initiated in 2010 in memory of Hirsch, a distinguished turf writer who died the previous year. Dr. Harris began his journalism career at […]

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