Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred’s editor Joe Clancy has won the Eclipse Award for news writing for his story “Horse of a Lifetime,” covering this past year’s Preakness Stakes, which appeared in the July 2014 issue of the magazine.
“Horse of a Lifetime” focused on the connections of California Chrome, in particular trainer Art Sherman, their march through the Triple Crown and victory in the Preakness. Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred is owned and published by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association. Clancy, who had been a regular contributor to Maryland Horse and Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred since the 1990s, became editor of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred in early 2012.
Clancy’s Eclipse Award is the fifth earned by a Maryland Horse Breeders Association publication, three for writing and two for photography. In 1996, Don Clippinger won for outstanding achievement in magazine writing for his story “Focusing on the Big Picture: How TV Relates to Racing,” and in 2008, Vinnie Perrone took the outstanding feature writing category for his story “Recalling Clem Florio’s Matchless Gift for Life.” Both articles appeared in Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred. Photography awards were won by Cindy Pierson Dulay for her photo of a leaping Stephan’s Angel taken at Pimlico in 2004, which appeared in Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, and by Skip Ball in 1979 for his photograph of Spectacular Bid winning the Kentucky Derby, published in Maryland Horse.
The 44th Annual Eclipse Awards dinner and ceremony will be held on Saturday, Jan. 17, at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.