01/03/2014 2:43PM

DRF's Hersh, McGee win Eclipse Awards

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Two Daily Racing Form reporters, Marty McGee and Marcus Hersh, and the New York Times were named as winners of Media Eclipse Awards on Friday by the organizers of the awards.

Both McGee and Hersh were selected for their first Eclipse Awards. McGee, 54, has worked for the Daily Racing Form for 21 years, while Hersh joined the publication in 1999.

McGee was selected for a long-form piece examining the off-the-track troubles of Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux and the impact the problems have had on his family, including his brother, the trainer Keith Desormeaux. The piece, titled “For Desormeaux, conflicting views of his struggles,” was published in the April 20 edition of the Form. It was selected for the Feature Writing category of the Eclipse Awards.

“I’m overwhelmed and deeply honored to receive this award,” said McGee in a release. “It is the culmination of nearly 30 years of work and the pinnacle of my profession. I decided I wanted to be a turf writer when I was 12, so this is huge.”

McGee lives in Louisville with his daughters, Kelly, 18, and Molly, 16. His brother Paul is a trainer based at Churchill Downs.

Hersh’s piece, which was selected for the News/Enterprise category, was based on an interview with Rene Douglas on his first visit to a racetrack since he was paralyzed from the waist down in a riding accident at Arlington Park in 2009. Douglas traveled to Meydan racetrack in Dubai to watch a horse he co-owns, Private Zone, run in the Dubai Golden Shaheen. Hersh was in Dubai to cover the Dubai World Cup.

“I’m honored to win the award,” said Hersh, 45, a resident of Chicago. “The list of names who have won Eclipse Awards in the past gets a great deal of respect from me. You write these stories in the end for other people, not yourself, and it’s rewarding to know they mean something.”

The New York Times was selected for the Eclipse Award for Multimedia presentation. The winning entry, which in its printed form was one of the longest stories published in the New York Times sports section the entire year, focused on Russell Baze, the all-time winningest jockey in history, and the web version included extensive audio, video, and photographic elements.

Barry Bearak, a Times reporter, wrote and narrated the piece. It appeared on the newspaper’s website on Aug. 13.

Ray Hughes More than 1 year ago
It's terrific to see Marcus win an award. They oughta give him one for his writing every day, which he keeps fresh and vigorous. It's not as easy as he makes it look. Congrats to him,and thanks.
hialeah More than 1 year ago
Good Deal!
Bob More than 1 year ago
This year we are introducing a new award program for the thoroughbred racing industry that will be known as the Keister Awards...The Keister Awards recognize the incompetence, stupidity and indifference with which the racing industry treats its fan base. The award program gets its name from the term "keister," which is where the average fan gets it everyday from the racing industry...."up the keister!" The 2013 Keister Award for colossal, self-serving indifference goes to the Breeders Cup site selection committee who in 2013, once again awarded the 2014 Breeders Cup to Santa Anita Racetrack, which will result in the Breeders Cup being held at Santa Anita for 5 out of the last 7 years! Way to go, BC site selection committee! You are now enshrined forever among the sports most notable Illiterati!
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Congratulations to Marty McGee for a well-deserved Eclipse Award. You could tell right away that this article was Eclipse-worthy. The research was in-depth, and he did not hesitate to ask any of the tough questions. We need more of this sort of article and reporting. Unfortunately, now it would never be available to most of us, as it would most likely be hidden behind the DRF + firewall.
Philip Conforti More than 1 year ago
Congrats Marcus. Love your comments in your handicapping columns . Common sense approach to handicapping is great . Hard to find good things about illinois racing your one of the few things ! Great job!
jttf More than 1 year ago
Congrats hersh man. Always like your common sense tweet info.
Joe Cacciolfi More than 1 year ago
GREAT WORK BY MARCUS AS USUAL BUT IT WAS TOUGH TO SEE THE SPORTS ILLUSTRATED ARTICLE ON JEFF LUKAS BY TIM LAYDEN ONLY GET AN HONORABLE MENTION
Joe Cacciolfi More than 1 year ago
JUST MY HUMBLE OPINION BUT I THINK THAT TIM LAYDENS ARTICLE ON JEFF LUKAS IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED TRUMPED BOTH OF THE WINNERS JUST THE FACT THAT SPORTS ILLUSTRATED GAVE HORSE RACING SOME INK IS WORTHY OF AN AWARD CONGRATS GUYS,YOU ARTICLES WERE GREAT ALSO