01/04/2016 2:12PM

DRF's Mary Simon earns third media Eclipse Award

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Daily Racing Form writer Mary Simon was named the Eclipse Award winner in the audio/multimedia Internet category for a piece that ran on the DRF website examining 1915 Kentucky Derby winner Regret and her connections.

Mary Simon, a racing historian and writer, has been named the Eclipse Award winner in the audio/multimedia Internet category for a piece that ran on the Daily Racing Form website examining 1915 Kentucky Derby winner Regret and her connections, according to the administrators of the awards.

Simon, who previously won two Eclipse Awards for writing, wrote the text for the piece, “Regret’s Derby at 100,” which tied in major events in history to Regret’s Derby win, the first for a filly. The piece, which can be found at www.drf.com/news/regret, was accompanied by archival photos and videos dating from the time.

Collaborators on the piece included DRF editor-in-chief Jody Swavy, photo editor Jim Sewastynowicz, and senior digital producer Matt Brennan.

“I was thrilled that we won this award because it was a collaborative effort that formed a beautiful multimedia piece,” said Simon, who recently moved back to Lexington, Ky., after a two-year stint in New York. “I have always been a racing historian. Regret has fascinated me all along, and the fact that she came along at the peak of the women’s suffrage movement, she was a wonderful inspiration for gender equality.”

Simon won the Eclipse Award for feature writing in 2000 for a piece in the now-defunct Thoroughbred Times. She was awarded the Eclipse in the news/enterprise category in 2012 for a piece in the Thoroughbred Times on medication in racing.

The Eclipse Award administrators also announced on Monday that the award for television feature programming will go to Digital Kitchen and Brad and John Hennegan. The winning piece was a feature on 61-year-old jockey Perry Ouzts that ran on AT&T U-verse, produced by Digital Kitchen.

The Hennegan brothers previously won an Eclipse for television feature programming in 2008 for their documentary “The First Saturday in May,” about the Kentucky Derby.

Also, NBC Sports was named the winner of the Eclipse for live racing programming with its June 6 broadcast of the Belmont Stakes, in which American Pharoah became the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years. NBC has won the live television Eclipse four years in a row and has won 12 of the awards overall.