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Eclipse Awards: Goldberg, Simon, Keyser win writing, photography honors
By Matt Hegarty
Ryan Goldberg, a freelance writer, was named the 2012 recipient for the Eclipse Award for Writing in the Feature/Commentary category for an article on Eibar and Keiber Coa that appeared in the Daily Racing Form in July, the organizers of the Eclipse Awards announced Friday, the same day that two other media winners were announced.
In addition to Goldberg, Mary Simon, the contributing editor for the defunct Thoroughbred Times, was awarded the Eclipse Award for Writing in the News/Enterprise category for an article on the history of bleeding in horses. Tom Keyser, a former Baltimore Sun reporter who won Eclipses for Newspaper Writing in 1996 and 1998 and an Eclipse for Magazine Writing in 1999, was awarded the Eclipse Award for Photography for a picture published on the Daily Racing Form ’s website July 12 of Rajiv Maragh being nearly unseated at the start of the Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park.
Goldberg’s article detailed the relationship between Eibar Coa and his son, Keiber, who began riding professionally just months after his father suffered a serious riding injury. Goldberg’s piece captured the mixed emotions of Eibar Coa as he has watched his son prosper as a rider.
“I intended to write this story about Keiber’s recent success,” Goldberg said. “But Eibar was extremely revealing about the spill and spoke of how much he wanted Keiber to grow on his own terms, that the piece became more balanced between the two of them.”
Simon was selected for the second time for an Eclipse Award for Writing. She had previously been selected for an Eclipse in 2000, also for a story in the Thoroughbred Times, which declared bankruptcy earlier this year. Mary’s husband, Mark, was the editor of the Times for 27 years.
“This is Mark’s award, too,” she said Friday. “He was the Times.”
In being selected for the Photography award, Keyser became the first person to win both a writing and a photography Eclipse. His partner, Barbara Livingston, the chief photographer for DRF , was given an honorable mention Friday in the Feature/Commentary category for Eclipse Writing for a story appearing in the May 26 DRF about trainer Danny Perlsweig and a horse he trained, former juvenile champion Lord Avie.
Livingston also received an honorable mention in the Photography category.
“I’m sort of dumbfounded,” Keyser said. “I certainly never aspired to be a photographer, and if I wasn’t helping Barbara, I wouldn’t be doing this.”
Job well done Tom! Not only good with a pen, but a damn fine pitchertaker too
Goldberg, Simon, and Keyser, Pretty good company. Sorry about Lord Avie, don't it always seem to go...
Tom Keyser has had numerous photos posted throughout the Racing Form since he started photographing racehorses with Barbara Livingston. His work should not be a surprise to anyone reading the Form. Barbara has even posted his work on her own blog. I think his statements towards Barbara were well written and came from the heart. He knows no one can compare their work to Barbara's. He wasn't trying to, either. Tom's job that day was to cover the start of that race. That is what he did! Well done, I might add. Congrats, Tom, I know how hard you both work at your jobs. I loved Barb's photo of Lord Avie, as well. If it wasn't for her perseverance, we the fans, would never be able to see these old time warriors of the past.
Barbara and Tom are two of the nicest people on the planet! I'm pretty sure Barbara is extremely happy and proud of Tom, she has such a generous spirit! Congrat's to both of them!
I'm happy for Tom Keyser, Barbara Livingston's partner - his photo was great but HONORABLE MENTION for Barbara's photography? Unbelievable! Wonderful story about Lord Avie and Danny Perlsweig as well.
Livingston's photo should have won. I think even Keyser would agree with that. His picture is good, sure, but hers is brilliant.
Mr. Keyser is such a hard working guy. I see him at the races quite often and he is always busy, trying to get the best shot. I hope Ms. Livngston does not make him sleep on the couch!
Livingston got put into the rail...
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