09/29/2011 11:58AM

Hall of Fame picks Russ Harris, Joe Palmer for Joe Hirsch honor


The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has selected Joe Palmer and Russ Harris to be added to its Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor, the museum announced on Thursday.

Palmer, a native of Lexington, Ky., who died in 1952, was an associate editor of the Blood-Horse and, subsequently, the racing writer for the New York Herald Tribune. His column, "Views of the Turf," was syndicated and also appeared in the Blood-Horse and Lexington Herald-Leader.  He wrote several books on racing, and a collection of his columns was published in the book "This Was Racing."

Harris worked for the Akron Beacon Journal, the Miami Herald, the Daily Racing Form, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the New York Daily News. He wrote racing stories and also was a public handicapper. Harris is also a member of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame's Nominating Committee and Historic Review Committee.

Named for the late Daily Racing Form columnist, the Joe Hirsh Media Roll of Honor was instituted by the Hall of Fame instituted in 2010. Its first selections were Steven Crist, the editor and publisher emeritus of Daily Racing Form; racing journalist Charles Hatton; journalist and writer Bill Nack; and the journalist Walter "Red" Smith.