04/16/2015 2:11PM

Joe Clancy wins Woods Memorial Award


Joe Clancy, editor of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine, has been named the winner of this year’s David F. Woods Memorial Award for his article “Horse of a Lifetime,” which documented California Chrome’s victory in last year’s Preakness Stakes.

Clancy will be presented the award at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico on May 14, two days before this year’s Preakness. Clancy won an Eclipse Award in the News/Enterprise category earlier this year for the same article. The story appeared in the July edition of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred.

The Woods Memorial Award is presented annually by the Maryland Jockey Club and Pimlico to the writer of the best Preakness story of the previous year. Clancy’s brother, Sean, won the award last year.

The award honors the memory of David Woods, longtime racetrack publicist and columnist for the Evening Sun.

“The California Chrome story was a great one to tell and really couldn’t have been told so well without the cooperation of trainer Art Sherman and the whole team,” Clancy said in a press release. “They were gracious, welcoming, and open. They wanted to share their good fortune and it made for a great story. I just had to tell it right.”