01/02/2014 3:59PM

Media Eclipse Awards to HRTV, NBC Sports, Radosevich-Hernandez


NBC Sports, HRTV, and the photographer Jamie Radosevich-Hernandez were all announced as winners of 2013 Media Eclipse Awards by the organizers of the awards on Thursday.

Radosevich-Hernandez, 28, was selected for a photo of Wise Dan shot from the infield at Churchill Downs when the 2012 Horse of the Year was approaching the finish line of the Firecracker Handicap on the night of June 29. It was raining at the time, and the raindrops created a snow-like effect on the image.

Radosevich-Hernandez, who is married to the jockey Brian Hernandez and is the daughter of longtime Ohio trainer Jake Radosevich, was working on assignment for Reed Palmer Photography at the time. The winning photo appeared on the USA Today website and in the print edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal on June 30.

“It was the nastiest night of the year,” Radosevich-Hernandez said, in a release distributed by the Eclipse Award organizers. “There were lightning bolts around us and the reflections of the grandstand lights in the shot made the raindrops look like snow.”

HRTV was selected for the Media Eclipse Award for Television-Features for a documentary called “Saratoga WarHorse,” which detailed the work of an organization in using equine therapy to assist struggling war veterans. The 30-minute documentary first aired on Nov. 2 and was produced by Stacie Clark-Rogers.

The Eclipse was the fifth won by HRTV, a horse racing network co-owned by Churchill Downs Inc. and the Stronach Group.

Clark-Rogers shot the footage for the documentary in Saratoga Springs over a five-day period, according to the release.

“We take it for granted what these horses do for us,” Clark-Rogers said, in the release. “You see Zenyatta and Mucho Macho Man giving us a high-energy moment on the racetrack, but the experience these horses provide the veterans is so simple, and observing that experience plugs you back into reality.”

NBC Sports was selected for its 10th Media Eclipse Award for the Live Television category for its 2013 broadcast of the Kentucky Derby. The broadcast ran for 2 1/2 hours on the day of the Derby, May 4, and was produced by Rob Hyland and directed by Drew Esocoff.

The Eclipse Award ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 18 at Gulfstream Park in South Florida.