Updated on 11/03/2011 4:42PM

Racing Form's Hersh, Grening honored


Marcus Hersh and David Grening, reporters for Daily Racing Form, were honored Wednesday night at the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association dinner at the Louisville Slugger museum in downtown Louisville, Ky.

Hersh was named winner of the Breeders' Cup's Joe Hirsch Award for newspaper writing for a profile of trainer Al Stall Jr. in the time leading up to last year's Breeders' Cup event. The article appeared a week before Stall saddled Blame for a victory in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic.

Also at the dinner, Grening was presented with the writers' and broadcasters' association's Walter Haight Award, given for "career excellence in Turf writing."

Steve Haskin, a reporter for the Blood-Horse, was given the Breeders' Cup's Bill Leggett Award for magazine writing at the same dinner. Haskin was selected for his wrap-up of the 2010 Breeders' Cup races.

The writers' and broadcasters' group also presented its Mr. Fitz Award to Terry Wallace, the longtime track announcer at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., for "typifying the spirit of horse racing," and honored the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund, a public charity that disperses assistance to nearly 60 former riders who have suffered injuries, with its Joe Palmer Award, for "meritorious service to racing."