Simon, Keyser Win Eclipse Media Awards

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 29, 2012) – Mary Simon and Tom Keyser were named winners of 2012 Media Eclipse Awards by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters.

Simon won the Eclipse Award for Writing in the News/Enterprise category for ““Added Obstacle,” an examination of the history and current status of the race day medication Furosimide (or Salix), which appeared in Thoroughbred Times on June 9.

Keyser of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., won the Eclipse Award for Photography for his photo of the start of the Brooklyn Handicap (GII) at Belmont Park. The photo appeared on the Daily Racing Form web site on July 12.

This is the second writing Media Eclipse Award for Simon, who grew up in Upland, Calif., and has resided in Lexington, Ky., since 1985. Simon previously won the Media Eclipse for Outstanding Feature Writing in 2000 for Thoroughbred Times.

This is the fourth Eclipse Award for Keyser, who won three while writing for the Baltimore Sun in 1996, 1998 and in 1999 for the Breeders’ Cup Souvenir Magazine. He becomes the first individual to win a Media Eclipse for both writing and photography.

The 42nd Annual Eclipse Awards dinner and ceremony will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.