Steeplechase Times wins 2009 editorial contest

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Steeplechase Times, ST Publishing’s original project launched in 1994, won its third consecutive General Excellence Award in American Horse Publications’ annual editorial contest for the publishing year 2009. The award was presented Saturday, June 19 in Lexington, Ky. as part of AHP’s 40th anniversary conference.

Judges awarded the newspaper, published 12 times per year, first place in the tabloid/newspaper division – an honor also gained in 2008, 2007, 1999 and 1996. “This is an excellent publication with stories that do a good job covering the sport,” judges wrote.

In addition to the overall award, ST’s Joe Clancy received a first place award in the Personal Column category for “A Lucky Man,” a retrospective on long-time steeplechase enthusiast John Thigpen. The column appeared in the March 17, 2009 edition. Judges selected Clancy’s column from 30 entries in the category with the comments: “Not sure when, if ever, a lead-and-kicker link is used so well and doubt it was luck. This is a great column.”

Clancy’s article “History Call,” about timber horse Ben Nevis getting inducted to Thoroughbred racing’s Hall of Fame, received an honorable mention in the feature article category.