For the second time in three years, Tom Keyser of The Sun has won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Newspaper Writing.
Keyser's entry included three human-interest features: "Back On Track," which chronicled jockey Frank Douglas' return to the saddle after a near-fatal spill; "A Place Where Hope Wins by a Nose," the story of a week spent at Country Life Farm in Harford County, and "Skip Away at Heart of Love Story," which profiled Carolyn and Sonny Hine and their horse Skip Away.
Keyser, who began his sportswriting career covering Little League games when he was 13 for his hometown paper in Clearwater, Fla., has covered thoroughbred racing since March 1996. For 12 years before that, he was a general assignment reporter for The Sun.
Keyser also won the Eclipse Award in 1996, for a body of work that included three stories.
Honorable mention in the newspaper category this year went to Dick Jerardi of the Philadelphia Daily News and to Bill Finley of the New York Daily News.
The Eclipse Awards, sponsored by the Daily Racing Form, the National Turf Writers Association and the National Thoroughbred Racing Associations, will be presented at the 28th Eclipse Awards dinner, Feb. 16, at the Sheraton Bal Harbour in Miami.
Pub Date: 12/29/98