A pair of local writers — and local stories — received Media Eclipse Awards, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced.

Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred editor Joe Clancy was honored in the News/Enterprise Writing category for Horse of a Lifetime,” a news account of the 2014 Preakness Stakes won by California Chrome, which appeared in the July edition of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine.  Clancy’s telling of the event incorporates not just the race itself but the horse’s background and trainer Art Sherman’s life, as well.

Baltimore-based freelancer John Scheinman, whose work has appeared in The Racing Biz, won in the Feature/Commentary Writing category for “Memories of a Master: The Determined Life of Dickie Small,” a retelling of the remarkable life of late Mid-Atlantic trainer Richard “Dickie” Small, who died of cancer at age 68 in April 2014.  Scheinman’s piece appeared on the website of The Blood-Horse and was a multi-media piece incorporating photography, video, and audio.

Check out Joe Clancy’s winning piece here.

And read John Scheinman’s winner here.