Daily Racing Form

Kevin Costello Captures 2021 NHC Title

Joseph (Kevin) Costello, a 53-year-old executive from Chicago, IL, rode the strength of four victories and 14 top 10 finishes in handicapping contests to run away with the 2021 National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Tour title. Costello, who has qualified to the NHC each year since 2016, earned $75,000 for winning the NHC Tour and is eligible for a $5-million bonus if he captures the 2022 NHC Jan. 28-30 at Bally's Las Vegas. "I always wanted to have the knowledge that I'm consistently good and that's what the Tour does," said...

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Privman, Haight, Mann Selected to Hall of Fame Media Roll of Honor

Daily Racing Form national correspondent Jay Privman and the late turf writers Walter Haight and Jack Mann have been selected to the National Museum of Racing's Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor. Privman, 62, a resident of Carlsbad, Ca., covered his first race in 1980--Spectacular Bid's victory in the Malibu Stakes--while in college at California State University, Northridge, and working part-time for The Los Angeles Daily News. Privman worked for The Daily News full-time from 1981 through 1991, then became West Coast editor for The Racing Times (1991 to 1992)...

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Bellocq, Leggett Selected to Hall of Fame's Joe Hirsch Roll of Honor

Renowned Eclipse Award-winning cartoonist Pierre "Peb" Bellocq and the late Eclipse Award-winning writer William Leggett have been selected to the National Museum of Racing's Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor. Bellocq, 94, was born in France in 1926. At age 19, the French racing journal France Courses gave him national exposure by publishing one of his cartoons of a jockey. Bellocq signed the drawing as "Peb," a signature that became his lifelong moniker. By 1954, Bellocq's work had achieved international acclaim and he was contracted by Laurel Park owner John...

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Eclipse Awards Ceremony to be Virtual in 2021

The Eclipse Awards Ceremony honoring champions of 2020 will be held Jan. 28 as a virtual event with portions hosted from Spendthrift Farm in Lexington. Winners in 17 human and equine categories will be announced in a virtual ceremony streamed live on multiple outlets, including TVG and Racetrack Television Network, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. The finalists for the 2020 Eclipse Awards will be announced Jan. 16. "Aligning the 50th Eclipse Awards with a historic property like Spendthrift Farm serving as the backdrop for the broadcast is a natural," said...

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DRF en Espanol to Offer Expanded Keeneland Coverage

Keeneland will serve as a presenting sponsor of DRF en Espanol, a Daily Racing Form product that will deliver expanded coverage of Keeneland's Fall Meet to Spanish-speaking racing fans. "We are delighted to have the opportunity to reach new audiences and better serve our existing Spanish-speaking fans with our coverage and race analysis through DRF en Espanol," Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. "Investing in the future of our sport and the racing community is key to our mission, and we are excited to expand our engagement with both...

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