Panelists have selected three finalists for the 14th annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, which will honor titles published in 2019. The three books include “Better Lucky Than Good: Tall Tales and Straight Talk from the Backside of the Track,” by various authors, from Louisville Story Program, edited by Joe Manning; “Justify: 111 Days to Triple Crown Glory,” by Lenny Shulman; and “The Triumph of Henry Cecil: The Authorised Biography,” by Tony Rushmer.
A total of 15 submissions were made this year before being narrowed down to the top three with regard to the late Dr. Ryan’s likely preferences. The businessman established the award in 2006 to recognize the best books published about racing, culminating with an awards ceremony and a $10,000 prize.
The announcement of finalists would normally have concluded with an awards ceremony this past April at the Ryan family’s Castleton Lyons near Lexington, but circumstances surrounding COVID-19 altered the timeline. Although a ceremony to celebrate the winner is currently undetermined, it will likely take place in November, whether or not it is able to be done in person.