Newsday horse racing writer Ed McNamara won top honors in the New York Racing Association’s eighth annual Joe Hirsch Memorial Writing Contest.
The contest recognizes the best in print and internet coverage of the 2016 Belmont Stakes.
McNamara’s winning piece in the advance/feature category, “Addressing Gettysburg and Belmont Stakes conspiracy theories,” examined the case of Gettysburg in the Belmont.
Gettysburg was transferred from the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher to trainer Steve Asmussen, who trained WinStar-owned Creator, the eventual Belmont winner. Gettysburg’s role in the Belmont was to be the pacesetter for Creator and the favored Exaggerator, on whom WinStar had secured breeding rights.
Jay Privman of The Daily Racing Form won in the follow-up category.
McNamara and Privman are the first two repeat winners of the Joe Hirsch Contest, inaugurated in 2010.
McNamara and Privman will receive their awards June 7 at Rockefeller Center during the official draw for the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes.