Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award


"It is only right to promote the horse through literature." - Dr. Tony Ryan

In 2006, the late Dr. Tony Ryan had a vision for supporting those who promote the Thoroughbred through literature. In a perfect culmination of his love for fine arts and for Thoroughbred racing, Dr. Ryan developed his idea for a literary award that would honor the best books pertaining to any aspect dealing with Thoroughbreds.

As with everything he set his mind to, this would not be done in just any way. He conceived the idea to recognize the best racing-related books published in a given year with $10,000 to be awarded to the winner, a cash prize that competes with literature awards such as the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. Nominees from any category may be submitted: fiction,non-fiction, handicapping, children's, health care, photography, etc., as long as it pertains to any aspect of the Thoroughbred.

Dr. Ryan partnered with the THOROUGHBRED TIMES to promote and coordinate what would be the inaugural Castleton Lyons-Thoroughbred Times Book Award in 2007. Now in it's eighth consecutive year the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award,since named for the visionary responsible for its inception, still remains one of the richest literature awards in the world.

Winners of the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award;

2013 - David Owen, Foinavon: The story of the Grand National's biggest upset

2012 - Patrick Smithwick, Flying Change: A year of Racing and Family and Steeplechasing

2011 - Milton Toby, Dancer's Image: The Forgotten Story

2010 - Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule

2009 - James E. "Ted" Bassett & Bill Mooney, Keeneland's Ted Bassett: My Life

2008 - Rudy Alvarado, The Untold Story of Joe Hernandez: The Voice of Santa Anita

2007 - T.D. Thornton, Not By a Long Shot: A Season at a Hard Luck Horse Track

2006 - Joe Drape, Black Maestro


PRESS
SMITHWICK FLIES AWAY WITH AWARD!
FLYING CHANGE:A YEAR OF RACING AND FAMILY AND STEEPLECHASING wins 7th annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award

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A TOWERING VISIONARY
Article courtesy of The Paulick Report

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AND THEN THERE WERE THREE..
After months of reading, evaluating, and scoring, judges have selected three outstanding books as finalists By Mary Simon (Courtesy of The Thoroughbred Times)

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VARIETY MIXES WITH DISTINCT WORKS
The Fourth annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award drew, perhaps, its strongest field of entries to date, a broad assortment of well-written biographies, autobiographies, journals, and histories.

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CASTLETON LYONS, THOROUGHBRED TIMES SPONSOR BOOK AWARD
Castleton Lyons and Thoroughbred Times announced today that they will be co-sponsoring the Fourth Annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award and are now taking entries for the prestigious prize. Presented to the author of the best book about Thoroughbred racing published in 2009, the award comes with a $10,000 cash prize, making it one of the richest book awards in the world.

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THE 3RD ANNUAL DR. TONY RYAN BOOK AWARD
Rudy Alvarado Wins the 2008 Edition with his book "The Untold Story of Joe Hernandez: The Voice of Santa Anita"

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Joe Drape Wins Inaugural Castleton Lyons-THOROUGHBRED TIMES Book Award
Joe Drape, author of Black Maestro, The Epic Life of an American Legend, was named the winner of the first annual Castleton Lyons-Thoroughbred Times Book Award in a ceremony at Castleton Lyons in Lexington on April 14. Drape received a first-place prize of $10,000 plus a trophy.

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