The Semifinalists for the 2009 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award have been announced. The Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, named for the founder of Castleton Lyons, is presented annually to honor the best book published about the Thoroughbred Industry. The winner for this year's award will be announced on April 23rd.
Previous winners include The Untold Story of Joe Hernandez: The Voice of Santa Anita (2008), Not by a Long Shot: A Season at a Hard-Luck Horse Track by T.D. Thornton (2007), and Black Maestro by Joe Drape (2006).
The 2009 Finalists:
The Training Game: An Inside Look at American Racing's Top Trainers by Karen M. Johnson Daily Racing Form Press, Publisher
Beyond the Homestretch: What I've Learned from Saving Racehorses by Lynn Reardon New World Library, Publisher
The Kentucky Derby Vault: A History of the Run for the Roses by Andrew Plattner Whitman Publishing, Publisher
Kokomo Joe: The Story of the First Japanese American Jockey in the United States by John Christgau University of Nebraska Press, Publisher
Keeneland's Ted Bassett: My Life by James E. "Ted" Bassett, III and Bill Mooney The University Press of Kentucky, Publisher
Equine ER: Stories from a Year of an Equine Veterinary Hospital by Leslie Guttman Eclipse Press, Publisher