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Lexington, KY — Castleton Lyons and Thoroughbred Times announced today that they will be co-sponsoring the Fifth Annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award and are taking entries for the prestigious prize. Presented to the author of the best book about Thoroughbred racing published in 2010, the award comes with a $10,000 cash prize, making it one of the richest book awards in the world.

 “One lustrum later, the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award continues to go from strength to strength,” said Shane Ryan, president of Castleton Lyons in Lexington. “The quality of the winners to date has been exceptional and therefore we look forward to reviewing all the submissions for the 2010 award. This accolade recognizes great writing and helps promote the sport we love , a visionary gesture from a book and racing fan, my father.

 Named for the late founder of Castleton Lyons who conceived the award in 2006 to reward literary excellence, the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award is presented annually to the author of the best book published about an aspect of Thoroughbred racing.

 “We are pleased to once again sponsor this prestigious award with Castleton Lyons,” said Mark Simon, president of the Lexington-based publication company Thoroughbred Times. “This award is unique in racing in that it is the only one that recognizes authors of books. This is their Eclipse Award competition, so to speak.”

 The deadline for submissions for the 2010 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award is February 25, 2011. The finalists will be named in March.

 The announcement of the winner of the 2010 Book Award will be made on April 14 at a reception at Castleton Lyons in Lexington. The winner also receives a Tipperary Crystal trophy. The runners-up will also each receive a Tipperary Crystal trophy and a check for $1,000.

 Nominees for the Book Award can be in any category: fiction, non-fiction, handicapping, training, children’s, health care, photography, etc., as long as it pertains to an aspect dealing with Thoroughbreds. Judges selected by Thoroughbred Times will critique books on content, plus design, layout, and artwork, when relevant, to select the 2010 winner.

 To submit nominees to the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, authors or publishing companies should send six (6) copies of the book, along with the nomination form (available on the Thoroughbred Times website at:, to: Book Award, Thoroughbred Times, 2008 Mercer Rd, Lexington, KY  40511. Entries must be received by February 25, 2011.

 The 2009 Dr. Tony Ryan Award winner was James E. “Ted” Bassett and Bill Mooney for the biography Keeneland’s Ted Bassett: My Life. The other finalists for 2009 were Lynn Reardon for Beyond the Homestretch—What I’ve Learned from Saving Racehorses, and Andrew Plattner for The Kentucky Derby Vault: A History of the Run for the Roses.

 Past winners of Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award:

2009 — James E. “ Ted” Bassett and Bill Mooney, Keeneland’s Ted Bassett: My Life.

2008 — Rudy Alvarado, The Untold Story of Joe Hernandez: The Voice of Santa Anita. 
— T. D. Thornton, Not By A Long Shot: A Season at a Hard-Luck Horse Track.
— Joe Drape, Black Maestro.

For more information, contact:

Mark Simon, President and Editor in Chief, Thoroughbred Times

(859) 260-9800 or


About Castleton Lyons

Castleton Lyons, whose president is Shane Ryan, is a full-service Thoroughbred farm in Lexington that is situated on land with a distinguished history in the horse industry dating back more than 200 years. The 1,200-acre farm stands the stallions Bernstein and Modigliani, and campaigns the homebred champion Gio Ponti, winner of three Eclipse Awards.

Castleton Lyons, 2469 Iron Works Pike, Lexington, KY 40511 (859) 455-9222


About Thoroughbred Times

Thoroughbred Times Company publishes the Thoroughbred Times, a weekly newsmagazine for owners, breeders, trainers, and racing enthusiasts worldwide. Thoroughbred Times also publishes an annual Stallion Directory, the Buyer’s Guides for auctions, an annual Auction Review, the daily electronic newsletter Thoroughbred Times TODAY, and maintains a comprehensive website at

Thoroughbred Times, 2008 Mercer Rd., Lexington, KY 40511 (859) 260-9800


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