Three finalists for the tenth annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award have been announced by the Ryan family’s Castleton Lyons, founding sponsor of this lucrative competition for racing-oriented literary works since 2006. Jockeys ruled the day in 2015, with two of the three top entries focusing on those brave men and women, who, pound for pound may be the best athletes in all of sport. The third finalist is a well-penned novel about redemption and re-purposing of ex-racehorses. Each had something important to say about individuals who comprise the heart and engine of our sport.
Noteworthy for its $10,000 winner’s prize, the Book Award also allots $1,000 to each runner-up, along with Tipperary Crystal trophies created in the likeness of the farm’s distinctive stone tower.
Dr. Ryan, a scholar, renowned businessman, and philanthropist, founded the award in 2006 as a tribute to his twin passions of horse racing and literature. Since his passing in 2007, his son Shane—current president of Castleton Lyons, near Lexington—continues it annually.
Past winners of this increasingly acclaimed competition have included Pulitzer Prize-nominated and Eclipse and National Book Award-winning authors, with beautifully written novels, histories, biographies, and autobiographies taking center stage.
The winner of the 2015 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award will be revealed at an invitation-only evening catered reception on April 13, held above the historic stallion barn at Castleton Lyons. For additional information, contact Betsy Hager at email@example.com.
Noted British sportswriter and author John Carter, celebrates the work of jockeys past and present, including such notables as Frankie Dettori, Bob Champion, and top female reinswoman Hayley Turner. While its focus is largely on champions, Warriorsalso explores routine day-to-day regimens and the struggles required to make it in this dangerous profession Read More