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Crump Bio wins the 15th Annual Dr. Tony RYan Book Award

on 05/13/2021 9:15 AM
Veteran turf writer Mark Shrager has won the 15th Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, presented by Castleton Lyons, for Diane Crump, A Horse-Racing Pioneer’s Life in the Saddle. The winner was announced on May 10 via Zoom conference for the second straight year due to pandemic concerns. Previously, the by-invitation winner’s reception had been held on-site at the Ryan family’s Lexington-ba...
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2020 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Finalists Announced

on 04/22/2021 11:28 AM
Three finalists have been selected for the 15th annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award from more than a dozen quality submissions published in 2020. These include two comprehensive biographies about barrier-breaking women and an engaging novel of hope and heartbreak. “This was the year of debut authors, including the fiction finalist," said judge Kay Coyte, a former Washington Post and rac...
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2020 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Semi-Finalists Announced

on 04/08/2021 12:28 PM
2020 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Semi-Finalists Announced   Even as a deadly pandemic stopped the world in its tracks, the business of horse racing continued—and thankfully, so too did the art of writing about it. The year 2021 brings with it the 15th annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, once again recognizing the best long-form writing the world of racing has to offer. Despite the draco...
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GROUP EFFORT WINS 2019 BOOK AWARD

on 11/21/2020 6:57 AM
For the first time in its fourteen-year history, the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award has gone to a multi-collaborative effort, as opposed to one written by a single author, or two working in tandem. The 2019 winner is “Better Lucky Than Good: Tall Tales and Straight Talk from the Backside of the Track,” published through the Louisville Story Program and edited by Joe Manning. In this work, a ...
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2019 DR. TONY RYAN BOOK AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

on 09/09/2020 9:59 AM
  Three wonderful but very different books have been selected by a panel of industry judges as finalists for the 14th annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, honoring titles published in 2019. These include a unique collaboration of stories told by members of the racing community; an insider’s look at the career of America’s most recent Triple Crown winner; and the roller-coaster life...
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2019 DR. TONY RYAN BOOK AWARD SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

on 06/04/2020 8:54 AM
Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Semi-finalists Announced   From among 15 submissions representing multiple genres, six semi-finalists for the 2020 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award have been selected by a panel of racing industry and literary judges. This year’s semi-finalists include a pair of equine biographies; the story of a legendary trainer; a history of one of America’s most importan...
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2019 DR. TONY RYAN BOOK AWARD ENTRIES

on 05/04/2020 12:14 PM
  As with just about every sport, horse racing has all but disappeared in this year of the Great Pandemic. Meetings have been canceled, the Kentucky Derby re-scheduled for next fall, and we have little notion as to when racing may return in front of live, on-site audiences. But life goes on, and so too will the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, now in its 14th year of honoring the best long-form w...
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Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Postponed

on 03/30/2020 3:30 PM
Due to COVID19, this year's Book Award presentation will be postponed until the Fall with dates to be announced later.
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OUT OF THE CLOUDS SWOOPS TO WIN 2018 DR. TONY RYAN BOOK AWARD

on 04/12/2019 9:00 AM
Out of the Clouds wins 2018 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award   Veteran journalists Linda Carroll and David Rosner have been named joint recipients of the 13th annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, presented by Castleton Lyons. The winners were announced at an evening reception on April 10th in the Ryan family’s historic Castleton Lyons stallion barn, near Lexington, Kentucky. Carroll and...
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AND THEN THERE WERE 3, FOR DR. TONY RYAN BOOK AWARD

on 03/29/2019 12:39 PM
Finalists announced for 2018 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award   A trio of finalists have been selected from a strong and diverse slate of entries for the 13th annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award. These include a collection of fictional stories; a journal chronicling a year-in-the-life of a young jockey; and an historical biography of a great American racehorse. Though very different in subst...
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2018 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award finalists announced

on 03/14/2019 9:25 AM
Semifinalists announced for Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Six semifinalists for the 13th annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award have been selected by a panel of industry judges. A brainchild of the late Dr. Tony Ryan, the competition is open to any literary genre of book length, ranging from fictional story-telling to reality-based journalism. The only stipulations since the award’s 2006 inception ...
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SASSCER HILL SCOOPS 2017 DR. TONY RYAN BOOK AWARD

on 04/19/2018 10:22 PM
Sasscer Hill wins Book Award     Lynda Sasscer Hill has been named winner of the 12th Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award for her mystery novel Flamingo Road. The announcement was made during an April 19 evening reception at the Ryan family’s Castleton Lyons, near Lexington, Kentucky.   The author, a former amateur steeplechase jockey who writes under the name Sasscer Hi...
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THREE MYSTERY FINALISTS FOR 2017 DR. TONY RYAN BOOK AWARD

on 03/27/2018 8:55 AM
    Book Award Finalists     Fiction ruled the day in 2017, with all three finalists for the 12th annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award falling into that category. This is the first time since the award’s inception in 2006 where works of imagination swept all of the top spots—among semi-finalists as well as finalists. In the five previous years combined, on...
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2017 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award semi-finalists announced

on 03/09/2018 11:02 AM
Book Award Semi-finalists     Castleton Lyons has announced the names of five semi-finalist titles competing for the 2017 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award. For the first time in the $10,000 award’s 12-year history, every honoree is a work of fiction. Since its inception, only two novels have won—Jaimy Gordon’s Lord of Misrule in 2010, which also took home the prestig...
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2016 DR. TONY RYAN BOOK AWARD WINNER - ELIZA McGRAW - HERE COMES THE EXTERMINATOR!

on 04/20/2017 9:59 PM
2016 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Winner Announced                                                          &n...
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2016 DR. TONY RYAN FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

on 03/27/2017 12:30 PM
IMMEDIATE RELEASE  March 27, 2017   2016 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Finalists Announced                                                                                 ...
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2016 DR. TONY RYAN BOOK AWARD SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

on 03/17/2017 9:17 AM
Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Finalists Announced       At eleven years and counting, the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award continues to garner growing interest within the racing and literary communities, with a near-record number of entries for 2016. In addition to quantity, the quality of this year’s submissions was as exceptional as it was diverse—including a broad assortment of h...
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WARRIORS ON HORSEBACK WINS 2015 DR. TONY RYAN BOOK AWARD

on 04/14/2016 6:38 AM
  John Carter wins tenth Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award with Warriors on Horseback   Lexington, Ky.—Warriors on Horseback, written by John Carter and published by Bloomsbury Publishing, has been named winner of the tenth annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award. The announcement was made at an evening reception on April 13 at the Ryan family’s Castleton Lyons, near Lexington. In ...
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2015 DR. TONY RYAN BOOK AWARD FINALISTS

on 03/25/2016 9:26 AM
FINALISTS Press Release   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 ...
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2015 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award semi-finalists announced

on 03/11/2016 5:38 AM
There is a dominant theme in this, the tenth anniversary of the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, with five of the six semi-finalists focusing on jockeys and backstretch workers. This impressive group includes two novels, an artistic coffee table book, work from a noted folklorist, and a peek inside the mind of a jockey, written by leading Turf journalists.  The Book Award was the 2006 brainc...
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