Old Hilltop Award

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     Since 1976, Pimlico has paid tribute to selected members of the sports media who have covered Thoroughbred racing with excellence and distinction. In recognition, they have been voted the Old Hilltop Award, in honor of Pimlico’s historic nickname. The 2017 recipient is Jim Dunleavy.

A graduate of the Racetrack Industry Program at the University of Arizona, Dunleavy went to work for the Daily Racing Form as a member of the track crew at Santa Anita Park in 1982. After a decade of charting races and writing articles at tracks ranging from Aqueduct to Canterbury Downs to Philadelphia Park, he became a member of the editorial staff in the Form’s Chicago office. Dunleavy was later named assistant managing editor of the Form while working in its New York headquarters. In his current duties, he covers thoroughbred racing in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
1976 Red Smith, New York Times   1995 Neil Milbert, Chicago Tribune
1976 Raoul Carlisle, Arkansas Times Herald   1996 Dan Farley, Racing Post
1977 Charles Lamb, News American   1996 George Michael, WRC-TV
1977 William Boniface, Baltimore Sun   1997 Reid Cherner, USA Today
1977 Barney Nagler, Daily Racing Form   1997 Chris Lincoln, ESPN
1978 Win Elliott, CBS   1998 Vinnie Perrone, Maryland Turf Writers
1978 Joe Hirsch, Daily Racing Form   1998 Ed Kiernan, WBAL Radio
1978 Bob Maiasel, Baltimore Sun   1999 Pohla Smith, National Turf Writers
1979 Whitney Tower, Sports Illustrated   1999 Harry Kakel, WMAR-TV
1979 Joe Kelly, Washington Star   2000 Joe Kelly, Racing historian
1979 William C. Phillips, Daily Racing Form   2000 Marty Bass, WJZ-TV
1980 Edwin Pope, Miami Herald   2001 Jennie Rees, Louisville Courier-Journal
1980 Snowden Carter, Maryland Horse   2001 Keith Mills, WMAR-TV
1981 William Leggett, Sports Illustrated   2002 Stan Charles, Baltimore radio personality
1981 Jack Mann, Baltmiore Evening Sun   2002 Michele MacDonald, Thoroughbred Times
1982 Russ Harris,New York Daily News   2003 Steve Haskin, Blood-Horse
1982 Kent Hollingsworth, Blood-Horse   2003 John Patti, WBAL Radio
1983 Jack Whitaker, ABC Sports   2004 Gary West, Dallas Morning News
1983 Dale Austin, Baltimore Sun   2004 Bruce Cunningham, WBFF-TV
1984 Jim McKay, ABC Sports   2005 Jay Privman, Daily Racing Form
1984 Billy Reed, Louisville Courier-Journal   2005 Scott Garceau, WMAR-TV
1985 Howard Cosell, ABC Sports   2006 Kenny Mayne, ESPN
1985 Sam McCracken, Boston Globe   2006 Lucy Acton, Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred
1986 Shirley Povich, Washington Post   2007 Jerry Izenberg, Newark Star-Ledger
1986 Vince Bagli, WBAL-TV   2007 Don Clippinger, Thoroughbred Times
1987 Dave Feldman, Chicago Sun Times   2008 Dick Jerardi, Philadelphia Daily News
1987 Jack Dawson, WMAR-TV   2008 Mike Pupo, WJZ-TV
1988 Bill Nack, Sports Illustrated   2009 Jeannine Edwards, ESPN
1988 Ed Bowen, Blood-Horse   2009 Bob Fortus, New Orleans Times-Picayune
1989 John Steadman, Baltimore Evening Sun   2010 Tom Hammond, NBC Sports
1989 Bill Christine, Los Angeles Times   2010 Scott Wykoff, WBAL Radio
1990 Shelby Whitfield, ABC Radio   2011 Tom LaMarra, Blood-Horse
1990 Bill Tanton, Baltimore Evening Sun   2011 Barbara Livingston, Daily Racing Form
1991 Demmie Stathopolos, Sports Illustrated   2012 Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated
1991 Sam Lucy, Baltimore Afro-American   2012 David Grening, Daily Racing Form
1992 Maryjean Wall, Lexington Herald Leader   2013 Gerry Sandusky, WBAL-TV
1992 Dave Johnson, ABC Sports   2013 Mike Penna, Horse Racing Radio Network
1993 John Buren, WJZ-TV   2014 Mark Viviano, WJZ-TV
1993 Jim Bolus, Freelance journalist   2014 Amy Zimmerman, HRTV
1994 Jim West, WBAL Radio   2015 John Scheinman, Blood-Horse
1994 Ed Schuyler, Jr., Associated Press   2015 Larry Collmus, NBC Sports
1995 Charlsie Cantey, ABC Sports   2016 Richard Rosenblatt, Associated Press & Charles Stroble, WBAL
      2017 Jim Dunleavy, DRF