Ehalt Named Recipient of Woods Memorial Award Columnist to be Honored at Alibi Breakfast Thursday, May 19 
BALTIMORE - The Maryland Jockey Club announced today that Bob Ehalt will receive the David F. Woods Memorial Award for excellence in journalism at the May 19 Alibi Breakfast in the Terrace Dining Room at Pimlico Race Course.
Ehalt will be recognized for “American Pharoah Makes it Look Easy,” a news account of the 2015 Preakness Stakes won by Zayat Stable’s American Pharoah. The story appeared on May 16, 2015.
The David F. Woods Memorial Award was initiated in 1982 to honor the memory of Dave Woods, a long-time racetrack publicist and Evening Sun columnist. The award is presented annually by the Maryland Jockey Club and Pimlico to the writer of the best Preakness story from the previous year.
Ehalt, who grew up near Belmont Park, has followed Thoroughbred racing as a fan, turf writer or owner since 1971. He has won three Associated Press Sports Editors awards and was the recipient of the Joe Hirsch Memorial Writing Award for his advance story on the 2013 Belmont Stakes for
“It is humbling to join the long list of respected and distinguished turf writers who have received this prestigious award,” said Ehalt, who will be covering his 30th Preakness on Saturday, May 21. “To be honored for a story on American Pharoah and the Preakness during the first Triple Crown in 37 years makes it even more special for me. I’m extremely grateful to Pimlico and the Maryland Jockey Club for sponsoring this award in honor of David F. Woods and recognizing the talent and dedication of journalists covering this famous event.”
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