ARCADIA, Calif. - The National Turf Writers and Broadcasters honored Bill Mooney, a well-known contributor at Mountaineer, at its annual awards dinner Wednesday night, where he was presented with the Walter Haight award.
Mooney, the lead turf writer for Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, was presented with the prestigious honor during the 53rd-annual awards ceremony at Santa Anita Park. Named for former Washington Post turf writer and columnist Walter Haight, the award is presented annually for career excellence in turf writing.
"Bill is best known locally for his insightful coverage of the West Virginia Derby, but he also tells the stories to the national and local media of our other prestigious stakes races, the jockeys and the owners at Mountaineer," said Rosemary Williams, director of racing at Mountaineer.
Mooney is also two-time Media Eclipse Award Winner, earning that prestigious honor in 1985 and 2007. He is author of the "Complete Encyclopedia of Horse Racing," and co-author of "Kenneland's Ted Bassett: My Life."
"Bill showed in his career tremendous versatility and he excels in anything he is asked to write," said Tom Pedulla president of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters. "It is fair to say that Bill is among our most respected members."
Previous winners of the Haight award include Steven Crist, Bill Christine, Andrew Beyer and Bill Knack.
Nominees for the Haight award are submitted by NTWAB Officers and Board of Director members and voted on by general membership.