Eclipse Award-winning turf writer Paul Moran died today in Saratoga
Springs, N.Y. at age 67 following a long battle with lung cancer.
veteran reporter who covered horse racing since the 1970s, Moran was a
mainstay in the press boxes of New York Racing Association racetracks
since joining the staff of Newsday in 1985. That year, he won a media
Eclipse Award for a piece on Daily Racing Form
columnist Joe Hirsch, and five years later, he won another Eclipse for
his story on Go for Wand's catastrophic injury during the stretch run of
the 1990 Breeders' Cup Distaff. He also won a Distinguished Deadline
writing award from the National Association of Newspaper Editors.
a president of the New York Turf Writers Association, retired from the
newspaper business in 2008, but stayed very active in horse racing
reporting and commentary, chiefly through a regular column on espn.com.
He also dabbled in ownership, owning several New York-breds that were
trained by H. James Bond.
for his extremely artful prose, his keen opinions on racing issues of
the day, and a cutting wit, Moran was surrounded by several of his
closest friends and colleagues from the New York racing circuit at the
time of his death.
Final arrangements are pending.