December 1, 2021

Ron Rippey Handicapping Media Award Open For Entries

The 5th-annual Ron Rippey Handicapping Media Award is open for entries. will present the winner on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters dinner at Whiskey Dry in Louisville during Breeders’ Cup week.

The Rippey Award is open to any article, blog post, or multimedia presentation pertaining to a handicapping topic published (in print or online) in the past year (Sept. 1, 2017-Sept. 23, 2018). Eligible topics include how to handicap/bet a race, post-race trip notes, or general essays on topics such as money management, use of proprietary data, or (in)famous handicappers. The award offers a $1,000 cash prize plus reasonable accommodations to attend the NTWAB dinner to receive the award.

To enter, submit your published work to For more information about the NTWAB dinner, visit

“This is an era with more handicapping information available than ever before, and the ability to discuss that information in a way that makes both core fans and the general public interested in horse racing deserves recognition,” said Director of Marketing Ed DeRosa. “We are excited not only to acknowledge the work done in this realm but also to encourage people to produce this type of content.”

A beloved regular on the contest circuit, Rippey won the 2006 National Handicapping Championship and was a 10-time qualifier for the prestigious event. He also wrote about racing and made picks for the Newark Star-Ledger and contributed Spotlight Selections to for major race days. Rippey died August 26, 2014.

“Ron’s enthusiasm for both playing the game and writing about it was infectious,” DeRosa said. “He wanted to beat you, but he wanted you to have fun while he did it, which is the essence of good handicapping content.”

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For more information or to submit an entry, e-mail by Tuesday, Oct. 2.