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Bill Handleman Memorial Award Goes To Dave Johnson of Siriusxm For Outstanding Haskell Coverage

Posted Thursday, Jul 24, 2014

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The 2014 Bill Handleman Memorial Award went to Dave Johnson of SiriusXM for outstanding coverage of last year’s $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational.  Inaugurated in 2012, the Handleman Memorial Award honors outstanding media coverage of the Haskell Invitational. 

            The award honors the late Bill Handleman, who was lead sportswriter for the Asbury Park Press for nearly three decades and made Monmouth Park his home away from home. Mr. Handleman died in June of 2010 at age 62. 

            The first recipient of the Handleman Award was Tom Luicci of The Star-Ledger, followed by Steve Edelson of the Asbury Park Press last year. 

            Johnson earned the Handleman Award for his extensive coverage of the 2013 Haskell Invitational before, during and after the 46th running of the race, won by Let’s Go Stable, Michael B. Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith’s Verrazano for trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez. 

            Johnson, who hosts the SiriusXM program Down the Stretch, is a former race call announcer and broadcaster for ABC and NBC.  He has worked at a variety of racetracks throughout his career and may be best known for his signature phrase, “…and down the stretch they come!” 



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