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
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
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!”