The Stan Bergstein Undercard

The Stan Bergstein Award winner will be announced this week, and here are some lesser known turf writing awards and the 2016 winners:

The Jay Hovdey Award goes annually to the racing scribe who uses the most references per column that can only be understood by going to Google. For the 14th straight year, the 2016 recipient is Jay Hovdey. (We know you saw that one coming from a mile and a sixteenth away).

The Gordon Jones Award goes to Dave Weaver of TVG, who had gave out seven straight Ice-cold Exactas on air that turned into Ice-cold Quinellas at the wire.

The John Henry Award for iron-man/woman journalism goes to the Jeremy Balan of BloodHorse. On June 17 of this year, he was at Los Alamitos at 5 a.m. to watch California Chrome work; an hour later was on the Santa Anita backside doing four different interviews; by noon he was working on a half-dozen articles and followed that with a stakes recap; he also edited 15 stories from across the country and did all this while watching every inning of a doubleheader between his beloved Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees.

The first annual Jonathan Pippin Award goes to the group that put together the conditions for the upcoming $12 million Pegasus World Cup.

The Larry Bortstein Award for perseverance goes to Art Mooney of the Florida Dispatch, who has not missed a card at Gulfstream Park West (formerly Calder) and has done a daily recap and column despite the fact there is no pressbox, no grandstand, no restrooms and no running water, not to mention no Wi-Fi. Mooney is reportedly a big fan of those survivalist shows on the National Geographic Network.

The Justin Bieber Award for excellence in tweeting goes to Andy Serling, who has managed to alienate each and every member of the New York jockeys’ room. He narrowly beat out the West Coast’s Andy Asaro and @NotTheToddster.

The 37th Ernie Mason Award for meritorious chalk-eating goes to Lester Price of the Bay Area Times for picking 43 straight favorites on top at Golden Gate in his daily handicap. Amazingly, 36 of them won and he still had a losing ROI during that streak.

The Albert Pujols Award for pop-ups has once again gone to

Vince Vertees of the New Yorker has earned the Bill Christine Award for his fascinating profile of Curtis Johnson, the African-American gentleman who attended Saratoga Racecourse this summer.

**** @TashmanMortyS