RTIP Award Winners

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John K. Goodman Alumni Award

This honor is bestowed upon one of the RTIP’s many distinguished alumni who has made an outstanding contribution to the industry. The award is named in honor of John K. Goodman, a founding father of the Race Track Industry Program who has provided direction and support to the program since its inception.

Peter Rotondo

The program should have known it was in for a fun time when he told us that a winning Pick 6 ticket was paying for his education--not just a semester but the whole thing! Since he was a transfer student and he already earned many credits, the RTIP didn't have him for a full four years, but he had 4 years' wotht of fun in those 3 semesters!

Certainly everyone knows Peter Rotondo--VP of Media and Entertainments for the Breeder's Cup, but the great thing is that people all over the country know him too thanks to the show Horseplayers on the Esquire Network. Not only do they know Peter but all of Team Rotondo. Even before that,  the Rotondo guys were featured on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. 

Quite honestly, we couldn't figure out what they were going to do with Peter. They were going to have their work cut out for them "messing him up"! This is the person who judges the annuals Breeder's Cup Fedoras and Fascinators Contest.

Photo: (left to right)
Peter Rotondo, John Goodman, Wendy Davis

 

Past Recipients:

  • 2014 — Tom Ventura
  • 2013 — Martin Panza
  • 2012 — Raj Mutti
  • 2011 — Eric Halstrom
  • 2010 — Robert Hartman
  • 2009 — Bill Knauf
  • 2008 — Jim Kostas
  • 2007 — Joe Osborne
  • 2006 — Michael Weiss
  • 2005 — Dr. Scot Waterman
  • 2004 — Philip O’Hara
  • 2003 — Patricia McQueen
  • 2002 — Todd Pletcher
  • 2001 — Luke Kruytbosch
  • 2000 — Ann McGovern
  • 1999 — Lonny Powell
  • 1998 — Dan Fick
  • 1997 — Bob Baffert

Clay Puett Award

This honor is bestowed upon a person or persons for their outstanding contributions to the racing industry. Inaugurated December 9, 1994, the award is named for the late Clay Puett, an Arizona resident whose innovations, including the development of the mechanical starting gate, helped to revolutionize racing around the world.

Marylou Whitney

C.V. Whitney and his family have been a major force in racing and have had more stakes winners than any other family in the hsitory of racing in the United States. And it is Marylou who is the Grand dam of racing--for many years, the Saratoga season really wasn't in swing until Marylou's party was in the books. 

The list of her accomplishments and philanthropy is so incredibly long both in horse racing and her many other interests that we can't even start to give a brief synopsis here and do it justice, but what we can illustrate the kind of person she is--as you recall. when her colt Birdstone beat Smarty Jones in the Belmont stakes, denying Smarty Jones the Triple Crown, she was apologetic. In 2009, when there was a suggestiosn that an owner could enter another horse to block the filly Rachel Alexandra from running in the Preakness Stakes, Whitney said that if needed, she would withdraw her own horse to make room for the filly. 

Marylou is the kind of person and sportsman that racing can be proud of. 

Past Recipients:

  • 2014 — Mary Scollay
  • 2013 — Michael Blowen
  • 2012 — Sherwood “Chilly” Chillingworth
  • 2011 — The Race for Education
  • 2010 — The Grayson–Jockey Club Research Foundation, Inc.
  • 2009 — Richard Duchossois
  • 2008 — Jim McKay
  • 2007 — Stan Bergstein
  • 2006 — Jay Hickey and The American Horse Council
  • 2005 — WinStar Farm
  • 2004 — Trudy McCaffery
  • 2003 — Cothran ‘Cot’ Campbell
  • 2002 — The Mabee Family
  • 2001 — Joe Hirsch
  • 2000 — John Gaines
  • 1999 — The Vessels Family
  • 1998 — The Brady Family
  • 1997 — The Hancock Family
  • 1996 — The Phipps Family
  • 1995 — Allen Paulson
  • 1994 — Clement Hirsch 

Distinguished Service Award

This honor is bestowed upon a person or persons for their outstanding service to the RTIP and it's students.

  • 2015 — Not Awarded
  • 2014 — Not Awarded
  • 2013 — Not Awarded
  • 2012 — Not Awarded
  • 2011 — Eugene Sander
  • 2010 — Not Awarded
  • 2009 — Not Awarded
  • 2008 — Gary Amundson
  • 2007 — Charles Champion
  • 2006 — Not Awarded
  • 2005 — Hans Stahl
  • 2004 — Not awarded
  • 2003 — Fred Stone
  • 2002 — Not awarded
  • 2001 — Bob Benoit
  • 2000 — Stanley Bergstein
  • 1999 — The Daily Racing Form
  • 1998 — Sherwood Chillingworth
  • 1997 — Bennett Liebman & Ronald A. Sultemeier
  • 1996 — Joseph W. Harper
  • 1995 — Lonny Powell
  • 1994 — Rukin Jelks
  • 1993 — Dr. Darrel S. Metcalfe, The Vessels Family and Mr. John K. Goodman
  • 1992 — Dan Fick

Distinguished Student Award

The distinguished student award goes to the RTIP student or students that the faculty feels best embodies the qualities and performance that represent the goal of the Program—to bridge education with opportunity. The award recognizes academic and personal growth and achievement.

Sarah Crane (Graduation, May 2016)

Her home is in Wilcox, so she goes home on the weekends to see her husband and help with all the horses at Fleming Thoroughbred Farm, LLC. She has worked in a number of different departments at many tracks in the west and was an integral part of the team at Rillito Park during its first season under new management.

Sarah knows track operation inside and out, but her goal is to change course a bit and go into the regulatory side of the business. She successfully completed the steward and judge accreditation school this summer.  

Honore Bremer (Graduation, December 2015)

Honore and her family have been heavily involved in the bloodstock side of the industry. They are based in Minnesota but race all over the Midwest. Honore's first career was that of a nurse, but she decided that racing was her passion, and she came to the RTIP. While here, she has still worked in the nursing field so she has been working some pretty bizzare hours and yet still made it to all her classes as well as working at Rillito and learning another new skill by working the photo finish. 

As you can see, both Honore and Sarah jumped into the RTIP and never looked back and having taken advantage of every opportunity offered. And we are certain they are going to make a tremendous contribution to our industry.

Photo: Honore (left), Sarah (right)

Past Recipients:

  • 2014 — Randy Olson
  • 2013 — Claudia Koehler
  • 2012 — Matt Benton
  • 2011 — Heather Shatz
  • 2010 — David "Mylor" Rider
  • 2009 — Steve May
  • 2008 — Nikki DeBasio and Matt Carter
  • 2007 — Jon Forbes
  • 2006 — Jason Egan and Jon Moss
  • 2005 — Eric Yee
  • 2004 — Jon Hansen
  • 2003 — Heather Meacham
  • 2002 — Stacia Celeste Mumm
  • 2001 — Laura Plato
  • 2000 — Dr. Scot Waterman
  • 1999 — Sable Downs
  • 1998 — Mike Hummel
  • 1997 — Valora Kilby

 

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