American Pharoah: Crown Jewel of a CareerLegends
June 5th, 2016 by Tom Pedulla
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I am sprinting toward 60, an age that leads me to reflect on all that I was fortunate to see during a sports-writing career that has hit 38 years and to wonder how many stories I might still have the privilege to tell.
I have written for two national newspapers, The New York Times and USA TODAY, as well as other major outlets, allowing me to cover every Triple Crown race and every Breeders’ Cup since 1997. In addition, I worked every Super Bowl from 1996 through 2012, every World Series from 1985-1994, five Winter Olympics and one Summer Games at magical Sydney, Australia.
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I was an ambitious communications major at Manhattan College in Bronx, N.Y., when Affirmed valiantly fought off Alydar three times in five weeks in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes in 1978. One of my dreams was to chronicle the deeds of Affirmed’s successor.
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Tom Pedulla has been the lead writer for America’s Best Racing since its inception. He has covered every Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup race since 1997. He wrote the critically-acclaimed autobiography of Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, “Against the Odds: Riding for My Life,” published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in 2005. He has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Associated Press and the Boston Herald, among other publications, during a career that began in 1976 as a messenger for a weekly newspaper in the Bronx, N.Y.
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Pedulla, Tom [MC????]
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I believe that Tom is a member of the Class of 1984.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
Pedulla, Tom [MC1984]
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