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Buckley Wins Frutkoff Preakness Award Sponsored by Niko
To Be Recognized at Alibi Breakfast May 17
BALTIMORE – Rick Buckley, a freelance photographer and native of Baltimore, will be awarded the Jerry Frutkoff Preakness Photography Award, sponsored by Nikon, Thursday, May 17 at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course.
The award is given annually to the best Preakness picture from the previous year.
Buckley’s photo is a head-on shot of the stretch duel between winner Cloud Computing and jockey Javier Castellano and Classic Empire and jockey Julien Leparoux. Track Photographer Jim McCue said Buckley’s award was “well deserved.” Buckley’s photo graced the cover of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred.
“It is my distinct pleasure and with great honor that I accept this award named in memory of Jerry Frutkoff,” Buckley said. “I was fortunate enough to know Jerry quite well for nearly a decade before his passing. He was an amazing photographer, and an even better person and an example to us all of how to treat everyone with respect and dignity. I am truly humbled and thankful to be included among the past select recipients to receive this.”
Buckley, who walked hots in the 1980s at Timonium for his uncle, Charles Frock, has worked for a number of publications including Horsemen’s Journal, Thoroughbred Times, and Chicago Tribune.
The Alibi Breakfast, which began in the 1930’s on the porch of the historic Pimlico Clubhouse, features a gathering of media, owners, trainers, jockeys, horsemen and fans to celebrate the Preakness and gain interesting and humorous race predictions.