Technically I’m on vacation right now but a certain event has just transpired that absolutely needs to be recognized. Matt Goins, a frequent freelance photographer for the Herald-Leader, has just won his second Eclipse Award for photography in the last three years.
Matt, who previously won in 2006 for his shot of jockey Julien Leparoux hanging over the head of his mount, Sanibel Storm, in the stretch at Keeneland Race Course in April of that year, earned his latest honor for capturing jockey Frankie Dettori in the midst of his famous celebratory leap after winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf this October aboard Donativum. The photograph appeared in Al-Adiyat, the Dubai-based racing publication, on Nov. 6 and can been accessed here at: http://www.ntra.com/content/Donavitum_goins.jpg
Aside from being one of the absolute best in the game at what he does, Matt is also one of the very best people you could ever come across. His humor and wit have carried me through many a bleary morning on the backside and his passion for horses is infectious to say the least. I’ve been fortunate enough to work alongside some of the most talented members of the journalism community over the years and Matt certainly fits that bill like no other.
Congratulations again to one of my most favorite colleagues. And if you want to see more of Matt’s amazing work, visit his site at www.mattgoins.com