Sportswriter and three time Eclipse Award winner Billy Reed dies at 78

So sad to write that Billy Reed passed away at 78.

Billy served as president of the National Turf Writers Association in the 1980s – 1990s. He won three Eclipse Awards starting in 1978 and continuing to 2008). He wrote for Sports Illustrated, The Lexington Herald, The Louisville Courier Journal and recently The NKy Tribune

Kentucky Derby Tours was happy to hear Billy tell our tour group “the backside gossip” and his personal pick at our Kentucky Oaks brunch for almost 20 years. We were very proud to consider him a personal friend and will always remember spending many Sundays after the Derby on the backside of Churchill Downs with him.

Billy is survived by his two daughters, Susan and Amy, along with his son in law and four grandchildren. There will be a celebration of life scheduled.