National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame was founded in 1950 in Saratoga Springs, New York, to honor the achievements of American thoroughbred race horses, jockeys, and trainers. Each spring, following the tabulation of the final votes, the announcement of new inductees is usually made during Kentucky Derby Week in early May.
The Hall of Fame's nominating committee selects eight to ten candidates from among the four Contemporary categories to be presented to the voters. Changes in voting procedures that commence with the 2010 candidates will allow the voters to choose multiple candidates from a single Contemporary category, instead of a single candidate from each of the four Contemporary categories.
The Museum also houses a large collection of art, artifacts, and memorabilia that document the history of horse racing from the eighteenth century to the present.
|Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney||1950 – 1953|
|Walter M. Jeffords, Sr.||1953 – 1960|
|George D. Widener, Jr.||1960 – 1968|
|John W. Hanes||1968 – 1970|
|Gerard S. Smith||1970 – 1974|
|Charles E. Mather II||1974 – 1982|
|Whitney Tower||1982 – 1989|
|John T. von Stade||1989 – 2005|
|Stella F. Thayer||2005 – 2014|
|Gretchen Jackson||2014 – Present|
Exemplars of Racing
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has named only five people in the history of American Thoroughbred horse racing as "Exemplars of Racing."
|George D. Widener, Jr.||1971|
|Walter M. Jeffords, Sr.||1973|
|John W. Hanes||1982|
|Martha F. Gerry||2007|
Pillars of the Turf
Established in 2013, the Hall of Fame states that the Pillars of the Turf category honors those "who have made extraordinary contributions to Thoroughbred racing in a leadership or pioneering capacity at the highest national level." 
|John Hay Whitney||2015|
|Alfred G. Vanderbilt, Jr.||2015|
|E. P. Taylor||2014|
|Edward R. Bradley||2014|
|August Belmont II||2013|
Horses in the Hall of Fame
Under current rules, a horse must have been retired for a minimum of five full calendar years to be eligible for the hall of fame. Thoroughbreds remain eligible between five and 25 calendar years following their final racing year. Thoroughbreds retired for more than 25 calendar years become eligible through the Historic Review Committee. In the early years, inductions were made exclusively through historical review. In 1955, a group of 9 horses from the earliest years of the American turf were inducted. The 1956 class included 11 horses that raced around the turn of the century, while the 1957 class included 10 horses that raced up to the mid-thirties. Since then, the classes have been significantly smaller as the shift to more contemporary reviews began.
Jockeys in the Hall of fame
To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, a jockey must be licensed for 20 years or have been retired for at least five years.
Trainers in the Hall of Fame
In addition to the Hall of Fame, the museum houses numerous exhibits. These include:
- the Link Gallery, which features a bronze statue, Seasick, and a rotating selection of paintings
- the Sculpture Gallery, which features work by June Harrah, Herbert Haseltine, Marilyn Newmark, Jim Reno, John Skeaping and Eleanor Iselin Wade, among others. The gallery looks out onto the inner courtyard, which features a life-size bronze of Secretariat
- the Colonial Gallery, which covers the ocean transportation of horses and the foundations of American racing
- the Pre-Civil War Gallery, covering the expansion of racing during the early 19th century
- the Post-Civil War Gallery, covering the continued expansion of racing after the Civil War until a backlash to gambling in the early 20th century led to the closure of many tracks
- the 20th Century Gallery, which covers more recent topics
- The Eclipse Gallery, featuring award-winning entries from the Eclipse Award photography competition
- The Racing Day Gallery, which features displays about jockeys, odds and the Breeders' Cup
- The Anatomy Room, covering the breeding and biology of the Thoroughbred
- The Triple Crown Gallery, including information and artifacts related to Triple Crown history
- The Steeplechase Gallery, covering the history of steeplechase racing in America
- The von Stade Gallery, which displays a selection of paintings, works on paper, or photographic prints from the Museum Collection
- The Peter McBean Gallery, which houses temporary exhibitions, a semi-permanent Hall of Fame Heroes exhibition and seasonal exhibitions. It also houses a collection bequeathed by John Nerud, including trophies and paintings of the Hall of Fame horses he trained, Gallant Man and Dr. Fager
The Museum Collection includes just over 300 paintings. These range from paintings of the early days of racing in England by John E. Ferneley, Sr. to more contemporary champions by Richard Stone Reeves. Featured artists include: William Smithson Broadhead, Vaughn Flannery, Sir Alfred J. Munnings, Frederic Remington, Martin Stainforth, George Stubbs, Henry Stull, Edward Troye and Franklin Brooke Voss. Also on display are Kelso's five Jockey Club Gold Cup trophies and the Triple Crown trophies of Count Fleet.
United States Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame
- See: Category:United States Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame inductees (for thoroughbred horse racing horses, jockeys, and trainers who have been inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame)
- Australian Racing Hall of Fame
- British Steeplechasing Hall of Fame
- British National Horseracing Museum
- Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame
- Japan Racing Association Hall of Fame
- New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
- "August Belmont II and Paul Mellon Selected" (Press release). Saratoga Springs, NY: National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
- "Eligibility, Nomination and Election - National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame". www.racingmuseum.org. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
- "Exhibit Galleries - National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame". www.racingmuseum.org. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
- "National Museum to Get Nerud Collection". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
- "The Museum Collection". www.racingmuseum.org. Retrieved 4 June 2016.