National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

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National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
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National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
Established 1950
Location Saratoga Springs, New York
Type Professional sports hall of fame
Director Christopher Dragone
Curator Victoria Tokarowski
Website racingmuseum.org

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. In 1955, the museum moved to its current location on Union Avenue near Saratoga race course, at which time inductions into the hall of fame began. Each spring, following the tabulation of the final votes, the announcement of new inductees is made, usually during Kentucky Derby Week in early May. The actual inductions are held in mid-August during the Saratoga race meeting.

The Hall of Fame's nominating committee selects eight to ten candidates from among the four Contemporary categories (male horse, female horse, jockey and trainer) to be presented to the voters. Changes in voting procedures that commenced with the 2010 candidates allow the voters to choose multiple candidates from a single Contemporary category, instead of a single candidate from each of the four Contemporary categories.[1] For example, in 2016, two female horses (Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta) were inducted at the same time.

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.

Horses in the Hall of Fame[edit]

The Hall of Fame gallery at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga

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.[2] 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.

A.P. Indy before the 1992 Belmont
Assault, with Eddie Arcaro up
Beldame
Black Gold
Broomstick, with George Odom up
Citation
Count Fleet winning the 1943 Derby
Curlin before the 2007 Breeders' Cup Classic
Exterminator
Forego in retirement at the Kentucky Horse Park
Grey Lag winning the 1921 Brooklyn Handicap
Hamburg, circa 1911
Hannover
Invasor
John Henry in retirement
Lexington, by Edward Troye
Man o' War in 1920
Native Dancer, the Grey Ghost
Northern Dancer
Rachel Alexandra winning the 2009 Kentucky Oaks
Regret and owner Harry Payne Whitney
Ruffian, ridden by Jacinto Vazquez
Seabiscuit, ridden by George Woolfe
Secretariat as an older stallion
Silver Charm at Old Friends
Spectacular Bid
War Admiral
Zenyatta winning the 2009 Lady's Secret
Name Year Inducted Career Years Starts Wins
A.P. Indy 2000 1991-1992 27 19
Ack Ack 1986 1968-1971 27 19
Affectionately 1989 1962-1965 52 28
Affirmed 1980 1977-1979 29 22
All Along 1990 1981-1984 21 9
Alsab 1976 1941-1944 51 25
Alydar 1989 1977-1979 26 14
Alysheba 1993 1986-1988 26 11
American Eclipse 1970 1818-1823 8 8
Ancient Title 2008 1972-1978 57 24
Armed 1963 1944-1950 41 20
Artful 1956 1904-1905 8 6
Arts and Letters 1994 1968-1970 23 11
Ashado 2014 2003-2005 21 12
Assault 1964 1945-1950 42 18
Azeri 2010 2001-2004 24 17
Battleship
(steeplechaser)
1969 1929-1938 55 24
Bayakoa 1998 1986-1991 39 21
Bed o'Roses 1976 1949-1952 46 18
Beldame 1956 1903-1905 31 17
Ben Brush 1955 1895-1897 40 25
Ben Nevis II
(steeplechaser)
2009 1976-1980 21 9
Best Pal 2010 1990-1996 47 18
Bewitch 1977 1947-1951 55 20
Billy Kelly 2015 1918-1923 39 69
Bimelech 1990 1939-1941 15 11
Black Gold 1989 1923-4
1927-8
35 18
Black Helen 1991 1934-1935 22 15
Blue Larkspur 1957 1928-1930 16 10
Bold 'n Determined 1997 1979-1981 20 16
Bold Ruler 1973 1956-1958 33 23
Bon Nouvel
(steeplechaser)
1976 1963-1968 51 16
Boston 1955 1836-1843 45 40
Bowl of Flowers 2004 1960-1961 16 10
Broomstick 1956 1903-1905 39 14
Buckpasser 1970 1965-1967 31 25
Busher 1964 1944-1947 21 15
Bushranger
(steeplechaser)
1967 1932-1936 21 11
Cafe Prince
(steeplechaser)
1985 1972-1980 52 18
Carry Back 1975 1960-1963 61 21
Cavalcade 1993 1933-1936 22 8
Challedon 1977 1938-1942 44 20
Chris Evert 1988 1973-1975 15 10
Cicada 1967 1961-1964 42 23
Cigar 2002 1993-1996 33 19
Citation 1959 1947-1951 45 32
Clifford 2014 1892-1897 62 42
Coaltown 1983 1948-1951 39 23
Colin 1956 1907-1908 15 15
Commando 1956 1900-1901 9 7
Cougar II 2006 1968-1973 50 20
Count Fleet 1961 1942-1943 21 16
Crusader 1995 1925-1928 42 18
Curlin 2014 2007-2008 16 11
Dahlia 1981 1972-1976 48 15
Damascus 1974 1966-1968 32 21
Dance Smartly 2003 1990-1992 17 12
Dark Mirage 1974 1967-1969 27 12
Davona Dale 1985 1978-1980 18 11
Desert Vixen 1979 1972-1975 28 13
Devil Diver 1980 1941-1945 47 22
Discovery 1969 1933-1936 63 27
Domino 1955 1893-1895 25 19
Dr. Fager 1971 1966-1968 22 18
Duke of Magenta 2011 1877-1878 19 15
Easy Goer 1997 1988-1990 20 14
Eight Thirty 1994 1938-1941 27 16
Elkridge
(steeplechaser)
1966 1941-1951 123 31
Emperor of Norfolk 1988 1887-1888 29 21
Equipoise 1957 1930-1935 51 29
Exceller 1999 1975-1979 33 15
Exterminator 1957 1917-1924 100 50
Fair Play 1956 1907-1909 32 10
Fairmount
(steeplechaser)
1985 1923-1931 22 12
Fashion 1980 1840-1848 36 32
Firenze 1981 1886-1891 82 47
Flatterer
(steeplechaser)
1994 1982-1987 51 24
Flawlessly 2004 1990-1994 28 16
Foolish Pleasure 1995 1974-1976 26 16
Forego 1979 1973-1978 57 34
Fort Marcy 1998 1966-1971 75 21
Gallant Bloom 1977 1968-1970 22 16
Gallant Fox 1957 1929-1930 17 11
Gallant Man 1987 1956-1958 26 14
Gallorette 1962 1944-1948 72 21
Gamely 1980 1967-1969 41 16
Genuine Risk 1986 1979-1981 15 10
Ghostzapper 2012 2002-2005 11 9
Go For Wand 1996 1989-1990 13 10
Good and Plenty
(steeplechaser)
1956 1904-1907 21 14
Granville 1997 1935-1936 18 8
Grey Lag 1957 1920-3,
1927-8, 1931
47 25
Gun Bow 1999 1963-1965 42 17
Hamburg 1986 1897-1898 21 16
Hanover 1955 1886-1889 50 32
Harry Bassett 2010 1870-1874 36 23
Henry of Navarre 1985 1893-1896 42 29
Hill Prince 1991 1949-1952 30 17
Hindoo 1955 1880-1882 35 30
Holy Bull 2001 1993-1995 16 13
Housebuster 2013 1989-1991 22 15
Imp 1965 1896-1901 171 62
Inside Information 2008 1993-1995 17 14
Invasor 2013 2005-2007 12 11
Jay Trump
(steeplechaser)
1971 1959-1966 26 12
John Henry 1990 1977-1984 83 39
Johnstown 1992 1938-1939 21 14
Jolly Roger
(steeplechaser)
1965 1924-1930 49 18
Kelso 1967 1959-1966 63 39
Kentucky 1983 1863-1866 22 21
Kingston 1955 1886-1894 138 89
L'Escargot
(steeplechaser)
1977 1968-1975 53 12
La Prevoyante 1995 1972-1974 39 25
Lady's Secret 1992 1984-1987 45 25
Lava Man 2015 2003-2009 47 17
Lexington 1955 1853-1854 7 6
Lonesome Glory
(steeplechaser)
2005 1991-1999 42 23
Longfellow 1971 1870-1872 16 13
Luke Blackburn 1956 1879-1881 39 25
Lure 2013 1991-1994 25 14
Majestic Prince 1988 1968-1969 10 9
Man o' War 1957 1919-1920 21 20
Manila 2008 1985-1987 18 12
Maskette 2001 1908-1910 17 12
McDynamo
(steeplechaser)
2013 2000-2007 34 17
Miesque 1999 1986-1988 16 12
Miss Woodford 1967 1882-1886 48 37
Mom's Command 2007 1984-1985 16 11
Myrtlewood 1979 1934-1936 22 15
Nashua 1965 1954-1956 30 22
Native Dancer 1963 1952-1954 22 21
Native Diver 1978 1961-1967 81 37
Needles 2000 1955-1957 21 11
Neji
(steeplechaser)
1966 1953-1960 49 17
Noor 2002 1947-1950 31 12
Northern Dancer 1976 1963-1964 18 14
Oedipus
(steeplechaser)
1978 1948-1952 58 14
Old Rosebud 1968 1913-4,
1917, 1919–22
80 40
Omaha 1965 1934-1936 22 9
Open Mind 2011 1988-1990 19 12
Pan Zareta 1972 1912-1917 151 76
Parole 1984 1875-1885 138 59
Paseana 2001 1990-1985 36 19
Personal Ensign 1993 1986-1988 13 13
Peter Pan 1956 1906-1907 17 10
Planet 2012 1858-1860 31 27
Point Given 2010 2000-2001 13 9
Precisionist 2003 1983-1988 20 10
Princess Doreen 1982 1923-1927 94 34
Princess Rooney 1991 1982-1984 21 17
Rachel Alexandra 2016 2008-2010 19 13
Real Delight 1987 1952-1953 15 12
Regret 1957 1914-1917 11 9
Reigh Count 1978 1927-1929 27 12
Riva Ridge 1998 1971-1973 30 17
Roamer 1981 1913-1919 98 39
Roseben 1956 1903-1909 111 52
Round Table 1972 1956-1959 66 43
Ruffian 1976 1974-1975 11 10
Ruthless 1975 1866-1867 11 7
Safely Kept 2011 1988-1991 31 24
Salvator 1955 1888-1890 19 16
Sarazen 1957 1923-1928 55 27
Seabiscuit 1958 1935-1940 89 33
Searching 1978 1954-1958 89 25
Seattle Slew 1981 1976-1978 17 14
Secretariat 1974 1972-1973 21 16
Serena's Song 2002 1994-1996 38 18
Shuvee 1975 1968-1971 44 16
Silver Charm 2007 1996-1999 24 12
Silver Spoon 1978 1958-1960 27 13
Silverbulletday 2009 1998-2000 23 15
Sir Archy 1955 1808-1809 7 4
Sir Barton 1957 1918-1920 31 13
Skip Away 2004 1995-1998 38 18
Sky Beauty 2011 1992-1995 21 15
Slew o' Gold 1992 1982-1984 20 12
Spectacular Bid 1982 1978-1980 30 26
Stymie 1975 1943-1949 131 35
Sun Beau 1996 1927-1931 74 33
Sunday Silence 1996 1988-1990 14 9
Susan's Girl 1976 1971-1975 63 29
Swaps 1966 1954-1956 25 19
Swoon's Son 2007 1955-1958 51 30
Sword Dancer 1977 1958-1960 39 15
Sysonby 1956 1904-1905 15 14
Ta Wee 1994 1968-1970 21 15
Ten Broeck 1982 1874-1878 30 23
Tim Tam 1985 1957-1958 14 10
Tiznow 2009 2000-2001 15 8
Tom Fool 1960 1951-1953 30 21
Tom Ochiltree 2016 1875-1877 33 21
Top Flight 1966 1931-1932 16 12
Tosmah 1984 1963-1966 39 23
Tuscalee
(steeplechaser)
2013 1963-1972 89 39
Twenty Grand 1957 1930-1935 25 14
Twilight Tear 1963 1943-1945 24 18
Two Lea 1982 1948-1952 26 15
War Admiral 1958 1936-1939 26 21
Whirlaway 1959 1940-1943 60 32
Whisk Broom II 1979 1909-1913 26 10
Winning Colors 2000 1987-1989 19 8
Xtra Heat 2015 2000-2003 35 26
Zaccio
(steeplechaser)
1990 1979-1984 42 22
Zenyatta 2016 2007-2010 20 19
Zev 1983 1922-1924 43 23

Jockeys in the Hall of fame[edit]

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.

Name Year Awarded
John H. Adams 1965
Dooley Adams 1970
Joe Aitcheson, Jr. 1978
Chris Antley 2015
Eddie Arcaro 1958
Ted Atkinson 1957
Braulio Baeza 1976
Jerry D. Bailey 1995
George Barbee 1996
Shelby "Pike" Barnes 2011
Caroll K. Bassett 1972
Russell Baze 1999
Walter Blum 1987
William Boland 2006
Calvin Borel 2013
George Bostwick 1968
Sam Boulmetis, Sr. 1973
Steve Brooks 1963
Don Brumfield 1996
Thomas H. Burns 1983
James H. Butwell 1984
J. Dallett Byers 1967
Steve Cauthen 1994
Frank Coltiletti 1970
Angel Cordero, Jr. 1988
Robert H. Crawford 1973
Pat Day 1991
Eddie Delahoussaye 1993
Kent Desormeaux 2004
Ramon Dominguez 2016
Lavelle Ensor 1962
Laverne Fator 1955
Earlie Fires 2001
Jerry Fishback 1992
Mack Garner 1969
Edward R. Garrison 1955
Avelino Gomez 1982
Henry F. Griffin 1956
Eric Guerin 1972
Bill Hartack 1959
Sandy Hawley 1992
Lloyd Hughes 2014
Albert Johnson 1971
William J. Knapp 1969
Julie Krone 2000
Clarence Kummer 1972
Charles Kurtsinger 1967
Johnny Loftus 1959
Johnny Longden 1958
Daniel A. Maher 1955
Eddie Maple 2009
J. Linus McAtee 1956
Chris McCarron 1989
Conn McCreary 1975
Rigan McKinney 1968
Jim McLaughlin 1955
Walter Miller 1955
Isaac Murphy 1955
Ralph Neves 1960
Joe Notter 1963
Winfield O'Conner 1956
George Odom 1955
Frank O'Neill 1956
Ivan H. Parke 1978
Gilbert W. Patrick 1970
Donald Pierce 2010
Laffit Pincay, Jr. 1975
Edgar Prado 2008
Samuel Purdy 1970
John Reiff 1956
Alfred Robertson 1971
John L. Rotz 1983
Randy Romero 2010
Earl Sande 1955
José A. Santos 2007
Johnny Sellers 2007
Carroll H. Shilling 1970
Willie Shoemaker 1958
Willie Simms 1977
Tod Sloan 1955
Mike E. Smith 2003
Alfred P. Smithwick 1973
Alex Solis 2014
Gary Stevens 1997
James Stout 1968
Fred Taral 1955
Bayard Tuckerman, Jr. 1973
Ron Turcotte 1979
Nash Turner 1955
Bobby Ussery 1980
Ismael Valenzuela 2008
Jacinto Vasquez 1998
Jorge Velasquez 1990
John Velazquez 2012
Thomas M. Walsh 2005
Jack Westrope 2002
Jimmy Winkfield 2004
George Woolf 1955
Raymond Workman 1956
Wayne D. Wright 2016
Manuel Ycaza 1977

Trainers in the Hall of Fame[edit]

To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, a trainer must be licensed and actively involved with Thoroughbreds for at least 25 years or have been retired for a minimum of five years.

Name Year Awarded
Steve Asmussen 2016
Roger L. Attfield 2012
Bob Baffert 2009
Laz Barrera 1979
H. Guy Bedwell 1971
Edward D. Brown 1984
J. Elliott Burch 1980
Preston M. Burch 1963
William P. Burch 1955
Fred Burlew 1973
Matthew Byrnes 2011
Frank E. Childs 1968
Henry S. Clark 1982
W. Burling Cocks 1985
James P. Conway 1996
Warren A. Croll, Jr. 1994
Bud Delp 2002
Neil Drysdale 2000
William B. Duke 1956
Janet Elliot 2009
Louis Feustel 1964
James Fitzsimmons 1958
Henry Forrest 2007
Robert J. Frankel 1995
John M. Gaver, Sr. 1966
Carl Hanford 2006
Thomas J. Healey 1955
Samuel C. Hildreth 1955
Sonny Hine 2003
Maximilian Hirsch 1959
William J. Hirsch 1982
Thomas Hitchcock 1973
Jerry Hollendorfer 2011
Hollie Hughes 1973
John J. Hyland 1956
Hirsch Jacobs 1958
H. Allen Jerkens 1975
Philip G. Johnson 1997
William R. Johnson 1986
LeRoy Jolley 1987
Benjamin A. Jones 1958
Gary F. Jones 2014
Horace A. Jones 1959
A. Jack Joyner 1955
Thomas J. Kelly 1993
Lucien Laurin 1977
King T. Leatherbury 2015
J. Howard Lewis 1969
D. Wayne Lukas 1999
Horatio Luro 1980
John E. Madden 1983
James W. Maloney 1989
Richard E. Mandella 2001
Pancho Martin 1981
Frank McCabe 2007
Ron McAnally 1990
Henry McDaniel 1956
Claude R. McGaughey III 2004
MacKenzie Miller 1987
Michael "Buster" Millerick 2010
William Molter 1960
William I. Mott 1998
Winbert F. Mulholland 1967
Carl Nafzger 2008
Edward A. Neloy 1983
John A. Nerud 1972
Burley Parke 1986
Angel Penna, Sr. 1988
Jacob Pincus 1988
John W. Rogers 1955
James G. Rowe, Sr. 1955
Flint S. Schulhofer 1992
Jonathan E. Sheppard 1990
Robert A. Smith 1976
Tom Smith 2001
Daniel Michael Smithwick 1971
Woody Stephens 1976
Mesh Tenney 1991
Herbert J. Thompson 1969
Harry Trotsek 1984
Jack Van Berg 1985
Marion Van Berg 1970
John M. Veitch 2007
Sylvester Veitch 1977
R. Wyndham Walden 1970
Michael G. Walsh 1997
Sherrill W. Ward 1978
Sidney J. Watters, Jr. 2005
Robert L. Wheeler 2012
Frank Whiteley, Jr. 1978
Charles E. Whittingham 1974
Ansel Williamson 1998
William C. Winfrey 1971
G. Carey Winfrey 1975
Nick Zito 2005

Presidents[edit]

Name Term
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[edit]

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."

Name Year Awarded
George D. Widener, Jr. 1971
Walter M. Jeffords, Sr. 1973
John W. Hanes 1982
Paul Mellon 1989
Martha F. Gerry 2007

Pillars of the Turf[edit]

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." [3]

Name Year Awarded
Arthur B. Hancock Jr. 2016
William Woodward Sr. 2016
John Hay Whitney 2015
Alfred G. Vanderbilt, Jr. 2015
E. P. Taylor 2014
Edward R. Bradley 2014
August Belmont II 2013
Paul Mellon 2013

Museum Exhibits[edit]

In addition to the Hall of Fame, the museum houses numerous exhibits. These include:[4]

Secretariat statue by John Skeaping at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga
  • 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[5]

The Museum Collection[6] 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[edit]

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)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/horse/news/story?id=4962597
  2. ^ "Eligibility, Nomination and Election - National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame". www.racingmuseum.org. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "Exhibit Galleries - National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame". www.racingmuseum.org. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "National Museum to Get Nerud Collection". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "The Museum Collection". www.racingmuseum.org. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 

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