Since the National Museum of
Racing and Hall of Fame opened to the public on June 2, 1956, at 191
Union Avenue in Saratoga
Springs, New York, it has been an
icon, recording the history and legacy of thoroughbred racing that began in
1863 at the oldest thoroughbred racetrack in America. If you love the sport of
horseracing, this world-class racing museum and hall of fame should be on your
must-visit list when visiting Saratoga Springs, New York.
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
We visited Saratoga
Springs, New York on Friday, July 22, 2022, and were delighted to see a
profusion of horse statues located throughout this beautiful city where thoroughbred
racing is revered. To learn more about, and for an in-depth look at the history
of racing in Saratoga Springs, we visited the National Museum of Racing and
Hall of Fame, which provided us with an insider's view of this exciting sport.
The exhibits at the
museum are wonderfully diverse, interesting, and creative, with many
interactive exhibits including a special "Call the Race" exhibit where
visitors can test their ability as a race announcer by watching the recorded
race and calling out the progress as the horses' race around the track. If you
have ever wondered what it takes to be a sports announcer, this is a great
opportunity to learn that you need the ability to speak rapidly while also
keeping a keen eye on the action while calling the race, something that was
easier said than done, as we tried to keep up with the fast-paced action.
After seeing the
wall of famous jockey silks, families with small children, or adults who are
still children at heart, will love dressing up in jockey silks and posing by
the "horses" in the stalls. Naturally, we had to don the racing colors and
visit the horses, proving yet again that you are never too old to have fun.
At the Starting Gate
One of the many
highlights of our visit to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame was
taking time to watch their signature 16-minute film, "What It Takes: Journey
to the Hall of Fame," which is well worth the price of admission if that
was the only thing that you experienced at the museum. Interesting to note, (as
of August 2022) there are "220 horses, 108 jockeys, 101 trainers, and 41
pillars of the Turf in the Official National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame."
Hall of Fame Horses
Secretariat - 1974 - Triple Crown Winner
A few of the many
exceptional horses inducted in the Hall of Fame from 1955 - 2022 include: Sir
Archy (VA) in 1955, Peter Pan (KY) in 1956, Twenty Grand (KY)
in 1957, Twilight Tear (KY) in 1963, Miss Woodford (KY) in 1967, America
Eclipse (NY) in 1970, Secretariat (VA) in 1974, Northern Dancer
(CAN) in 1976, Seattle Slew (KY) in 1981, Spectacular Bid (KY) in
1982, All Along (FR) in 1990, Slew O'Gold (KY) in 1992, Bayakoa
(ARG) in 1998, Winning Colors (KY) in 2000, Flawlessly (KY)
in 2004, Azeri (KY) in 2010, Lava Man (CA) in 2015, Rachel
Alexandra (KY) in 2016, American Pharoah (KY) in 2021, and Royal
Heroine (IRE) in 2022.
Stockbridge Cup 1883
Won by Iroquois
If you ever
wondered what it takes to be in the Winner's Circle, a visit to the National
Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will provide many interesting answers.
Beginning from the time of a horse's birth to its training, to its jockey, and
ultimately to its journey (for a few exceptional horses), to get to the
Winner's Circle, is one that requires hard-work, determination, perseverance,
discipline, and most importantly, the talent and the spirit of the horse as
well as the team, to become a winner.
New York Racing Association
The Mother Goose Belmont Park
enjoyed our time at the museum and look forward to returning on future visits
to Saratoga Springs, New York. Do allow enough time for your visit to
experience all the exhibits, the fantastic film (shown at 10:30 am, 11:30 am,
12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm) and of course, their wonderful gift
shop to bring home a little something special from Saratoga Springs.
Debra C. Argen Heading to the Winner's Circle
Until next time, we
sign our postcard, "With love from the National Museum of Racing and
Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, New York. Looking forward to seeing you in
the Winner's Circle. Love, Debra and Edward"
About the National
Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
Edward F. Nesta trying on the Racing Silks
"The mission of the
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is to preserve and promote the
history of thoroughbred racing in America and honor the sport's most
accomplished participants in the Official National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of
Hours and Admission
Be My Valequine
Hours: The museum is
open daily from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. Holiday closures: New Year's Day
(January 1), Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve (December 24), Christmas Day
(December 25), and New Year's Eve (December 31).
Admission: Adult (18-64
years): $20, Senior (age 65+): $15, Student (5-18/College with ID): $10, Child
(5 and under): Free, Museum Member: Free, Blue Star Museum Program: Free
admission for active military members and their families, Veteran: Free with
See you in Saratoga Springs, NY
additional Information please visit their website: https://www.racingmuseum.org/
Museum of Racing Hall of Fame
Springs, NY 12866
+ 1-518-584-0400, ext. 133
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