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American Pharoah, Todd Pletcher, and Jack Fisher elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (KY), seven-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, and 13-time champion steeplechase trainer Jack Fisher comprise the National Museum of Racing’s 2021 Hall of Fame class. American Pharoah and Pletcher were elected in the contemporary category in their first year of eligibility and Fisher was chosen by the Museum’s Steeplechase Review Committee, which meets once every four years.

The class of 2021 will be enshrined along with the 2020 inductees — trainer Mark Casse, jockey Darrel McHargue, horses Tom Bowling and Wise Dan, and Pillars of the Turf Alice Headley Chandler, J. Keene Daingerfield, Jr., and George D. Widener, Jr. — on Friday, Aug. 6, at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Saratoga Springs at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will be broadcast live on the Museum website at www.racingmuseum.org. An announcement regarding public attendance at the ceremony will be made at a later date.

Kentucky Derby week at the Museum to feature special online programming and Derby at Home celebration

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will present two online Zoom programs related to the Kentucky Derby, as well as launch a special “Derby at Home” section on the Museum’s website, to help racing fans plan for the 147th running of the “Run for the Roses,” which will take place May 1 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

National Museum of Racing announces 2021 Hall of Fame finalists

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Six racehorses, three trainers, and one jockey account for the 10 finalists that will comprise the National Museum of Racing’s 2021 Hall of Fame ballot, as chosen by the Museum’s Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. The finalists are racehorses American Pharoah (first year of eligibility), Blind Luck, Game On Dude, Havre de Grace, Kona Gold, and Rags to Riches; trainers Christophe Clement, Doug O’Neill, and Todd Pletcher (first year of eligibility); and jockey Corey Nakatani.

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame accepting applications for 2021 Rodion Cantacuzene Scholarship

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is accepting applications for the 2021 Rodion Cantacuzene Scholarship, an annual award recognizing young leaders and volunteers throughout Saratoga County. The scholarship, awarded in a one-time amount of $1,000, will be presented in June to a high school senior from Saratoga County who has demonstrated a record of academic excellence and exemplary service to the community along with a strong interest in pursuing future studies in history and/or the arts.

Pierre "Peb" Bellocq and William Leggett selected to the Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Renowned Eclipse Award-winning cartoonist Pierre “Peb” Bellocq and the late Eclipse Award-winning writer William Leggett have been selected to the National Museum of Racing’s Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor. 

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame announces return of Photo Finish juried photography exhibition

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the return of its juried photography exhibition program, Photo Finish. The Museum is now accepting submissions for consideration from both amateur and professional photographers of scenes depicting thoroughbred racing in America for our third annual exhibition.

Authors Kelly and Ours to discuss upcoming 100th anniversary of Man o' War vs. Sir Barton match race on Friday, Oct. 9

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Authors Jennifer Kelly and Dorothy Ours will discuss the 100th anniversary of Man o’ War’s victory against Sir Barton in the 1920 Kenilworth Gold Cup in an online program hosted by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. The program will be moderated by Brien Bouyea, the Museum’s Hall of Fame and Communications Director. The event can be accessed for free at:

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame October events

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will host an online preview discussion for the 145th running of the Preakness Stakes on Friday, Oct. 2, and will participate in the annual Secretariat Festival on Saturday, Oct. 10 with a virtual Museum tour highlighting the institution’s connections to Secretariat, the 1973 Triple Crown winner and Hall of Fame member.

New signature film "What It Takes" highlights National Museum of Racing's state-of-the-art Hall of Fame experience

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame reopened to the public on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. The Museum had been closed since January 2020 for the installation of a new state-of-the-art Hall of Fame experience as well as multiple new and updated exhibitions. The Museum has put in place a number of enhanced safety protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is a Saratoga Cares Stay Safe Pledge institution with a commitment to the health of Saratoga County residents, workers, and visitors.

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