Twitter icon
Facebook icon

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame announces New York Racing Association as Industry Partner of the Month for May

Throughout the month of May, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will be showcasing the history of the New York Racing Association (NYRA) as its Industry Partner of the Month, a new initiative that recognizes and promotes key thoroughbred racing organizations.


During May, the Museum will display memorabilia from NYRA, as well as share essential moments and milestones from the organization’s history through social media outreach and on-site events and programming.


Founded in 1955 and franchised to run thoroughbred racing at New York’s three major tracks (Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course) through 2033, the New York Racing Association’s mission is “Meeting the highest standards in thoroughbred racing and equine safety.”


Three prominent sportsmen — John Hanes, Christopher Chenery and Harry Guggenheim — along with support from The Jockey Club, developed a comprehensive organization plan for New York racing that was chartered as a non-profit entity on April 28, 1955. Originally called the Greater New York Association, it was later renamed the New York Racing Association. NYRA received strong backing from New York Gov. W. Averell Harriman, who had formerly run his own successful racing stable before focusing on politics.


With a history that traces its roots back more than 150 years at Saratoga, NYRA tracks are the cornerstone of New York State’s thoroughbred industry, which contributes more than $2 billion annually to its urban, suburban and rural economy. 


NYRA tracks are accredited members of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Safety & Integrity Alliance. Leading the industry in safety and welfare initiatives, NYRA tracks have earned “best practice” ratings in virtually every primary area examined by the Alliance since 2009.


NYRA hosts the third jewel of the Triple Crown series, the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, which will be contested for the 150th time on June 9. In recognition of the Belmont’s stature in American racing, the Museum will also be opening a new exhibit, The Test of the Champion, on June 9 to honor the history of this prestigious event.