National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Announces Events for 2014
I’m sure that this list is not exhaustive, but let’s start to get you excited about the Saratoga race meet–and about the magnificent National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame that sits elegantly on the opposite side of Union Avenue from the glorious Saratoga Race Course.
I have nothing spectacular to add to this, except to advise you to consider joining the Museum. (Members get free admission to the Museum,any time it’s open–a discount at the fabuloso gift shop and free admission to events. Except the Museum Ball, of course.)
Sans further ado, here’s the Museum’s calendar, as of this moment. Mark your calendars–now–and get Thee to the Museum!
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame upcoming events
Wednesday, July 16 — Saratoga Preview: Panelists Christopher Kay, Martin Panza, Richard Migliore, Jonathan Sheppard and Terry Finley to participate in audience-driven discussion as a preview of the 2014 Saratoga Race Course season. Location: Hall of Fame. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: Free.
Tuesday, July 22 — Guests in the Gallery: Jose Santos — Hall of Fame jockey Jose Santos discusses his career in racing with program host Jeff Carle. Location: Hall of Fame. Time: 11 a.m. Cost: Free with paid Museum admission.
Friday, July 25 — Greg Montgomery artist signing: Renowned artist Greg Montgomery will be on hand to sign his 2014 Travers Stakes poster. Location: Museum lobby. Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: Signed posters are available for $50.
Tuesday, July 29 — Guests in the Gallery: Tom Durkin — New York Racing Association racecaller Tom Durkin discusses his career in racing with program host Jeff Carle. Location: Hall of Fame. Time: 11 a.m. Cost: Free with paid Museum admission.
Friday, Aug. 8 — Hall of Fame induction ceremony: The Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be inducted. Inductees are: Ashado, Clifford, Curlin, Lloyd Hughes, Alex Solis, Gary Jones, E. R. Bradley and E. P. Taylor. NYRA racecaller Tom Durkin to serve as master of ceremonies. Locaton: Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion. Time: 10:30 a.m. Cost: Free.
Saturday, Aug. 9 — Old Friends book signing: Author Rick Capone, Old Friends founder Michael Blowen and other guests will be on hand to sign Capone’s new book detailing the origins and history of Old Friends, the thoroughbred retirement farm. Location: Museum lobby. Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost: Books available for purchase.
Wednesday, Aug. 13 and Thursday, Aug. 14 — Jane Heart jewelry trunk show: Known for her beautiful equine-themed jewelry, Jane Heart will be on hand for a special sale of her unique items. Location: Museum lobby. Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: Various items for sale.
Sunday, Aug. 17 — Photo Finish Tour with Tod Marks: Award-winning photographer Tod Marks will host a photography workshop at the Oklahoma Training Track. Time: 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Cost: $20 Museum members; $25 non-members. Reservations must be made in advance by calling (518) 584-0400 ext. 120.
Wednesday, Aug. 20 — Finding My Way to Moose River Farm book signing: Author Anne Phinney will be on hand to sign copies of her book “Finding My Way to Moose River Farm.” Location: Museum lobby. Time: 10 a.m. to noon. Cost: Books available for purchase.
Sunday, Aug. 24 — Secretariat double-feature film night with Hall of Fame Jockey, Ron Turcotte. A special double-feature screening of “Secretariat’s Jockey, Ron Turcotte” and “Penny & Red, the Life of Secretariat’s Owner.” Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte will be on hand for these two distinct and acclaimed films. Optional VIP reception and autograph signing with Turcotte prior to films. Location: Hall of Fame. Time: 6 p.m. special VIP reception; 7 p.m. showing of “Secretariat’s Jockey, Ron Turcotte” followed by an intermission with “Penny & Red, the Life of Secretariat’s Owner” to start at approximately 9 p.m. Cost: $20 for film showings; $50 for optional VIP reception and Ron Turcotte autograph. Tickets are available only at www.secretariat.com
For additional events and more information please visit www.racingmuseum.org or call (518) 584-0400.