Opening of new exhibits at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
Opening July 14 coinciding with the opening day of the Saratoga Racetrack Summer Meeting
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY— The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will open two new exhibits to the public on July 14, coinciding with the opening day of the Saratoga Racetrack Summer Meeting. Betting on America: The Immigrant Experience and the Hall of Fame will make its debut at the McBean Gallery, while Jim Raftery: A Turfotos Retrospective (from the collection of Barbara D. Livingston) opens in the von Stade gallery.
“We are excited to share these two new exhibits with everyone. I think our visitors will find them both to be memorable experiences that they won’t soon forget,” said Cate Masterson, Director of the Museum. “Museum staff were enthusiastic about telling these incredible stories of thoroughbred racing with great attention to detail. We would like to thank everyone in the industry who helped us with these exhibits, especially Barbara Livingston, without whom this amazing Jim Raftery experience simply wouldn’t be possible.
Betting on America: The Immigrant Experience and the Hall of Fame is an in-depth look at the lives and impact on the sport of Hall of Fame inductees born outside the United States. The exhibit features multimedia content, artwork, memorabilia, photography and more to tell the inspiring stories of the Hall of Fame’s 41 foreign-born members and the Hall of Fame’s 16 racehorses. fame raised outside the United States.
Jim Raftery: A Turfotos Retrospective (from the collection of Barbara D. Livingston) examines the remarkable career of photographer Jim Raftery, with over 60 iconic images of the Raftery racing scene covered in his unique style spanning over half a century. Additional images of Raftery will be added throughout the summer to an online gallery on the Museum’s website racingmuseum.org.
Two other special exhibitions also recently opened at the Museum. The paintings of Richard Stone Reeves features a selection of original works by the legendary artist from the museum’s collection, including Hall of Fame racehorses Cicada, Exceller, Gallorette, Ruffian, Susan’s Girl and Sword Dancer, among others. This exhibit is located in the Museum’s Link Gallery.
In the same way Betting on Americathe McBean Gallery presents the Charles H. Thieriot Collection, a seasonal exhibition featuring several paintings by the masters of British sporting art.
The Edward P. Evans Gallery updates: This space allows the Museum to showcase more treasures from its diverse permanent collection and to honor Mr. Evans’ legacy and his passion for the sport of thoroughbred racing. Current featured exhibits include Selections from the Edward P. Evans Trophy Collection, The Triple Crown, Selections from the James E. “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons Collection, The Legacy of Man o’ War, The Grand National, Tiffany & Co. in the collection of the National Museum of Racingand Tribute to Hollywood Park. New for 2022, Fifty years agoan exhibit highlighting the racing exploits of 1972 and featuring the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes trophies won by Hall of Fame horse Riva Ridge.
For more information about the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, including upcoming events, please visit www.racingmuseum.org or call (518) 584-0400.
National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame Press Release