SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will be hosting the following special events and public programs:

Thursday, Aug. 15 — Children’s Program: “Decorate a Horseshoe Photo Frame:” Explore the different types of shoes horses can wear then decorate your own horseshoe photo frame. Recommended for children ages 3 through 8. Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost: Free with paid adult admission.

Friday, Aug. 16 — “Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown” author talk and book signing with Jennifer Kelly. Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Hall of Fame. Cost: Free to attend, books available for purchase.

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Saturday, Aug. 17 — Saturday Morning Social: Join Museum staff and special guests for a casual discussion of the day’s racing action at Saratoga and other tracks throughout the country. Featuring “Justify: 111 Days to Triple Crown Glory” book signing with author Lenny Shulman and “Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown” book signing with author Jennifer Kelly. Featuring “Saratoga Saturdays” handicapping with Tom Amello and Trackfacts at 10:40 a.m. Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost: Free to attend, books available for purchase.

Tuesday, Aug. 20 — “Born to Rein” film showing and reception: Featuring the life of Nebraska horsemen and Hall of Fame members John A. Nerud and father-and-son Marion and Jack Van Berg. Nerud, a Navy veteran and one of America’s most accomplished and revered thoroughbred trainers and breeders, co-founded the prestigious Breeders’ Cup. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 1972. Marion Van Berg was the nation’s leading owner in racing victories 14 times and was the first Nebraskan inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1970. Like his father, Jack Van Berg set numerous records and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. His best horse, Alysheba, won the 1987 Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Breeders’ Cup Classic, and was Horse of the Year in 1988. “Born to Rein” will also commemorate the 100th anniversary of America’s first Triple Crown Winner, Sir Barton, as the documentary film will pay homage to his time as an U.S. Army Remount Service Stallion at Fort Robinson near Crawford, Neb. Time: 6:30 p.m. Cost: $10 for Museum members, $12 non-members. To purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/born-to-rein-documentary-film-national-screening-tickets-62659501255

Wednesday, Aug. 21 — Travers Stakes Preview Panel: Racing handicappers Brien Bouyea and Michael Veitch analyze the field for the 150th running of the Travers Stakes. Time: 11 a.m. Cost: Included with Museum admission.

Thursday, Aug. 22 — Children’s Program: “Build a Travers Stakes Trophy:” Prepare for Saratoga’s 150th running of the Travers Stakes race by going on a Museum scavenger hunt for trophies and related objects then decorate a small trophy of your own. Recommended for children ages 3 through 8. Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost: Free with paid adult admission.

Friday, Aug. 23 — Travers Eve Wine and Cheese Social: Celebrate the racing season at the Museum on the eve of the 150th running of the Travers Stakes. Enjoy refreshments in the Museum’s Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Courtyard with fellow Museum members and racing enthusiasts. Featuring book signings for “Sermon on the Mount: The Wisdom and Life Experiences of Hall of Fame Trainer D. Wayne Lukas” with D. Wayne Lukas and author Christina Bossinakis and “The Travers: 150 Years of Saratoga’s Greatest Race” with authors Brien Bouyea and Michael Veitch. Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Cost: Free for members, $10 for non-members. Books available for purchase.

Saturday, Aug. 24 — Saturday Morning Social: Join Museum staff and special guests for a casual discussion of the day’s racing action at Saratoga and other tracks throughout the country. Featuring “Saratoga Saturdays” handicapping with Tom Amello and Trackfacts (10:40 a.m.), as well as complimentary light refreshments and Saratoga past performances for the day’s racing card. Cost: Free admission, books available for purchase. Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 25 — Photo Finish Tour with Dona Ann McAdams: Join the Museum on a special tour of Saratoga Race Course’s famed Oklahoma Training Track led by professional photographer Dona Ann McAdams. You will learn about lighting, composition, and developing your own photographer’s eye. Please note that reservations are required for this tour. Time: 7:30 a.m. Cost: $25 Museum members, $35 non-members. Reservations: 518-584-0400 ext. 118.

Thursday, Aug. 29 — Children’s Program: “Museum Bingo!” A classic game and so much fun with horses, paintings, and museum objects. Come see how you do! Recommended for children ages 3 through 8. Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost: Free with paid adult admission. 

Saturday, Aug. 31 — Saturday Morning Social: Join Museum staff and special guests for a casual discussion of the day’s racing action at Saratoga and other tracks throughout the country. Featuring “Out of the Clouds: The Unlikely Horseman and the Unwanted Colt Who Conquered the Sport of Kings” book signing with author Linda Carroll, as well as “Saratoga Saturdays” handicapping with Tom Amello and Trackfacts (10:40 a.m.), as well as complimentary light refreshments and Saratoga past performances for the day’s racing card. Cost: Free admission, books available for purchase. Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

Saturday, Aug. 31 — Greentree Stable Tour (sold out): Join the Museum for a tour of Greentree Stable, Godolphin’s private training facility owned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, as part of our ongoing farm tour series. Along with the tour of the grounds and facilities and meeting the resident thoroughbreds, there will be a catered lunch at the farm. Time: 10:30 a.m. at Greentree Stable, at 36 Nelson Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Cost: $25 for Museum members and $30 for non-members. Participants will receive a free pass to visit the Museum at their convenience. Note: This tour is sold out. If interested in being notified if a spot opens up, please call the Museum’s tour line at 518-584-0400 ext. 120 or email nmrtours@racingmuseum.net

Ongoing Programs and Exhibits

Women in Racing: This special exhibit details the role women have played in the sport of thoroughbred racing for more than a century. Featuring artwork, photography, and multimedia from the Museum collection and on loan, Women in Racing honors the pioneers and trailblazers of the past and the modern women who are currently thriving in the sport as owners, breeders, jockeys, trainers, executives, media, and numerous other disciplines. Location: McBean Gallery.

Tom Durkin Museum Tours: Guided tours of the Museum led by legendary racecaller Tom Durkin. When: Through Sept. 2. Time: Daily at 11 a.m. (except Mondays and Tuesdays). Note: Reservations required. Please call 518-584-0400 ext. 107 for reservations.

Backstretch Babies Drop-In Program: Offered for young children two years old and younger, these weekly programs during the Saratoga racing season will feature a short story or activity followed by free play with our sensory-friendly toys. When: Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. through Aug. 28. Cost: Free with a paid adult admission.

Fabulous and Fast: The Female Horses of the Hall of Fame: Now through Dec. 31. Location: Contemporary Racing Gallery.

The Midsummer Derby: Celebrating 150 years of the Travers Stakes. Now through Dec. 31. Location: von Stade Gallery.

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.

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