Belmont Stakes Racing Festival Events

May 29, 2024

At the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Release

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will play host to several on- and off-site events and programs during the week of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. For a complete description of events and to purchase tickets to select events, please visit https://racingmuseum.org/events.

Wednesday, June 5

Belmont Memories with Tom Durkin
When: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
About: Legendary racecaller Tom Durkin shares the stories behind some of his favorite and most iconic calls of the Belmont Stakes in the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame Gallery with moderator Jeff Carle.
Cost: Free for Museum members, $10 non-member
Tickets: Available at the door

Friday, June 7

Old Tavern Farm Tour
When: 10:30 a.m.
Where: Old Tavern Farm, 45 Brown Rd., Saratoga Springs
About: Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Old Tavern Farm, one of New York’s most beautiful thoroughbred farms.
Cost: $30 Museum member, $40 non-member
Tickets: Old Tavern Farm tour | National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (racingmuseum.org)
For more information: (518) 584-0400 ext. 118 or racingmuseum.org

Saturday, June 8

Belmont Stakes Day Saturday Morning Social, sponsored by George & Sharyn Neble, Chevaux Racing, LLC
When: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
About: The Museum’s popular open house series includes complimentary coffee and doughnuts courtesy of Stewart’s Shops; complimentary water courtesy of Saratoga Spring Water Co.; and several exciting programs.
Cost: Free admission 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Schedule of events:
9 a.m. — What It Takes: Journey to the Hall of Fame film showing
9:30 a.m. — Belmont Stakes handicapping seminar with Daily Racing Form’s Mike Beer and Dan Illman
10:30 a.m. — President Grant and His Horses, presentation by Ben Kemp of U. S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site: How horses, including thoroughbreds, played an important role in the life of President Ulysses S. Grant and how he shaped American history. Ben Kemp, operations manager of U. S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site, will portray President Grant for the presentation.
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Greg Montgomery Belmont Stakes poster signing (posters available for purchase)
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Saratoga Spring Water historic carriage on display and giveaway items
For more information: Belmont Stakes Day Saturday Morning Social, sponsored by George & Sharyn Neble, Chevaux Racing, LLC | National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (racingmuseum.org)

Ongoing events throughout the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

Oklahoma Training Track Tours
When: 9 a.m. daily
Where: Tour begins at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
About: Find out why this beautiful and historic site, located across the street from the main track at Saratoga Race Course, is a favorite spot for Hall of Fame trainers such as Steve Asmussen, Bill Mott, D. Wayne Lukas, Shug McGaughey, Todd Pletcher, and Nick Zito. The Museum’s behind-the-scenes Oklahoma tour is offered in conjunction with the New York Racing Association. This walking tour covers approximately 1½ miles and lasts for 90 minutes. Participants must be at least 10 years old. By reservation only.
Cost: adult $15, student/senior $10, Museum members are 50 percent off!
Tickets: https://www.racingmuseum.org/visit/tours
For more information: (518) 584-0400 ext. 118 or racingmuseum.org

Belmont Stakes Artists’ Festival
When: June 6 through June 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Where: National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame grounds
About: Some of thoroughbred racing’s most celebrated artists and vendors will be on-site at the Museum selling original artwork, prints, high-end designer brands, and a variety of memorabilia throughout the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. Meet the artists, learn about their creative process, and purchase beautiful and unique thoroughbred racing artwork, and designer brands. Participants include Frankie Flores, Nick Martinez, Encounter, and Christine A. Moore Millinery.
Cost: Free (artwork and other products available for purchase)
For more information: (518) 584-0400 or racingmuseum.org

Walk of Fame at Saratoga Race Course
When: June 6 through June 9
Where: Saratoga Race Course backyard
About: The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is the official curator of the Saratoga Walk of Fame at Saratoga Race Course and will operate daily throughout the Belmont Festival Thursday through Sunday. The Museum will present fans with informational panels about each Hall of Fame category; panels and bios in recognition of the most recent Hall of Fame Class; video features of select Hall of Fame members; and JockeyCam, a virtual reality jockey experience.

For more information about the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, including upcoming events, please visit racingmuseum.org or call (518) 584-0400.

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