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2013 Hall of Fame Finalists
All about the 10 finalists for the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame for 2013.

Daily Racing Form online archive
This project is with the cooperation of the Keeneland Association, the Daily Racing Form, the University of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Virtual Library to scan and preserve historic issues of the DRF from the 1890's to the 1990's. The archive now includes over 160,000 pages and more than 600,000 articles, all organized by date.

Best of Horse Racing for 2000-2009
2009 will close out the decade of 2000-2009, so it is time to look back and see who was the best in horse racing over the last ten years. A look at the top trainers, jockeys, and horses.

Who was the best of the past decade?
2009 will close out the decade of 2000-2009, so it is time to look back and see who was the best jockey and trainer over the last ten years.

Top 10 Racing History Books
My top picks for horse racing history books.

2004 Hall of Fame Inductees
The new inductees to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame for 2004 are trainer Shug McGaughey, jockey Kent Desormeaux, Skip Away, and Flawlessly. Find out all about them here.

Racing History from Ron Hale
Several interesting historical articles from retired journalist Ron Hale.

Eddie Arcaro Remembered
Lots of photos, a video, and links to recaps of his racing career.

Sonny Hine Remembered
Hubert "Sonny" Hine, best known as the trainer of 1998 Horse of the Year Skip Away.

Bill Shoemaker 1931 - 2003
A look at the life and career of legendary jocky Bill Shoemaker.

W.T. Young 1919 - 2004
A look at the life and career of prominent owner W.T. Young of Overbrook Farm.

Charlie Whittingham Remembered
A look at the life and career of Hall of Fame trainer Charlie Whittingham, the "Bald Eagle".

Ogden Phipps 1908 - 2002
A look at the life and career of prominent New York owner Ogden Phipps.

Woody Stephens Remembered
A look at the life and career of Hall of Fame trainer Woody Stephens, best known for winning five Belmont Stakes in a row in the 1980's.

John C. Mabee 1921 - 2002
A look at the life and career of prominent California owner John C. Mabee of Golden Eagle Farm.

Allen Paulson 1922-2000
A look at the life and career of prominent owner Allen Paulson who owned Arazi and Cigar among others.

A Look Back
Classic racing photos and history from the Maryland Jockey Club. Definitely worth a look.

Asahel Burnham, King of the Turf
There isn't a direct link to the story, but when you go to the link above, either scroll down until you see the name Asahel Burnham or better yet search for the phrase "Without other experience or knowledge of horses" to get to the racing info. Really interesting if a bit hard to get to.

Calumet Farm
History of a racing giant with lots of nice photos.

Coney Island Horse Racing
Really nice article about the three tracks at Coney Island in the late 1800's to early 1900's: Brighton Beach, Sheepshead Bay, and Gravesend.

Crumbling Hialeah
In January 1925 the original Hialeah Park opened in Florida. Today the building is falling to pieces due to weather damage and neglect, and the barns which housed so many great horses have been torn down.

Eclipse Award Champions
A database that lists all the year end champions going back to 1944.

Equine Heroes
Stories about famous horses throughout history, including several famous racers.

Belmont Stakes History
Historical info, stats, and videos of stretch runs from NYRA.

Boston - Fashion Match Race
Article transcribed from an 1842 edition of "The American Turf and Sport Digest"

Breeders' Cup Archive
History of racing's championship day with a year by year recap and statistics.

Centennial Race Track
History of the now defunct "Santa Anita of the Rockies". Alas the location is now apartments, condos, and offices.

Fair Grounds History
Chronological history of the third oldest track in the country.

Frederico Tesio
Bio of the famous Italian breeder with some interesting photos. Click the translate button to read it in English or go for Italian.

Harness Racing
History from the Horse in Sport exhibit at the International Museum of the Horse. Excellent.

History of Horse Racing
Interesting essay on the various types of horse racing and a brief history of each.

History of Harness Racing
Some interesting historical info and paintings.

History of the Thoroughbred in America
Nice exhibit from the National Museum of Racing with lots of good information.

National Sporting Library
Research library in Middleburg, VA, that is home to more than 15,000 books on horse and field sports dating back to the 1500s.

Racing in the Late 1800's
Info on the start of the Kentucky Derby, American sires, Isaac Murphy, and Tod Sloan.

Sports Heroes from Saskatchewan
Lots of old racing photos and a couple of bios of horsemen from Saskatchewan.

Thoroughbred Heritage
Focuses on the history and individuals contributing to the grand tapestry of the modern Thoroughbred's pedigree.

Thoroughbred Racing
History from the Horse in Sport exhibit at the International Museum of the Horse. Excellent.

Preakness History
An overview of the Preakness from the Maryland Jocky Club.

Thoroughbred Champions Research Library
Historical info about many big races worldwide and other useful data.

Second Running
A newsletter of race track nostalgia. Some interesting old photos, quotes, and stories.

Kentucky Derby History
Links to historical info about the Derby from Churchill Downs.

Thoroughbred Gallery
Images of the ancestors of today's thoroughbreds.

Totalisator History
History of the world's first automatic totalisator machine.

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
All about the museum and a listing of all the Hall of Fame members with bios for each.

Kenilworth Park
About the race track in Tonawanda and how the anti-gambling laws at the turn of the century killed it.

Without A Trace: the strange disappearance of Al Snider
The story of Citation's jockey who disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle.

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