“Racing As It Was Meant to Be” to Showcase Racing Treasures
Keeneland Library and the Hopewell Museum in Paris, Ky., are partnering to present “Racing As It Was Meant to Be,” an exhibit featuring nearly a century’s worth of rare Thoroughbred racing memorabilia, beginning Sunday, Feb. 16.
Thoroughbred racing artifacts, images, original artworks and stunning trophies from the vaults of Keeneland Library chronicle the history of Keeneland and the Kentucky Association race track, which closed in 1933.
Featured in the exhibit are autographed silks of famed owner Col. E.R. Bradley, which were auctioned to raise money for the War Chest in 1943; racing programs from Keeneland and the Kentucky Association race track; the Keeneland Breeders’ Futurity Tray from 1910-1951, which documents Triple Crown winner Whirlaway’s win as a 2-year-old at Keeneland; the blanket worn by Horse of the Year Nashua during his retirement ceremony at Keeneland in 1956; and a set of china in the racing colors of Queen Elizabeth II that was designed for her visit to Keeneland in 1984.
In conjunction with the exhibit opening from 2-4 p.m. (ET) on Feb. 16, Berkeley and Jeanine Scott will autograph copies of their book Images of America: Keeneland Race Course.
The exhibit runs through June 1.
The Hopewell Museum, located at 800 Pleasant St. in Paris, is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. More information can be found at hopewellmuseum.org.