When Passion and Dedication Leads to Hall of Fame

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Photo courtesy of Skip Dickstein

We often say that dedication to a passion can be an integral part of successful aging.

Proving the point, the greatest of the great shared their stories and were celebrated at the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame ceremony last Friday. The event took place in Saratoga Springs, New York, at Fasig Tipton, North America’s oldest Thoroughbred auction company,

The 2020 and 2021 Inductees Combined at This Year’s Event

The 2020 inductees include racehorses Tom Bowling and Wise Dan; jockey Darrel McHargue; trainer Mark Casse; and Pillars of the Turf Alice Headley Chandler, J. Keene Daingerfield, Jr., and George D. Widener, Jr. The 2021 class is comprised of racehorse American Pharoah (a 2013 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling Sale graduate) and trainers Jack Fisher and Todd Pletcher.

More National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame Greats Attending Ceremony

Attendees were given the special treat of seeing some of the great past Hall of Fame winners including (Photo above, from left to right) top Thoroughbred horse racing trainers Nick Zito and Shug McGaughey; Javier Castellano, 4-time winner of Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey; Ramon Dominguez, Eclipse Award-winning jockey born in Venezuela; Sandy Hawley, Canadian Hall of Fame jockey; Gary Stevens, jockey, famed 2003 film Seabiscuit actor, and sports analyst; Chris McCarron, gifted jockey who also served as technical advisor, racing designer, and actor Seabiscuit.; John Velazquez, two-time winner of the Eclipse Award as outstanding jockey hailing from Puerto Rico; Jose Santos, retired Chilean Thoroughbred jockey; Bill Mott, youngest Thoroughbred trainer ever inducted; Julie Krone, first female jockey to win a Triple Crown race; Angel Cordero, Jr., one of the leading Thoroughbred horse racing jockeys of all time and first Puerto Rican to be inducted; Janet Elliot, first woman trainer to be inducted in the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame; Braulio Baeza, jockey and first Latin American jockey to win the Kentucky Derby.

Watch for more about Saratoga Springs, New York as a  must-visit destination for active travelers in the fall issue of Healthy Aging® Magazine. Not a subscriber? Subscribe to Healthy Aging® Magazine, the lifestyle magazine that is all about following your passion and what you can do rather than what you can’t.
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