Kentucky Derby Week at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

Special Online Programming and “Derby at Home” celebration

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will present two online Zoom programs related to the Kentucky Derby, as well as launch a special “Derby at Home” section on the Museum’s website, to help racing fans plan for the 147th running of the “Run for the Roses,” which will take place May 1 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

Kicking off Derby week on Monday, April 26, the Museum will host a Zoom program featuring trail-blazing jockey Diane Crump and author Mark Shrager. Crump and Shrager recently teamed up for the book “Diane Crump: A Horse Racing Pioneer’s Life in the Saddle.” In 1969, Crump became the first woman to ride in a pari-mutual race in the United States. The following year, she made more history as the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby. Crump rode through 1998, winning 228 races, according to Equibase. She also rode internationally in Puerto Rico and Brazil. The book (, which was recently named a semifinalist for the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, is the second release related to racing by Shrager, who previously authored “The Great Sweepstakes of 1877: A True Story of Southern Grit, Gilded Age Tycoons, and a Race That Galvanized the Nation.” The program will begin at 1 p.m. and will be moderated by Brien Bouyea, the Museum’s Hall of Fame and Communications Director. To sign up for the program, please go to:

Kentucky Derby Preview Panel set for April 29

The Museum’s annual Kentucky Derby preview panel will be online this year on Thursday, April 29 at 1 p.m. Moderated by Bouyea, the program will feature longtime Capital OTB TV handicapper and analyst Tom Amello and Daily Racing Form reporter Nicole Russo, who will be onsite at Churchill Downs throughout Derby week reporting on the race. The program will feature analysis of the Derby field and key prep races, as well as predictions and longshots to keep an eye on. To sign up for the program, please go to:

Derby at Home to go live April 29 at

The Museum will launch a “Derby at Home” page on its website from April 29 through May 1, featuring all the necessary things to plan a fun Kentucky Debry celebration at home! The page will include recipes, handicapping tips, Kentucky Derby history, family activities, fashion suggestions, party supplies, and more.

There will also be the opportunity to support the Museum and be entered to win one of six gift baskets. Winners will be pulled Monday, May 3 and contacted via phone or email. The Derby at Home page will include a special promo code from NYRA Bets and past performances for both the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, courtesy of Equibase.

The Museum will also showcase an educational video and several objects from its collection related to the Derby. A special Museum gift shop discount of 15 percent will also be live from April 29 through May 1. The Derby at Home page can be accessed beginning April 29 at:

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

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