HAR­NESS RAC­ING MU­SEUM AND HALL OF FAME

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Housed in a his­toric 1913 Tu­dor-style sta­ble, the Har­ness Rac­ing Mu­seum and Hall of Fame is “a world-class, award-win­ning mu­seum ded­i­cated to the preser­va­tion, con­ser­va­tion and pro­mo­tion of har­ness rac­ing and the Stan­dard­bred,” says di­rec­tor Janet Ter­hune. The mu­seum out­lines the his­tory of the breed from found­ing sire Ham­ble­to­nian, through greats such as Dan Patch and Grey­hound, to cur­rent stars---and it shows the evo­lu­tion of Stan­dard­breds, says Ter­hune, “from rough road horses to the sleek ath­letes that are on the track to­day.”

In ad­di­tion to art and ar­ti­facts, the mu­seum of­fers a num­ber of in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays, in­clud­ing a 3-D har­ness rac­ing sim­u­la­tor that puts vis­i­tors in the mid­dle of a race, as well as a series of por­trait sculp­tures rep­re­sent­ing each in­ductee into the sport’s Hall of Fame. Sulkies, tack trunks and other ex­hibits demon­strate the in­ge­nu­ity of peo­ple in­volved in the sport. “They used tea strain­ers for gog­gles rac­ing at Semi­nole Park in the late ’70s,” says Ter­hune. “It was a sandy track. They find some­thing that works

and they do it.”

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