Horse Power: The National Museum of Racing (2004)

Horse Power: The National Museum of Racing Documentary Film

This documentary film is from award winning television series celebrating the museum world in the U.S. and abroad created by executive producers Marc Doyle and Chesney Blankenstein Doyle. The documentary series opens the doors of museums to millions of viewers through public television, new media and community outreach with the goal of “creating a community of learners”. Additional content from each film is developed through Great Museums content preparation, production and post – production, and is exclusively for viewers.

The film tells the viewers about The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, established in Saratoga Springs in 1950, in New York to honor the accomplishments of American thoroughbred race horses, jockeys, and trainers. Each spring, following the tabular matter of the final votes, the proclamation of new inductees is usually made throughout Kentucky Derby Week in early May. The Hall of Fame nominating committee selects eight or more candidates from among the four Contemporary categories to be presented to the voters.

The important turn in the film was explaining the thoroughbred horses; Citation (1959), Secretariat (1974), Man o’ War (1957), Seabiscuit (1958) are the names of collective memory and images of great stamina and were all heroes of the greensward and names that evoke the clang of the racing grounds gate and the thunder of pounding hooves. During the season, one third of the visitor comes to the museum and the rainy day means the crowd at the museum. This museum celebrates one of America’s oldest sports as well as the legendary grace and power of thoroughbred racehorses.

Thoroughbred racing is one of the only sports where men and women contend in a same race on equal ground. This museum was being made on the spot where all the artifacts and records in the coherence races stories of decades can be told. The fans, the horses, the jockeys, the trainers, the racing suits, trophies and paintings show that thoroughbred racing is a key point to the artistry and culture.

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