SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Entertainer David Cassidy, a longtime owner and breeder of thoroughbreds, will deliver the keynote speech during the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
The 50th annual induction ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 8 at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion on East Avenue. It is free and open to the public. The 2005 inductees are trainer Nick Zito, and the steeplechase standouts: trainer Sidney Watters Jr., rider Thomas Walsh and five-time champion horse Lonesome Glory.
“Through the years, there have been tens of thousands of people who have been in the game as trainers and jockeys so it’s such an honor for these individuals, as well as the equine athletes, to have achieved the Hall of Fame,” Cassidy said. “It’s one of the highlights of my entire adult life and career to be asked to speak at the induction ceremony and articulate my passion for racing. To say I’m flattered would be a gross understatement.”
Cassidy purchased his first thoroughbred in 1973 and was involved in breeding and selling before expanding into racing. He currently has an ownership position in a total of 28 thoroughbreds, a group that includes broodmares, weanlings and yearlings and horses in training. His top 3-year-old, the colt Mayan King, has recovered from a pulled muscle and is being prepared for a return to racing at the Oklahoma training center in Saratoga Springs.
A summertime resident of Saratoga Springs, Cassidy began his journey toward international stardom as an actor and singer in 1970 on the hit television series, “The Partridge Family.” His extensive resume includes sales of more than 50 million recordings, 24 gold and platinum recordings, starring roles on Broadway and in London’s West End and writing, producing and starring in long-running shows in Las Vegas. He is in the final week of a European tour.
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is located across from the Saratoga Race Course on Union Avenue in Saratoga Springs. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am -4:00 pm and Sunday from noon - 4:00 pm. Hours during the Saratoga Race Meet are 9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily. Programs at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame are made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency. Call 518 584 0400 for more information.