Collections Connections

  • Audience: Ages 8 and up


Collections Connections uses objects from the Museum's collections to connect youths to the horses, people, and places of the sport's past and present. Virtual series segments, designed for learners ages 8 and up, spotlight myriad stories from the rich history of thoroughbred racing. This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

The First Futurity

The First Futurity (Museum Collection)

About: In this episode of Collections Connections, museum educator Matt Reichel talks about the inaugural running of the Futurity Stakes in 1888, and the impact of Black jockeys on the sport. 
Click here for video: Collections Connections - First Futurity - YouTube

James McLaughlin

James McLaughlin (Museum Collection)

About: In this week's Collections Connections, museum educator Matt Reichel goes back in time to examine the legendary career of James McLaughlin, one of horse racing's first superstar jockeys and a member of the inaugural Hall of Fame class of 1955.
Click here for video: Collections Connections - James McLaughlin - YouTube

Man o' War

Man o' War memorabilia (Museum Collection)

About: In this week's Collections Connections, museum educator Matt Reichel reflects on one of the best racehorses to ever live, 1957 Hall of Fame inductee Man o' War (Photos and videos from the Museum's collection)
Click here for video: Collections Connections - Man o' War - YouTube

Lady's Secret

Lady's Secret memorabilia (Museum Collection)

About: In this week's Collections Connections, museum educator Matt Reichel talks about a tiny filly and daughter of Secretariat who beat the odds — the great Lady's Secret (Photos and videos from NYRA and the museum collection)
Click here for video: Collections Connections - Lady's Secret - YouTube

James Ben Ali Haggin

James Ben Ali Haggin (Museum Collection)

About: In this week's Collections Connections, museum educator Matt Reichel takes a closer look at a portrait depicting influential owner/breeder James Ben Ali Haggin, a 2022 Hall of Fame inductee as a Pillar of the Turf.
Click here for video: Collections Connections - James Ben Ali Haggin - YouTube

Against All Odds

"Against All Odds" statue (Museum Collection)

About: In this week's Collections Connections, we take a closer look at one of the newest items in the Museum's collection and delve into the fascinating story of Hall of Famer John Henry
Click here for video: Collections Connections - Against All Odds - YouTube

1974 Kentucky Derby program with Angel Cordero, Jr.

Angel Cordero, Jr. and the 1974 Kentucky Derby program (Matt Reichel)

About: In this edition of Collections Connections, we are joined by a very special guest! Legendary jockey and Hall of Famer Angel Cordero, Jr. takes a look at the Kentucky Derby program from 1974, when he won his first of three editions of the Kentucky Derby with Cannonade.
Click here for video: Collections Connections - 1974 Kentucky Derby program - YouTube

Angel Cordero, Jr. and the 1969 Gallant Fox Handicap Trophy

Angel Cordero, Jr. and the 1969 Gallant Fox Handicap Trophy (Matt Reichel)

About: In this edition of Collections Connections, we are joined by a very special guest! Legendary jockey and Hall of Famer Angel Cordero, Jr. showcases the trophy for the Gallant Fox Handicap, won by him in 1969 aboard the horse Ship Leave.
Click here for video: Collections Connections - 1969 Gallant Fox Handicap Trophy - YouTube

John Skeaping's Secretariat

Secretariat, by John Skeaping (Museum Collection)

About: In this week's episode of Collections Connections, Museum educator Matt Reichel talks about John Skeaping's iconic statue of 1973 Triple Crown winner and Hall of Fame member Secretariat. 
Click here for video: Collections Connections - Skeaping's Secretariat - YouTube

Artist John Wootton

A Newmarket scene, by John Wootten (Museum Collection)

About: In this week's episode of Collections Connections, Museum educator Matt Reichel talks about the oldest painting in our collection and one of the most influential sporting artists of the 18th century. 
Click here for video: Collections Connections - Wootton - YouTube

Pimlico Race Course 1870 gate

Pimlico Race Course gate (Museum Collection)

About: In this Collections Connections segment, Museum educator Matt Reichel talks about the historic Pimlico Race Course gate on the Museum property. 
Click here for video: Collections Connections - Pimlico gate - YouTube

Sergeant Murphy

Sargeant Murphy (Museum Collection)

About: In this Collections Connections segment, Museum educator Matt Reichel talks about Hall of Fame member Seabiscuit and related items from the Museum Collection. 
Click here for video: Collections Connections - Sargeant Murphy - YouTube

Seabiscuit memorabilia

Seabiscuit memorabilia (Museum Collection) 

 

 

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