The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s newest exhibition, Women in Racing, opens to the public Saturday, July 20. The Museum acknowledges the support of the Edward P. Evans Foundation in underwriting this special exhibit, which details the role women have played in the sport of Thoroughbred racing for more than a century.
Featuring artwork, photography, and multimedia from the Museum collection and on loan, Women in Racing honors the pioneers and trailblazers of the past and the modern women who are currently thriving in the sport as owners, breeders, jockeys, trainers, executives, media, and numerous other disciplines.
Exhibition highlights include a timeline of firsts celebrating the milestone achievements of women of the sport; artifacts from the career of trailblazing jockey Wantha Davis; Frances Genter’s pillbox hat worn during Unbridled’s Kentucky Derby victory; items from Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone’s historic Belmont S. victory aboard Colonial Affair; the inaugural Diana H. trophy won by the first licensed female trainer Mary Hirsch; and artifacts and portraits relating to every woman inducted into the Hall of Fame, including 2019 Hall of Fame Pillars of the Turf inductees Gladys Mills Phipps, Helen Hay Whitney, and Marylou Whitney. An interactive exhibit featuring race footage and short films will also be available for visitors to explore.