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Racing Hall of Fame names Veitch historian

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Michael Veitch, who covered the sport of thoroughbred racing as a decorated journalist for nearly 40 years and is the author of three books on the sport’s history, has been named the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s historian. Veitch, who will officially begin the part-time role on Oct. 1, replaces Allan Carter, who has retired after serving in the position since 2003.

“The museum is most grateful to Allan Carter for all the wonderful things he did during his time as historian. He was a tremendous asset to the sport and a huge part of our team,” said museum director Cate Johnson in a news release. “Allan will always be part of our family here. We are thrilled to welcome Michael into a role that he is a perfect fit for. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the sport’s history is and he is an excellent researcher with an outstanding reputation within the industry.”

Veitch is no stranger to the Museum. He has served the institution as a trustee and currently chairs its Hall of Fame Historic Review Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Contemporary Nominating Committee and was selected to the Museum’s Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor in 2017. Veitch was the lead racing writer and columnist for The Saratogian and its racing supplement, The Pink Sheet from 1979 through 2017. He is the author of “Foundations of Fame: Nineteenth Century Thoroughbred Racing in Saratoga Springs,” “Summit of Champion: Thoroughbred Racing in Saratoga Springs 1901-1955” and co-author of “The Travers: 150 Years of Saratoga’s Greatest Race.”

“I am honored that the National Museum of Racing would ask me to join the staff and succeed such distinguished historians as Tom Gilcoyne and Allan Carter,” Veitch said in the release. “I love racing and its history and I’m really looking forward to this.”

For more information about the Museum, including special events and program offerings, call (518) 584-0400 or visit its website, www.racingmuseum.org.

Racing Hall of Fame sets fall schedule

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is now open on a Wednesday through Sunday schedule through Dec. 31.

The Museum will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Museum hours will remain 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through 2019.

Because of upcoming renovations to the Hall of Fame and Race Day Galler areas of the museum are closed

The entire Museum will be closed to the public Jan. 1, 2020 through June to complete the Hall of Fame Education Experience and numerous other Museum projects. The Museum will reopen to the public in July 2020.

For more information about the Museum, including special events and program offerings, call (518) 584-0400 or visit its website, www.racingmuseum.org.

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