Hall of Fame Cancels 2020 Ceremony, Ball

WISE DAN (Eclipse Sportswire Photo)

The 2020 Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the Museum Ball has been canceled as a result of the ongoing health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame announced Thursday. “We are incredibly disappointed we won’t be able to have these time-honored special events this summer, but the health concerns we are facing right now take precedence,” said John Hendrickson, president of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

Alice Headley Chandler (Anne Eberhardt/Blood-Horse Photo)

“The Hall of Fame ceremony is an experience we want to be able to share with the fans. With racing at Saratoga this summer likely to take place without spectators, we believe it is in the best interests of everyone involved and for the integrity of the event to postpone the ceremony for a year.” Originally scheduled for Aug. 7, the Hall of Fame ceremony was slated to honor trainer Mark Casse, jockey Darrel McHargue, horses Wise Dan and Tom Bowling and Pillars of the Turf Alice Headley Chandler, Keene Daingerfield, Jr. and George D. Widener, Jr.

“The 2020 inductees will be honored together with the class of 2021 next summer in what will be a truly special ceremony,” Hendrickson said. “Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is the most prestigious honor in the sport of thoroughbred racing and we will make sure this year’s classis properly recognized for the incredible mark they have made on the game.”

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