Harness racing lithographs on display at Kentucky Horse Park

by Paul Ramlow, USTA Internet News Editor

Columbus, OH — Horsemen and harness racing fans that are headed to Lexington for the upcoming Grand Circuit meet are reminded that the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame has partnered with the International Museum of the Horse to present “The Story of Harness Racing by Currier and Ives and the Kentucky Connection,” a collection of harness racing lithographs now on display at the Kentucky Horse Park.

The collection will be on display on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park, which is also sponsoring the exhibit, through October 21, and will be ideal to visit for those who are in Lexington over the next two weeks.

When Currier and Ives produced these lithographs in the mid-19th century, harness racing stood alone as America’s pastime. The duo chronicled famous match-ups between such legendary performers as Lucy, Maud S and George Wilkes. The exhibit also displays portrayals of the sometimes comical mishaps that occurred when racing the trotting horse.

For more information on the exhibit while it is in Lexington, contact the Kentucky Horse Park at (859) 259-4232, or the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame at (845) 294-6330.

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