Returning to Weigh Jerome Park. N.Y.


A color print of race horses ridden by jockeys walking slowly. The horses are accompanied by large groups of gentlemen, owners, managers, and patrons, in high black hats. There are rolling hills in the background.

Jerome Park Racetrack opened on September 25, 1866 in Fordham, Westchester County, New York, which now forms part of the Bronx. The American Jockey Club operated this facility on what was once the Bathgate estate. It was owned by Leonard W. Jerome, who helped found the Jockey Club, and August Belmont, Sr. The course was known as “The Bluff” and hosted the first Belmont Stakes in honor of its owner and President of the Jockey Club in 1867. It ran there until 1890 until it was moved to the Morris Park Racetrack. Visits to Jerome Park were integral to New York City social life. In 1894, Jerome Park was scheduled to be turned into a reservoir for the city because the popularity of racing had begun to decline and “bookmaking” was introduced, lowering the class of the facility to the chagrin of the American Jockey Club, which later banned the activity. The prohibition of betting was the final factor in the downfall of Jerome Park.

Date Made: 1870

Maker: Kelly, Thomas

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York City

Depicted: Horses


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, Art, Peters Prints, Domestic Furnishings, Horses


Exhibition Location:

Related Publication: Peters, Harry T.. America on Stone

Credit Line: Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.60.2819Catalog Number: 60.2819Accession Number: 228146

Object Name: lithographObject Type: Lithograph

Physical Description: ink (overall material)paper (overall material)Measurements: image: 16 3/4 in x 25 5/8 in; 42.545 cm x 65.0875 cm


Record Id: nmah_325109

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