Sadling Jerome Park

Sadling Jerome Park

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A color print of an informal gathering of jockeys and owners as former saddle horses for forthcoming race. Tents and wooded hills are 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.
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Object Name
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Kelly, Thomas
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
ink (overall material)
paper (overall material)
image: 16 3/4 in x 25 in; 42.545 cm x 63.5 cm
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Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
Chronology: 1860-1869
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National Museum of American History
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