Crist to Address HOF Ceremony at Saratoga

Racing journalist will deliver keynote at Hall of Fame induction ceremony Aug. 10.

Prominent racing journalist Steve Crist will deliver the keynote address at the National Museum of Racing’s 2012 Hall of Fame induction Aug. 10, at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The induction ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. and is open to the public free of charge.

Crist, who has more than 30 years of experience as a racing journalist, was a correspondent for The Blood-Horse, a New York Times reporter and columnist; founding editor-in-chief of The Racing Times; and a vice president of the New York Racing Association. In 1998, he formed an investment group that purchased Daily Racing Form, where he was CEO until 2002. He continues to serve as its editor and publisher emeritus, as well as a columnist and blogger. He also is a longtime member of the Hall of Fame Nominating Committee and the Eclipse Awards Steering Committee.

Crist is the author of the books “Offtrack,” “The Horse Traders,” “Betting on Myself,” and “Exotic Betting.” In 2010, he was one of four journalists named as inaugural selections to the National Museum of Racing’s Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor, along with Charles Hatton, William Nack, and Red Smith.

The 2012 Hall of Fame inductees are the horses Ghostzapper  and Planet; jockeys John Velazquez and Anthony Hamilton; and trainers Roger Attfield and Robert Wheeler.