Dick Hamilton, communications officer for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., has announced that he will be retiring this spring. Hamilton joined the museum staff in 1995, after retiring from his position as a New York Racing Association steward earlier that year."These past nine years have been among the happiest and most productive of my working career," Hamilton said. "I would like everyone to know what a dedicated and loyal staff is associated with the Museum and Hall of Fame."A graduate of Boston's Emerson College, Hamilton worked in television and radio news before detouring into Thoroughbred racing.After starting with the Daily Racing Form statistics department in 1971, he moved to The Jockey Club's foreign registration department. In 1975,Hamilton joined NYRA as an entry clerk and went on to serve as a placing judge, patrol judge, paddock judge, and alternate steward before becoming a full-fledged steward in 1989.Director Peter H. Hammell said, "Dick has been an invaluable member of our team. He has contributed positively to everything from exhibitions to the administration of the Hall of Fame nomination and election process. I appreciate everything he has done for the Museum."
Although Hamilton is retiring, he plans to remain at the museum as a volunteer working on special projects.