02/16/2010 4:34PM

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This promising response just in from Brien Bouyea, the new communications coordinator of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame:

"Jay--I wanted to let you know that we are in the process of updating the bios on the active jockeys and trainers and those who have retired in the past few years. I am working with historian Al Carter on this project and hope to complete it shortly. We are also going to have the site itself redesigned, a long overdue change that is needed to freshen up the look and make it easier for people to navigate. In the coming months I also am going to be working on expanding the bios of every Hall of Fame member, adding more photos, videos and external links. I cannot speak as to why the ball was dropped on this in the past, but I am committed to putting out a better product."

Bouyea's predecessor, Mike Kane, did a lot to bring the Hall of Fame site and information flow into the 21st century. No matter how motivated, though, the efforts of guys like Bouyea and Kane must have enthusiastic support from the top--in this case Musuem director Joe Aulisi and his bosses on the Executive Committee, chaird by Stella Thayer--if the Hall of Fame is going to become pertinent to a broader base of already interested fans. In the meantime, take a look at the Hall of Fame website (www.racingmuseum.org) and send along suggestions to the folks in charge.

Angie Hernandez More than 1 year ago
Tony the obit came out today and you can view it at www.modbee.com
Tony Vitone More than 1 year ago
this is a note to let you know that Gilbert Hernandez who was on 4-10-69 the jockey the owner the trainer on a horse called I DOUBLE DAREYA died wednesday 3-30-10.
Nathan Granger More than 1 year ago
Jay, Please tell me that Randy Romero will finally get his day in the Hall! Besides the fact that he is one of the most wonderful human beings, he was one of the toughest riders of all time. His record speaks for itself. Riding titles at Keeneland, Gulfstream, Belmont, Fair Grounds, etc. Not to mention the 181 wins at the Fair Grounds that NO other jock has come close to! He is also the only jockey in history to win win riding titles at ALL the Louisiana tracks. I think it would be a disgrace and a travesty for Randy not to get in the hall before he loses his battle for his life. Let us ALL get on this mission to give Randy his day and honor him with the Hall of Fame induction. Please contact me to discuss anything I can do to help get this done. Thanks
INFO MANIA GIRL More than 1 year ago
That would Be a good thing to know,what happened to Mike Kane??He was definitely in it for the long haul and on the right track.I suspect inner office politics and that would be a shame but not a surprise.One person in a position like that can only do so much without any support.If anybody knows,please let us know. Maybe Mike would be avaiable for comment,I always found him to be an honest and accessible fellow.
Bernard Downes More than 1 year ago
C, Hang on a minute, the Sex Pistols a "silly act"? I think not. You may not like punk music, and I wasn't the greatest fan, but the Sex Pistols had a profound influence on a whole generation of later bands. Long career NO, massive impact YES. Regards - Bernard
bebe More than 1 year ago
Kane seemed to be set for the long haul. Does anyone have any idea why he's no longer with the museum?
Curt A Vassallo More than 1 year ago
Jay, I took Pauls' advice above, thinking he must have done something wrong. Lo & behold, he was spot on...LOL... It was nice to learn that Julie won numerous riding titles vs. the best. Mind U, all on the EAST side. I'll bet that causes some consternation in the household, considering U lean a little WEST...Oh well, at least U got it correct, concerning the right woman..
JOE CACCIOLFI More than 1 year ago
I WISH BRIEN ALL THE LUCK IN THE WORLD BUT THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE UP THERE ARE SO OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE SPORT THAT IT PROBABLY WON'T MATTER WHAT HE DOES.IN FACT I ENCOURAGE HIM TO MAKE AS MANY CHAMGES AS HE WANTS BECAUSE IT WILL TAKE YEARS FOR THOSE BLUE BLOODS TO EVEN NOTICE WHAT HAS CHANGED.THAT PARTICULAR HALL OF FAME SERVES NO USEFUL PURPOSE TO ANYONE INVOLVED WITH THE SPORT,EVERYBODY KNOWS IT AND NOBODY CARES. MUSEUM IS A MUCH BETTER NAME FOR IT BECAUSE THAT IS WHERE THE PEOPLE ON THE BOARD BELONG-IN A MUSEUM. DICK HAMILTON AND MIKE KANE WERE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR AND ON THE RIGHT TRACK, AND AS YOU CAN SEE THEY ARE GONE
C More than 1 year ago
There is one Hall of Fame more out of touch than ours and that's the Rock&Roll HoF. Silly acts like Run DMC and the Sex Pistols, who had 3 hits between them, get in, but Chicago, Hall&Oates, and the Doobie Brothers are somehow not worthy? That gets a big W for "whatever".
Paul More than 1 year ago
Oh, by the way, I like to type a famous person's name plus wikipedia to see if they have a wikipedia bio. Well, if you type: "Jay Hovdey Wikipedia", you get.....Julie Krone. Sorry Jay.