02/16/2010 4:34PM

Hall Call


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.