John C. Hemment Photograph Collection


John C. Hemment Photograph Collection


Photography of horse sports


Items in this collection were digitized from the John C. Hemment Photographic Collection, comprising nearly 6,000 print photographs taken by the racing industry's renowned photographer John C. Hemment in the late 19th and early 20th century. The collection depicts track and paddock scenes, horses, and the social gatherings of prominent historic figures associated with Thoroughbred racing.


These digital resources may be freely searched and displayed. Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or electronically. Physical rights are retained by the Keeneland Library. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Collection Items

Lamplighter with Simms up
This photograph, taken in the 1890s, features the Thoroughbred Lamplighter with jockey Willie Simms up.

Lamplighter was the American Co-Champion Older Male Horse in 1893. He was owned by horseman and co-owner of the Monmouth Park Racetrack,…

Tenny with Murphy up
Photograph of the Thoroughbred Tenny with jockey Isaac Burns Murphy up.

Tenny, known as "The Swayback" to his fans, is often remembered in association with his rivalry with Hall of Famer Salvator. Although Tenny won his first four races in 1890,…

King James
Head shot of the American Thoroughbred King James with groom.

King James, son of Plaudit (1898 Kentucky Derby winner) out of Unsightly, was bred and foaled by John Madden in Kentucky.

Despite a bad stride, he raced through age seven, primarily…

This photograph features the American Thoroughbred Broomstick eating from a held feed bucket.

Broomstick was bred and foaled at McGrathiana Stud Farm in 1901. Sired by Ben Brush out of Elf, Broomstick had three successful racing seasons (1903 to…

Conformation shot of the American Thoroughbred Domino.

Hall of Famer Domino was foaled in 1891. He raced for three seasons (1893 to 1895) with a record of 19-2-1 from 25 starts, earning $193,550.

His career earnings were not surpassed until…

Sheepshead Bay Crowd
This photograph, taken at the turn of the 20th century, features an apron crowd at Sheepshead Bay Race Track.

July 4th Crowd
This photograph features the grandstand crowd at Sheepshead Bay Race Track on July 4, 1907.

Tenny & Salvator
This photograph features the match race held on June 25, 1890, at Sheepshead Bay Race Track between one of racing's greatest rivalries: Tenny and Salvator.

Salvator (Isaac Burns Murphy up) bested Tenny (Edward Garrison up) by half a head. The two…

Start of the Futurity
This photograph features the start of the 1902 Futurity Stakes at Sheepshead Bay Race Track. The track and entries are prominent.

John A. Drake's Enoch Wishard-trained Savable (Lucien Lyne up) claimed the 1902 Futurity Stakes victory.

1897 Suburban Handicap
This photograph features the Sheepshead Bay Race Track at the 1897 Suburban Handicap. The track and infield are prominent.

Michael's Dwyer's Hardy Campbell, Jr.-trained Ben Brush (Willie Simms up) won the Suburban Handicap that year.
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