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 5,000 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.


John C. Hemment


Late 19th century/early 20th century


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

Stable boys
Stable boys and their mascot; circa 1895

Burlew's string
Exercise riders with trainer Fred Burlew’s string in 1904

Trainer William Lakeland’s staff with U.S. earnings record holder Domino; circa 1895

Bookmakers with horses and prices for the 1894 Brooklyn Handicap at Gravesend Race Track in Brooklyn, New York City

A “tipster” sharing his insight with racegoers in 1893

On a stretcher
Track and stable crew with jockey James Rowan after being thrown in 1895

Galloping Boulevard (foaled in 1898 by Trovador out of Little Lady) in 1901

George Taylor
Stable boy with jockey George Taylor; circa 1890

With Irish Lad
Westbury Stable’s staff with Irish Lad in 1904

Track superintendent Gorman at Morris Park Racecourse in the Bronx, New York City; circa 1895
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