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National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame to host Countdown to the Triple Crown

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will host its annual Countdown to the Triple Crown program on Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m. in the Museum’s Hall of Fame Gallery. Veteran handicappers Tom Amello, Jeff Carle, and Jeanne Wood will be on hand to offer analysis and predictions for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby and answer questions from the audience about the Triple Crown series. The program is free and open to the public.

There will be giveaways from the Museum’s gift shop, as well as from EMBRACE THE RACE, The Apparel for the Horseracing Lifestyle. Guests will also receive complimentary issues of the Triple Crown preview edition of The Blood-Horse, featuring past performances. The program will feature video of key Derby prep races provided by Capital OTB TV and an audience-driven discussion with the panel.

Amello has produced the “Trackfacts” selection sheet at Saratoga Race Course since 1988. In April of 1992, he began production of a television version of Trackfacts for Capital OTB TV. Amello later developed a second show for Capital OTB, Trackfacts Live, a 90-minute program which aired on Capital OTB TV through 2012.

Carle was the leading apprentice jockey at the Belmont Park spring and fall meets in 1989, as well as that year’s Saratoga meet. He won 290 races during his career and had purse earnings in excess of $5.3 million. After his riding career ended because of injuries, Carle turned to training. He operated a public stable for 10 years and won several stakes races. Carle has appeared on a variety of OTB programs and produced several news and feature stories for the network.

Wood has been a program host and handicapper at Capital OTB since 1998. Among the programs she hosts are Horses ’n Courses, a weekly recap of stakes races, and Saratoga Newsdesk, a live program from Capital OTB’s summer studio at Saratoga Race Course.

Brien Bouyea, the communications officer at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, will serve as the program’s moderator.