August 1, 2015

Hall Of Fame Night At Mohawk

July 15, 2015- Standardbred racing fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with many harness racing greats this Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and Standardbred Canada’s “I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club” will be hosting a Tribute Night this Saturday evening at Mohawk. Racing fans will have the chance to meet Hall of Fame members, view racing memorabilia and take part in a raffle and silent auction.

The meet and greet will get underway at 6:00 p.m. inside the main doors of Mohawk and fans will have the opportunity to chat and ask questions to Hall of Famers about their racing careers.

Dr. John Findley, Jack Kopas, Dr. Glen Brown, Sarah Scott (representing Rocknroll Hanover), Bill O’Donnell, Bill Galvin, Carl Jamieson, Bob McIntosh and Ron Waples are all scheduled to appear.

Several of the Hall of Famers will be bringing along some of their favourite racing memorabilia to share with fans.

Fans will also have the opportunity to check out the Rocknroll Hanover showcase displays inside the main doors and new framed photographs added to the Armstrong Brothers and Dr. Glen Brown displays.

The evening’s fourth race will be the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Tribute Race and the group of Hall of Fame members will be in the winner’s circle following the race to make the presentation.

A great group of silent auction items will be available for bidding and raffle tickets will be on sale for a framed “Somebeachsomewhere print” by equine artist Linda Shantz. The draw for the print will take place following the evening’s fifth race.

Doors open Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and the meet and greet will get underway at 6:00 p.m. Post time for the 12-race card is 7:25 p.m.

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Canadian Hall’s Induction Gala Info

July 9, 2015 - The 39th Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala Fundraising Dinner on August 5th promises to be an evening of celebration as ten new members join the best of Canadian Horse Racing.

Held at the Mississauga Convention Centre, co-hosting duties will be shared by Jim Bannon, Woodbine Entertainment Group Thoroughbred Racing Analyst and 2015 CHRHF Communicator inductee along with Greg Blanchard, Raceway Manager at the Raceway at Western Fair and former racing television commentator. The Gala event will feature a cocktail reception, a fantastic line up of silent and live auction items, a four course gourmet dinner and the Induction Ceremony.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame acknowledges the generous sponsorship support of this year’s event: Event Sponsor – OLG; Reception and Wine Sponsor – Central Ontario Standardbred Association; Photography Sponsor – Ontario Standardbred Alliance Tracks and Woodbine Entertainment Group for producing the video tributes to each of this year’s inductees.

The CHRHF Planning Committee is putting together an impressive list of live and silent auction items including sporting event tickets, racing related memorabilia and art. All proceeds from the auction will go directly toward helping the Hall of Fame recognize the achievements of those that have built and established the roots of horse racing in Canada.

The gala will celebrate the induction of Standardbred honourees H. Charles Armstrong, Bill Gale, Harry Eisen, Artsplace, and J Cs Nathalie. Thoroughbred honourees include Robert Anderson, Stewart Elliott, Roger Laurin and Mine That Bird.

The event will pay tribute to 2015 Legend honourees Col. K. R. (Rud) Marshall and Harold H.

There will also be a look back to 1965, the year George Royal was named Canada’s Horse of the Year and Armbro Flight made headlines for her racing accomplishments as a three-year-old.

The reception and silent auction will commence at 5:30 p.m., followed by a four course dinner, live auction and induction ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $175 per person or $1,700 for a table sponsorship which includes 8 tickets and a $300 donation to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame are available by visiting the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Online Store or by contacting Linda Rainey 416-417-9404 or linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com.

Opportunities to advertise in the souvenir induction program and event sponsorship packages are also still available.

(CHRHF/Standardbred Canada)

Celebrate Canada’s Best

June 30, 2015 - Have you ever wanted to ask Bill O’Donnell about winning the richest race in harness racing, find out from Dr. Glen Brown what it was like to be the owner of Fan Hanover, or ask caretaker Sarah Scott about her special bond with Rocknroll Hanover? Here’s your chance!

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club will host a special meet and greet with these Hall of Famers and more on Saturday, July 18 at Mohawk Racetrack from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

See and learn more about memorabilia displays like the Armstrong Bros. Trophy Showcase, the Somebeachsomewhere display, the Dr. Glen Brown showcase, a display case honouring Admirals Express and a cherished collection of items from Rocknroll Hanover’s career.

There will also be a Silent Auction of harness racing memorabilia and a raffle to win a framed, limited edition Somebeachsomewhere print by Canadian equine artist Linda Shantz, all to benefit the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Watch for updates on Silent Auction items and the roster for the Meet and Greet!

‘Doors Open’ At Hall Of Fame

May 20, 2015 – Looking for something to do this weekend? Visit the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and Woodbine Racetrack as they take part in ‘Doors Open Toronto,’ presented by Great Gulf.

This is your opportunity and to learn about the history and heritage of Canadian horse racing from historians and docents including Hall of Fame Founder/Director Emeritus, Lou Cauz; author and Hall of Fame Member, Bill Galvin; and harness racing ambassador, owner and super fan, Sydney Weaver.

See rare memorabilia and photos of iconic Canadian horses Northern Dancer and Cam Fella, test your trivia knowledge for the chance to win great CHRHF merchandise, and take your picture as a harness driver or jockey in the photo area.

Woodbine activities include backstretch bus tours starting at 10 a.m. each day, with behind the scenes tours beginning at noon. Also, don’t forget that there is a full card of Thoroughbred racing beginning at 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Hall of Fame driver Ron Waples and Hall of Fame jockey Sandy Hawley are also scheduled to make appearances.

Events take place this Saturday (May 23) and Sunday (May 24) from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, founded in 1976, offers visitors a one of a kind look into 250 years of rich history and heritage of both the Thoroughbred and Standardbred horse racing industry in Canada.

For further information on the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, visit canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com and join the conversation via Facebook and Twitter (on Facebook, ‘Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame’; and on Twitter, @cdn_halloffame @woodbineracing @Doors_OpenTO and using the event hashtag #DOT15).

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Hall Of Fame’s 2015 Inductees

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2015 inductees. A total of 10 horses and people have been elected to the Hall of Fame.

Standardbred inductees include horses ArtsplaceJ Cs Nathalie and people H. Charles (Charlie) ArmstrongWilliam (Bill) Gale and Harry Eisen. The Thoroughbred inductees are Mine That BirdRobert (Bob) M. AndersonJames (Jim) Bannon,Stewart Elliott and Roger Laurin.

Artsplace, representing the Standardbred Male Horse Category, was the 1992 O’Brien Award and Dan Patch Award winner as Horse of the Year following a sixteen race, undefeated four-year-old season. He was a World Record holder in his two-year-old season, winning the Breeders Crown in a time of 1:51.1 at Pompano Park in Florida. Under the care of trainer Bob McIntosh and driven throughout his racing career by Hall of Famers John Campbell, Bill O’Donnell, Cat Manzi and Bill Gale, Artsplace won 37 races and bankrolled over $3 million. As a stallion, Artsplace produced top horses from the time his first crop raced in 1996. To date, his progeny, including 18 millionaires, have accumulated over $173 million in earnings with an average of $126,372 per starter. Many of Artsplace’s sons and daughters have gone on to sire champions, including Art Major, sire of 2008 Meadowlands Pace champion Art Official, who won in 1:47, at the time a world record for three-year-old pacers, and the second fastest race mile in harness racing history.

Standardbred Veteran Horse Category inductee, J Cs Nathalie has produced two millionaires for owner John Lamers of Ingersoll, Ontario — pacing colt Dreamfair Vogel, and pacing mare Dreamfair Eternal. Dreamfair Vogel was a winner of 19 races and over $1.1 million with a race record of 1:49.3. Dreamfair Eternal, a winner of 56 races and over $2.5 million in purse earnings was Canada’s Horse of the Year in 2010 and was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2014. In total J Cs Nathaliehas produced 13 horses of which 11 have started and banked more than $4.5 million in purse earnings.

In the Driver/Trainer Category, William (Bill) Gale, 66 of Woodstock, Ontario, has been elected to the Hall of Fame. Gale was one of Canada’s leading drivers for a period that spanned the 70s, 80s and 90s. Between 1982 and 1997, Gale recorded 16 consecutive $1 million+ seasons. During a driving career that spanned over 30 years, he won 6,375 races, started 32,134 times and earned $42.1 million. In the fall of ’91 at Pompano Park he won a pair of Breeders Crown Championships, as he guided King Conch to a World Record 1:56.2 win in the $300,000 Two-Year-Old Colt Trot and reined Three Wizards to an upset victory over Die Laughing and Artsplace in the $357,000 Breeders Crown for Three-Year-Old Pacing Colts.

In 1991, William Gale was honoured with an O’Brien Award as Canada’s Driver of The Year following a season where he exceeded $3.2 million in purse earnings.

H. Charles (Charlie) Armstrong, 93, of Brampton, Ontario, has been a true Icon in the Ontario and North American Horse Industry for over 60 years. Following the death of his father Elgin, Charlie and his wife Lenore took over the operation of Armstrong Bros. Farm, and as Chairman of Armstrong Holdings Brampton Limited, he oversaw the growth of the farm into the second largest Standardbred breeding operation in North America. The Armbro name was ever-present in the winner’s circles of prestigious races for both trotters and pacers, producing such champions as Armbro Flight, Armbro Feather, Armbro Omaha and hundreds of others. Of note, Charlie Armstrong and fellow Hall of Famer, Gustav Schickedanz were the breeders of champion trotter Goodtimes, who at the end of his 11-year race career was retired as the richest Canadian-Bred Trotting Horse of all time. Other notables include two-time Breeders Crown winner Village Jiffy, as well as such horses as Village Jove and Village Jolt. Stallions standing at the Armstrong breeding operation included King Conch, Camotion, Dream of Glory, Armbro Emerson and Adios Pick to name a few. The family company was dispersed in 2005; however Charlie, along with his daughters, continues to raise and race Standardbreds under the name Village Acres Limited. Charlie’s involvement in racing extended far beyond that of a breeder and owner and resulted in a long list of achievements for his commitment to the racing industry. In 1999 he was named Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame Honouree in 1999 and the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association presented him with the Van Bussell Award in 2003.

The 2015 Standardbred Communicator Inductee is the late Harry Eisen who spent a lifetime loving and covering horse racing in Ontario. Eisen, who once said he saw his first harness race when he was “three or four years old,” sold tip sheets at Dufferin Park Racetrack as a boy. As a lifelong journalist, he spent many years exposing the sport to the public, including the majority of his 40 years at the London Free Press and described his work as a “labour of love.” Eisen’s regular column, “Mostly About Horses” kept horse lovers in the loop. As a highly regarded handicapper, he also made the Western Fair selections for the Free Press. In 1980, he became the first non-horseman to be inducted to the Western Fair Raceway Wall of Fame.


Standardbred inductees H. Charles Armstrong, Harry Eisen, Bill Gale and J Cs Nathalie (with John Lamers)

Representing the Thoroughbreds in the CHRHF class of 2015:

Thoroughbred Male Horse, Mine That Bird was bred in Kentucky by Canadian Breeder Peter Lamantia and partners. The colt was purchased as a yearling by Canadian trainer Dave Cotey for $9,500 on behalf of owners Dominion Bloodstock, Derek Ball and Hugh Galbraith. His Juvenile year began at Woodbine with an impressive four wins in five starts, earning the 2008 Sovereign Award for Champion two-year old. Later in 2008 Mine That Bird was sold to Mark Allen (Double Eagle Ranch) and Leonard Blach (Buena Suerte Equine) of New Mexico. The gelding gained international attention with his 2009 Kentucky Derby longshot performance paired with jockey Calvin Borel when they made a sweeping 21 length ‘last to first’ victory. Mine That Bird’s Triple Crown pursuit was dashed with a 2nd place finish in the Preakness to Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra, and a 3rd in the Belmont. Mine That Bird’s total career purse earnings were $2,248,496 in 18 starts (5-2-2).

Toronto-born, second generation jockey Stewart Elliott will be inducted in the Jockey Category. In 2004, Stewart made headlines around the world when he became the first jockey in 25 years to win the Kentucky Derby in his first appearance when he rode Smarty Jones. The pair followed up with a dominating win in the Preakness, only to be beaten a length by Birdstone in the Belmont. During a career consisting of over 29,000 starts, horses ridden by Elliott horses amassed earnings in excess of $93 million with wins in 4,650 races. In 2010 he was named the winner of the Avelino Gomez Memorial Award. Steward Elliot currently stands 36th on the all-time list for career wins, and 5th on the all-time win list amongst Canadian-born rider.

Robert (Bob) M. Anderson was a long-time horseman based in St. Thomas, ON. As President of Anderson Farms, he was involved with breeding, racing and selling both thoroughbred and Standardbred horses for 41 years in Canada, U.S., and Europe. A former Director of Woodbine Entertainment Group (formerly OJC) and past national President of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society from 1981-82, he was also a Board member of Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association in the U.S.A, a Steward of the Jockey Club of Canada as well as a member of the Ontario Racing Commission Advisory Board, the First Chairman of the Guelph Research Centre for Equine Research and member of the E.P. Taylor Equine Research Fund.

He bred and matured over 1,400 thoroughbreds including champions Pinafore Park, Larkwhistle, and Prince Avatar. He was the breeder of successful sires Ascot Knight, National Assembly and Alydeed.

His Standardbred success stories include Pampered Princess, a champion at two and three and winner of $1.74 million; as well as champions and world record holders Southwind Allaire and Cabrini Hanover.

Toronto’s James (Jim) Bannon was part of the first Simulcast Racing TV Show in North America in 1981. His natural comfort in front of the camera and extensive Thoroughbred racing knowledge propelled Bannon into a career that includes television analyst, commentator and handicapping expert with followers at racetracks and living rooms across North America. From that humble start, Bannon became the face of Thoroughbred racing in Canada. Jim became a television analyst, commentator and handicapping expert for the CBC’s Queen’s Plate and Breeders’ Cup shows and in 2010 he was rewarded with a Gemini Award as Canada’s Best Sports Analyst. For the past 40 years he has published Woodbine Journal, a staple for bettors. In addition to his journalistic endeavours he gives generously of his time as an educator in handicapping seminars. He is head of the Chaplaincy Program at Woodbine. Jim is a Director of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and in 2010 was voted into the Etobicoke Hall of Fame for his contributions to the community.

The 2015 Inductee in the Thoroughbred Veteran Person Category will be trainer Roger Laurin. The Montreal-born son of Hall of Famer Lucien Laurin came into prominence in 1964 when he took charge of the conditioning of a filly named Miss Cavandish for Harry S. Nichols. Miss Cavandish became one of the top two fillies racing in the United States that year. From there, the list of graded stakes horses he conditioned reads like a who’s who of 1960’s and ‘70’s racing. He trained Drumtop who won numerous top stakes and who broke three track records in 1971 for John Moseley, while at the same time conditioning the 1971 two-year-old Eclipse champion filly Numbered Account for Ogden Phipps. In 1984 Chief’s Crown won the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and was named the two-year-old male Eclipse Champion. Roger continues to keep his hand in the game with a small stable based at Woodbine.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Ceremony will be hosted at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Wednesday, August 5th, 2015.

Standardbred Inductees

Male Horse Category: Artsplace – bred and owned by George I. Segal, Chicago, Illinois & Brian P. Monieson, Northbrook, Illinois; later owned by Artsplace Syndicate, Versailles, Kentucky.
Veteran Horse Category: J Cs Nathalie– bred by Gaetan Dessureault, St. Ours, Quebec; owned by John P. Lamers, Ingersoll, ON
Builder Category: H. Charles Armstrong, Brampton, Ontario
Communicator Category: Harry Eisen, London, Ontario
Driver/Trainer: William (Bill) Gale, Ingersoll, Ontario

Thoroughbred Inductees

Male Horse Category: Mine That Bird, bred by Lamantia, Blackburn & Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds; owned by Double Eagle Ranch Inc. and Buena Suerte Equine, New Mexico
Builder Category: Robert (Bob) Anderson, St. Thomas, Ontario
Communicator Category: James (Jim) E. Bannon, Toronto, Ontario
Jockey Category: Stewart Elliott, Auburn, Kentucky
Trainer Category: Roger Laurin, Ocala, Florida

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Hall Announces 2015 Ballot

On Monday, March 23, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame unveiled the names of horses and horsepeople which are on the Hall’s 2015 ballot.

A total of 30 horses and people comprised of 15 Standardbred racing candidates and 15 Thoroughbred racing candidates have been selected to appear on this year’s ballot. A 20-person Election Committee for each breed will determine the winners in their respective categories. Results will be announced Tuesday, April 7.

Standardbred ballots representing this year’s five voting categories are as follows:


In the Standardbred Male Horse category, Artsplace, Blissfull Hall, and Majestic Son are the candidates.

Artsplace was the1992 O’Brien Award and Dan Patch Award winner as Horse of the Year following an undefeated four-year-old season. He was a two-year-old world record holder winning the Breeders Crown in a time of 1:51.1 at Pompano Park in Florida. He won 37 races and bankrolled over $3 million during his racing career. As a stallion, Artsplace produced top horses from the time his first crop raced in 1996. To date, his progeny, including 18 millionaires, have accumulated over $173 million in earnings with an average of $126,372 per starter.

In 1999, Blissfull Hall captured harness racing’s elusive Pacing Triple Crown for owners Ecuries Daniel Plouffe, Inc. of Bromont, Quebec, trainer Ben Wallace, and driver Ron Pierce. A 31-race career over two seasons amassed a record of 19-4-6, a mark of 1:49.2 and earnings of $1.4 million before he embarked on a successful career as a stallion. To date his progeny have amassed over $67 million in earnings, including 205 horses with earnings over $100,000, and average earnings per starter of $92,461

Majestic Son’s race career consisted of 38 starts, stats of 22-5-3, a mark of 1:52.2 and $1,993,157 in purse earnings. A son of Angus Hall out of the King Conch mare Celtic Contessa, Majestic Son’s career was highlighted by wins in the premiere stakes for sophomore trotters including the Champlain, Goodtimes, Canadian Trotting Classic and Breeders Crown. As a sire, his progeny have earned $8.2 million including three $500,000 winners, seven winners of $250,000 and 20 winners of $100,000.


B Cor Tamara, Happy Lady and J Cs Nathalie are nominated in the Veteran Horse category.

Before embarking on her second career as a broodmare, B Cor Tamara enjoyed a productive racing career, earning more than $185,000. Bred and owned by Bill Core of Dresden, Ontario, the daughter of Dream Of Glory was the dam of 19 foals, including star trotter B Cor Pete, and granddam of two champion juveniles, Banker Hall and Broadway Hall. Her offspring have earned in excess of $2.7 million.

Happy Lady, a daughter of Most Happy Fella, raced in 1977 and 1978 for owners Myra Masterson of St. Catharines, and Linda Lockey of Ridgeville, Ontario. Though her race career was brief, she won $528,825 in purse earnings and attained a mark of 1:55.2. Trained and driven by the late Jim Rankin, she was almost flawless in her juvenile campaign, winning 15 of 16 races. As a sophomore she won 19 of 24 starts.

As a broodmareJ CS Nathalie has produced two millionaires for owner John Lamers of Ingersoll, Ontario – pacing colt Dreamfair Vogel, and pacing mare Dreamfair Eternal. Dreamfair Vogel was a winner of 19 races and over $1.1 million with a mark of 1:49.3. Dreamfair Eternal, a winner of 56 races and over $2.5 million in purse earnings was Canada’s Horse of the Year in 2010 and was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2014.


The three candidates in the trainer-driver category are Jack Darling, Yves Filion, and William Gale.

Jack Darling, 62 of Cambridge, Ontario has enjoyed a successful career as a harness horse trainer in southern Ontario over three decades including campaigning 876 winners and conditioning horses to $17.3 million in earnings. In 1995, four fillies put Darling in the spotlight – Diamond Dawn, a winner of $175,000, Low Places (who would win a 1996 O’Brien Award), Faded Glory (winner of more than $250,000 as a freshman) and DieHard Fan (over $200,000 as a two and three-year-old). Other top horses included Northern Luck ($907,984), North America Cup champion Gothic Dream ($1,528,671), and Twin B Champ. Jack is also known for significant fundraising efforts on behalf of racing related causes, and was recently winner of the Lloyd Chisholm Memorial Award by the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario as well as the recipient of the United States Harness Writers Association Unsung Hero Award and the Good Guy Award.

Yves Filion, 68 of Saint-Andre-D’argent, Quebec was one of his province’s premier trainer-drivers for close to 30 years, driving in almost 18,000 races with 4,362 wins and $26.5 million in earnings. Training credits include 248 winners and horses earning in excess of $3.4 million. Pacing colts Runnymede Lobell and Goliath Bayama each became millionaires with Filion responsible for both training and driving. Filion bred, owned and trained pacing mare Rebeka Bayama, a multiple stakes winner who won 23 races and over $690,000 during her career.

William Gale, 66 of Woodstock, Ontario, was one of Canada’s leading drivers for a period that spanned the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Between 1982 and 1997, Gale recorded 16 consecutive $1 million+ seasons. During his career, he won 6,375 races, started 32,134 times and earned $42.1 million. In the fall of ’91 at Pompano Park when he won a pair of Breeders Crown races, he guided King Conch to a world record 1:56.2 win in the $300,000 Two-Year-Old Colt Trot and reining Three Wizards to an upset victory over Die Laughing and Artsplace in the $357,000 Breeders Crown for Three-Year-Old Pacing Colts.


Candidates in the Builders’ category include Charles Armstrong, John B. Ferguson and Ted Smith.

Charles Armstrong 93, of Brampton, Ontario, has been a true icon in the Ontario and North American horse industry over 60 years. Following the death of his father, Elgin, Charlie and his wife, Lenore, took over the operation of Armstrong Bros. Farm, and as chairman of Armstrong Holdings Brampton Limited, he oversaw the growth of the farm into the second largest Standardbred breeding operation in North America. The ‘Armbro’ name was ever-present in the winner’s circles of prestigious races for both trotters and pacers, producing such champions as Armbro Flight, Armbro Feather, Armbro Omaha and hundreds of others. Stallions standing at the Armstrong breeding operation included King Conch, Camotion, Dream Of Glory, Armbro Emerson and Adios Pick to name a few.

The late John B. Ferguson may be best known for his time in the National Hockey League, but his passion for Canadian horse racing was drawn from early years spent with his father and grandfather at old Hastings Park in Vancouver, BC. In addition to his role as a very active owner and breeder, Ferguson also took a role in track management. He was hired by Blue Bonnets Raceway in Montreal, Quebec, and after leaving the NHL became the president of Windsor Raceway. He was also one of driving forces behind the formation of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Ted Smith, of Rockwood, Ontario is the fourth generation of his family to have a passion and interest in horse racing. In 1976 he began working at the Canadian Trotting Association, leading many initiatives and developing many processes and procedures in areas that included freeze branding as a means of identification of Standardbreds in Canada, online systems for maintaining race lines and horse registration data. Ted was also responsible for the management and administration of the amalgamation of the Canadian Trotting Association and Canadian Standardbred Horse Society and became Standardbred Canada’s first president and CEO in 1998 where he remained until his retirement in 2010.


In the Communicators category the election committee will make their selection from Paul Delean, Harry Eisen, and Marie Hill.

North Bay native Paul DeLean, began his career as a horse racing writer in the late ‘70s at the Barrie Examiner where he met Bill Rowe and was in turn introduced to Standardbred racing. He has worked for The Gazette in Montreal since 1981 and was once referred to as the ‘English language voice of harness racing in Quebec.’ For owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans, Delean was the man on the front line telling what they needed to know about the racing game in the province. In addition, Paul was a frequent contributor to the many trade journals in racing. At age 61, Paul has compiled an impressive body of work in covering the sport in Canada.

The late Harry Eisen spent a lifetime loving and covering horse racing in Ontario. As a lifelong journalist, he spent many years exposing the sport to the public, including the majority of his 40 years at the London Free Press. Eisen who once said he saw his first harness race when he was “three or four years old,” sold tip sheets at Dufferin Park Racetrack as a boy. He was inducted into Western Fair’s Wall of Fame in 1980.

Marie Hill, a native of Black’s Harbour, New Brunswick became involved in harness racing as a youngster, she began writing at the age of 13 and had sporadic columns inThe Canadian Sportsman. She followed racing in the Maritimes and during her teen years became friends with Joe O’Brien who she later penned two biographical books about, ‘Gentleman Joe, The Story of Harness Driver Joe O’Brien’ and ‘The Horseman from Alberton.’ Other books she wrote include ‘Single G the Horse That Time Forgot’, ‘Adios, The Big Daddy of Harness Racing’ and ‘The Delvin Miller Story.’ In 2007, Marie was inducted into the Communicators Corner of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York, becoming the first female author to receive this honour.

The voting ballots for Thoroughbreds will feature:


A Thoroughbred Male Horse ballot comprised of Joshua Tree, Mine That Bird and Quiet Resolve is offered for election committee consideration.

Irish-bred Joshua Tree’s career statistics feature earnings of $3,851,594 in 37 starts (7-7-4). The son of Montjeu achieved wins in multiple graded stakes around the globe including the Qatar International Invitation Cup (G1) in 2011 and three victories in the Pattison Canadian International Stakes (G1) in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

Mine That Bird, the 2008 Sovereign Award Champion two-year-old bankrolled $2,228,637 in 18 starts (15-2-2). His Juvenile year began at Woodbine with an impressive four wins in five starts. He gained international attention with his performance came in the 2009 Triple Crown winning the Kentucky Derby, a second-place finish in the Preakness and third in the Belmont.

Quiet Resolve, winner of the 2000 Sovereign as Champion Turf Horse and also named Canada’s Horse of the Year the same year, was a winner of $2.3 million and a homebred for Sam Son Farm. His race 10-6-4 career over 31 starts included multiple graded stakes wins highlighted by victories in the Atto Mile (G1), and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy Stakes (G2)


Stewart Elliott, Richard Grubb and Mickey Walls have been selected to appear on the Jockey ballot.

Toronto-born, second generation jockey Stewart Elliott made headlines around the world when he became the first jockey in 25 years to win the Kentucky Derby in their first appearance when he partnered with 2005 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones. During a career consisting of over 29,000 starts, horses ridden by Elliott horses amassed earnings in excess of $93 million with wins in 4,650 races. In 2010 he was named the winner of the Avelino Gomez Memorial Award.

Born in Kitchener, Ont., Richard Grubb began his riding career in 1966 at the age of 16 and won the first race he ever rode in as a professional, the first of 1,607 career trips to the winners circle. The following year he was Canada’s leading Jockey with 230 victories. That same year (1967) he won seven straight races on an eight-race card, a feat never duplicated. Richard rode some of the country’s most time-honoured stars including 1968 Sovereign Award – Horse of the Year, Viceregal, Mary of Scotland, and Rouletabille. During his career, Grubb won over 100 major races and was presented the Avelino Gomez Memorial Award in 1997. Following his retirement from racing in 1989, he became a senior steward with the Ontario Racing Commission.

Mickey Walls of British Columbia was born to a horse racing family. His parents Joe and Carol Walls are well-known owner and trainer on the backstretch at Woodbine. In 1990, when Walls was just 16 he won his first Sovereign Award as Canada’s Outstanding Apprentice Jockey. His 1991 efforts saw him become the first apprentice jockey to be voted the Sovereign Award and the United States’ Eclipse Award in the same year. In addition, he was voted the overall Canadian Champion Jockey. An early season injury forced him to sit out most of 1992, but he bounced back in 1993 to become leading riding for the second time at Woodbine. In the mid 1990’s he competed in the USA at various tracks before returning to Canada in 1996, winning the final two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown. Among his accomplishments in 1999 he rode Queen’s Plate winner Woodcarver. Career stats include earnings of over $37 million between 1990 and 2002


Election Committee members will select between Thoroughbred Builders Robert Anderson, Michael Byrne and Michael Colterjohn.

Robert M. (Bob) Anderson was a longtime horseman based in St. Thomas, Ont. As president of Anderson Farm, he was involved with breeding, racing and selling both Thoroughbred and Standardbred horses for 41 years in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. A former director of the Woodbine Entertainment Group (formerly the Ontario Jockey Club) and past national president of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society from 1981-82, he was also a board member of Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association in the U.S.A, a steward of the Jockey Club of Canada as well as a member of the Ontario Racing Commission Advisory Board, the first chairman of the Guelph Research Centre for Equine Research and member of the E.P. Taylor Equine Research Fund. He bred and matured over 1,400 Thoroughbreds including champions Pinafore Park, Larkwhistle, and Prince Avatar. He was the breeder of successful sires Ascot Knight, National Assembly and Alydeed.

Michael C. Byrne emigrated from Ireland in 1970, and quickly found a job with Thoroughbred owner George Gardiner. Twelve years later, Byrne opened his own operation in Orangeville, Ontario, Park Stud, that became home to Ontario stallions such as Brave Shot, Geiger Counter, and Bold Ruckus. In time Byrne took on a larger role in the industry, serving six years on the Ontario Racing Commission, and was a director of the Ontario Jockey Club for a decade. Other industry positions included steward of the Jockey Club of Canada in 1993, chief steward from 1996-2005. He helped form the Canadian Graded Stakes Committee in 2000 and is also a member of the International Cataloguing Standards. He founded his own sales company, Canadian Breeders’ Sales in 1990, and subsequently took over the CTHS sale at Woodbine for 11 years.

Dr. Michael Colterjohn, one of Canada’s top equine reproductive experts joined Gardiner Farms in 1987 and soon became farm president. Under his management, the Caledon East farm became one of the country’s most well-respected and accomplished breeding operations. He built a quality broodmare band to elevate the farm into a significant player in the Canadian-yearling market. Following the sale of Gardiner Farms 2008, Colterjohn along with his wife Dr. Moira Gunn and farm manager Sherry McLean, purchased the Gardiner livestock he had spent so much time and effort amassing and the three partners launched Paradox Farm Inc. The long list of Paradox-bred horses include 2014 Queen’s Plate winner Lexie Lou along with venerable Ontario-sire performer, Pender Harbour.


The three Communicators appearing on the Election ballot are Jim Bannon, Curtis Stock and Tom Wolski.

Toronto’s Jim Bannon, was part of the first Simulcast Racing TV Show in North America in 1981. His natural comfort in front of the camera and extensive Thoroughbred racing knowledge propelled Bannon into a career that includes television analyst, commentator and handicapping expert with followers at racetracks and living rooms across North America. He has been the face of the CBC’s Queen’s Plate and Breeders’ Cup shows and in 2010 he was rewarded with a Gemini Award as Canada’s Best Sports Analyst. For the past 40 years he has published the Woodbine Journal, a staple for bettors. In addition to his journalistic endeavours he gives generously of his time as an educator in handicapping seminars, as well as an instructor at Humber College’s Canadian Racing Official’s Course. He is head of the Chaplaincy Program at Woodbine and is also a director of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Curtis Stock, originally from Calgary, got his start as a horse racing reporter while still in university, before working at Woodbine with CHRHF member Bruce Walker. He returned to Alberta to take over the publicity, marketing and advertising at Northlands Park and is now with the Edmonton Journal. Stock’s affection for the horses, jockeys, trainers and horsepeople in general, is reflected in his writing. His reporting has resonated with Sovereign Awards judges. Stock was the recipient of back-to-back Sovereign Awards for Outstanding Feature Story in 1993-94 and beginning in 1985 took home an unprecedented eight Sovereign Awards for Outstanding Newspaper Story in Canada.

BC based Tom Wolski has been involved in Thoroughbred horse racing for 40 years, during which he has worn many hats including jockey, radio-television sportscaster, racing columnist, racetrack media and publicity director, film actor and public speaker. Wolski is the recipient of multiple Sovereign Awards in the category of Outstanding Film &Video Broadcast as writer/ producer in 1998, 2001 and 2011. He was also honoured with the USTA’s John Hervey Award in 2004, which recognizes the best in harness racing television and radio journalism.


The Veteran Person category will be contested by Roger Laurin, J.G. (Jerry) Lavigne and Robert A. (Red) McKenzie.

Roger Laurin, the Montreal-born trainer, came into prominence in 1964 when he took charge of the race conditioning of a filly named Miss Cavandish for Harry S. Nichols. Miss Cavandish became one of the top two fillies racing in the United States that year. From there the list of graded stakes horses he conditioned reads like a who’s who of 1960s and ‘70s racing. He trained Drumtop who won numerous top stakes and who broke three track records in 1971 for John Moseley while at the same time achieving conditioning the 1971 two-year-old Eclipse champion filly Numbered Account for Ogden Phipps.

J.G. (Jerry) Lavigne’s career as a trainer began in 1958. His achievements included 68 stakes race wins with 22 stakes winners, as well as two Queen’s Plate races with Almoner in 1970 and Son of Briartic in 1982. He was the conditioner of Canadian Champion colt Nice Dancer, a multiple stakes winner on the turf; Lost Majorette and sprinter Park Romeo. His trainee Fabe Count had a stellar record over four years as a multiple stakes winner at nine different distances over both turf and dirt.

Alberta-based trainer Robert A. (Red) McKenzie has literally spent a lifetime on the racetrack, joining the backstretch community at the age of 11 before becoming a jockey at age 16 and going on to be a leading rider in western Canada in the mid-40s. When McKenzie grew too big to be a jockey, he took out his trainers’ licence. He had early success at Bay Meadows, Golden Gate, Hollywood Park, Meadowlands, Assiniboia Downs, Hastings Park, as well as the Ontario tracks in the fall. In later years, he concentrated on racing in Alberta; at Calgary, Edmonton, or Whoop Up Downs and Grand Prairie.

McKenzie won both divisions of the Alberta Derby in 1965 with the filly Chariot Chaser while Chopstick won the other division. Chariot Chaser would go on to win the Prairie Triple Crown that year, a record that stood for 34 years. McKenzie also won 29 races with the venerable campaigner Grandin Park.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Ceremony will be hosted at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Wednesday, August 5, 2015.

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Hall Of Fame Calls For Nominations

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is seeking public participation in the nomination of horses and people who have made a significant contribution to Canadian horse racing, for induction to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2015.

The nomination deadline is Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. (EST).

Nominations for the following will be considered:

  • MALE HORSE: Stallions or geldings whose contribution to Canadian racing occurred in the past 20 years.
  • FEMALE HORSE: Mares whose contribution to Canadian racing occurred in the past 20 years.
  • VETERAN HORSE: Horses whose careers have been concluded for 20 years, but less than 50 years.
  • PERSON: Trainers, Drivers, Jockeys
  • BUILDERS: Includes, but not limited to Breeders, Owners, Officials, and others.
  • COMMUNICATORS: Includes, but not limited to writers, broadcasters, photographers, announcers.
  • VETERAN PERSON: Trainers, Drivers, Jockeys whose careers have been concluded for 20 years, but less than 50 years.

Complete eligibility criteria available is available on the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame website. Submissions must include as much detail as possible concerning the record and/or merits of candidates nominated.

For further information regarding eligibility, or to submit a nomination, contact:

Standardbred Nominations:

Darryl Kaplan, Standardbred Nomination Chair,
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame
1-2150 Meadowvale Blvd.,
Mississauga, ON L5N 6R6
P: (905) 858-3060 ext. 241 F: (905) 858-3089
E: dkaplan@standardbredcanada.ca

Thoroughbred Nominations:

Tom Cosgrove, Thoroughbred Nomination Chair,
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame
555 Rexdale Blvd., P.O. Box 156
Toronto, ON M9W 5L2
P: (416) 213-2113 F: (416) 213-2128
E: tmc@woodbineentertainment.com

All submissions will be carefully considered by the Nominating Committee and, if approved, presented to the Election Committee on a ballot for a secret vote. The final list of the 2015 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Inductees will be announced on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

The 2015 Induction Gala will be held Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

The public is invited to visit the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame located at the West Entrance of Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. Additional information about the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is available at Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame website or by contacting admin@horseracinghalloffame.com or 416-417-9404.

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Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2014 Legend Inductees

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2014 Legend inductees.

Legends are people and horses whose accomplishments were achieved more than 50 years ago. They made unique contributions to horse racing in Canada and our hall is pleased to recognize the special roles they played.

Standardbred Legend

E. King Dodds
In 1870, E. (Edmund) King Dodds founded The Canadian Sportsman, a horse racing magazine that would exist for the next 143 years. During his 40 years as editor ending in 1910, Thoroughbreds were the main focus of the publication with coverage of harness racing and steeplechase. Hunting, fishing, curling and other sports were featured, as well as racing on ice. The publication revelled in the gossip and yarns from the backstretch, gambling parlours and saloons. Dodds was the ultimate purveyor of the early years of horse racing in the province. His quaint and often acerbic style of recollections of horse racing from as early as the 1840s, was published in 1909 in a book – Canadian Turf Collections and Other Sketches. Dodds’ founding of The Sportsman in 1870 provided the horse racing industry with a formidable partner. It would evolve into the premier Standardbred magazine, the Bible of the sulky world.

Thoroughbred Legend

Archworth
The year was 1939 and for the first time in Plate history a ruling monarch was in attendance to witness the 80th running of this race when Archworth galloped to a 10-length victory at majestic Woodbine Park. ‘Royalty saluted royalty,’ wrote Ralph Allen, as he hailed this momentous occasion when King George VI bestowed fifty sovereigns and a gold-plated trophy to the publisher of the Globe and Mail newspaper, C. George McCullagh, owner of the mercury-footed colt he had bought for a mere $500 at a public auction of yearlings in 1937.

Acclaimed as Canada’s champion two-year-old with victories in the Mrs. Orpen’s Cup and Saucer and Clarendon Stakes in 1938, Archworth dominated the racing scene in 1939 as he captured the Prince of Wales and Breeders’ Stakes. It would be 1959 before this trio of races became an official event, the year of the next royal visit. The chestnut colt’s King’s Plate victory on a day he toyed with his 12 foes signaled an important rule change in rules: it was now open only to three-year-olds.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will celebrate the inductions of these deserving legends at the CHRHF President’s Reception scheduled to take place Friday, May 23 at 5 p.m. in the Hall of Fame at Woodbine Racetrack. The reception will also feature the official unveiling of the display boards for the 2013 inductees, as well as the introduction of the 2014 inductees.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is a dual hall representing both Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds. Inductees are added annually to build an ever-growing honour roll in the category of Builders, Drivers/Trainers, Jockeys/Trainers, Communicators, Veterans and Legends.

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2014 Hall Of Fame Inductees

On Tuesday, April 8, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame announced its class of 2014 inductees, which includes a total of 14 horses and individuals.

Albatross, Dreamfair Eternal and Rocknroll Hanover are the Standardbreds which make up part of the 2014 class. Robert Murphy, the late breeder/owner; Dr. Ted Clarke, in the builder category; horseman Wally Hennessey, and communicator Bill Galvin are the other 2014 inductees on the Standardbred side.

Apelia, Cool Mood and Wando are the Thoroughbreds that make up part of the 2014 class. Trainer Horatio Luro, jockey Robert Landry and breeders William ‘Bill’ Graham and Arthur Stollery are also 2014 inductees on the Thoroughbred side.

The Induction Ceremony will be hosted at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Wednesday, August 6, 2014.

STANDARDBRED INDUCTEES

Rocknroll Hanover banked more than $3 million during his racing career, for owners Jeffrey Snyder of New York, New York; Lothlorien Equestrian Centre, Cheltenham, Ontario; and Perretti Racing Stable, LLC, Cream Ridge, New Jersey. Career highlights included victories in Canada’s most prestigious races for two and three-year-olds, the Metro Pace for two-year-old pacers and the North America Cup for three-year-olds He then embarked on a second career, becoming one of North America’s most prolific stallions before passing away in 2013. To date, the son of Western Ideal, out of Hall of Fame mare Rich N Elegant, has sired winners of $60.7-million, including eight million-dollar-plus winners.

Dreamfair Eternal retired from racing in 2012 after a seven-year career that included 56 victories, and every major stakes event on the older pacing mare schedule, earnings of over $2.5-million and Horse of the Year honours in Canada in 2010. During that year, she racked up wins in the final of the Masters Series, an elimination of the Roses are Red Stakes, elimination and final of the Milton Stakes, the elimination and final of the Forest City Pace and the Breeders Crown. The daughter of Camluck was bred by John and Mary Lamers and owned by John Lamers of Ingersoll, Ontario. Patrick Fletcher trained her for most of her career.

A champion on the track and in the breeding shed, Albatross was a major influence on the Standardbred breed. He won 59 of 71 starts, including the Cane Pace and Messenger Stakes in 1971, and earned in excess of $1.2 million. Two of his major stakes wins in Canada included the Prix d’Ete and Canadian Pacing Derby. He retired as both the fastest and richest horse in the history of the breed. As a sire, Albatross’s thousands of sons and daughters have won more than $100 million, including Niatross, who is considered by many to be the greatest pacer of the 20th Century, and Fan Hanover, who is the only filly to ever win the Little Brown Jug.

Wally Hennessey, 56, born in Prince Edward Island and now a resident of Coconut Grove, Florida, has more than 8,500 victories to his credit and has banked earnings in excess of $57 million. During the early stages of his career, Hennessey re-wrote the record books, setting new standards in both wins and earnings. In the late 1990s, he enjoyed success with the trotter Moni Maker, a winner of $5.5 million and numerous stakes including the Nat Ray in three different years, the Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown. Throughout his career, Hennessey has been remarkably consistent, winning at least 200 races in each of the last 25 years, and driving horses to earnings in excess of $1 million for 24 straight years. In the summer of 2007, Hennessey was inducted into the Living Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York.

Dr. Ted Clarke is recognized by his peers as a visionary in the horse racing industry. Clarke’s strong and steady leadership has helped guide Grand River Raceway to be a leader in innovation and growth. Prior to Grand River’s opening, Dr. Clarke led numerous initiatives to put Elmira Raceway on the path to stability, including the inauguration of Industry Day, the Battle of Waterloo and the establishment of the Ontario Teletheatre Network. He was honoured for his innovative thinking and leadership with the Lloyd Chisholm Achievement Award in 1999 from the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association.

The late Robert Murphy, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, was one of Canada’s most respected horse breeders and owners, and was known by his popular ‘Red Star’ moniker. First introduced to racing at Cloverdale Raceway in 1980, he rapidly became one of Canada’s most prolific owners. He averaged 935 starts as an owner each year between 2005 and 2009. In 2007, at the age of 74, Murphy owned more Standardbreds than anyone else in Canada. Murphy had a great impact on harness racing in BC with both his breeding and training centres, but that impact extended across the continent as his horses raced all over North America.

William ‘Bill’ Galvin, a native of Arnprior, Ontario and now a resident of Mississauga, Ontario, made a tremendous impact on horse racing in the country as a Canadian horse racing historian, poet, author, publisher, educator, horseman, humanitarian, publicist and former Thoroughbred racing official. Galvin’s promotions transcended racing. He led a charge to bring ice horse racing to the Rideau Canal and expose the sport to thousands of potential fans. He started the Race for MS fundraiser to gain exposure for the sport, and ran numerous other high profile campaigns dedicated to the well-being of horse racing during his career. He was also the executive editor of Trot Magazine and a member of the Advisory board for the School of Equine Studies at Toronto’s Humber College of Applied Arts.

THOROUGHBRED INDUCTEES

Wando, one of only seven horses to ever win the Canadian Triple Crown, was Canada’s Horse of the Year in 2003 for breeder/owner Gustav Schickedanz, an honoured member of the CHRHF. Trained by Mike Keogh, with Patrick Husbands as his primary jockey, the son of Langfuhr retired from racing with 11 wins, eight of them in stakes, from 23 starts and earnings of $2.5 million. He began his career as a stallion in 2006, first in Kentucky before returning to his birthplace in 2011. Wando’s progeny have earnings in excess of $5.2 million and include Grade 1 winner Turallure.

Apelia, a very fast filly owned and bred by Steve Stavro’s Knob Hill Stable, was named Canada’s Sovereign Award champion sprinter in 1993. Conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Phil England, she won half of her 24 career starts and was a stakes winner at the highest level for three consecutive years. A winner in New York, Kentucky, New Jersey, as well as Ontario, Apelia was ridden by Hall of Fame jockeys Larry Attard and Don Seymour in all her races except one. Apelia is the dam of champion mare Saoirse.

Cool Mood, herself a daughter of Northern Dancer, won the 1969 Canadian Oaks for Hall of Fame Builder D.G. Willmot, and went on to become one of Canada’s most influential broodmares. In fact, she produced two fillies that, in turn, would both produce Canadian Triple Crown winners. Her daughter Shy Spirit was the dam of Izvestia, and daughter Passing Mood was the dam of With Approval. The latter is an equine member of the Hall of Fame along with his half-brother, Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold.

Argentine-born trainer Horatio Luro, nicknamed ‘El Gran Senor’ was hired as a trainer by E.P. Taylor and was best known in Canada for training Northern Dancer in 1964, fifty years ago. During his career, Luro trained 43 stakes winners, including three Queen’s Plate winners.

Named Canada’s outstanding jockey in 1993 and 1994, Robert Landry’s stats over a 29-year riding career include 17,656 mounts with purse earnings of $69.7 million and over 2,000 wins. Of note was his 1999 Atto Mile win on Quiet Resolve, as well as the 2004 Queen’s Plate aboard Niigon. He rode five consecutive Canadian Champion two-year-old fillies from 1996-2000. The 2003 Avelino Gomez Memorial Award winner for lifetime achievement as a jockey, Landry has also made significant contributions to the promotion of racing, including participating as a board member for LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society.

W. (Bill) D. Graham has been an integral participant in the horse racing industry for almost half a century as an outstanding breeder, owner and racing executive. He is the owner of Windhaven Farms which operates in both Caledon, Ont. and Lexington, Kentucky, and has bred and raced many Sovereign Award-winning horses throughout his career including the 2012 Canadian Horse of the Year Uncaptured. Graham also bred U.S. Grade I winner Joyful Victory who was victorious in the 2013 Santa Margarita Stakes at Santa Anita.

Arthur W. Stollery was the owner and breeder of two of Canada’s most celebrated racing stars, both CHRHF inductees: Kennedy Road and Laurie’s Dancer. Kennedy Road, named after the location of his Unionville-based Angus Glen Farms, dominated Canadian racing for three years. He was named Champion two-year-old in 1970 and again Champion as a three-year-old the following year, 1971. This was followed by more accolades, including Canadian Horse of the Year in 1973. Kennedy Road was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000 and has a stakes race, which is contested annually at Woodbine, named after him. Laurie’s Dancer, named after Stollery’s daughter, was an outstanding racing daughter of Northern Dancer. She captured the Canadian Oaks in 1971 on her way to being named Canada’s Horse of the Year. During that season, she was also victorious in the very prestigious Alabama Stakes at Saratoga. Laurie’s Dancer was enshrined in to the Hall of Fame in 2006.

STANDARDBRED INDUCTEES

Male Horse Category: Rocknroll Hanover – bred by Hanover Shoe Farms Inc, Hanover, Pennsylvania. Owned by Jeffrey Snyder of New York, New York; Lothlorien Equestrian Centre, Cheltenham, Ontario; and Perretti Racing Stable, LLC, Cream Ridge, New Jersey.

Female Horse Category: Dreamfair Eternal – bred by Mary and John Lamers, and owned by John Lamers, Ingersoll, Ontario.

Veteran Horse Category: Albatross – bred by John E Wilcutts, Aberdeen, North Carolina; Charles A Kenney, Lexington, Kentucky; Elizabeth B Peters, Wilmington Delaware; and Mark Lydon, Abington, Massachusetts. Owned by Hanover Shoe Farms Inc, Hanover, Pennsylvania; George Segal, Versailles, Kentucky; Castleton Farm, Lexington, Kentucky; Hal S Jones, Montgomery, New York.

Trainer/Driver Category: Wally Hennessey – Coconut Creek, Florida.

Builder Category: Dr. Ted Clarke – Elmira, Ontario.

Builder Category: Robert Murphy – Vancouver, British Columbia.

Communicator Category: Bill Galvin, Mississauga, Ontario.

THOROUGHBRED INDUCTEES

Male Horse Category: Wando – bred and owned by Gustav Schickedanz, Schomberg, Ontario.

Female Horse Category: Apelia – bred and owned by Steve Stavros, Knob Hill Stables, Newmarket, Ontario.

Veteran Horse Category: Cool Mood – owned by David Wilmot, Kinghaven Farms, King City, Ontario.

Veteran People Category Horatio Luro – Argentine-born trainer of Northern Dancer.

Jockey Category: Robert Landry – Toronto, Ontario.

Builder Category: William ‘Bill’ Graham – owner of Windhaven Farms, Cheltenham, Ontario and Lexington, Kentucky.

Builder Category: Arthur Stollery – owner Angus Glen Farms, Markham, Ontario.

Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2014 Ballot Announced

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2014 ballot.

A total of 36 horses and people, including 18 Standardbred racing candidates and 18 Thoroughbred racing candidates have been selected to appear on this year’s ballot. A 20-person Election Committee for each breed will declare the winners in their respective categories. Results will be announced Tuesday, April 8.

Standardbred ballots representing this year’s six voting categories are as follows:

In the Standardbred Male Horse category, Blissfull Hall, J M Vangogh and Rocknroll Hanover are the candidates.

In 1999, Blissfull Hall captured harness racing’s elusive Pacing Triple Crown. Owned by Ecuries Daniel Plouffe, Inc. of Bromont, QC, this champion was trained by Ben Wallace with Ron Pierce as regular driver. A 31-race career over two seasons amassed a record of 19-4-6, a mark of 1:49.2 and earnings of $1.4 million before embarking on a successful career as a stallion.

J M Vangogh, purchased as a yearling for $4,500 by Paul Chambers of Harrington, Delaware, made a remarkable recovery from an accident in the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final as a two-year-old to earn $2.28 million in 206 starts over eight seasons and the nickname ‘The Comeback Kid.’

Rocknroll Hanover banked more than $3 million during his race career, for owners Jeffrey Snyder of New York; Lothlorien Equestrian Centre, Cheltenham, Ont.; and Perretti Racing Stable, LLC. Career highlights include victories in Canada’s most prestigious races for two and three-year-olds, the Metro Pace and the North America Cup. He then embarked on a second career, becoming one of North America’s most prolific stallions before passing away in 2013.

B Cor Tamara, Dreamfair Eternal and J Cs Nathalie are nominated in the Female Horse category.

Before embarking on her second career as a broodmare, B Cor Tamara enjoyed a productive racing career, earning more than $185,000. Bred and owned by Bill Core of Dresden, Ont., the daughter of Dream Of Glory was the dam of 19 foals, including star trotter B Cor Pete, and granddam of two champion juveniles, Banker Hall and Broadway Hall. Her offspring have earned in excess of $2.7 million.

Dreamfair Eternal retired from racing in 2012 after a career spanning seven years, 56 victories, including every stake event on the older pacing mare schedule, earning over $2.5 million and being named Canada’s Horse of the Year in 2010. The daughter of Camluck was bred, raised and owned by John Lamers of Ingersoll, Ont. with Patrick Fletcher receiving training credit.

As a broodmare, J Cs Nathalie has produced two millionaires for owner John Lamers of Ingersoll, Ont. – pacing colt Dreamfair Vogel, and pacing mare Dreamfair Eternal. Dreamfair Vogel was a winner of 19 races and over $1.1 million with a mark of 1:49.3. Dreamfair Eternal, a winner of 56 races and over $2.5 million in purse earnings was Canada’s Horse of the Year in 2010.

The three candidates in the trainer-driver category are Yves Filion, William Gale, and Wally Hennessey.

Yves Filion, 67 of Saint-Andre-D’argent, Quebec was one of his province’s premier trainer-drivers for close to 30 years driving in almost 18,000 races with 4,362 wins and $26.5 million in earnings. Training credits include 248 winners and horses earning in excess of $3.4 million. Pacing colts Runnymede Lobell and Goliath Bayama each became millionaires with Filion responsible for both training and driving.

William Gale, 65 of Woodstock, Ont., was one of Canada’s leading drivers for a period that spanned the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Between 1982 and 1997, Gale recorded 16 consecutive $1 million+ seasons. During his career, he won 6,375 races, started 32,134 times and earned $42.1 million.

Wally Hennessey, 56, of Prince Edward Island, has more than 8,200 victories to his name and has banked earnings in excess of $55 million. In the late 1990s, he enjoyed success with the trotter Moni Maker, a winner of $5.5 million and numerous stakes including the Nat Ray in three different years, the Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown. In the summer of 2007, Hennessey was inducted into the Living Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York.

Candidates in the builders’ category include Dr. Ted Clarke, John B. Ferguson and Robert Murphy.

Dr. Ted Clarke is recognized by his peers as a visionary in the horse racing industry. Highly regarded for his thoughtful insights, Clarke’s strong and steady leadership has helped guide Grand River Raceway to be a leader in innovation and growth. Before Grand River, Clarke led numerous initiatives to put Elmira Raceway on the path to stability, including the inauguration of Industry Day, the Battle of Waterloo and the establishment of the Ontario Teletheatre Network.

John B. Ferguson may be best known for his time in the National Hockey League, but his passion for Canadian horse racing was drawn from early years spent with his father and grandfather at old Hastings Park in Vancouver, BC. In addition to his role as a very active owner and breeder, Ferguson also took a role in track management. He was hired by Blue Bonnets in Montreal and after leaving hockey became the President of Windsor Raceway. He was also one of driving forces behind the formation of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

The late Robert Murphy, a native of Vancouver, BC, one of Canada’s most respected horse breeders and owners, was known by his popular ‘Red Star’ moniker. First introduced to racing at Cloverdale Raceway in 1980, he rapidly became one of Canada’s most prolific owners. He averaged 935 starts as an owner each year between 2005 and 2009. In 2007, at the age of 74, Murphy owned more Standardbreds than anyone else in Canada.

Outstanding Standardbreds Albatross, Artsplace, and Happy Lady make up the Veteran Horse Ballot.

Albatross was voted US Harness Horse of the Year in 1971 and 1972. He won 59 of 71 starts, including the Cane Pace and Messenger Stakes in 1971, and earned in excess of $1.2 million. As a sire, Albatross’s thousands of sons and daughters have won more than $100 million.

Artsplace was the1992 O’Brien Award and Dan Patch Award winner as Horse of the Year following an undefeated four-year-old season. He was a two-year-old world record holder winning the Breeders Crown in a time of 1:51.1 at Pompano Park in Florida, soundly defeating champion Die Laughing. He won 37 races and bankrolled over $3 million during his racing career which saw him race many times in Canada before becoming a world class sire.

Happy Lady, a daughter of Most Happy Fella, raced in 1977 and 1978 for owners Myra Masterson of St. Catharines, Ont. and Linda Lockey of Ridgeville. Though her race career was brief, she won $528,825 in purse earnings and attained a mark of 1:55.2. Trained and driven by the late Jim Rankin, she was almost flawless in her juvenile campaign, winning 15 of 16 races. As a sophomore she won 19 of 24 starts.

In the Communicators category the election committee will make their selection from Harry Eisen, Bill Galvin and Frank Salive.

The late Harry Eisen spent a lifetime loving and covering horse racing in Ontario. As a lifelong journalist, he spent many years exposing the sport to the public, including the majority of his 40 years at the London Free Press. Eisen who once said he saw his first harness race when he was “three or four years old,” sold tip sheets at Dufferin Park Racetrack as a boy. He was inducted into Western Fair’s Wall of Fame in 1980.

As a publicist, promoter and author, Bill Galvin, a native of Arnprior, Ont. made a tremendous impact on horse racing in Canada. Galvin’s promotions transcended racing. He led a charge to bring ice horse racing to the Rideau Canal and expose the sport to thousands of potential fans. He started the Race for MS fundraiser to gain exposure for the sport, and ran numerous other high profile campaigns dedicated to the health of horse racing during his career.

Leamington, Ont. native Frank Salive was known for over 35 years as ‘The Voice’ of Canadian harness racing. During his career it is estimated he called over 100,000 races, becoming a fan and industry favourite for his knowledgeable and informative calls and silky voice. Frank’s career as a track announcer began at Sudbury Downs in the late ‘70s and continued at tracks throughout Ontario, including 14 years at Ontario Jockey Club/Woodbine Entertainment Group harness tracks and concluding at Pompano Park, Florida. Salive was also a regular writer for the Canadian Sportsman for several years.

The voting ballots for Thoroughbreds will feature:

A Thoroughbred Male Horse ballot comprised of, Peaks and Valleys, Quiet Resolve and Wando is offered for election committee consideration.

Peaks and Valleys, a Mt. Livermore son owned and bred by Pin Oak Farm’s Josephine Abercrombie of Kentucky and named Horse of the Year in Canada in 1995, was the winner of two Gr. 1 stakes – Molson Export Million Stakes at Woodbine, and the Meadowlands Cup Handicap. He achieved career stats of 9-3-2 in 16 starts and earnings in excess of $1.5 million before moving to the breeding shed.

Quiet Resolve, Canada’s Horse of the Year in 2000, a winner of $2.3 million and a homebred for Sam Son Farm. His race career included wins in the Atto Mile (Gr. 1), and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy Stakes (G2)

Canadian Triple Crown winner Wando was Canada’s Horse of the Year in 2003 for breeder owner Gustav Schickedanz, an honoured member of the CHRHF. The Langfuhr son retired from racing with 11 wins eight of them in stakes, in 23 starts and earnings of $2.5 million.

Fillies and Mares will be represented on this year’s roster by Apelia, Ginger Gold and One for Rose.

Apelia, a splendid sprinter owned by Steve Stavro’s Knob Hill Stables was conditioned and ridden by Hall of Famers Phil England and Larry Attard respectively. She won stakes in New York, Kentucky and New Jersey and is the dam of champion mare Saorise.

Ginger Gold, Canada’s champion two-year-old filly in 2001, a homebred for the Jim Dandy Stable of Mel Lawson, honoured CHRHF member. Under the tutelage of 2013 CHRHF Inductee Sid Attard the mare earned over $1 million during her Canadian based career.

Three time Canadian champion filly or mare One For Rose was bred by John Sikura’s Hill ‘N’ Dale Farm, and owned by the Tucci Stables of Toronto. During her lengthy career, the popular fan favorite was trained by Hall of Famer Sid Attard, before being sold to Japanese breeding interests and producing her first stakes winner.

Stewart Elliott, Richard Grubb and Robert Landry have been selected to appear on the Jockeys/Trainers ballot.

Toronto-born jockey Stewart Elliott partnered with 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner ‘Smarty Jones’ to make headlines around the world. During a career of over 29,000 starts, Elliott ridden horses have amassed earnings in excess of $91 million. In 2010 he was named the winner of the Avelino Gomez Award.

Richard Grubb, born in Kitchener, Ont., excelled as a champion jockey for a 20-year period from the mid-‘60s to the early ‘80s and carries with him the stat of winning the first race he ever rode as a professional. Significant mounts include Overskate, Vice-Regal, LaPrevoyante and Dancer’s Image.

Named Canada’s outstanding jockey in 1993 and 1994, Robert Landry’s stats over a 29-year riding career include 17,656 mounts with purse earning of $69.7 million. Of note was his 1999 Atto Mile win on Quiet Resolve, also a 2014 CHRHF nominee. Landry has also made significant contributions to the promotion of racing.

Election Committee members will select between Thoroughbred Builders W. D. Graham, Pierre-Louis Levesque, and Arthur W. Stollery.

W. ‘Bill’ D. Graham has been an integral participant in the horse racing industry for almost half a century as an outstanding breeder, owner and racing executive. He is the owner of Windhaven Farms which operates in both Caledon, Ont. and Lexington, KY, and has bred and raced many Sovereign Award winning horses throughout his career.

Highly successful owner, breeder, and racetrack operator Pierre-Louis Levesque of Carignan, QC has spent much of his career working behind the scenes in the racing industry. A founder of the Thoroughbred Jockey Club of Quebec, he is viewed as an inspirational figure within the thoroughbred industry in his home province.

Arthur W. Stollery was the owner and breeder of two of Canada’s most celebrated racing stars, both CHRHF inductees: Kennedy Road, named after the location of his Unionville based Angus Glen Farms and Laurie’s Dancer named after Stollery’s daughter Laurie. Both horses were products of his first year of his breeding operation and achieved significant wins in both Canada and the US.

The Veteran Horse category will be contested by Cool Mood, Not Too Shy and Ruling Angel.

Cool Mood, the 1969 Canadian Oaks winner owned by Kinghaven Farms, was one of Canada’s most influential broodmares. The Northern Dancer daughter is the grand-dam of such horses as Touch Gold.

Three-time Canadian champion filly or mare Not Too Shy was owned and bred by Conn Smythe, an honoured member of the CHRHOF is a daughter of Neartic

A homebred for the renowned Sam Son Farm, Ruling Angel was Canada’s Horse of the Year in 1986.

Roger Laurin, Horatio Luro and Maurice Zilber are this year’s nominees in the Veteran People category.

Roger Laurin, the Montreal-born trainer, garnered success at prominent racing stables most notably in the U.S. during the 1960s and 1970s working for the likes of Penny Chenery and Ogden Phipps training such horses as Riva Ridge and Numbered Account.

Argentine-born trainer Horatio Luro, nicknamed ‘El Gran Senor’ was hired by E.P. Taylor to run his Windfields Farm operation and was best known in Canada for training ‘Northern Dancer’ in 1964, 50 years ago. In a career that spanned 48 years, Luro trained 43 Stakes winners and three times, Luro-trained horses won the Queen’s Plate.

French-based trainer Maurice Zilber was acclaimed in Canada and elsewhere for his work with racing stars ‘Dahlia’ and ‘Exceller’ among others. In total Zilber trained horses who won the Canadian International a record-tying three times.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Ceremony will be hosted at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Wednesday, August 6, 2014.

Additional information about the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame may be found at www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com.

(Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame)
(Standardbred Canada)