July 26, 2014

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.

Additional details are available at canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com.

(Standardbred Canada)
(CHRHF)

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)

AUCTION ITEMS ANNOUNCED FOR CANADIAN HORSE RACING HALL OF FAME GALA

An impressive list of live and silent auction items has been provided by generous donors for the 37th Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala Fundraising Dinner on August 15, 2013.

The ceremony promises to be an evening of celebrations as thirteen new members, including Niatross and Secretariat, join the best of Canadian Horse Racing. Held at the Mississauga Convention Centre, the evening will be emceed by Jim Bannon, Woodbine Entertainment Group Thoroughbred Racing Analyst and will feature a cocktail reception, a four course gourmet dinner and the Induction Ceremony in addition to the fantastic auction line-up.

The auction donors include Adena Springs, The Royal Horse Show, Langdon Hall, Equilease Corp., Gustav Schickedanz and the Woodbine Entertainment Group. 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.

Live Auction

  • Breeding season to Silent Name, Canada’s leading Thoroughbred sire in 2013, and sire of three International individual Grade 1 horses in 2013. The stallion was campaigned and is owned by Wertheimer et Frère, who own the French luxury brand, the House of Chanel, known for the “little black dress”, le parfum Chanel No. 5 and the iconic Chanel suit. He is by Sunday Silence-Danzigaway (Danehill) and stands at Adena Springs North in Ontario (donated by Adena Springs).
  • An accommodation and spa package at luxurious Langdon Hall in Cambridge, ON, voted the best hotel in Canada two years in a row (donated by Langdon Hall and Jim Bannon)
  • Dinner at the Turf Club Lounge and tickets to the New York Islanders vs Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Game – Tuesday, November 19, 2013 (donated by WEG)
  • Breeding season to Hall of Fame stallion Langfuhr, sire of 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee Jambalaya and Grade 1 winning multimillionaires Euroears, Lawyer Ron and Wando. Langfuhr is by Danzig-Sweet Briar Too (Briartic) and stands at Lane’s End Farm, Versailles, KY (donated by Gustav Schickedanz, Schonfeld Farms)

Silent Auction

  • 4 box seat tickets to The Royal Horse Show, Friday November 8th including Tanbark Lounge access (donated by the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair)
  • 2 Tickets located in Row 8, behind the basket, at the LA Clippers vs Toronto Raptors game, Saturday, January 25th (donated by Equilease Corp.)
  • A one of a kind pendant created from a vintage, Standardbred-themed stamp (created and donated by Horsefeathers Equestrian Jewellery)
  • Framed limited edition print by Linda Shantz of 2009 Hall of Fame inductee Somebeachsomewhere
  • Framed limited edition print by Debbie Goldring of 1976 Hall of Fame inductee Northern Dancer, the original of which hangs permanently in the Hall.

Plus many more items from sports memorabilia and tickets to equine art and collectibles, there’s a little something for everyone. Visit the CHRHF website at www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com for a complete list of items.

The gala will celebrate the induction of Standardbred honourees Niatross, Admirals Express, Eternal Camnation, Doug Harkness, Carl Jamieson and William Rowe along with Thoroughbred counterparts Secretariat, Sealy Hill, Soaring Free, Sid Attard, Phil England, John Sikura Jr. and Bruce Walker.

The event will also pay tribute to 2013 Legend honourees Celias Counsel, Hidden Treasure, Jack Hood, and Samuel Johnston.

Previous inductees scheduled to attend this year’s event include Jockeys Ron Turcotte and Sandy Hawley, Trainers Mark Frostad, Robert Tiller and Larry Attard, Driver/Trainer Bill O’Donnell, with additional names expected to be added in the coming days.

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. Woodbine Entertainment Group Thoroughbred Racing Analyst Jim Bannon will MC the festivities.

We wish to thank our wine 2013 wine sponsor, Niagara Region winery, 20 Bees for their generous support.

A limited number of tickets are still available for $175 per person or $1,700 for a table sponsorship which includes 8 tickets and a $300.00 donation to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame by contacting Linda Rainey 416-417-9404 or linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com .

(CHRHOF)

Standardbred Legends Samuel Johnston And Celias Counsel Join Hall of Fame at Woodbine, Friday, May 24th

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame has announced its 2013 Legend inductees.

Legends are people and horses whose accomplishments occurred a number of decades ago.  They made unique contributions to horse racing in Canada and the Hall recognizes the special roles they played.

Standardbred Legends

 Samuel Johnston a pioneering businessman, contractor and horseman is credited with saving harness racing in Fort Erie, Ontario.  In 1898 at the same time Grand Circuit racing was scheduled to come to Canadian soil for the first time, its future was threatened when harness racing was deemed to be a violation of public morals. Johnston’s opposition and his arguments before town council culminated in ensuring the future of horse racing at Fort Erie.  Without Mr. Johnson’s efforts, Grand Circuit racing would not have continued and grown to the stature it has today.

 Celias Counsel, a foal of 1946, was somewhat of an anomaly as her sire, Chief Counsel, was best known as a producer of pacers.  Campaigned by the Honourable William Earl Rowe, she was one of the most prominent trotters in the early1950s, including a career highlight win in the 1952 Maple Leaf Cup Trot.   She held a record of 2:07 when most trotters were racing in 2:10 or slower. As a broodmare, she produced 9 foals, including Van Counsel who trotted in 2:03 and made over $131,000.  The contributions of Celias Counsel are acknowledged each year with the Celia Counsel Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies.

Thoroughbred Legends

 Hidden Treasure was overshadowed in the early part of his exceptional career because he was foaled in 1957, the same year as one of Canada’s greatest thoroughbreds – Victoria Park. But this does not distract from Hidden Treasure’s overall contributions to Canadian racing. He was a multiple stakes winner at age two, three, four and five and an added money winner at age six. Owned and bred by Hall of Fame builder Bill Beasley of Nobleton, ON and trained by HOF trainer John Passero, Hidden Treasure retired with earnings of $187,734, second in Canada at the time to Victoria Park.

Jack Hood celebrated the romance of horse racing unlike any other owner and breeder ever to appear on the horse racing stage in Canada. Although garrulous and eccentric, he was also one of the more astute, and fortunate men to ever study the bloodlines of thoroughbreds.  Hood’s legacy grew among those who shared the company of this gregarious gentleman from Stratford, Ontario, a man who became a legend to all following his death in 1984 at the age of 71.   Hood’s venture into horse racing began in 1958 with the purchase Round Camera, a yearling filly that proved to be successful as a broodmare.  It was however the purchase of Quillopolly that would elevate his status.  She produced four foals in eight years. Two were stakes winners – Allquillo, winner of the Princess Elizabeth Stakes, and Sharp-Eyed Quillo, who won the Prince of Wales and Quebec Derby. Bonquill and Classy Quillo were the others. Classy Quillo was the dam of No Class who in turn was purchased in 1975 by Sam-Son Farms, and went on to be the grand-dam of Eclipse Award and Triple Crown winner Dance Smartly, the leading money-winning female in Canadian history. No Class is also the dam of four Sovereign Award winners – Sky Classic, Grey Classic, Regal Classic and Classy ‘n Smart, dam of world champion sire Smart Strike and Dance Smartly.  No Class’s daughter is also the grand-dam of Plate winners Dancethruthedawn and Scatter the Gold.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will celebrate the inductions of these deserving legends at a Wine and Cheese reception ceremony scheduled to take place Friday, May 24 at 5:00 pm in the Hall of Fame at Woodbine Racetrack.  The reception will also feature the official unveiling of the display boards for the 2012 inductees, as well as the introduction of the 2013 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.

Additional details are available at:  www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com .

 

Niatross, Carl Jamieson Among 2013 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Inductees

World Class racing greats Secretariat and Niatross headline the field of 13 new Hall of Fame inductees under new rules that allow international competitors into Canada’s Hall.  There will be a total of three horses and three people representing Standardbreds, along with three horses and four people from the Thoroughbred ranks entering the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in August 2013.

The Standardbred Inductees are:

Niatross – Veteran Horse Category
Admirals Express – Male Horse Category
Eternal Camnation – Female Horse Category
Carl Jamieson – Trainer/Driver Category
William Rowe – Builder Category
Doug Harkness – Communicator Category

The Thoroughbred Inductees are:

Secretariat – Veteran Horse Category
Soaring Free – Male Horse Category
Sealy Hill – Female Horse Category
Sid Attard – Jockey/Trainer Category
Phil England – Jockey/Trainer Category
John Sikura Jr. – Builder Category
Bruce Walker – Communicator Category

 

Niatross won a remarkable 37 of 39 career starts. He was trained and driven by co-owner Clint Galbraith, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998.  Niatross set 15 world records and earned more than $2 million as a racehorse.  Included in his accomplishments were both a race and track record of 1:53.4 in the 1980 Prix d’Été at Montreal’s Blue Bonnets, the fastest Canadian mile at that time.   After retiring to stud, Niatross sired winners of over $62 million, including three millionaires.  His most famous son, Nihilator earned more than $3 million on the racetrack.

Admirals Express captured the hearts of Canadian racing fans during a career that spanned over a decade. The son of Admirals Galley, known as the ‘Grey Gladiator’, won 86 races in 353 starts, and earned more than $2.1 million.  He earned a pair of O’Brien Awards in 2005 when he was named Canada’s Older Pacing Horse of the Year and Horse of the Year.  Trained by Mike Hales and driven by Paul MacDonnell, ‘The Admiral’ was owned by Ed Sayfie of Rockford, Michigan and Gary and Laurel Gust of Cedar Springs, Michigan.

Pacing mare Eternal Camnation earned more than $4.1 million, and won 47 of her 101 starts during her extraordinary career.  The champion mare won numerous stakes races on both sides of the border dominating her division throughout the majority of her racing career.  She was rewarded for her accomplishments by being voted Pacing Mare of the Year in both Canada and the US three times and also received the O’Brien as Canada’s Horse of the Year in 2003.   She retired in 2004 to pursue a career as a broodmare.  Eternal Camnation is owned by Jeff Miller Stable of Haviland, Ohio.

Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, Ontario has been elected in the Driver/Trainer category.  Jamieson, a second generation horseman and a native of Nova Scotia, has established a reputation for selecting and developing young horses. He’s enjoyed considerable success, having trained 950 winners and horses to earnings in excess of $22 million to date in his career.  In addition, he achieved driving success in the 1980’s and 90’s with 1300 plus wins.   Horses including Santanna Blue Chip and Elegant Killean, a daughter of Run the Table, have achieved success under Jamieson’s tutelage.  In 2011, Carl trained two Canadian champions – Up The Credit, Canada’s Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year and Warrawee Needy, Canada’s Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year.

The late William Rowe was involved in many facets of the harness racing industry and will be inducted in the Builders’ Category.  He enjoyed success as a breeder, trainer-driver and administrator, but it was as a builder of racetracks and as a racing executive that he made his greatest mark in Canadian racing. Rowe was responsible for the construction of Windsor Raceway, Barrie Raceway and Georgian Downs.  The opening of the all-weather facility at Windsor in the fall of 1965, where Rowe served as both General Manager and President, ushered in a new era in the sport,  as major metropolitan centres across North America followed Windsor’s lead with year-round harness racing.

The late Doug Harkness will be inducted in the newly created Communicators’ Category.  Harkness made unparalleled contributions to the harness racing industry in the Maritimes. He was the founder and editor of Atlantic Post Calls from 1979 – 2010. Doug was also involved in lobbying efforts with the government  and was a passionate spokesperson for harness racing on a regional, national and international level.  Doug received the City of Charlottetown award for his promotional work in harness racing and also received the President’s Award from the United States Harness Writers Association, the only Canadian journalist to be so honoured.

The seven Thoroughbred representatives in the 2013 class include:

 In the Veteran Horse Category, Secretariat, Penny Chenery’s “Big Red” captivated the sports world with his sensational American Triple Crown win in 1973.  The excitement continued throughout his race career and crossed the border into Canada later that year where he received a hero’s welcome and concluded his race career with his only race run outside the US, a decisive 6 ½ length win in the 1973 Canadian International Championship Stakes.  2013 marks the 40th Anniversary of Secretariat’s Triple Crown exploits where he set three track records that still stand today.

Sam-Son Farm’s homebred Soaring Free was one of the earliest stars by Smart Strike and is being recognized in the Male Horse Category.  Under the tutelage of trainer Mark Frostad, the turf specialist won 15 of his 27 starts with lifetime earnings in excess of $2 million.  Included on his resume is a win in the 2003 Neartic Stakes, as well as 2004 wins in the Ontario Jockey Club Stakes and his second straight Play The King Stakes before achieving his most important career win in the Grade 1 Atto Mile in race record time.

The Female Horse Category inductee is Ontario bred Sealy Hill who was the first to win the Tiara Series (Woodbine Oaks, Bison City Stakes and Wonder Where Stakes) for breeder/owner Eugene Melnyk and trainer Mark Casse.  She also finished 2nd in the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.  Her racing achievements resulted in winnings of $1.75 million dollars, as well as three Sovereign Awards.

Two inductees will be added to the Jockey/Trainer category.

Sid Attard, born in Malta, immigrated to Canada with his family in the 1960’s and began training horses in 1977.  He has visited the winners circle over 1700 times in his training career including 60 stake wins.  Attard trained horses have earned over $47 million in purse money.  In 2001 Sid engineered a perfect season for Numerous Times who beat a world class field in the Gr. 1 Atto Mile and subsequently won a Sovereign award as Canada’s outstanding turf male.  He recorded five straight 50+ win seasons from 1994-1998 and another six straight 50+ win seasons from 2003-2008.

The list of 2013 Inductee Phil England pupils include Knob Hill Farm Horses of the Year horses Benburb (1992), Thornfield (1999) and the Rick Kennedy-owned Afleet in 1987.   Other stars trained by him include Blushing Katy, One From Heaven, Apelia and Gr. 1 Stakes winner Schossberg.  England moved to Canada in 1962 from the UK and worked as an exercise rider before obtaining his trainer’s license in 1966.  He won the Sovereign Award as Canada’s top trainer in 1992.

 Inducted in the Builder Category is the late John Sikura Jr who emigrated from Czechoslovakia as a teenager in the 1950s, and built Hill ‘N’ Dale Farms into a highly successful breeding and stallion operation.  He was the purchaser of the first yearling in history to sell for more than $1 million and twice was leading consignor at Keeneland.   Additional honours include being recognized with the status of Kentucky Colonel and in 1994 was awarded the Mint Julep Cup for lifetime contributions to the Ontario Racing Industry.

The first inductee in the Communicator Category representing Thoroughbreds is Bruce Walker, a renowned publicist and four-time Sovereign award winning feature writer (1985, 1991, 2002, and 2009).  Bruce is one of the founders of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and his additional accomplishments include Election to the office of President of The Turf Publicists of America in 1972 and subsequently being awarded that organization’s Award of Merit in 1997.  He was also a founding committee member of the Avelino Gomez Award.

The Induction Ceremony will be hosted at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Thursday, August 15, 2013.

 

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Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Nominations Must Be Submitted By Wed., March 6

Is there a horse or person that you think should be added to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2013?  You can have your say b submitting a nomination before March 6.

2013 marks a year of change for the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. In an effort to ensure that all horses and people who have made a significant impact on racing in Canada can be honoured by the hall, eligibility criteria have been updated, and two new categories are being introduced.

Now all those, both equine and human, regardless of whether they have Canadian connections, but have either raced in Canada or made a significant contribution to the betterment of racing in Canada can be nominated and in turn elected to the CHRHF. The hall is also expanding the number of categories available for entry into the hall from 5 to 7.

Veteran People will recognize those whose careers and impact on racing took place a minimum of 20 years ago. The Communicator category provides the opportunity to recognize those, either living or deceased, who have told the story of horse racing in Canada, This category will honour broadcasters, announcers, writers, photographers, etc. These two categories will be added on a rotational basis along with the existing Veteran Horses category.

In 2013 both Veteran Horses and Communicators will be honoured as well as the existing categories of Male Horse, Female Horse, Builder, and People – Jockeys/Drivers/Trainers. All nominations for inductees from both the Standardbred and Thoroughbred industries will be considered by the Nomination Committees as selected by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

For complete eligibility information and nomination process click here http://canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com/?page_id=115 All public nominations are to be sent as a formal letter containing detailed information on the record and merits of each nominee along with the nominator’s contact information. The deadline is 5:00 pm Wednesday, March 6, 2013 and nominations can be mailed, hand delivered, or emailed to:

Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame
Woodbine Racetrack
555 Rexdale Blvd.,
P.O. Box 156 Toronto, ON M9W 5L2

Phone: 416-675-7723/1-800-675-7223
Email: admin@horseracinghalloffame.com

The final list of the 2013 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Inductees will be announced on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. For more information on the 2013 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Nominations Process click here http://canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com/?page_id=115

For questions regarding Standardbred Nominations, please contact call Kathy Wade Vlaar 905-858-3060 ext. 207 or Darryl Kaplan at 241. Questions regarding Thoroughbred Nominations should be directed to Tom Cosgrove at, please call 416-675-3993 ext. 2113, or Jim Bannon at ext. 2454.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is a not- for- profit organization dedicated to honoring the achievements of horses and people in the great sport of Thoroughbred and Standardbred Racing in Canada.

We invite you to visit the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame located at the West Entrance of Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. For information on arranging a personal tour and/or an interview contact the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame by email admin@horseracinghalloffame.com or 416-417-9404 .

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Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Expands Eligibility, Calls For Nominations

2013 marks a year of change for the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.  In an effort to ensure that all horses and people who have made a significant impact on racing in Canada can be honoured by the hall, eligibility criteria have been updated, and two new categories are being introduced.

Now all those, both equine and human, regardless of whether they have Canadian connections, but have either raced in Canada or made a significant contribution to the betterment of racing in Canada can be nominated and in turn elected to the CHRHF.

The hall is also expanding the number of categories available for entry into the hall from five to seven.  Veteran People will recognize those whose careers and impact on racing took place a minimum of 20 years ago. The Communicator category provides the opportunity to recognize those, either living or deceased,  who have told the story of horse racing in Canada,  This category will honour broadcasters, announcers, writers, photographers, etc.  These two categories will be added on a rotational basis along with the existing Veteran Horses category.  In 2013 both Veteran Horses and Communicators will be honoured as well as the existing categories of Male Horse, Female Horse, Builder, and People – Jockeys/Drivers/Trainers.

Kathy Wade Vlaar, Chair of the Standardbred Election Committee, and Director of the CHRHF explained the changes as follows:  “The Board of Directors felt that our previous eligibility criteria may have excluded horses because of where they were bred and where their owners reside, and horse people because of their citizenship or place of residency.   In revising the eligibility criteria, we wanted to ensure that there is an opportunity, when warranted and deserved, that all horses and horse people that have made outstanding contributions to Canadian horse racing are eligible for induction, regardless of where they are from.”

Jim Bannon and Tom Cosgrove, Co-Chairs of the Thoroughbred Nomination and Election Committees applaud the changes, “Canadian Horse Racing will benefit greatly from the Hall’s new and more embracing eligibility initiative which welcomes those horses and people who have significantly enriched the fabric of the sport in our country.”

The new criteria take effect immediately with the 2013 call for public nominations being accepted until Wednesday, March 6, 2013

All nominations for inductees from both the Standardbred and Thoroughbred industries will be considered by the Nomination Committees as selected by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Board of Directors.  Complete eligibility information and nomination process information is available on the HOF website.

All public nominations are to be sent as a formal letter containing detailed information on the record and merits of each nominee along with the nominator’s contact information.

The deadline is 5:00 pm Wednesday, March 6, 2013 and nominations can be mailed, hand delivered, or emailed to:

Chair of the Nominating Committee Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 555 Rexdale Blvd. P.O. Box 156 Toronto, ON M9W 5L2 Email: admin@horseracinghalloffame.com

The final list of the 2013 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Inductees will be announced on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

For more information on the 2013 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Nominations Process, visit the HOF website

For questions regarding Standardbred Nominations, please contact call Kathy Wade Vlaar 905-858-3060 ext. 207 or Darryl Kaplan at 241

For questions regarding Thoroughbred Nominations, please call 416-675-3993 ext. 2113 for Tom Cosgrove or ext. 2454 for Jim Bannon.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is a not for profit organization dedicated to honoring the achievements of horses and people in the great sport of Thoroughbred and Standardbred Racing in Canada.

Visitors to the Hall of Fame will enjoy learning about the legendary horses whose names are synonymous with today’s racing champions while discovering the stories of the legends of Canadian horse racing placed among rarely seen memorabilia and historic trophies.

We invite you to visit the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame located at the West Entrance of Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. For information on arranging a personal tour and/or an interview contact the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame by email admin@horseracinghalloffame.com or 416-417-9404.

Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame Dinner To Feature Jody Jamieson As Auctioneer On August 16

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the excitement at the 2012 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala Dinner, as 3 time O’Brien Driver of the Year winner Jody Jamieson takes to the microphone for the Hall of Fame Live Auction.

Generous donors like Adena Springs, The Royal Horse Show, Paul Reddam and Doug O’Neill, Gustav Schickedanz, and the Woodbine Entertainment Group have beefed up the list of items which will see all proceeds 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.

Live Auction

  • Halter worn by 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Winner “I’ll Have Another” (donated by Paul Reddam and Doug O’Neill )
    • Dinner at the Turf Club Lounge and 2 tickets to the Chicago Black Hawks vs Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Game – Saturday, November 3, 2012 (donated by WEG)
    • Breeding seasons to Hall of Fame stallion Langfuhr , sire of 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee Jambalaya (donated by Gustav Schickedanz, Schonfeld Farms)
    • A pair of tickets for a Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Game.  You will be seated with some of the Toronto Maple Leaf Legends.  This package also includes a $200.00 gift certificate for Harbour Sixty Steakhouse (Donated by Jim Bannon and Harbour Sixty Steakhouse)

Silent Auction

  • A limited edition framed print of Cam Fella by artist Lindsay Sovil; signed by the artist as well as Cam Fella’s owner Norm Clement and trainer Pat Crowe
    • Riding Boots signed by Hall of Fame Inductee Jockey Russell Baze
    • Plus many more items from sports memorabilia and tickets to equine art and collectibles, there’s a little something for everyone.

Visit the CHRHF website for a complete list of items.  www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com

This year’s ceremony, Thursday, August 16th at the Mississauga Convention Centre, will celebrate the induction of standardbred honourees Astreos, Kadabra, Mystic Mistress, Charles Juravinski and Dave Wall, along with thoroughbred counterparts Arravale, Jambalaya, L’Alezane, Russell Baze and Aubrey Minshall.

In addition we will pay tribute to 2012 Legend honourees Dalyce Blue, Mildred Williams, John Dewhurst, and Patrick MacMurchy.

The reception and silent auction will commence at 5:30 p.m., followed by a four course dinner, live auction and induction ceremonies at 7:00 p.m.   Woodbine Entertainment Group Thoroughbred Racing Analyst Jim Bannon will MC the festivities which will pay tribute to the 30th anniversary of the great Cam Fella’s career.

We are also pleased to welcome Equifera Wines as our wine sponsor this year.  With a winery built on a former Thoroughbred Farm in the Niagara Wine Region, Equifera is the perfect selection to partner with the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame for this evening of celebration.

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 by contacting Linda Rainey 416-417-9404 or linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com

Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Dinner Tickets Now Available

Enjoy a night of excitement at the 2012 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Fundraising Dinner as the newest Hall of Fame Members are honoured and celebrated.

The 2012 Induction Ceremony & Fundraising Dinner will take place at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Thursday, August 16, 2012.

This year’s ceremony will celebrate the induction of standardbred inductees Astreos, Kadabra, Mystic Mistress, Charles Juravinski and Dave Wall, along with thoroughbred counterparts Arravale, Jambalaya, L’Alezane, Russell Baze and Aubrey Minshall.

In addition, tribute will be paid to 2012 Legend honourees Dalyce Blue, Mildred Williams, John Dewhurst, and Patrick MacMurchy.

The Hall of Fame welcomes Woodbine Entertainment Group Thoroughbred Racing Analyst Jim Bannon as master of ceremonies on a night which will celebrate the 30th anniversary of pacing legend Cam Fella’s career.

The evening entails a reception and silent auction which will commence at 5:30 p.m., followed by a four course dinner and induction ceremonies at 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $175 per person or $1,700 for a table sponsorship which includes a 8 tickets and a $300 donation to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

For more information, including the purchase of tickets, please visit www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com
or contact: Linda Rainey Linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com 416-417-9404

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