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Class of 2021 Living Horse Hall of Fame

08:50 AM 13 Jan 2021 NZDT
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The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2021 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Museum members voted for the three horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Chapter Seven and Father Patrick, and racemare Peaceful Way. The other nominees were, Andover Hall, Mission Brief and Yankee Glide.

Chapter SevenFather Patrick and Peaceful Way will be inducted on Hall of Fame Day, Sunday, July 4th, 2021 along with the class of 2020: Always B Miki, Bee A Magician, Sweet Lou, Danae and Precious Beauty. The ceremonies honoring these extraordinary Standardbred horses will take place during the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame’s annual dinner. For information on the Hall of Fame weekend and other festivities surrounding this important occasion visit www.harnessmuseum.com from April 2021 onward or call or write the Museum at 240 Main StreetGoshenNY 10924, phone: 845-294-6330.

Standardbreds are eligible for nomination to harness racing’s highest accolade if they comply with the following criteria:

AS A RACEHORSE:

Must be retired from racing for two years.

Must have been the winner of $2.5 million lifetime

WITH two Dan Patch Awards OR
Been the winner of $3 million lifetime OR

Been named Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year.
Horses over the age of 12 that are still racing
and meet the criteria are also eligible.

 

AS A RACEMARE:

Must be retired from racing for two years.

Must have been the winner of $1.5 million lifetime

WITH two Dan Patch Awards OR
Been the winner of $2.5 million lifetime OR

Been named Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year.

Mares over the age of 12 that are still racing
and meet the criteria are also eligible.

 

AS A STALLION:

Must rank among the 10 all-time leading

moneywinning sires at his gait OR

Have sired at least 100 $200,000 winners OR

Been the leading moneywinning sire at his gait

in three or more seasons.

 

 

CHAPTER SEVEN

(Nominated as Racehorse)

4,1:50.1 ($1,954,966) Bay Horse, 2008

(Windsong’s Legacy – La Riviera Lindy – Dream Vacation)

 

2012 Dan Patch Horse of the Year Chapter Seven was foaled on April 2, 2008 in Cream Ridge, New Jersey. The world champion trotter’s lifetime race record is 28-20-4-1 with total career earnings of $1,954,966.

In 2010, two-year-old Chapter Seven finished on the board in all of his 8 starts, winning 7 and earning $211,549. Victories included two legs and the final of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, the Harold Dancer Memorial and the Matron Stakes (in a stakes record 1:55.2f).

Three-year-old Chapter Seven earned $720,392 while winning 5 of 10, including the elimination and final of the Breeders Crown, the Stanley Dancer Memorial, Bluegrass, and Matron Stake elimination.

As a four-year-old in 2012, Chapter Seven won 8 of 10 with 2 seconds (Maple Leaf Trot, Credit Winner), while recording 4 sub-1:51 miles. Chapter Seven opened his season with back-to-back world-record miles, winning in 1:50.4 in both the Titan Cup Prep and Titan Cup. He went on to victories in his second Breeders Crown, the Nat Ray (in a world record 1:50.1), Maxie Lee Memorial (setting a stakes record 1:52.1), the Allerage and the American-National. Chapter Seven earned $1,023,025 and was voted 2012 Dan Patch Horse of the Year, Trotter of the Year and Older Trotting Horse of the Year.

As a stallion with five crops racing, Chapter Seven has sired winners of over $28 million, including 2018 Trotter of the Year, 2018 Dan Patch Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year and 2019 Dan Patch and O’Brien Older Trotting Mare, world champion Atlanta 4,1:49.1 ($2,450,203), winner of the 2018 Hambletonian and Kentucky Futurity, 2019 Graduate and 2020 Maple Leaf Trot; and 2018 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year, world champion Gimpanzee 4,1:50 ($2,438,575), winner of the 2018 Breeders Crown, 2019 Breeders Crown and Yonkers Trot, and 2020 Breeders Crown, Hambletonian Maturity and John Cashman Memorial.

 

 FATHER PATRICK

(Nominated as Racehorse)

3,1:50.2f ($2,558,133) Bay Horse, 2011

(Cantab Hall – Gala Dream – Enjoy Lavec)

 

Foaled on March 12, 2011 in Versailles, Kentucky, two-time world champion trotter Father Patrick has a lifetime race record of 33-23-6-0.

In 2013, two-year-old Father Patrick won 10 of his 11 starts with 1 second, earning $744,057. Victories included the Breeders Crown, William Wellwood and Peter Haughton Memorial. In his Breeders Crown elimination, Father Patrick set the still-standing world record 1:52.1 for two-year-old trotting colts on a five-eighths mile track. The second-leading two-year-old moneywinning Standardbred of 2013, he was voted Dan Patch and O’Brien Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year.

Three-year-old Father Patrick finished on the board in 15 of 17 starts while earning $1,693,081, the most of any Standardbred in 2014. Major victories included the Breeders Crown in a stakes record 1:51.4, Canadian Trotting Classic, Beal Memorial in a still-standing world record 1:50.2 for three-year-old trotters on a five-eighths mile track, Zweig Memorial, Stanley Dancer Memorial, Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship and American-National. Father Patrick was voted 2014 Dan Patch Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year.

In 2015, four-year-old Father Patrick had one victory in 5 starts – the Maxie Lee.

As a stallion with three crops racing, Father Patrick has sired winners of over $11.5 million with two millionaires: 2019 Dan Patch Trotter of the Year and Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the year Greenshoe 3,1:49.4 ($1,353,772), winner of the 2019 Kentucky Futurity and Zweig Memorial; and 2019 Breeders Crown and 2020 Kentucky Futurity winner, world champion Amigo Volo 3,1:51 ($1,206,369).

 

 

PEACEFUL WAY

(Nominated as Racemare)

4,1:51.4 ($2,746,240) Bay Mare, 2001

(Angus Hall – Royal Bait – Royal Prestige)

 

Foaled on February 27, 2001 in Arva, Ontario, world champion trotting mare Peaceful Way garnered a career race record of 52-33-3-2 and earnings of $2,746,240. She retired as the third-leading North American moneywinning trotting mare of all time, behind Moni Maker and Peace Corps.

In her 2003 freshman season, Peaceful Way finished on the board in 9 out of 10 starts with 8 wins and earnings of $733,726. Major victories included the Goldsmith Maid, Oakville and Ontario Sire Stakes Super Final. The season’s leading two-year-old moneywinning trotter, Peaceful Way was voted O’Brien Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year.

Three-year-old Peaceful Way won 11 of 15 starts with 1 second and earnings of $601,762 - second among trotting fillies in 2004. Victories included the Delvin Miller Memorial, Ontario SBOA Trotting Stakes and Ontario Sire Stakes Super Final. Peaceful Way was voted O’Brien Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year.

As a four-year-old in 2005, Peaceful Way earned $660,804, with 9 wins in 10 starts. Major victories included the Breeders Crown, Armbro Flight, American-National and Classic Oaks, where she tied the world record 1:51.4 for four-year-old trotting mares on a mile track. Peaceful Way was voted 2005 Dan Patch and O’Brien Older Trotting Mare of the Year.

In 2006, five-year-old Peaceful Way’s victories included the Maple Leaf Trot, Armbro Flight and Matchmaker. In addition to $709,763 in earnings, she received her second consecutive Dan Patch and O’Brien Older Trotting Mare of the Year Award.

 

 

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