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Illinois Harness Horsemen Hall of Fame inductees

08:10 AM 13 Sep 2014 NZST
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Randy Finn, harness racing
Randy Finn was elected to the IHHA Hall of Fame

HINSDALE, IL - The Illinois Harness Horseman's Association (IHHA) will celebrate the lifelong achievements of the Prairie State's finest horsemen at their 2014 Hall of Fame Banquet on Monday, Oct. 13, at the Doubletree Hotel in Alsip, ILL. This reception allows everyone involved in the Illinois harness racing industry to come together to extol the accomplishments of those who have proven their commitment to excellence.

Randall Finn has been selected to enter the Harness Hall of Fame this year with more than 3,500 career driving wins and stands as the all-time winningest driver at the Illinois County Fairs. Joining him will be the six-time leading trainer at Maywood Park with 1,767 lifetime wins, David McCaffrey.

The underappreciated stars of the sport are the horses. Entering the Hall of Fame this year is "My Boy David," the fastest Illinois-bred of all time with a mark of 1:47.4 and earnings of $1.3 million, and "Thisbigdogwilfight," a 56-time winner over a nine-year career with earnings just under $1 million.

Also being honored with special recognition are:

  • Persons of the Year - Mary Lea Jeffers and Adele Jeffers Everett
  • Caretaker of the Year - Sis Arnold
  • Caretaker of the Year - Enrique "Osli" Herrera
  • Lifetime of Dedication - Dick Siegel
  • Lifetime of Dedication - Jim Kennedy

The IHHA looks forward to validating these successes on Monday, Oct. 13, at the annual Hall of Fame Dinner at the Doubletree Hotel, 5000 W. 127th (Cicero & 294), Alsip, ILL. (708-371-7300). Tickets are $35 per person. Festivities begin with an open bar from 6-7pm, followed by dinner and awards.

Door prizes will be given out throughout the evening. Reservations are required by Oct. 3. For ticket information, please contact Noel at the IHHA office at 630-323-0808 or Brenda Watson at 217-416-3973 or Betsy, the bookkeeper at Balmoral, at 708-672-1414.

by Gary Mack, for IHHA

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