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Standardbred Canada's Trot Insider has learned that Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Famer William ‘Bill’ Galvin of Mississauga, Ont. has passed away at the age of 89. A native of Arnprior, Ont., Galvin made a tremendous impact on horse racing in the country -- so much so that he was part of just the second class to be inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame’s Communicator category. Galvin was a Canadian horse racing historian, poet, author, publisher, educator, horseman, humanitarian, publicist, former thoroughbred racing official and executive editor of TROT Magazine. His promotions transcended racing. He led a charge to bring harness racing onto the ice on Ottawa’s Rideau Canal and expose the sport to thousands of potential fans, one of those a young future Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau. 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 a member of the Advisory board for the School of Equine Studies at Toronto’s Humber College of Applied Arts. To read the rest of the story, click here.

MILTON, ON - July 9, 2020 - The Milton Sports Hall of Fame today announced that Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame harness racing driver Steve Condren has been elected to the town's sports hall as part of their 2020 induction class. Condren is one of the most respected and recognized drivers in Canadian harness racing history and has been associated with Milton's Mohawk Racetrack/Park for over 30 years. He was the leader of the Ontario Jockey Club/Woodbine Entertainment circuit as its top driver for multiple years throughout the 80's, 90's and 2000's. Throughout his Hall of Fame career, Condren amassed 6,859 wins and drove horses earning a combined $114 million. His career highlights include a victory in the 1989 $1-million North America Cup with Goalie Jeff, along with multiple Breeders Crown victories and numerous other Grand Circuit wins. Condren was named Canada's Driver of the Year in 1997 and elected to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2011. The 2020 Milton Sports Hall of Fame class will feature five inductees. Condren is joined by athletes Darlene Kranstz (Jiu-Jitsu), Travis Gerrits (Freestyle Skiing) and builders Bill Rowney (Minor Hockey) and Martha & Pat Gleason (Basketball). "The Milton Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to invite these esteemed sporting legends as honoured members," said Joe Yaworski, Chairman of the Milton Sports Hall of Fame. "For over 160 years, the Town of Milton has witnessed and benefited substantially due to the contributions of great athletes, teams and great sports builders, and these five inductees represent the upper echelon of our town's rich sporting history." This is the fifth induction class elected by the Milton Sports Hall Of Fame, with 20 previous inductees having been bestowed with Milton's highest athletic honour. The 2020 Milton Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Wall Unveiling are tentatively scheduled for Thursday, November 19th at the Milton Sports Centre. Due to the unpredictable nature of public health restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Milton Sports Hall of Fame is presently not opening up ticket sales. Further updates and announcements will be made in the weeks to come and will be communicated via the Hall's social media channels, as well as its website at www.milton.ca/sportshalloffame. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

At a meeting held June 23, 2020, the Board of Directors of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame made the difficult decision to cancel the harness racing 2020 Hall of Fame Induction Gala, due to the restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the intention of the CHRHF to induct the Class of 2020, along with those inducted in 2021, at ceremonies tentatively scheduled to take place during the summer of 2021. After the Board Meeting CHRHF President, Darryl Kaplan provided the following statement. "While consideration was given to alternate formats for the event, it was agreed that the Class of 2020 deserves to be honoured for their lifetime of achievements in Canadian horse racing with the full recognition bestowed to those inducted previously to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, and that includes being surrounded by the family and friends who have been part of their careers. Unfortunately, that is not possible at this time. While we are unable to hold the formal induction ceremony for Gary Boulanger, Sue Leslie, Mike Keogh, Paul MacDonell, Ben Wallace, Amour Angus, McWicked, Play the King, Rambling Willie and Tepin during 2020, we are fully committed to doing so in the near future." "Additionally, as a registered charity, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame annual Induction Gala is a significant fundraiser for the organization. Like so many others in horse racing and beyond we are looking at creating alternate opportunities to generate the funds required to support the CHRHF's ongoing operation. Further information about these activities will be provided in the coming weeks." Details regarding the Nomination and Election of the Class of 2021 will be released this fall. Linda Rainey Managing Director Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame  

An Oshawa native is being honoured for his career in harness racing. Paul MacDonell is joining the list of this year’s Class of 2020 inductees into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame (CHRHF). “It feels great, it really does,” says MacDonell of the recognition. “There’s a very small amount of people in the hall of fame and to be a part of it, it’s really, really something.” Founded in 1976, the CHRHF inducts 10 people and horses from categories, including Builders, Jockeys, Trainers, Drivers, Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds. MacDonell joins the roster as a Standardbred Driver. MacDonell’s driving career is highlighted by both consistency and superstars, with earnings surpassing $1 million for 33 consecutive years, due in part to piloting such horses as Hall of Fame Honoured Members Somebeachsomewhere, Admirals Express, and Invitro. “I raced a horse called Somebeachsomewhere who will probably go down in history as one of the best race horses of all time, and that includes the world,” says MacDonell. “He was a dynamic horse that everyone followed back in 2008, and he was just one of those super heroes, like Secretariat from the Thoroughbred side, or Northern Dancer,” he continues. “Somebeachsomewhere was, in our business of harness racing, Standardbred side, one of the best of all time.” Macdonell has also been the primary pilot for millionaires Village Jiffy, Village Connection, Elusive Desire, Bigtime Ball and Laddie. The Oshawa native’s major stakes victories include three Metro Paces, five Confederation Cups, and eight Breeders Crowns, as well as a record 16 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals to his credit. MacDonell was also awarded an O’Brien Award as the 2008 Canadian Driver of the Year, and to date, has chalked up more than 15,000 top three finishes, 5,623 wins, and has driven horses to in excess of $122 million in purse earnings. MacDonell attributes his successful career to his love for horses, which started at a young age. “My dad had a few horses in the Oshawa area. He worked at General Motors and did it part time. After school I would go to the barn with my dad,” he says, adding that he was around 10 or 11 years old at this time. “I fell into looking after the horses with him and helping him out, which then graduated into a career of harness racing,” says MacDonell. MacDonell explains you start with getting your trainer’s licence and then you graduate to become a driver. He started his driving career at Kawartha Downs when he was 18, about 38 years ago, and remains active in the business today. The now Guelph resident continues to race, and mostly works in training the horses for competition. “I think most of it is just my love of the horses, I love being around the animals, and then of course getting them ready to compete. And as MacDonell reflects on his accomplishments throughout his career, his advice for up-and-comers in the industry is simple. “It’s just like any career. It doesn’t happen overnight,” says MacDonell. “You have to really invest in it. It’s hard work. It’s not easy. Just like any professional that’s made it to a high level, you have to invest and you have to really, really work at it.” By Courtney Bachar Reprinted with permission of /The Oshawa Express

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2020 ballot. A total of 30 people and horses comprised of 15 Thoroughbred and 15 Standardbred candidates, have been selected to appear on the voting ballot. A 20-person Election Committee for each breed will determine the recipients in their respective categories. Results will be announced Tuesday, April 7th.  The five categories selected by the Standardbred nominating committee to appear on the 2020 Standardbred ballots are: Driver, Trainer, Female Horse, Male Horse and Veteran Horse  The 2020 Standardbred Driver Ballot features Paul MacDonell, Ed Tracey and Randy Waples Paul MacDonell’s driving career is highlighted by both consistency and superstars, with earnings surpassing $1 million for 33 consecutive years, due in part to piloting such horses as Hall of Fame members Somebeachsomewhere, Admirals Express and Invitro. The Guelph resident’s major stakes victories include three Metro Paces, five Confederation Cups, and eight Breeders Crowns as well as a record 16 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals to his credit. The popular and affable driver was awarded an O’Brien Award as the 2008 Canadian Driver of the Year and to date has chalked up more than 15,000 top three finishes, 5,623 wins and has driven horses to in excess of $122 million in purse earnings. Weyburn, Saskatchewan born Ed Tracey received his first driving licence at age 15. After getting his start in three-heats-a-day racing at meets in his home province, his passion for harness racing took him to six Canadian provinces and numerous states in the U.S. Over a span of 55 years Ed had 3,168 driving victories and more than $7,500,000 in purse earnings. The pinnacle of his career came in 1978 when he won the ice racing championship on Ottawa’s Rideau Canal. The late Ed Tracey was named Alberta Horseman of the Year in 1978 and the winner of the Dr. Clara Christie Award for his contribution to Alberta’s harness racing industry in 1998. Randy Waples’ career took off in 1996 when he won 150 races in 1,197 starts and he hasn’t looked back since. He is now the all-time leading money winning driver of races held on Canadian soil. The threetime O’Brien Award Driver of the Year winner is the all-time leader for wins at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. His stakes victories include the 2012 North America Cup with Thinking Out Loud, three Maple Leaf Trot wins with San Pail as well as Breeders Crown wins with San Pail and Dreamfair Eternal, both members of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. He also has four Battle of Waterloo wins and was the leading driver in Ontario Sires Stakes earnings in 2001, 2002 and 2010.  Randy Waples after winning 2011 Breeders Crown with San Pail In the Standardbred Trainer category voters will select from John Bax, Jack Darling and Ben Wallace.  Trotting specialist and 2001 Canadian Trainer of the Year, John Bax’s most prominent pupil to date is Hall of Fame gelding Goodtimes, a winner of 50 races and more than $2.2 million in earnings, making him at the time of his retirement the richest Canadian-bred trotter of all time. Other Bax trainees include 2001 Breeders Crown winner Duke of York, Define the World – Canada’s Three-Year-Old Trotter of the Year in 2008, and Riveting Rosie - OSS Super Final winner and O’Brien divisional winner in 2013 and 2014. In the 2014 Peaceful Way Stakes, a trio of Bax trainees -- Stubborn Belle, Juanitas Fury, and Southwind Champane – finished one-two-three in this event. John’s training stats include 859 wins and more than $23.6 million in earnings. Ben Wallace of Puslinch, Ont., trained the 1999 Pacing Triple Crown Winner and Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee Blissfull Hall, Breeders Crown winners Totally Western (2002), Pans Cullottes (2003), as well as a list of million dollar plus winners including Apprentice Hanover, Zooka, Cam Swifty, Camotion and Lookout Victory. Awarded an O’Brien as Canada’s Trainer of the Year in 1999, Wallace has current career stats of 1,947 wins and more than $38 million in purses, surpassing the million dollar mark in 18 consecutive seasons (1996-2013).  Ben Wallace Cambridge, Ontario based Jack Darling has enjoyed a successful career as a harness horse trainer in southern Ontario over three decades campaigning 1,026 winners and conditioning horses to $19.6 million in earnings. In 1995, four fillies put Darling in the spotlight- Diamond Dawn, a winner of $175,000, Low Places (winner of 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 the 2015 winner of the Lloyd Chisholm Memorial Award presented 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.  The Standardbred Female Horse Category features Amour Angus, Great Memories, and West Of LA Amour Angus, bred by Fermes Angus of Bedford, Quebec, made her mark on the Standardbred industry as a broodmare. Her 11 foals that raced, earned in excess of $3.5 million and included three foundation trotting sires in North America – Andover Hall, CHRHF 2019 inductee Angus Hall and Conway Hall, making her the grand dam of such horses as Nuncio, Peaceful Way, Donato Hanover, Pampered Princess, Majestic Son, Wishing Stone and Windsongs Legacy. Her daughter Emilie Cas El (by Garland Lobell) is the dam of Hambletonian winner Trixton.  Great Memories, by Apaches Fame and out of Armbro Emerson daughter Save the Memories, was bred by Glengate Farms and is now owned by Ontario Standardbred nursery Warrawee Farm. Among Great Memories’ offspring are two World Champions: Warrawee Needy, and Warrawee Ubeaut. Warrawee Needy was a winner of 29 races and more than $1.25 million. He took a mark of 1:49.4s at age two, was faster still at three (1:48.4s) and at four was the fastest in the world (1:46.4). Warrawee Ubeaut, won the 2018 Breeders Crown for two-year-old pacing fillies, has a lifetime mark of 1:48.3 and earned $646,995 in 12 starts in her first year on the track. At the age of three Warrawee Ubeaut continued her winning ways earning $1 million, matching her lifetime mark and winning 12 of 19 starts, including the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Her win in the Jugette Final equalled the world record for a three-year-old pacing filly over a half mile track. In total Great Memories’ nine racing age progeny have earned over $3.77 million, with three - Warrawee Needy, Warrawee Ubeaut and Big Bay Point -- breaking the 1:50 barrier. West Of LA by Western Hanover and out of the Cam Fella mare Los Angeles, is the dam of horses with earnings in excess of $4.3 million including two horses with earnings of over $1.7 million each. Her Somebeachsomewhere son Somewhere In LA has earned $1.86 million to date and has a lifetime mark of 1:48.4f. Daughter LA Delight, by Bettors Delight was the winner of the 2015 O’Brien Award for TwoYear-Old Pacing Fillies and the 2016 winner of the O’Brien in the Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly category. Her resume includes 26 wins in a 66 race career, a lifetime mark of 1:49.1 and earnings of $1.78 million.   Nominated In the category of Standardbred Male Horse are Majestic Son, McWicked and Shadow Play. Majestic Son’s racing career consisted of 38 starts, including 22 wins, 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 was trained by Mark Steacy for the Majestic Son Stable. His 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 $21.7 million including millionaire Charmed Life, four $750,000 winners, seven $500,000 winners, 24 winners of $250,000 and 61 winners of $100,000. Recently retired from racing, McWicked earned $5.1 million during a race career that began in 2013 and included 40 wins in 110 starts while setting his lifetime mark of 1:46.2 at age 7. The ungelded son of McArdle - Western Sahara was owned primarily by Ed James’ SSG Stables, and trained for the majority of his career by Casie Coleman. McWicked’s stakes wins include the Max Hempt, Adios, Progress, Ben Franklin, TVG Open, William Haughton, Canadian Pacing Derby, Dan Rooney - twice; Roll With Joe, Breeders Crown - twice, Joe Gerrity, Jr - twice, PASS Finals, and the Jim Ewart - twice. He was the recipient of four O’Brien Awards -- Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt/Gelding (2014), Older Pacing Horse of the Year (2018 & 2019) and Horse of the Year (2018).  Shadow Play earned $1,559,822 with 20 wins, 9 seconds and 5 thirds in 49 lifetime starts and took a record of 1:47.4 as a four-year-old. The son of The Panderosa, trained and co-owned by Dr. Ian Moore along with R G McGroup Ltd., and Serge Savard for most of his racing career, won several stakes events including the 2008 Little Brown Jug. As a sire standing at Winbak Farm in Ontario, and now owned by the Shadow Play Syndicate, he has sired the winners of more than $35.6 million including three-time O’Brien Award winner and double millionaire Lady Shadow and millionaire and O’Brien divisional winner Percy Bluechip. Eleven of the horses sired by Shadow Play have racemarks of 1:50 or better.  The 2020 Veteran Horse Ballot offers B Cor Tamara, Rambling Willie and Western Dreamer for the voters to select from.  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 grand dam of two champion juveniles, Banker Hall and Broadway Hall. Her offspring have earned in excess of $2.8 million. The winner of 128 races in 305 starts during the 1970s and early 1980s, Rambling Willie was a three time winner of the Canadian Pacing Derby – 1975 in a dead heat with Pickwick Baron, 1976 and 1977. At the time of his retirement in 1983 he was the leading Standardbred money winner of the time, earning more than $2 million, with most of his wins coming from overnight and invitational races. Rambling Willie was inducted into the United States Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1997 and into the Indiana Standardbred Hall of Fame in 2003.  Owned by Mathew, Patrick and Daniel Daly of Hamilton, Ont., Western Dreamer’s resume includes 27 victories and earnings of $1.8 million. In 1997 he was voted Horse of the Year in both Canada and the U.S.following wins in the Art Rooney Memorial Pace, and the U.S. Pacing Triple Crown. Western Dreamer holds the distinction of being the only gelding to win a Pacing Triple Crown. Since July 2001 he has been a resident of the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park ....................................................................... The Canadian Horse RacSue Leslie has dedicated the better part of her life to the sport of horseracing -- breeding, owning and training thoroughbred horses in Ontario for over 30 years. As the President/Chair of the HBPA, the President/Chair of OHRIA), on the Board of Directors on the Avelino Gomez Memorial Foundation, a member of the Jockey Club of Canada and CTHS, Leslie has been a proponent for horsepeople across all facets of the industry, most recently working to establish what is now known as Ontario Racing. In 2011, Leslie was honoured with a special Sovereign Award for her lifetime work in horseracing and she continues to be a strong leader and a devoted advocate. The five categories selected for the 2020 Thoroughbred ballot are Builder, Jockey, Trainer, Female Horse, and Veteran Horse A Thoroughbred Builder ballot comprised of Charles E. Fipke, Phillip Kives, and Sue Leslie, is offered for voter consideration.  Edmonton, Alberta born Charles E. Fipke, a successful Canadian geologist and prospector who was involved in the discovery of the Ekati Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories, has been involved in the Canadian Thoroughbred Industry for close to forty years. Among his accomplishments, he bred and owned three Sovereign Award-winners including 2008 Champion Three-Year-Old Male and winner of the 2008 Queen’s Plate, Not Bourbon; 2010 Champion Older Female, Impossible Time; and 2003 Champion Male Turf Horse Perfect Soul, who went on to become a successful sire. Also, Mr. Fipke bred and owned a number of other successful racehorses including winner of the 2011 Breeder’s Cup Filly and Mare Turf (GI), Perfect Shirl.  The late Phillip Kives, based in Manitoba, known worldwide as the owner of K-Tel and the inventor of the info-mercial, became involved in thoroughbred racing in 1977 with the launch of K-4 Stables (later changed to K-5) to recognize the addition of his son to the Kives family. His passion for racing continued for four decades until his passing in 2016. Kives owned-and-bred horses won multiple stakes races at Winnipeg’s Assiniboia Downs as well as in Kentucky, Florida, New York, Ontario, and Alberta. As owner, Mr. Kives won every single stakes race at Assiniboia not just once but multiple times each, including two Manitoba Derbies, (best 3-year-olds) eight Gold Cups (top older horses), three Winnipeg Futurities (best 2-year-olds), and five Matrons (top filly/mare).  Sue Leslie has dedicated the better part of her life to the sport of horseracing -- breeding, owning and training thoroughbred horses in Ontario for over 30 years. As the President/Chair of the HBPA, the President/Chair of OHRIA), on the Board of Directors on the Avelino Gomez Memorial Foundation, a member of the Jockey Club of Canada and CTHS, Leslie has been a proponent for horsepeople across all facets of the industry, most recently working to establish what is now known as Ontario Racing. In 2011, Leslie was honoured with a special Sovereign Award for her lifetime work in horseracing and she continues to be a strong leader and a devoted advocate. Gary Boulanger, Richard Dos Ramos and Irwin Driedger have been selected to appear on the Thoroughbred Jockey ballot.  Edmonton, Alberta born Gary Boulanger began his riding career in 1987, spending his early years at tracks in the U.S. and earning leading jockey status at Longacres Racetrack (1989, 1990, 1991) and Calder Race Course (1994, 1995). In 2000 Boulanger returned to Canada, riding primarily at Woodbine. In 2001, the top money-winning year of his career, he rode Hall of Fame filly Dancethruthedawn to wins in the Canadian Oaks and Queen’s Plate Stakes. Despite suffering what could have been a career-ending injury from a racing accident at Gulfstream Park in 2005, Boulanger fought back and continues to ride, splitting his time between Florida and Woodbine. The 2017 Avelino Gomez Award recipient has to date won 3,578 races, including 41 grades stakes and has earnings of over $78 million (US) and is an elder statesman in the jock’s room.  Richard Dos Ramos retired from riding in 2013 as the senior statesman of the Woodbine Jockey’s Room following a career that began in 1981 at Greenwood, where a total of 142 wins garnered him the Sovereign Award as Canada’s top apprentice jockey. He won a second Sovereign in 1982. During the 1990’s the Trinidadian born jock experienced some of his top career highlights including his 1992 upset aboard Benburb over legendary A.P. Indy in the Molson Export Million and a 1999 longshot victory in the $1.5 million Canadian International aboard Thornfield, both trained by CHRHF Honoured Member Philip England. His success continued through the millennium when he was the recipient of the Avelino Gomez Memorial Award in 2002 and followed up the same day with a win in the Canadian Oaks with Ginger Gold. Dos Ramos’ career stats include 2,159 wins in 18, 645 starts and almost $61 million (US) in earnings.  Irwin Driedger, a native of Russell, Manitoba, launched his career at age 11 in 1967, riding at fairs in Western Canada. He began riding at recognized Canadian race tracks in 1973 and competed at major tracks across Canada for the next 17 years achieving leading rider honours at Winnipeg’s Assiniboia Downs from 1979-1982, before re-locating to Woodbine When he retired as a jockey on August 12, 1990, he had won over 1700 races. Upon retirement from competition Driedger became the Secretary- Manager of the Jockeys’ Benefit Association of Canada, serving until 2006. Under his direction, Canadian Jockeys became the first in North America to wear safety vests. Driedger was also instrumental in helping to install safety rails at Woodbine. Following 14 years as Director of Thoroughbred Racing Surfaces at Woodbine, he returned to JBAC as Executive Director in 2019. The three Trainers on the 2020 Thoroughbred Election ballot are Michael Keogh, J.G (Jerry) Lavigne and Daniel J. Vella As longtime private trainer for Hall of Fame Builder Gus Schickedanz, Mike Keogh is a two-time Queen’s Plate winning trainer, first with Woodcarver in 1999 and then with Triple Crown champion Wando in 2003. During that Triple Crown winning season, Keogh was also training stablemate Mobil who would earn a Sovereign Award at age four. Hall of Fame horse Langfuhr, also trained by Keogh, won three G1 Stakes and received the Sovereign in 1996 as Champion Sprinter. As an assistant to Hall of Fame Trainer Roger Attfield from 1986-1993, Keogh worked with a long list of Hall of Fame inductees including Alywow, Peteski, Carotene, Izvestia and With Approval. Since 1993, Mike Keogh stats include 2,689 starts with 330 wins and over $21.5 million in Earnings.  The late 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.  Daniel Vella captured the Sovereign Award Trainer title in both 1994 and 1995 while working with the powerful Stronach stable. He has won the coveted Queen's Plate twice in his career thus far, the first in 1994 with Frank Stronach’s Basqueian and followed up in 2012 with Strait of Dover for Wally and Terry Leong. Mr. Vella has scored one hundred and thirty-five (135) career stakes wins in a career that began in 1985. Current career stats include: 5,478 starts (838-804-670) and $37.7 million in earnings.  In the Thoroughbred Female Horse category, voters will select from Hard Not to Like, Marketing Mix and Tepin Bred in Ontario by Garland Williamson, well-travelled Hard Not to Like won at five of the eight tracks she visited during her 22 starts over five years. She earned more than $1.2 million while accumulating eight victories including the Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1) at Keeneland in 2014, the Diana Stakes (G1) at Saratoga in 2015, and the Gamely Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita the same year. It adds up to three Grade 1 turf scores at three different tracks. The striking grey filly by Hard Spun and out of Tactical Cat mare Like a Gem, herself a multiple graded stakes winner, was indeed bred for success. Tepin, under the direction of trainer Mark Casse throughout most of her race career accumulated a record of 13-5-1, including nine Grade 1/Group 1 wins or placings in three countries – Canada, England and the US for owner Robert Masterson. Racing from age 3 to 6, the striking bay filly’s most notable wins, often against the boys, included the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) and 2016 Woodbine Mile (G1). A trip across the pond in June 2016 resulted in a win in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. She was twice presented with the Eclipse Award as American Champion Female Turf Horse; 2015 and 2016. Marketing Mix, an Ontario-bred Medaglia D’Oro filly bred by Sean Fitzhenry, was a $150,000 Keeneland yearling purchase in 2009. Her 21- race career for Glen Hill Farm of Ocala, FL., under the tutelage of trainer Tom Proctor, banked $2 million in earnings with 10 wins including stakes victories in the 2012 editions of the Rodeo Drive Stakes (G1), Nassau (G2), Dance Smartly (G2) and the 2013 Gamely Stakes (G1) as well as 2nd place finishes in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) and the 2013 Rodeo Drive Stakes (G1).  The Thoroughbred Veteran Horse category will be contested by Bold Executive, Formal Gold and Play the King. Bold Executive, a Gus Schickedanz-bred son of Bold Ruckus had a race career of 19 starts that included wins in the prestigious Coronation Futurity in 1986, as well as the Yearling Sales Stake and Shepperton for Owners Romeo, Marcello and Pedigree Stud Farm. As a stallion, he topped the Canadian sires’ list six times between 2001-2012, producing 23 crops which included 518 winners and earnings of $53 million including top earners Sand Cove, Krz Exec, Main Executive, and Sans Sousi. Ontario-bred Formal Gold remains the fastest Canadian-bred in terms of speed figures, even though his final year of racing occurred in 1997. A son of Black Tie Affair, his Equibase Rating is 136 - one of the highest in history. Formal Gold was also ranked among the top handicap horses of 1997 with gate-towire efforts in two Grade 1 victories; the Woodward Stakes in September of that year after winning the Donn Handicap at Gulfstream in February, defeating HOY Skip Away. At stud, he ranked among the top 1% as sire of 2-yr-old winners from starters at 45% and sired progeny with global earnings of nearly $16 million (US) including 19 stakes winners.  Play the King, a Kinghaven Farms' homebred, started his racing career slowly but would eventually become an overachiever and Canadian Horse of the Year. With 29 starts over his four year race career he visited the winner’s circle 19 times and earned just shy of $1 million. While unsucessful as a juvenile, at age three he had wins in the Toboggan Hcp (G3) at Aqueduct, as well as wins in the Jacques Cartier and Vigil Stakes at Woodbine. The following year resulted in an additonal four stakes wins, all at six furlongs – the Suffolk Sprint in Boston followed by the Budweiser BC Stakes, Highlander (G3) and Nearctic Stakes (G3) at Woodbine. An injury forced him to miss the 1987 racing season, he returned the following year in championship form repeating wins in the Budweiser BC and Nearctic (G3) before making his most noted performance, the Breeders Cup Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs. A strong 49-1 second-place finish brought him Sovereign Awards as Champion Sprinter, Older Horse and Horse of the Year in 1988. Additional information about the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame may be found at www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com Contact: Linda Rainey Managing Director Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com 416-417-9404          

With the deadline for nominations fast approaching, the public is encouraged to participate in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2020 nomination process, by submitting recommendations of people and horses who have made a significant contribution to Canadian Standardbred or Thoroughbred horse racing. All submissions received by 5:00 pm EST, March 4, 2020 will be carefully considered by the Nominating Committee of the applicable breed.  A maximum of three finalists in each of five categories for Standardbreds and five categories for Thoroughbreds will be presented to the Election Committee for final voting by secret ballot. Nominations are being accepted for the following: 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,     Bloggers VETERAN PERSON:  Trainers, Drivers, Jockeys whose careers have been concluded for 20 years, but less than 50 years. 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. All nomination submissions to be made by completing the online form available on the CHRHF website .  Nomination forms may also be obtained by contacting admin@horseracinghalloffame.com.  Complete eligibility criteria may be found at: http://horseracinghalloffame.com/inductees/eligibility/  For further information, or to submit a completed nomination form, contact:   Standardbred Nominations:   Kathy Wade Vlaar, Standardbred Nomination Chair,  Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 1-2150 Meadowvale Blvd., Mississauga, ON L5N 6R6 P:  (905) 858-3060 ext. 207 F: (905) 858-3089 E:  kwvlaar@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   E:  tmc@woodbineentertainment.com Nomination forms may also be submitted to: Linda Rainey, Managing Director Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame P:  (416) 417-9404 E: Linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com  The list of finalists selected for consideration by the Election Committee for each breed will be announced Monday, March 23, 2020. The Inductees for the 2020 class of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will be announced Tuesday, April 7, 2020. We invite you to visit the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame located at Gate 10 of Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario.  Additional information about the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is available at www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com or by contacting admin@horseracinghalloffame.com or 416-417-9404 by Linda Rainey, for the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame  

The public is encouraged to participate in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2020 nomination process, by submitting recommendations of people and horses who have made a significant contribution to Canadian Standardbred or Thoroughbred horse racing. All submissions received by 5:00 pm EST, March 4, 2020 will be carefully considered by the Nominating Committee of the applicable breed.  A maximum of three finalists in each of five categories for Standardbreds and five categories for Thoroughbreds will be presented to the Election Committee for final voting by secret ballot. Nominations are being accepted for the following: 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,     Bloggers VETERAN PERSON:  Trainers, Drivers, Jockeys whose careers have been concluded for 20 years, but less than 50 years. 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. All nomination submissions to be made by completing the online form available on the CHRHF website .  Nomination forms may also be obtained by contacting admin@horseracinghalloffame.com.  Complete eligibility criteria may be found at: http://horseracinghalloffame.com/inductees/eligibility/  For further information, or to submit a completed nomination form, contact:   Standardbred Nominations:   Kathy Wade Vlaar, Standardbred Nomination Chair,  Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 1-2150 Meadowvale Blvd., Mississauga, ON L5N 6R6 P:  (905) 858-3060 ext. 207 F: (905) 858-3089 E:  kwvlaar@standardbredcanada.ca The list of finalists selected for consideration by the Election Committee for each breed will be announced Monday, March 23, 2020. The Inductees for the 2020 class of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will be announced Tuesday, April 7, 2020. We invite you to visit the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame located at Gate 10 of Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario.  Additional information about the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is available at www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com or by contacting admin@horseracinghalloffame.com or 416-417-9404 by Linda Rainey, for the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame  

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame invites the public to participate in the nomination of people and horses who have made a significant contribution to Canadian horse racing, for induction to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2020. Nominations are requested in the following categories: 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, Bloggers VETERAN PERSON:  Trainers, Drivers, Jockeys whose careers have been concluded for 20 years, but less than 50 years. 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. All nomination submissions to be made using the form available on the CHRHF website at www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com.  A copy of the form is also attached, or may be obtained by contacting admin@horseracinghalloffame.com.  Complete eligibility criteria may be found at: http://horseracinghalloffame.com/inductees/eligibility/ For further information, or to submit a completed nomination form, contact:  Standardbred Nominations:  Kathy Wade Vlaar, Standardbred Nomination Chair, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 1-2150 Meadowvale Blvd., Mississauga, ON L5N 6R6 P:  (905) 858-3060 ext. 207 F: (905) 858-3089 E:  kwvlaar@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  E:  tmc@woodbineentertainment.com Nomination forms may also be submitted to: Linda Rainey, Managing Director Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame P:  (416) 417-9404 E: Linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com All eligible submissions will be carefully considered by the Nominating Committee of the appropriate breed and if approved, presented to the Election Committee for voting by secret ballot. NOMINATION DEADLINE:   WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2020 5:00 pm EST. The list of nominees selected for consideration by the Election Committee for each breed will be announced Monday, March 23, 2020. The Inductees for the 2020 class of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will be announced on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. We invite you 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 www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame or by contacting admin@horseracinghalloffame.com or 416-417-9404 by Linda Rainey, for the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

As reported by Standardbred Canada, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame welcomed its Class of 2019 at the Induction Gala on Wednesday, August 7 at the Mississauga Convention Centre. Six people and four horses were elected from an extremely deep ballot of candidates, featuring international stars of the industry, two horses bred in Québec, a female trainer and individuals representing British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.   Standardbred inductees include Builder Ian Fleming, Driver Trevor Ritchie and Trainer Jimmy Takter, along with horses Tricky Tooshie and Angus Hall. Ian Fleming’s career in the horse racing industry began as race secretary at his home track in Clinton, Ont. That evolved into managing the racetrack and from there he went on to create a centralized race office for several Ontario tracks in the 1990s, which now services racetracks across the province. Fleming was also the Racing & Gaming Manager at Western Fair Raceway for a number of years. His business prowess is based on cultivating relationships, and his deep knowledge and understanding of the mechanics of racing and wagering is world-renowned. Fleming has helped every Ontario racetrack and many international organizations to shape and strengthen harness racing, and also volunteers his time in administrative capacities, as he sits on the Board of Directors for Standardbred Canada and the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. In addition to his racing-related responsibilities, Fleming continues to find ways to give back to the industry and his community through fundraising initiatives such as the bi-annual Legends Day at Clinton Raceway. The 2017 edition of Legends Day hosted harness racing fans from across North America to witness John Campbell’s final career race. Fleming was also an important part of the fundraising efforts following the Classy Lane Fire. "I'm quite proud of the recognition," said Fleming, who succinctly grouped those he needed to thank into three groups: his family, those who have worked with and for him over the years, and the horsepeople -- even those that he hasn't necessarily seen eye-to-eye with over the years, because those people haven't always been wrong. Fleming concluded by thanking CHRHOF executive director Linda Rainey for everything she does for the Hall. Before retiring from driving in 2014, Acton, Ont. based Trevor Ritchie won many of North America’s premier races, including the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Prix d'Ete, Provincial Cup, Metro Pace, Canadian Pacing Derby, Trotting Classic Final for mares, and Champlain Stakes. During his career he had 3,710 driving wins and drove horses to over $70 million in purse earnings. The year 2000 was a career best for Ritchie, as he won the Hambletonian with Yankee Paco, the first Canadian-sired horse to win that event. Later that year he won three Breeders Crown Championships, which tied him with John Campbell as being the only other driver in history at the time to accomplish that feat, and he was voted Canada’s Driver of the Year. Other top horses driven by Ritchie included Quite A Sensation, Frugal Gourmet, Road Machine, Armbro Agile, Peaceful Way, Majestic Son, Banker Hall, and Rotation. Ritchie’s quiet demeanour, immense talent, and great respect for his clients and fellow competitors served him well throughout his near 40-year driving career. "You didn't give me the memo that this was a roast!" chirped Ritchie before offering congratulations to the other inductees. "I'm very proud and very humbled at being inducted tonight. It's really surreal knowing that my name will be joining all the other greats in this exclusive club." "I want to thank all of the hard-working and dedicated trainers and the owners that trusted me to drive their horses," continued Ritchie before paying homage to his mentor Bill Herbert, who was inducted into the Hall some four decades ago. "He was the greatest horseman I have ever met. I considered Bill to be like my second father, and I'm pretty sure Bill considered me to be like his second son. Bill taught me how to be a horseman, he taught me how to be a better person, and I'm sure I would not be here tonight if Bill Herbert was not part of my life." Swedish-born, U.S.-based Standardbred trainer Jimmy Takter has seen tremendous success on Canadian soil. With 1,325 starts in Canada, he has visited the winner’s circle 266 times and collected purse earnings of more than $34.2 million. Takter has won 103 stakes races on the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) circuit. Horses trained by Takter have won a total of 19 O’Brien Awards, including at least one O’Brien Award in 15 of the 19 years between his first award in 1999 with Moni Maker and his most recent with The Ice Dutchess in 2018. Despite being based in New Jersey, Takter was Canada’s leading trainer by earnings in 2015 with over $4.2 million made in Canada and has ranked among the nation’s top 10 conditioners six times since 2011, including second-place finishes in 2014 ($2,643,455) and 2016 ($2,263,361) Takter has also trained for a long list of prominent Canadian owners, including five members of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame: John Fielding, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, Charles Armstrong (CHRHF), Dr. Glen Brown (CHRHF), Herb Liverman, Bob Anderson (CHRHF), David Anderson, David Willmot (CHRHF), Lou Camara, John Florens and Peter Heffering (CHRHF). "First, I want to thank everyone for all the support we've received over the years," said Takter. "It's been a long journey and I've been extremely fortunate. "I love the passion they have for the horse in Canada," Takter continued. "When I came over here 37 years ago, my father said, 'Don't forget the love of the horse.' I couldn't have done it without you guys." Tricky Tooshie was bred and owned during her racing career by Laurent Bergevin of Québec. Trainers included her co-breeder Jean L. Deblois, followed by Rick Zeron and then Linda Bedard. As a two-year-old she raced in Québec where she dominated the Québec Sires Stakes, was the divisional leader and won the $197,000 Coupe des Eleveurs final at Blue Bonnets in a track record 1:55.1. As a sophomore she once again dominated her division in Québec. After a second-place finish in her first start, she then reeled off 15 consecutive wins including the $177,000 Coupe des Eleveurs and several Québec Sires Stakes. She won 15 of 17 races at six different tracks, almost $300,000 in purses and was a finalist in her division for an O’Brien Award. In seven years of racing she made 142 starts for a 44-29-24 record, posted a mark of 1:52.1 at Woodbine Racetrack and earned $1,005,566, becoming the first Canadian-sired mare to reach $1 million in earnings. As a broodmare, 11 of her 13 foals made it to the races to earn over $3 million for average earnings per starter of $284,441. Her richest foal was True North Hanover, a winner of $732,912. "Tooshie and I had a connection; she was my girl and I was hers," said Bedard. "We both moved to Ontario from Québec at the same time to face tough competition. We also retired from racing at the same time to move on to our second careers." "She went on to be a great broodmare, passing on her determination to her offspring at Hanover Shoe Farms, where she still lives today at 29 years old in a field with the retired mares." "I went to visit Tooshie last month; I hadn't seen her in 20 years," continued Bedard, recounting a recent reunion with her Hall of Fame trainee. "When I saw her, I was about 30 feet away from her, and I said 'Hello, Mommy,' what I used to say to her every morning for five years. I did not expect her to remember me, but she did. She was and still is a very smart mare. "I told her she was getting into the Hall this year, in a place where she surely belongs." As a racehorse, Angus Hall earned $830,654 from 26 lifetime starts and took a mark of 1:54.3. In 26 lifetime starts over two racing seasons, the regally-bred son of Garland Lobell-Amour Angus, bred by Québec's Ferme Angus, won eight races and finished in the top three in all but four outings. He was the first trotter to break the 1:55 barrier as a two-year-old, winning in 1:54.4 at Colonial Downs. Angus Hall has sired over 1,700 horses during a stallion career spanning 18 years, with 71.5 per cent of his foals having race careers. His offspring have earned over $102 million, and include six millionaires: 2008 CHRHF inductee Peaceful Way, Majestic Son, Elusive Desire, Winning Mister, Frenchfrysnvinegar and Laddie. His contribution to trotting bloodlines continues through top broodmares whose offspring have earned over $45 million. "I represent the many that Angus Hall has graced with his presence," said Winbak Farm's Pat Woods. "Angus has done everything he was asked to do and he will leave a legacy in this industry." To read more click here.

TORONTO, ON -- Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Gala tickets at the special early bird price of $175.00 each including applicable taxes, or $1,700 for a table sponsorship which includes 8 tickets, with a $300.00 charitable donation to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.   The early bird deadline is midnight Wednesday, July 10. As of July 11, prices will increase to $200.00 per person.   Taking place Wednesday, August 7 th at the Mississauga Convention Centre, the gala event will feature a cocktail reception, silent and live fundraising auctions, a gourmet four-course dinner with wine and the induction of the CHRHF class of 2019 including:    All Along (FR), Veteran Thoroughbred Horse - France  Angus Hall, Male Standardbred Horse – Quebec-bred  Josie Carroll, Thoroughbred Trainer – born in Scarborough, ON, resident of Etobicoke, ON  Ian Fleming, Standardbred Builder – Clinton, ON  Lexi Lou, Female Thoroughbred Horse – Ontario-bred  Bory Margolus (deceased), Thoroughbred Builder – Alberta  Trevor Ritchie, Driver – Acton, ON  Jimmy Takter, Standardbred Trainer – New Jersey  Tricky Tooshie, Female Standardbred Horse – Quebec-bred  Mickey Walls, Jockey – Born in Vancouver, BC., resident of Etobicoke, ON   Homage will also be paid to 2019 Legend honouree, Dan Patch for his contribution to Canadian horse racing during the early 1900’s.   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.   The live and silent auction will feature an impressive list of items including stallion breedings, sporting event tickets, racing related memorabilia, art and other surprises! Auction donations are welcomed. All proceeds from the auction will go toward helping the Hall of Fame recognize the achievements of the best in Canadian horse racing and celebrating the history of the sport.   The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame acknowledges the generous sponsorship and valued support of the 2019 Induction Gala by the following sponsors:  Platinum Sponsor – OLG, Gold Sponsor – HBPA Ontario, video production sponsor Woodbine, audio visual supplier FMAV plus Reception and Wine sponsor COSA and photography sponsor Omega Alpha. Opportunities to advertise in the souvenir induction program and event sponsorship packages are still available Tickets may be purchased by visiting the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Online Store at: http://shop.horseracinghalloffame.com/ or by contacting Linda Rainey 416-417-9404 or linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com.   Linda Rainey Managing Director Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

TORONTO, ON, June 18 Join us Wednesday, August 7 th at the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Induction Gala to be held at the Mississauga Convention Centre, as we celebrate the class of 2019 and their spectacular contributions to the sport of horse racing.    This year;s Hall of Fame inductees highlight Canadian horse racing success stories from across the country and the international racing world.   The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Class of 2019 includes:    All Along (FR), Veteran Thoroughbred Horse - France  Angus Hall, Male Standardbred Horse – Quebec-bred  Josie Carroll, Thoroughbred Trainer – born in Scarborough, ON, resident of Etobicoke, ON  Ian Fleming, Standardbred Builder – Clinton, ON  Lexi Lou, Female Thoroughbred Horse – Ontario-bred  Bory Margolus (deceased), Thoroughbred Builder – Alberta  Trevor Ritchie, Driver – Acton, ON  Jimmy Takter, Standardbred Trainer – New Jersey  Tricky Tooshie, Female Standardbred Horse – Quebec-bred  Mickey Walls, Jockey – Born in Vancouver, BC., resident of Etobicoke, ON   Homage will also be paid to 2019 Legend honouree, Dan Patch for his contribution to Canadian horse racing during the early 1900’s.   The Gala event will feature a cocktail reception, a fantastic line up of silent and live auction items, and a gourmet four-course dinner with wine.   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. Early bird pricing for tickets is being offered until end of business July 10 th for $175 per person, or $1,700 for a table sponsorship which includes 8 tickets, and a $300.00 charitable donation to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.   Ticket prices increase to $200 per person after July 10th .   The live and silent auction will feature an impressive list of items including stallion breedings, sporting event tickets, racing related memorabilia, art and other surprises! Auction donations are welcomed. All proceeds from the auction will go towards helping the Hall of Fame recognize the achievements of the best in Canadian horse racing and celebrating the history of the sport.   Opportunities to advertise in the souvenir induction program and event sponsorship packages are also available   Tickets may be purchased by visiting the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Online Store at http://shop.horseracinghalloffame.com/ or by contacting Linda Rainey 416-417-9404 or linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com.    

When Winbak Farm of Canada's Manager Pat Woods heard the news that Angus Hall was among the harness racing inductees of the 2019 Hall Of Fame class in Canada, he was 'over the moon.' "I called Larry and Jackie (Drysdale) right away to share the wonderful news." Woods said. "They were so excited. Everyone is happy that his accomplishments would be recognized among the greatest horses and horse people in Canada." Others that will take their place in the Canadian Hall Of Fame include Ian Fleming, Jimmy Takter, Trevor Ritchie, and Tricky Tooshie. According to the Canadian Hall Of Fame website, Angus Hall has sired over 1,700 horses, both in North America and abroad. His stud career has spanned over 18 years, and an astonishing 71.5% of his foals have hit the racetrack. He made headlines in 2010, when it was announced that his frozen semen would be available to breeders in New Zealand and Australia. His racing career, albeit brief, was productive as well. 'Angus' bankrolled over $830,000 in 26 lifetime starts, winning eight of them. He was the first 2-year-old colt trotter ever to break the 1:55 barrier, completing the mile in 1:54.4 at Colonial Downs in a Breeders Crown elimination. Angus Hall is currently standing at Winbak Farm of Canada. Larry Drysdale was the farm's Manager when Angus first arrived from Glengate Farms in 2006. He's been there ever since. "He's an amazing horse to be around," Woods said. "He has a big personality and is definitely the farm pet. He always chats to you when you walk past his stall or paddock. He was spoiled by Jackie Drysdale, who brought him carrots or apples regularly. If he heard Jackie's voice and she didn't bring him a treat, he would let it be known that he wasn't too happy. Everyone on the farm has a soft spot for him. He is just a remarkable horse." As of this writing, Angus Hall has sired six millionaires, and his offspring have earned over $102,000,000. Among the list of standouts 'Angus' produced are Hall Of Famers Peaceful Way and Majestic Son. "I loved to watch Peaceful Way take on the boys," Woods said. "She knew how good she was and carried herself like a champion." Peaceful Way, who retired in 2007, is the richest trotting mare of all time in Canada, and a four time O'Brien Award winner. As far as Majestic Son goes, Woods admits he has a soft spot for him. "He raced so tough for Mark Steacy. I got to work with 'Majestic' every day when he retired to stud at Tara Hills. He was such a nice horse to be around. He has a similar personality to 'Angus'; Good natured, easy going and has that Angus trait of a big shaggy mane." When asked where Angus Hall ranks among the great trotting sires of all time, Woods was anxious to answer. "Angus definitely makes a case for himself as one of the greatest in the trotting world," Woods explains. "I personally feel his biggest impact will come on the broodmare side. He comes from arguably the best trotting family ever. He and his full brothers, Andover Hall and Conway Hall, will have a huge impact on the greatest trotting lines in the business. Angus broodmares are out there producing great racehorses and strengthening the trotting breed. His impact will be felt for a very long time, and we will see his name in the lineage of our great trotting lines." With the numbers that Angus Hall has posted as a sire of horses around the world, who's to argue? By Mike Bozich for Post Time with Mike and Mike      

Toronto, ON — The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the people and horses being recognized as inductees in 2019. Six people and four horses have been elected from an extremely deep ballot of candidates. The induction ceremonies will take place at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Wednesday (Aug. 7). Standardbred inductees include Builder Ian Fleming, Driver Trevor Ritchie and Trainer Jimmy Takter along with horses Tricky Tooshie and Angus Hall. To read the full release, click here.    Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2019 ballot. A total of 30 people and horses comprised of 15 Standardbred and 15 Thoroughbred candidates, have been selected to appear on the voting ballot.   A 20-person Election Committee for each breed will determine the winners in their respective categories. Results will be announced Tuesday, April 9th.     The five categories selected by the Standardbred nominating committee to appear on the 2019 Standardbred ballots are Builder, Driver, Trainer, Female Horse and Male Horse.   For the first time, the Driver/Trainer category has been divided into two separate categories.   Standardbred Builder Category candidates include Ian Fleming, J. Hugh Proudfoot and Alain Veilleux.   Ian Fleming’s career in the horse racing industry began as race secretary at his home track in Clinton, ON. That evolved into managing the racetrack and from there he went on to create a centralized Race Office for several Ontario tracks in the 1990s, which now services racetracks across the province. Fleming was also the Racing & Gaming Manager at Western Fair Raceway for a number of years. In addition to his racing related responsibilities, he continues to find ways to give back to the industry and his community through fundraising initiatives such as the bi-annual Legends Day at Clinton Raceway. The 2017 edition of Legends Day hosted harness racing fans from across North America to witness John Campbell’s final career race. Ian was also an important part of the fundraising efforts following the Classy Lane Fire.   J. Hugh Proudfoot, born in Fort Coulonge, Que. in 1912, was an active harness racing participant as a breeder, trainer, owner and executive. His Pontiac Farm was a successful racing operation for decades throughout Québec and Ontario. Proudfoot was a leader when it came to sponsoring races at Fort Coulonge, Chapeau, Shawville, Pembroke and beyond. As an executive he served as a Director of the Canadian Trotting Association (C.T.A) for 11 years, as Vice-President for seven before becoming President of the C.T.A. in 1959. He had great vision as evidenced by his belief that the C.T.A. and Canadian Standardbred Horse Society (CSHS) should amalgamate. He also believed that the C.T.A. should provide insurance for drivers and advocated licensing women drivers.   Alain Veilleux of St-Hughes, Que., the son of CHRHF honoured member Gerard Veilleux is a second generation horseman who is involved in all aspects of harness racing. The family’s Standardbred operation, Ferme Drummond, continues to breed, with an estimated 600 plus horses carrying the Drummond name throughout the farm’s history. Alain continues to train a few of the homebreds, as well as yearling sale purchases, racing primarily in the Québec market. Veilleux sits on the board of Standardbred Canada, currently as a Breeder Director for Québec and has been instrumental in operating the fair circuit of racing in Québec (Le Circuit régional)   The 2019 Standardbred Driver Ballot features Luc Ouellette, Trevor Ritchie and Larry Walker   Driver Luc Ouellette, winner of the 2004 O’Brien Award, was successful in Canada and the United States. In addition to being the two-time leading driver on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit in 2004 and 2005, he was the leading driver at the Meadowlands in 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2003. A winner of 8,589 races and almost $137 million in earnings, he won 10 Breeders Crown races during his driving career with horses including Anndrovette, Brigham Dream, and Armbro Amoretto. In 2002 Ouellette won the North America Cup with Red River Hanover.   Before retiring from driving in 2014, Trevor Ritchie won many premier races in North America including the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Prix d'Ete, Provincial Cup, Metro Pace, Canadian Pacing Derby, Trotting Classic Final for mares, and Champlain Stakes. During his career he had 3,710 driving wins and drove horses to over $70 million in purse earnings. Ritchie enjoyed a career year in 2000 when he won the Hambletonian with Yankee Paco, marking the first time a Canadian-sired horse won that event. Later that year he won three Breeders Crown Championships, tying him with John Campbell as the only other driver in history at the time to accomplish that feat, and he was voted Canada’s Driver of the Year. Top horses driven by Ritchie in addition to Yankee Paco included Quite A Sensation, Frugal Gourmet, Road Machine, Armbro Agile, Peaceful Way, Majestic Son, Banker Hall, and Rotation.   During his driving career Larry Walker, son of Hall of Fame Allan Walker, accumulated 2,394 wins and $21,116,465 in earnings in 16,925 starts. Born in Owen Sound, ON, Walker won his first race at Mohawk Raceway in 1963 and later earned a reputation as a trotting specialist. Some of Walker’s top stakes victories included the 1980 Maple Leaf Trot with Lindys Crown, 1986 Canadian Pacing Derby behind Witsends Gypsy in a World Record time, the 1986 Kentucky Filly Futurity driving Armbro Ermine and 1986 Labatts Invitational with Next Knight Out. His success during 1986 propelled Walker to the title of CTA Horseman of the Year.   In the Standardbred Trainer category voters will select from John Bax, William Robinson and Jimmy Takter.   Trotting specialist and 2001 Canadian Trainer of the Year, John Bax’s most prominent pupil to date is Hall of Fame gelding Goodtimes, a winner of 50 races and over $2.2 million in earnings, making him the richest Canadian-bred trotter of all time when he retired. Other Bax trainees include 2001 Breeders Crown winner Duke of York, Define the World – the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) 3-year-old trotter of the year in 2008, Riveting Rosie - OSS Super Final winner and O’Brien divisional winner in 2013 and 2014. In the 2014 Peaceful Way Stakes a trio of Bax trainees -- Stubborn Belle, Juanitas Fury, and Southwind Champane -- swept the triactor. John’s training stats include 822 wins and $22.8 million in earnings.   Trainer William (Bill) Robinson of Caledonia, Ont., is a four-time winner of the O’Brien Award as Canada’s Trainer of the Year (1993, 1994, 2002, 2003). During his career he amassed earnings of $54.8 million in 8,998 starts (2738-1380-1081). Horses successfully campaigned under Robinson’s tutelage included Hall of Fame members Mach Three and Precious Bunny, along with Riyadh, Presidential Ball, Art Major, Cams Card Shark, Dragon Again and Western Dreamer.   Swedish-born, U.S.-based Standardbred trainer Jimmy Takter has seen tremendous success on Canadian soil. With 1,325 starts in Canada, he has visited the winner’s circle 266 times and collected purse earnings of more than $34.2 million. Takter has won 103 stakes races on the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) circuit. Horses trained by Takter have won a total of 19 O’Brien Awards, including at least one O’Brien Award in 15 of the 19 years between his first award in 1999 with Moni Maker and his most recent with The Ice Dutchess in 2018.   The Standardbred Female Horse Category features Great Memories, Put On A Show and Tricky Tooshie.   Great Memories, by Apaches Fame and out of Armbro Emerson daughter Save the Memories, was bred by Glengate Farms and is now owned by Ontario Standardbred nursery Warrawee Farm. Among Great Memories’ offspring are two world champions: Warrawee Needy, and Warrawee Ubeaut. Warrawee Needy was a winner of 29 races and more than $1.25 million. He took a mark of 1:49.4s at age two, was faster still at three (1:48.4s) and at four was the fastest in the world (1:46.4). Warrawee Ubeaut, won the 2018 Breeders Crown for two- year-old pacing fillies, has a lifetime mark of 1:48.3 and earned $646,995 in 12 starts. In total Great Memories’ nine racing age progeny have earned over $2.66 million, with three breaking the 1:50 barrier (the third being Big Bay Point)   Put On A Show, a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, earned over $2.4 million, with 31 wins in 50 starts. On Canadian soil during her two-year-old season she won the Eternal Camnation as well as an elimination and final of the Shes A Great Lady, and was second in both the two-year-old filly pace elimination and final of the Breeders Crown at Woodbine. At three she won the Simcoe Stakes, as well as an elimination of the Fan Hanover and finished second in the final.   Tricky Tooshie was bred and owned during her racing career by Laurent Bergevin of Québec. Trainers included her co-breeder Jean L. Deblois, followed by Rick Zeron and then Linda Bedard. In seven years of racing she made 142 starts for a 44-29-24 record, posted a mark of 1:52.1 at Woodbine Racetrack and earned $1,005,566, becoming the first Canadian-sired mare to reach $1 million in earnings. As a broodmare, 11 of her 13 foals made it to the races to earn over $3 million for average earnings per starter of $284,000. Her richest foal was True North Hanover, a winner of $732,912.   Nominated In the category of Standardbred Male Horse are Angus Hall, Earl and Shadow Play.   As a racehorse Angus Hall earned $830,554 in 26 lifetime starts and set a mark of 1:54.3. To date his offspring have earned over $102 million, including six millionaires: 2008 CHRHF inductee Peaceful Way, Majestic Son, Elusive Desire, Winning Mister, Frenchfrysnvinegar and Laddie. His contribution to trotting bloodlines continues through top broodmares whose offspring have earned over $45 million.   Earl, a winner of 35 races and over $984,000 in his career, was the first horse in Canadian harness racing to three-peat as an O'Brien Award winner. When he retired, he was the Canadian record holder on a seven-eighths mile track (1:54.2s), a five-eighths mile track (1:55f) as well as the co-holder, with Mack Lobell, of the world record on a half-mile track (1:56h). As a stallion, Earl sired two millionaires -- O'Brien Award winner JM Vangogh (1:52.4s; $2,285,500) and trotting mare Earl Of My Dreams (1:55; $1,016,611). His North American sire stats show 351 starters from 490 foals, with total progeny earnings of $32.7 million.   Shadow Play earned $1,559,822 with 20 wins, 9 seconds and 5 thirds in 49 lifetime starts and took a record of 1:47.4 as a four-year-old. The son of The Panderosa, trained and co-owned by Dr. Ian Moore along with R G MC Group Ltd., and Serge Savard for most of his racing career, won several stakes events including the 2008 Little Brown Jug. As a sire standing at Winbak Farm in Ontario, and now owned by the Shadow Play Syndicate, he has sired the winners of over $28.9 million including three-time O’Brien Award winner and double millionaire Lady Shadow and millionaire Percy Bluechip.   The five categories selected for the 2019 Thoroughbred ballot are Builder, Jockey, Trainer, Female Horse, and Veteran Horse   A Thoroughbred Builder ballot comprised of Phillip Kives, Sam Lima and Bory Margolus is offered for voter consideration.   The late Phillip Kives, based in Manitoba, known worldwide as the owner of K-Tel and the inventor of the info- mercial, became involved in thoroughbred racing in 1977 with the launch of K-4 Stables (later changed to K-5) to recognize the addition of his son to the Kives family. His passion for racing continued for four decades until his passing in 2016. Kives owned and bred horses were of multiple stakes races at Winnipeg’s Assiniboia Downs as well as in Kentucky, Florida, New York, Ontario, and Alberta. As owner, Mr. Kives won every single stakes race at Assiniboia not just once but multiple times each, including two Manitoba Derbies, (best 3-year-olds) eight Gold Cups (race for top older horses) three Winnipeg Futurities, (best 2-year-olds) and five Matrons (top filly/mare).   The late Sam Lima’s involvement in racing spanned 57 years as an owner, a promoter of the sport through the Toronto Thoroughbred Racing Club and in the many positions he held with the HBPA, where he was a leader and advocate for the services and resources available to track workers, not only while they were in the industry, but following their time on the backstretch. Sam was also the first Chairman of the Fort Erie Advisory Board from 1985-1994 and advocated diligently for the continuation of racing at Fort Erie. In 1992, Sam played an important role in establishing a simulcasting policy that still remains today. Mr. Lima, who recently passed away was recognized in 2018 by the Jockey Club of Canada with the E. P. Taylor Memorial Award for his lifetime contributions   Alberta-based Bory Margolus was a successful business executive who would also become a leading force in Western Canada’s thoroughbred racing industry. From the time he purchased his first horse in 1952 until his retirement from the industry in 1986, Mr. Margolus and his Elmbrook Farm near Edmonton were dominant in Alberta as leading money-winning owner for nine consecutive years. He also received national racing recognition in the form of two Sovereign Awards – in 1975 as Canada’s Oustanding Owner and in 1977 as Outstanding Breeder.   Gary Boulanger, Richard Dos Ramos and Mickey Walls have been selected to appear on the Thoroughbred Jockey ballot.   Edmonton, Alberta born Gary Boulanger began his riding career in 1987, spending his early years at tracks in the U.S. and earning leading jockey status at Longacres Racetrack (1989, 1990, 1991) and Calder Race Course (1994, 1995). In 2000 Boulanger returned to Canada, riding primarily at Woodbine. In 2001, the top money winning year of his career, he rode Hall of Fame filly Dancethruthedawn to wins in the Canadian Oaks and Queen’s Plate Stakes. Despite suffering what could have been career ending injuries from a racing accident at Gulfstream Park in 2005, Boulanger fought back and continues to ride, splitting his time between Florida and Woodbine. The 2017 Avelino Gomez Award recipient has to date won 3,578 races, including 41 grades stakes and has earnings of over $78 million.   Richard Dos Ramos retired from riding in 2013 as the senior statesman of the Woodbine Jockey’s Room following a career that began in 1981 at Greenwood, where a total of 142 wins garnered him the Sovereign Award as Canada’s top apprentice jockey. He won a second Sovereign in 1982. During the 1990’s the Trinidadian born jock experienced some of his top career highlights including his 1992 upset aboard Benburb over legendary A.P. Indy in the Molson Export Million and a 1999 longshot victory in the $1.5 million Canadian International aboard Thornfield, both trained by CHRHF honoured member Philip England. His success continued through the millennium when he was the distinguished recipient of the Avelino Gomez Memorial Award in 2002 and followed up the same day with a win in the Canadian Oaks with Ginger Gold. Dos Ramos’ career stats include 2,159 wins in 18, 645 starts and almost $61 million in earnings.   Mickey Walls, born in Vancouver, BC to a horse racing family, he was destined to be involved in the racing industry. In 1990 at age 16, Walls won his first Sovereign Award as Canada’s outstanding Apprentice Jockey. The following year he won both the Outstanding Apprentice Jockey and Outstanding Jockey Award, and the Eclipse Award in the U.S. Following time off to recuperate from injuries in 1992 he returned in 1993 to once again be Woodbine’s leading rider. After competing in the US at various tracks, he returned to his homeland in 1996, winning the final two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown. In 1999 he won the Queen’s Plate aboard Woodcarver. Wall’s career stats over his 12 year career include 1,453 wins in 8,868 races and earnings of $37.3 million.   The three Trainers on the 2019 Thoroughbred Election ballot are Josie Carroll, Michael Keogh and Daniel J. Vella   Since obtaining her training license in the mid 90’s Josie Carroll has accumulated 795 wins and earnings in excess of $44.7 million in 4,785 starts for owners including Eugene Melnyk, Ivan Dalos and Donver Stables. Carroll is the first female trainer to win the Queen’s Plate, doing so in 2006 with Edenwold and again in 2011 with Inglorious. She also had a second place finish in the 2014 Plate with Ami’s Holiday who went on to win the prestigious Breeders’ Stakes. In 2009 her trainee Careless Jewel brought her a trio of Graded Stakes wins in the U.S with the Alabama (G1) at Saratoga, the Delaware Oaks (G2) and Cotillion Stakes (G2).   As longtime private trainer for Hall of Fame Builder Gus Schickedanz, Mike Keogh is a two-time Queen’s Plate winning trainer, first with Woodcarver in 1999 and then with Triple Crown champion Wando in 2003. During that Triple Crown winning season, Keogh was also training stablemate Mobil who would earn a Sovereign Award at four. Hall of Fame horse Langfuhr, also trained by Keogh, won three G1 Stakes and received the Sovereign in 1996 as Champion Sprinter. As an assistant to Hall of Fame Trainer Roger Attfield from 1986-1993, Keogh worked with a long list of Hall of Fame inductees including Alywow, Peteski, Carotene, Izvestia and With Approval. Since 1993 Mike Keogh stats include 2,620 starts with 322 wins and over $21 million in Earnings.   Daniel Vella captured the Sovereign Award Trainer title in both 1994 and 1995. He has won the coveted Queen's Plate twice in his career thus far, the first in 1994 with Frank Stronach’s Basqueian and followed up with his second win in in 2012 with Strait of Dover for Wally and Terry Leong. Vella has scored one hundred and thirty-five (135) career stakes wins in a career that began in 1985. Current career stats include: 5,364 starts (822-795-656) and $37.3 million in earnings.   In the Thoroughbred Female Horse category voters will select from Hard Not To Like, Lexie Lou and Marketing Mix   Bred in Ontario by Garland Williamson, well-travelled Hard Not To Like won at five of the eight tracks she visited during her 22 starts over five years. She earned more than $1.2 million while accumulating eight victories including the Jenny Wiley Stakes (Gr 1) at Keeneland in 2014, the Diana Stakes (Gr 1) at Saratoga in 2015, and the Gamely Stakes (Gr 1) at Santa Anita the same year for three Grade 1 turf scores at three different tracks. The striking grey filly by Hard Spun and out of Tactical Cat mare Like a Gem, herself a multiple graded stakes winner, was indeed bred for success.   Lexie Lou was purchased in the 2012 CTHS Yearling sale by Owner/Trainer John Ross who directed her 2-yr-old campaign of 8 starts at Woodbine, including two stakes wins. Following her first start as a 3-year-old, she was purchased by U.S-based Owner Gary Barber and moved to trainer Mark Casse’s stable. The filly established herself as the best filly in Canada by winning both the 2014 Woodbine Oaks, and Queen’s Plate, becoming only the 6 th one to complete the Oaks/Plate double. Her first turf race and victory came later in the Wonder Where Stakes. She was named 2014 Sovereign Award Horse of the Year, Champion Grass Horse and Champion 3-yr-old Filly. Additional races of note include a graded stakes win in the Gr 2 Autumn Miss Stakes at Santa Anita and a second-place finish to U.S. HOY California Chrome in the Gr 1 Hollywood Derby at Delmar. Following time off in 2015, she came back as a 5-yr-old in 2016 winning both the Gr 2 Nassau and Gr 2 Dance Smartly Stakes to earn the title of Sovereign Award Champion Turf Female.   Marketing Mix, an Ontario bred Medaglia D’Oro filly bred by Sean Fitzhenry’s, was a $150,000 Keeneland yearling purchase in 2009. Her 21 race career for Glen Hill Farm of Ocala, FL., under the tutelage of trainer Tom Proctor, banked $2 million in earnings with ten wins including stakes victories in the 2012 editions of the Rodeo Drive Stakes (G1), Nassau (G2), Dance Smartly (G2) and the 2013 Gamely Stakes (G1) as well as 2 nd place finishes in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf and the 2013 Rodeo Drive Stakes (G1).   The Thoroughbred Veteran Horse category will be contested by All Along (FR), Alydeed and Loudrangle   French-bred filly All Along, was the first winner of the Prix de'Arc de Triomphe (G1) to race in Canada winning the Rothmans International (G1) as part of a 41 day international tour that also included wins in the Turf Classic (G1) at Aqueduct and the Washington, D.C. International (G1) at Laurel. Named Horse of the Year on two continents for owner Daniel Wildenstein and family, All Along (FR) was named Champion Older Horse in France and 1983 Horse of the Year in the U.S., the first female and foreign-based horse to win an Eclipse Award as Horse of the Year.   Alydeed, bred by Anderson Farms, owned by Kinghaven Farms, and trained by Roger Attfield, broke his maiden in the Victoria Stakes, his only start at two. In 1991, at three, the son of English Two Thousand Guineas winner Shadeed, won the Grade 3 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs and followed up with a close second in the Preakness Stakes. Upon returning to Woodbine, Alydeed won the Marine, Plate Trial and Queen’s Plate Stakes by a combined total of 22 ½ lengths. His 4-year-old season included an allowance win at Gulfstream Park over American champion Fly So Free, despite conceding him eight pounds. Consecutive wins followed in the G3 Commonwealth at Keeneland, and G1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct. Alydeed retired with a record of 9 wins, 2 seconds and 2 thirds in 18 starts and earnings of $930,689.   Loudrangle was a yearling purchase by Ernie Samuel from the 1975 CTHS September Sale and went on to become one of Sam-Son Farm’s foundation mares. During her race career from age 2 to 4 she chalked up a record of 9-2-2 in 22 starts, including a win in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes. Voted Broodmare of the Year in 1986, her progeny include champions Ruling Angel and Tilt My Halo as well as stakes winner Tiffany Tam, No Louder, Slew of Angels and Dancing With Winds, who have in turn gone onto produce the likes of Regal Intention, Soaring Free and others. Sam-Son broodmares Smarty Fly and Strike Red continue to produce horses carrying Loudrangle’s dam line.   The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Ceremony will be hosted at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Wednesday, August 7, 2019. Additional information about the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame may be found at www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com     Linda Rainey Managing Director Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com 416-417-9404

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame announces today it will recognize a harness racing world champion, world record holder, and household name of over 100 years ago - pacer Dan Patch as its 2019 Legend. The most famous pacer of the early 1900’s he won all 73 races he contested and attracted large crowds of fans at his appearances in both the US and Canada. Dan Patch was a horse for the ages and much admired. He set records in races and time trials throughout the US, earning the titles “The greatest harness horse in the history of the two-wheeled sulky” and “World Champion Harness Horse”.  In the fall of 1906, Dan Patch paced a time-trial mile in 1:55 ¼ in Lexington, an almost unbelievable record that would stand for several decades.  To place his record in perspective, the first Canadian horse to go faster than two minutes flat in a race (2:00.00) was Mighty Dudley in 1959. The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame’s decision to honour Dan Patch’s exploits is a result of the Canadian portion of his career and the role he played in Canadian harness racing history.  The Hall of Fame continues to expand its reach to honour all race horses and people who have brought honour to Canadian racing and to Canada as a nation. With great anticipation, many Canadian racing enthusiasts gathered from near and far to watch Dan Patch compete four times in Canada, the first being in Windsor, Ontario on July 10, 1901 in preparation for upcoming Grand Circuit races. In 97 degree heat (Fahrenheit) Dan Patch defeated five challengers in three straight heats.  Racing publications of the day declared it “A grand performance, Dan Patch cleverly defeated his field with a reserve of speed at the finish.” On August 8th that same year, 118 years ago, Dan Patch faced three challengers, this time in Fort Erie, Ontario, and was again victorious in three straight heats, despite being taken to the back of the field in the first heat before exploding past his competition down the stretch for the win. The following year in June of 1902,  Dan Patch returned to Windsor for a much publicized match race against Harold H, the best Canadian pacing horse of the time, defeating the Canadian challenger handily in front of thousands of admiring fans. Dan Patch made his final Canadian appearance at Toronto’s Exhibition Park October 21, 1905, two weeks after setting his world record in Lexington.  He was then owned by Mr. Marion W. Savage, a Minnesota businessman and founder of International Stock Foods, a company that also had a Canadian operation located in Toronto.  The Toronto time-trial garnered a Canadian record for a mile on a half-mile track of 2:06, breaking the previous record by three full seconds. Today, that record is acknowledged with a granite bench engraved with the words “World Champion horse ‘Dan Patch’ broke the Canadian record here in 1905”, located outside the north end of BMO Field at Exhibition Place. Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, Canadian restaurants, banquet halls, theatres and homes displayed memorabilia celebrating the exploits of Dan Patch. Canadians in all walks of life proudly recognized his exploits on Canadian soil. In many ways, he was an adopted son.  During the teens-30’s of the 20th century it was difficult to find a Canadian youngster who didn’t know about Dan Patch and his exploits on the racetrack. For his time, he was as famous as any superhero and as well-known as the top celebrities of the day; truly the stuff of legends. Movies were made and books were written to chronicle his life and his on track achievements.  There were few like him. The CHRHF first recognized Legend honourees in the year 2000 as a millennium project to acknowledge the contribution of people and horses to Canadian horse racing at least 50 years before the year of recognition.  Activities relating to the honours bestowed on Dan Patch by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame are currently in the planning stages and will be announced in the coming weeks.  The CHRHF reminds racing fans and participants that nominations for induction in 2019 to the following categories are still being accepted.  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 whose contribution to Canadian racing occurred in the past 20 years BUILDERS:  Including, 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. All nomination submissions to be made using the form available on the CHRHF website, or may be obtained by contacting admin@horseracinghalloffame.com.  Complete eligibility criteria may be found at http://horseracinghalloffame.com/inductees/eligibility/ For further information, or to submit a completed nomination form, contact:    by Linda Rainey, for the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Announces Changes to Nomination and Election Committees, Updates Standardbred Driver/Trainer Category. 2019 Nominations now being accepted.   At a recent meeting of the CHRHF Board of Directors, the following changes to the Hall’s Nomination and Election Committees were approved.   Standardbred Committee Chairs   Long-time Standardbred Election Committee Chair Kathy Wade Vlaar, Manager of Member and Stakeholder Relations, Standardbred Canada will move to the position of Chair, Standardbred Nomination Committee, to fill the position previously held by Darryl Kaplan, now CHRHF President. Jeff Porchak, Director of Digital Communications, Standardbred Canada was named Chair, Standardbred Election Committee.   Standardbred Nomination Committee   Jamie Martin, Director of Operations, Grand River Raceway joins the Standardbred Nomination Committee, replacing Brian Webster who has served the CHRHF in various capacities over many years. The CHRHF thanks Brian for his valuable knowledge and contributions during his time volunteering with the organization.   Thoroughbred Nomination Committee   Kris Platts, Manager, Broadcast/Simulcast Operations, Woodbine Entertainment Group Broadcast Department, joins the Thoroughbred Nomination Committee, following Jim Bannon, Thoroughbred Racing Analyst and Handicapper, being named Vice-President of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.   A complete list of all Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame committees and members can be found here   Additonally, as part of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame’s continuing efforts to honour the most deserving people and horses who have made a significant contribution to Canadian Standardbred and Thoroughbred horse racing, a change has been made to recognize Standardbred drivers and trainers as two separate categories. Historically Standardbred driver/trainers have been considered one category by the CHRHF. The changing landscape of harness racing now includes more people who specialize either as a trainer or driver. While there will still be individuals who succeed as both drivers and trainers, for the purpose of evaluating nominees, these people will be assigned to the category where their career has been the strongest, while still recognizing the total body of their work. The purpose of this change is to provide a more balanced comparison to their peers.   The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is now accepting public nominations to be considered for the CHRHF Class of 2019.   The public is invited to participate in the nomination of horses and people who have made a significant contribution to Canadian Standardbred and Thoroughbred horse racing, for induction to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2019.   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.     All nomination submissions to be made using the form available on the CHRHF website . A PDF version of the form is also attached, or may be obtained by contacting admin@horseracinghalloffame.com. Complete eligibility criteria may be found here.     For further information, or to submit a completed nomination form, contact:   Standardbred Nominations:   Kathy Wade Vlaar, Standardbred Nomination Chair, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 1-2150 Meadowvale Blvd., Mississauga, ON L5N 6R6 P: (905) 858-3060 ext. 207 F: (905) 858-3089 E: kwvlaar@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 E: tmc@woodbineentertainment.com   Nomination forms may also be submitted to: Linda Rainey, Managing Director Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame P: (416) 417-9404 E: Linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com   All submissions will be carefully considered by the Nominating Committee of the applicable breed. Three finalists in five categories for Standardbreds and five categories for Thoroughbreds will be presented to the Election Committee for final voting by secret ballot.     NOMINATION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019 5:00 pm EST.   The list of nominees selected for consideration by the Election Committee for each breed will be announced Monday, March 25, 2019. The Inductees for the 2019 class of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will be announced Tuesday, April 9, 2019.   We invite you 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 www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com or by contacting admin@horseracinghalloffame.com or 416-417-9404     Linda Rainey Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame   Linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com 416-417-9404

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