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Toronto, ON - The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2018 Induction Gala take place August 8th, a little over a week away and details are being finalized for what will be a spectacular evening celebrating the best of Canada’s Standardbred and Thoroughbred horse racing industry.  Tickets are selling quickly, the 10 inductees and their representatives are preparing acceptance speeches, and this year’s live and silent auction promises to include something for everyone! Live auction items confirmed to date include: A 2019 breeding to Betterthancheddar – whose first crop foals, now 2, are seeing strong early success in this year’s OSS action. – Courtesy of Winbak Farms A 2019 breeding to Giant Gizmo – courtesy of Adena Springs Toronto Raptors VIP box for 8 people.  – Courtesy of Brad Grant VIP Suite Experience at Woodbine, Mohawk Park with dining and live racing for up to 16 guests – courtesy of Woodbine, Mohawk Park. $1,000 Vintage Inns Gift Certificate – provided by Equistro Silent auction items offered include: Horse Racing related art, including 2 limited edition prints by Richard Stone Reeves, a framed Somebeachsomewhere print, plus prints by Canadian equine artists Marni Koelln and Michelle Hogan Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey tickets (2 offerings) Dress circle seats for 4 people at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Horse Show– courtesy of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Sports Memorabilia and gear including a signed Auston Mathews hockey jersey – courtesy of MLSE, and Jonathan Toews autographed hockey jersey, courtesy of Canadian Tire Corporation. Framed photos and tickets honouring Justify’s 2018 Triple Crown A $500 shipping credit from Rick Bodi Transport – courtesy of Rick Bodi Transport Dinner packages at Woodbine, Grand River Raceway, and The Raceway at Western Fair. Equine products provided by, Greenhawk, Tackmaster, Mad Barn, Omega Alpha, System Fence and others. Plus gift baskets for people, horses, pets and much, much more Donations of additional auction items are still being accepted.   Contact Stacey at accounting@horseracinghalloffame.com for details Proceeds from the auction support the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame's ongoing efforts to preserve and celebrate the history of Canadian horse racing.  Held at the Mississauga Convention Centre, co-hosting duties will be shared by CHRHF honoured member and Woodbine Entertainment Group Thoroughbred Racing Analyst Jim Bannon, along with Greg Blanchard, racing commentator and Raceway Manager at the Raceway at Western Fair.  The reception and silent auction will commence at 5:30 p.m., followed by a four course dinner, live auction and induction ceremonies at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $175 per person, or $1,700 for a table sponsorship which includes 8 tickets, a $300.00 donation to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. This year’s 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 2018 includes: Ontario-born Thoroughbred breeder, John G. Sikura, operator of one of the most successful breeding farms in Kentucky; Bill Andrew, a breeder with ties to Alberta and PEI, who continues to generously give back to the racing industry. Dan Loiselle, the track announcer known for his iconic calls of Canadian Triple Crown races Ontario based photographer Dave Landry whose work has been recognized in Canada and internationally Ontario based, Sovereign Award winning trainer Reade Baker, who has also been a jockey's agent, operated an international bloodstock service and been a successful breeder.  The late Jim Doherty, a gentlemanly trainer-driver from New Brunswick with a career spanning six-decades, much of which took place on US tracks Blissfull Hall, Quebec-owned winner of North America's Pacing Triple Crown.  Chancey Lady, Ontario-sired, BC owned pacing mare who earned over $2-million Two horses bred by Adena Springs --Breeder's Cup winner Judy the Beauty and Queen's Plate winner Shaman Ghost.  Homage will also be paid to 2018 Legend honourees, Frank McMahon and Hector Clouthier, Sr. Event tickets may be purchased by visiting the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Online Store at http://shop.horseracinghalloffame.com/,  by contacting Linda Rainey 416-417-9404 or linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com. The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame acknowledges the generous sponsorship and valued support for the 2018 Induction Gala by the following sponsors:  Platinum Sponsor – OLG, video production sponsor Woodbine, audio visual supplier FMAV plus Reception and Wine sponsor COSA and photography sponsor Omega Alpha. by Linda Rainey, for the Horse Racing Hall of Fame

TORONTO, ON - The evening of August 8 promises to be exciting an exciting one as the Class of 2018 is formally inducted to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.  In addition to a four course dinner and the induction ceremonies a live and silent auction will feature a fantastic line up of items including Standardbred and Thoroughbred breedings, racing memorabilia and art as well one of a kind sport and event experiences.   Proceeds from the auction support the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame's ongoing efforts to preserve and celebrate the history of Canadian horse racing.  Held at the Mississauga Convention Centre, co-hosting duties will be shared by CHRHF honoured member and Woodbine Entertainment Group Thoroughbred Racing Analyst Jim Bannon, along with Greg Blanchard, racing commentator and Raceway Manager at the Raceway at Western Fair.  The reception and silent auction will commence at 5:30 p.m., followed by a four course dinner, live auction and induction ceremonies at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $175 per person, or $1,700 for a table sponsorship which includes 8 tickets, a $300.00 donation to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and a total of $700 charitable receipts. This year’s 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 2018 includes: Ontario-born Thoroughbred breeder, John G. Sikura, operator of one of the most successful breeding farms in Kentucky; Bill Andrew, a breeder with ties to Alberta and PEI, who continues to generously give back to the racing industry. Dan Loiselle, the track announcer known for his iconic calls of Canadian Triple Crown races Ontario based photographer Dave Landry whose work has been recognized in Canada and internationally Ontario based, Sovereign Award winning trainer Reade Baker, who has also been a jockey's agent, operated an international bloodstock service and been a successful breeder.  The late Jim Doherty, a gentlemanly trainer-driver from New Brunswick with a career spanning six-decades, much of which took place on US tracks Blissfull Hall, Quebec-owned winner of North America's Pacing Triple Crown.  Chancey Lady, Ontario-sired, BC owned pacing mare who earned over $2-million Two horses bred by Adena Springs --Breeder's Cup winner Judy the Beauty and Queen's Plate winner Shaman Ghost.  Homage will also be paid to 2018 Legend honourees, Frank McMahon and Hector Clouthier, Sr. McMahon, a Queen’s Plate and Kentucky Derby winning owner opened up the Northwest Canadian wilderness for oil production and owned the first major thoroughbred racing stable in western Canada. Standardbred horseman Hector Clouthier Sr. was instrumental in forming horsemen’s groups in Ontario, enabling many to make a career in the sport.  Event 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. Opportunities to advertise in the souvenir induction program and event sponsorship packages are also available The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame acknowledges the generous sponsorship and valued support for the 2018 Induction Gala by the following sponsors:  Platinum Sponsor – OLG, video production sponsor Woodbine Entertainment Group, audio visual supplier FMAV plus Reception and Wine sponsor COSA and photography sponsor Omega Alpha. by Linda Rainey, for the Horse Racing Hall of Fame . 

TORONTO, ON, June 22 -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 2018 includes: Ontario-born Thoroughbred breeder, John G. Sikura, operator of one of the most successful breeding farms in Kentucky; Bill Andrew, a breeder with ties to Alberta and PEI, who continues to generously give back to the racing industry. Dan Loiselle, the track announcer known for his iconic calls of Canadian Triple Crown races Ontario based photographer Dave Landry whose work has been recognized in Canada and internationally Ontario based, Sovereign Award winning trainer Reade Baker, who has also been a jockey's agent, operated an international bloodstock service and been a successful breeder.  The late Jim Doherty, a gentlemanly trainer-driver from New Brunswick with a career spanning six-decades, much of which took place on US tracks Blissfull Hall, Quebec-owned winner of North America's Pacing Triple Crown.  Chancey Lady, Ontario-sired, BC owned pacing mare who earned over $2-million Two horses bred by Adena Springs --Breeder's Cup winner Judy the Beauty and Queen's Plate winner Shaman Ghost.  The Gala event will feature a cocktail reception, a fantastic line up of silent and live auction items, and a four course gourmet dinner. Homage will also be paid to 2018 Legend honourees, Frank McMahon and Hector Clouthier, Sr. McMahon, a Queen’s Plate and Kentucky Derby winning owner opened up the Northwest Canadian wilderness for oil production and owned the first major thoroughbred racing stable in western Canada. Standardbred horseman Hector Clouthier Sr. was instrumental in forming horsemen’s groups in Ontario, enabling many to make a career in the sport.  Join us Wednesday, August 8th at the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Induction Gala, as we celebrate the class of 2018 and their spectacular contributions to the sport of horse racing.  Held at the Mississauga Convention Centre, co-hosting duties will be shared by Jim Bannon, CHRHF member and Woodbine Entertainment Group Thoroughbred Racing Analyst along with Greg Blanchard, racing commentator and Raceway Manager at the Raceway at Western Fair.  The reception and silent auction will commence at 5:30 p.m., followed by a four course dinner, live auction and induction ceremonies at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $175 per person, or $1,700 for a table sponsorship which includes 8 tickets, a $300.00 donation to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and a total of $700 charitable receipts. We will have an impressive list of live and silent auction items including stallion breedings, sporting event tickets, racing related memorabilia 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 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.  by Linda Rainey for the Horse Racng Hall of Fame

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce Hector Clouthier Sr. and Frank McMahon as the 2018 CHRHF Legend Honourees.  Originally launched as a millennium project in 2000, the Legends section of the   Hall of Fame is dedicated to honouring the people and horses who significantly contributed to  Canada’s horse racing story over fifty years in the past. The ceremony takes place on May 16. Hector Clouthier Sr. - Standardbred Legend Born in Petawawa February 1, 1916, Hector Clouthier, Sr., began working full-time for his father’s logging company in the Ottawa Valley at age 12 and by 14 was running his own operation.  Known as the “Lumber King of the Ottawa Valley,” his involvement in the family lumber business continued until his death 75 years later, in 2003.  He entered the Standardbred racing industry in 1952. Some of his most noted race horses included Barney Diplomat, purchased in 1953 for the then staggering amount of $10,000, and trained by Hall of Famer Keith Waples, as well as JJ’s Metro who won purses totalling $350,000.   Clouthier established Northwood Stables and the nearby Northwood Hotel in the Pembroke, Ontario area. He began a breeding operation   soon after with the first Northwood-bred foal registered in 1959.  The farm expanded to include 40 broodmares and stood three stallions -- Mr. Dean, Mighty Billie and Macduff.  The Northwood name frequently appeared in races programsin Ontario, Quebec, New York and New Jersey, often with Keith Waples as driver of choice for stake races. Hector eventually became involved in racing industry associations, sitting on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Trotting Association, the Canadian Standardbred Horse Society, and the Ontario Harness Horse Association. It was said that he was one of the founding fathers of organized horsemen in Ontario, helping to negotiate contracts that enabled horsemen to make a career in the racing business.  His support and promotion of the industry assisted in the development of Standardbred breeding and racing.  Clouthier was recruited by the Quebec based United Harness Horsemen’s Association, became the organization’s President, and was soon thrust into contract negotiations with the powerful Jean Louis Levesque, owner of Montreal’s Blue Bonnets Raceway, to resolve a horsemen’s strike over purses. An advocate of stake races for young horses in Ontario, Clouthier was instrumental in starting discussions for what would become the Ontario Sires Stakes program.   We remember Hector Clouthier Sr. as a pioneer and a winner on the track and in life. Frank McMahon - Thoroughbred Legend Time Magazine called Frank McMahon the "man who did the most to open up Northwest Canada's wilderness, and convince oilmen of its treasures." He was also a major contributor to Thoroughbred horse racing in Canada and his was the first major stable in Western Canada. Born in the village of Moyie in the East Kootenays of British Columbia, he was the son of a hard-rock miner.  A founding member of the Jockey Club of Canada, McMahon had early racing success as a partner in Alberta Ranches when their Royal Serenade won the 1953 running of the Hollywood Gold Cup. Other stakes victories, under McMahon's stable colours, followed across Western Canada, including the 1966 British Columbia Derby at Exhibition Park in Vancouver, and the 1970 Canadian Derby at Edmonton's Northlands Park. McMahon, in partnership with Calgary newspaper publisher and CHRHF member Max Bell, won Canada's most important race for home-breds, The Queen's Plate, with Merger in 1968. Bell and McMahon had teamed up earlier, along with singer Bing Crosby who he met while attending Washington State’s Gonzaga University, in ownership of Meadow Court, winner of the Irish Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. In 1969, with Hall of Famer John Longden training, McMahon's gorgeous chestnut colt, Majestic Prince, won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.  An injury compromised the colt's chance at a Triple Crown.  Majestic Prince was later inducted into the US National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1988. In 1970, a son of Majestic Prince, later named Crowned Prince, was purchased at auction in Kentucky for one-half million dollars.  The successful bidder was McMahon, who also co-bred the colt with Leslie Combs II.  Crowned Prince was sent to England to race and was the Champion Two-Year-Old Colt in England in 1971 after winning the Dewhurst and Champagne Stakes.  Mr. McMahon passed away May 20, 1986 in Hamilton, Bermuda.  The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will celebrate these deserving legends at the CHRHF President’s Reception scheduled to take place Wednesday, May 16th at 4:30 pm in the Hall of Fame located inside Gate 10 at Woodbine Racetrack.  The horse racing community is invited to attend and are asked to confirm attendance by contacting admin@horseracinghalloffame.com.  Also on the agenda will be the introduction of 2018 Inductees:  Builders – William (Bill) Andrew and John G. Sikura; Communicators – Dave Landry and Dan Loiselle; Driver/Trainer – Jim Doherty; Trainer – Reade Baker; Standardbreds – Blissfull Hall and Chancey Lady; Thoroughbreds – Judy the Beauty and Shaman Ghost The permanent display panels will be unveiled for 2017 inductees:  Builders – Dr. Gordon Gilbertson and Eugene Melnyk; Communicator – Curtis Stock; Driver/Trainer – Blair Burgess; Standardbreds – Elegantimage, Happy Lady and Mach Three; Thoroughbreds – Quiet Resolve and South Ocean; Trainer – Harold J. Barroby. Additional details are available at:  www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com For more information, please contact:  Linda Rainey, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com  or 416-417-9404 Linda Rainey Managing Director Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Class of 2018 includes Bill Andrew, Reade Baker, Jim Doherty, Dave Landry, Dan Loiselle, John G. Sikura, along with Blissfull Hall, Chancey Lady, Judy the Beauty and Shaman Ghost The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the people and horses being recognized as inductees in 2018.  Six people and four horses have been elected from an extremely deep ballot of candidates.    Representing Thoroughbreds in the Class of 2018 are Builder John G. Sikura, Trainer Reade Baker, and Communicator Dan Loiselle as well as horses Judy the Beauty, and Shaman Ghost. Canadian-born John G. Sikura, Owner and President of Hill’n’Dale Farms (Kentucky), has been a mainstay in the breeding business there since 1994. Since then he has built Hill ‘n’ Dale into a leading stallion farm and sales operation, serving horse people across the continent. A shrewd but humble man, Mr. Sikura is an expert on thoroughbred pedigrees and continues to help improve the breed as an industry leader.   To date, his farm has consigned 95 horses selling for $1,000,000 (US) and over.  Better Than Honour was the most expensive broodmare sold at public auction ($14M) and five others were sold for world-record sale prices.  The 2018 stallion roster at Hill’n’Dale includes two-time Horse of the Year Curlin  as well as influential sires  Kitten’s Joy, Stormy Atlantic and Midnight Lute.  John’s father, John Sikura, Jr., was inducted into the CHRHF in 2013. Dan Loiselle’s horse-racing career spans almost five decades, initially as a Standardbred racing official and announcer, and then as Woodbine Thoroughbred announcer, replacing Daryl Wells in 1986.  During his tenure at Woodbine, Loiselle called 28 editions of the Queen’s Plate and five Triple Crown champions including With Approval (1989), Izvestia (1990), Dance Smartly (1991), Peteski (1993) and Wando (2003.)  ​His signature accuracy and clarity was accompanied by a flair for entertaining his audience both at the track and during national television broadcasts of marquee events inlcuding the Canadian Triple Crown, the Woodbine Mile and the Canadian International.  Loiselle has served as Master of Ceremonies at many industry functions and interviewed celebrities from the world of sports and entertainment.  In November of 2015, Dan was inducted into the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame and was saluted by the Toronto Sports Media with a special award.  Most recently he hosted a special exhibition celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada during the 2017 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.  Reade Baker's training career spans four decades and over 1,100 wins. 126 of those wins in stakes events, 30 in graded races.  The 2005 Sovereign Award recipient as Outstanding Trainer, Baker’s stake winners include Horse of the Year champions Fatal Bullet (2008) and Biofuel (2010).  To date Baker conditioned horses have won 13 Sovereign Awards including Bear Now, 2008 Sovereign Award for Older Female and Tu Endie Wei, 2011 Sovereign Award winner as Champion 2-Year-Old Filly.  Baker's 2015 Prince of Wales winner, Breaking Lucky, surpassed the million dollar mark in 2017 to join Fatal Bullet, Bear Now, and Judith’s Wild Rush as millionaire runners trained by Baker. Prior to embarking on a career as a trainer in 1989, Reade Baker was a top jockey's agent and later stable manager for Richard Kennedy, who campaigned 1987 Canadian Champion, Afleet.         Mr. Baker is also a member of the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame.                                                                             Career stats: 7078 starts (1106-1000-901) and $54,408,858. Ghostzapper daughter, Judy the Beauty, bred by Adena Springs North was a $20,000 yearling purchase by Owner/Trainer Wesley Ward who directed her through a 22 race career spanning five years with earnings surpassing $1.8 million.  As a juvenile, she found victory on the turf in France before winning in the Shady Well Stakes at Woodbine, and finishing second in the Spinaway Stakes (Gr 1) at Saratoga.  After three second place finishes at age three, she again visited the winner’s circle at age four, this time as a sprinter, winning the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (Gr 2) before finishing 2nd to Groupie Doll in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (Gr 1).  At age five she was named 2014 Eclipse Award Champion Female Sprinter as a result of a four graded- stakes win year, that included the Las Flores Handicap (Gr 3) at Santa Anita, the Madison Stakes (Gr 1)) at Keeneland and the Rancho Bernardo Hcp. (Gr 3) before culminating  with the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (Gr 1) at Santa Anita. Career Stats: 22 starts-9 wins-9 seconds-2-thirds and $1,815,922 in earnings. Adena Springs bred and Frank Stronach owned Shaman Ghost won 8 of 17 starts for earnings of $3,859,311 under the training direction of U.S.-based trainer Jimmy Jerkins, making him the second-richest Canadian-bred of all time behind his paternal grandsire Awesome Again, also bred by Adena Springs and a Hall of Fame Honoured Member.  Shaman Ghost was named Canada's Champion Three-Year-Old Colt in 2015 on the strength of a campaign that included wins in the Queen's Plate and Grade 3 Marine Stakes at Woodbine and a second-place finish in the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie.  Other victories of note include the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap and Woodward Stakes at Saratoga, the Grade 2 Brooklyn Invitational Stakes in New York, and the Grade 3 Pimlico Special Handicap in Maryland.  The now 6 year-old son of Ghostzapper out of Getback Time by Gilded Time was recently retired and is beginning his stallion career this year in California.  Career stats:  17 starts-8 wins-3 seconds-2 thirds. Standardbred inductees include Builder William (Bill) Andrew, Communicator Dave Landry and Trainer/Driver Jim Doherty along with horses Chancey Lady and Blissfull Hall. William (Bill) Andrew originally from Clinton, Ont. and now a resident of Calgary, Alta., has been involved in harness racing since he purchased his first yearling in 1990.  His focus shifted from racing to breeding in 2003 and since that time he has made a tremendous impact on the Canadian Standardbred industry, especially in Alberta and Prince Edward Island, where his two Meridian Farms breeding operations are based.  Aside from being a leading breeder in those two provinces, Andrew has given much back to the racing industry he loves, through charitable projects and financial contributions.   In 2015, Bill Andrew was awarded Standardbred Canada’s coveted Cam Fella Award for meritorious service to the Canadian Standardbred industry.  He has financially supported the Atlantic Sires Stakes trotting events, Truro Raceway and the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Select Yearling Sale at Truro Raceway.   Andrew initiated the Fun For Fans Stables and the Hurrah For Charity Stable where earnings from his horses in the stable benefitted a different charity partner each month.  Andrew has also donated the proceeds from the sale of yearlings to community projects, and continues to financially support PEI’s Matinee Racetrack Development Project where children learn horsemanship skills so that they can possibly make the transition to larger tracks and eventual full-time employment in racing. Toronto native Dave Landry’s trips to the racetrack as a child with his father began a lifelong fascination with horse racing that turned into an award-winning career photographing some of the sport’s greatest equine and human athletes, including numerous Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame members.  Landry, who now resides in Burlington, Ont., has earned numerous awards for his equine photography, including six Sovereign Awards, an Eclipse Award, an International Media Award, a Horse Publications of America Award, and a George Smallsreed Award.  He is nominated for a seventh Sovereign Award for one of his Thoroughbred photos taken in 2017.   His work has appeared on the cover of more than 500 magazines or publications. His clients have included Woodbine Entertainment Group, The Canadian Sportsman, TROT Magazine, Horse Racing Alberta, Equine Guelph, as well as countless breeding farms and racing industry related businesses.   Dave has given generously to the racing industry, providing his photography services for many worthwhile promotional and fundraising projects.  Dave’s brother, jockey Robert Landry, was inducted to the CHRHF in 2014.  The late Jim Doherty, known as ‘Gentleman Jim’ and highly respected by his peers, started his career in the horse racing industry in 1956 at the age of 16 working for Milton Downey in St. John, New Brunswick. Jim moved to New England in 1969 and soon became one of the leading trainers and drivers at Rockingham Park & Foxboro Raceway until his move to New Jersey in 1976 when the Meadowlands opened.  There he trained and drove a large stable for the better part of 40 years. Doherty developed numerous champions during his career as a trainer-driver  including $3 million earner and 2002 United States Trotter of the Year, Fools Goal, as well as 1997 Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year No Nonsense Woman, and Starchip Enterprise, winner of the Valley Victory and Canadian Trotting Classic in the late 1990s. He also drove Green With Envy, two-time Older Pacing Mare of the Year in 1984 and 1985. During his career, Doherty drove or trained winners of 4,700 races and $45 million in purses.  In 2003 Doherty was inducted to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York.  He is also a member of the New England Harness Writers Hall of Fame, New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, and the Saint John Sports Hall of Fame. Chancey Lady’s racing career spanned from 2007 through 2013.  During that time the daughter of Camluck started in 143 races.  She won 43, finished second in 22 races and posted 15 thirds, earning $2,083,514 and had a mark of 1:48.4 which was taken at Harrah’s Philadelphia. She was a $60,000 yearling purchase for the late Niele Jiwan of Surrey, B. C. and was trained by Casie Coleman during her 2007 campaign and until just after her Fan Hanover victory in June, 2008, when she moved into the John Pentland Stable, winning the first two starts for her new conditioner including an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final.  At age four she won two divisions of the Blue Chip Stake at Yonkers and a division and final of the Cape & Cutter at the Meadowlands.  In 2011 the mare racked up six victories in divisions of the Blue Chip and a Milton Stakes elimination as well as shattering the track record for fillies and mares at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with a 1:49.2 victory in the Open Pace.  In 2012 she won four divisions of the Blue Chip.  Trainers during the latter part of her career included Mark Kesmodel, Paul Fraley, and Joshua Green.  In 1999, Blissfull Hall captured harness racing’s elusive Pacing Triple Crown for owners Ecuries Daniel Plouffe, Inc. of Bromont, Que., trainer Ben Wallace, and driver Ron Pierce.   A racing career of 31 races over two seasons included a record of 19-4-6, a mark of 1:49.2, earnings of $1.4 million and wins in the American National, the Adios, the Cane, the Messenger,  the Simcoe Stake, the Little Brown Jug, an elimination of the Breeders Crown and the Progress Pace. He was the recipient of the 1999 O'Brien Award for Three Year Old Pacing Colts/Geldings and 1999 O'Brien Award for Horse Of the Year and 1999 USHWA Dan Patch Award for Three Year Old Pacing Colts and Winner of 1999 USHWA Dan Patch Pacer Of The Year. As a stallion his progeny include millionaires Marnie Hall and Camelot Hall.  His offspring have earnings of over $74 million on the track.  That includes 85 horses with earnings over $250,000, 228 horses with earnings over $100,000, and average earnings per starter of $99,762. The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2018 Induction Ceremony will be hosted at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Additional information about the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame may be found at www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com Thoroughbred Inductees Builder:  John G. Sikura, born in Toronto, ON; resident of Lexington, KY Communicator:  Dan Loiselle, born in Toronto, ON; resident of Milton, ON Trainer:  Reade Baker, born in St. Catharines ON, resident of Etobicoke, ON Female Horse:  Judy the Beauty, breeder Adena Springs, Aurora, ON; owned and trained by Wesley Ward Male Horse:  Shaman Ghost, breeder Adena Springs, Aurora, ON; owner Stronach Stable, Aurora, ON; trainer James A. Jerkins Standardbred Inductees Builder:  William (Bill) Andrew, born in Clinton, ON; resident of Calgary, AB Communicator:  David Landry, born in Toronto, ON; resident of Burlington, ON Driver/Trainer:  James Doherty (deceased) Born in Saint John, NB Male Horse:  Blissfull Hall, bred by Walnut Hall Limited, Lexington, KY.  Owner Ecuries Daniel Plouffe Inc., Bromont QC, Trainer Ben Wallace, Puslinch, ON Female Horse:  Chancey Lady, bred by Brittany Farms, Versailles, KY & Daisy Acres, Astoria, NY.  Owned by the late Niele Jiwan of Surrey, B. C.  Current owner Winbak Farm, Chesapeake, MD.  Trainers Casie Coleman, John Pentland, Mark Kesmodel, Paul Fraley, Joshua Green. Photos of inductees can be downloaded here. Linda Rainey Managing Director Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com  416-417-9404

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2018 ballot.  A total of 30 horses and people 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 winners in their respective categories.  Results will be announced Tuesday, April 10th.   The five categories chosen for the 2018 Thoroughbred ballot are Builder, Communicator, Trainer, Female Horse, and Male Horse A Thoroughbred Builder ballot comprised of Philip Kives, Victoria (Vicki) Pappas and John G. Sikura 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).       Montreal born Victoria (Vicki) Pappas, a longtime owner, breeder and trainer retired from her career at Woodbine so she could solely focus her time and energy on the development of the LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society (LTRS).  Since its formation in 1999, LTRS has re-homed over 600 thoroughbred racehorses donated by owners and trainers who support the charity’s mandate, policies and the vision of its founder.  Seventeen years after being granted charitable status, LTRS opened the stable doors to its own facility in Hillsburgh, Ontario where retired thoroughbreds are prepared for adoption to their forever homes. John G. Sikura, owner and president of Hill’n’Dale Farms (Kentucky), has been a mainstay in the breeding industry since 1987. Mr. Sikura remains an active owner/breeder and major sales consignor.  To date, his farm has consigned 95 horses selling for $1,000,000 and over.   Meanwhile, the farm operates as a full service facility serving horse people throughout North America.  The 2018 stallion roster at Hill’n’Dale includes two-time Horse of the Year Curlin  as well as influential sires  Kitten’s Joy, Stormy Atlantic and Midnight Lute.  John’s father, John Sikura, Jr., was inducted into the CHRHF in 2013. Joe Hirsch, Dan Loiselle, and Wally Wood and have been selected to appear on the Thoroughbred Communicator ballot. American horse racing columnist and author Joe Hirsch, the founding president of the U.S. based National Turf Writers' Association, began writing for the Daily Racing Form in 1954 and retired as its Executive Columnist in 2003.  His support of Canadian racing and those involved in the sport on this side of the border was widespread as his work was read by industry leaders all over North America.  The author of multiple books, his 'The Grand Senor' details the career of Horatio Luro, best known as trainer of Northern Dancer. Dan Loiselle’s horse-racing career spans almost five decades, initially as a Standardbred racing official and announcer, and then as Woodbine Thoroughbred announcer, replacing Daryl Wells in 1986.  During his tenure at Woodbine, Loiselle called 28 editions of the Queen’s Plate and five Triple Crown champions including With Approval (1989), Izvestia (1990), Dance Smartly (1991), Peteski (1993) and Wando (2003.)  ​His signature accuracy and clarity was accompanied by a flair for entertaining his audience.  He served as Master of Ceremonies at many industry functions and interviewed celebrities from the world of sports and entertainment.  In November of 2015, Loiselle was inducted into the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame and was saluted by the Toronto Sports Media with a special award. Wally Wood, writer and columnist for the Daily Racing Form from 1968 until his retirement in 1994, was first introduced to racing by his father while growing up in Nottingham, England. Following time in the British Armed Forces he moved to Montreal in the early 1950s to attend McGill University, eventually making his way to Toronto, to open an advertising agency.  His love of thoroughbred racing brought him to the Daily Racing Form where he became known as "Wally Woodbine" by his peers,  was well-known and respected member of the racing community.  His work also appeared in other industry publications such as the Canadian Thoroughbred, the Thoroughbred Digest, Canadian Horse, and in U.S. and European trade magazines. The three Trainers on the 2018 Thoroughbred Election ballot are Reade Baker, J. G. (Jerry) Lavigne and Daniel J. Vella Reade Baker's training career spans four decades and over 1,100 wins. 126 of those wins were in stakes events, 30 in graded races.  The 2005 Sovereign Award recipient as Outstanding Trainer, Baker has developed numerous stake winners including Horse of the Year champions Fatal Bullet (2008) and Biofuel (2010).  To date Baker  conditioned horses have won 13 Sovereign Awards including Bear Now, 2008 Sovereign Award for Older Female and Tu Endie Wei, 2011 Sovereign Award winner as Champion 2-Year-Old Filly.  Baker's 2015 Prince of Wales winner, Breaking Lucky, surpassed the million dollar mark in 2017 to join Fatal Bullet, Bear Now, and Judith’s Wild Rush as millionaire runners trained by Baker. Career stats: 7078 starts (1106-1000-901) and $54,408,858. Through the course of a training career that began in 1958, retired Trainer Jerry G. Lavigne won 68 stakes races with 22 stakes winners and two Queen's Plate races with Almoner in 1970 and Son of Briartic in 1982. His charge Fabe Count had a stellar career over 4 years as a multiple stakes winner at 9 different distances over both turf and dirt. Trainer of Canadian Champion colt Nice Dancer, he also conditioned many other stake winners including turf star Lost Majorette, sprinter Park Romeo, Bejilla, Cheap Sheats and Police Car to name a few.    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. Career stats:  5226 starts (810-776-639) and $36,895,315 in earnings.  In the Thoroughbred Female Horse category voters will select from Careless Jewel, Hard Not to Like and Judy the Beauty Sired by Tapit, Careless Jewel reeled off five wins in her sophomore season for Alberta-based owners, Donver Stables and conditioner Josie Carroll, including a 7 ¼ length victory in the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks and an 11- length win in the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga.  Careless Jewel completed her win streak in the Grade 2 Fitz Dixon Cotillion Stakes at Philadelphia Park. Careless Jewel earned $1,013,346 with a race record of 5-0-1 from 7 starts. Bred in Ontario by Garland Williamson, well-travelled Hard Not to Like won at five of the eight tracks she visited during 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. A daughter of Ghostzapper, Judy the Beauty was purchased as a yearling by Owner/Trainer Wesley Ward who directed her racing career spanning 22 races over five years with earnings surpassing $1.8 million.  As a juvenile, she found victory on the turf in France before winning in the Shady Well Stakes at Woodbine, and finishing second in the Spinaway Stakes (Gr 1) at Saratoga.  After three second place finishes at age three, she again visited the winner’s circle at age four, this time as a sprinter, winning the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (Gr 2) before finishing 2nd to Groupie Doll in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (Gr 1).  At age five she was named 2014 Eclipse Award Champion Female Sprinter as a result of a four graded- stakes win year, culminating with the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (Gr 1) at Santa Anita. The Thoroughbred Male Horse category will be contested by Bold Executive, Fatal Bullet and Shaman Ghost. Bold Executive, bred by Gus Schickedanz and owned by Dom Romeo, Rocco Marcello and Frank Maida (Pedigree Stud Farm) had his greatest success as a sire.   A son of Bold Ruckus, Bold Executive sired over 800 foals over 23 breeding seasons, producing multiple stakes winners including Blonde Executive, Simply Lovely, and Sand Cove. From 2001-12, he topped the Canadian Sires’ List 6 times, finished 2nd 3 times, and 3rd three times. Fatal Bullet, owned by Danny Dion's Bear Stables and trained by Reade Baker, was voted Canada's Horse of the Year in 2008 on the strength of being named Canada's Outstanding Sprinter that year. He captured 12 career races including five stakes and earned $1,377,256.00 in total.  Winning his first career start as a  juvenile in 2007, his three-year-old year included three early season wins at Woodbine, followed by track-record performances at Woodbine in the Bold Venture Stakes, Presque Isle in the Tom Ridge Stakes and at Turfway Park, earning a trip to the Grade 1 Breeder’s Cup Sprint where he placed second behind heavily favoured Midnight Lute. Shaman Ghost won 8 of 17 starts for earnings of $3,859,311 making him the second-richest Canadian-bred of all time behind his paternal grandsire Awesome Again, also bred by Adena Springs and a Hall of Fame inductee.  He was named Canada's Champion Three-Year-Old Colt in 2015 on the strength of a campaign that included wins in the Queen's Plate and Grade 3 Marine Stakes at Woodbine and a second-place finish in the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie.  Victories of note include the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap and Woodward Stakes at Saratoga, the Grade 2 Brooklyn Invitational Stakes in New York, and the Grade 3 Pimlico Special Handicap in Maryland.  The five categories selected by the Standardbred nominating committee to appear on the 2018 Standardbred ballots are Builder, Communicator, Driver/Trainer, Female Horse and Male Horse Standardbred Builder Category candidates include William (Bill) Andrew, Ian Fleming and J. Hugh Proudfoot. William (Bill) Andrew of Calgary, Alberta, has been involved in harness racing since he purchased his first yearling in 1990.  His focus shifted from racing to breeding in 2003 and he has made a tremendous impact on the Canadian Standardbred industry ever since, especially in Alberta and Prince Edward Island, where his two Meridian Farms breeding operations are based.  Aside from being a leading breeder in those two provinces, Andrew has given much back to the racing industry he loves, through charitable projects and financial contributions.   In 2015, Bill Andrew was awarded Standardbred Canada’s coveted Cam Fella Award for meritorious service to the Canadian Standardbred industry. Ian Fleming’s career in the horse racing industry began as race secretary at his home track of Clinton, Ontario.  That evolved into managing that racetrack and from there he went on to create a centralized Race Office for several Ontario tracks in the 1990s, which continues to service racetracks across the province.  Fleming was also the Racing & Gaming Manager at Western Fair Raceway for a number of years.  Regardless of how busy he is with 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, which in 2017 featured John Campbell’s final career race, and the Classy Lane Fire Fund.  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 Quebec 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 (CTA) 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.  The 2018 Standardbred Communicator Ballot features Paul Delean, Dave Landry and Dave Perkins North Bay native Paul Delean began his career as a horse racing writer in the late 70s at the Barrie Examiner where he met Bill Rowe, who managed Barrie Raceway, and was in turn introduced to Standardbred racing.     He worked for The Gazette in Montreal from 1981 through 2017 and was once referred to as the “English language voice of harness racing in Quebec”.  For owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans, Delean was the man on the front line telling them what they needed to know about the racing game in the province.  In addition, Delean was a frequent contributor to the many trade journals in racing.  At age 64, Paul has compiled an impressive body of work in covering the sport in Canada, and has won numerous awards for his articles. Toronto native Dave Landry’s trips to the racetrack as a child with his father began a lifelong fascination with horse racing that turned into an award-winning career photographing some of the sport’s greatest equine and human athletes, including numerous Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame members.  His work has appeared on the cover of more than 500 magazines or publications. Landry, who now resides in Burlington, Ont., has earned numerous awards for his equine photography, including six Sovereign Awards, an Eclipse Award, an International Media Award, a Horse Publications of America Award, and a George Smallsreed Award from the United States Trotting Association.  Award winning journalist Dave Perkins, of Toronto, Ont., is one of the most widely respected sports writers in Canada. His tenure at The Toronto Star from 1977 through 2010 included assignment as “beat reporter” for harness racing from 1977 to 1986.   He also wrote the Cam Fella movie, wrote features for TROT and The Canadian Sportsman and columns for Hoofbeats Magazine.  Perkins was a friend of horse racing and wrote numerous columns and stories on both Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing over the years.  He was vocal in his stance on the Ontario government’s decision to end the Slots At Racetracks Program and penned many columns with thoughtful ideas on what he felt the government could do. In the Standardbred Driver/Trainer category voters will select from Jim Doherty, William Robinson and Ben Wallace. Saint John, N.B’s Jim Doherty developed numerous champions during his career as a trainer-driver  including $3 million earner and 2002 U.S. Trotter of the Year, Fools Goal, as well as 1997 Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year No Nonsense Woman, and Starchip Entrprise, winner of the Valley Victory and Canadian Trotting Classic in the late 1990s. He also drove Green With Envy, two-time Older Pacing Mare of the Year in 1984 and 1985. During his career, Doherty drove winners of 4,620 races and nearly $39 million in purses.  In 2003 Doherty was inducted to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York.  He is also a member of the New England Harness Writers Hall of Fame, New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, and the Saint John Sports Hall of Fame. Ben Wallace of Puslinch, Ont. trained the 1999 Pacing Triple Crown Winner Blissfull Hall, Breeders Crown winners Totally Western (2002), Pans Cullotes (2003), Armbro Rosebud (1997) 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 1,890 wins and almost  $37 million in purses, surpassing the million dollar mark in 18 consecutive seasons (1996-2013). Trainer William (Bill) Robinson of Caledonia, Ont., is a four-time winner of the  O’Brien Award as Canada’s Trainer of the Year (1992, 1993,2002, 2003).  During his career he  amassed earnings of $54.5 million in 8837 starts (2715-1356-1061).  Horses successfully campaigned under Robinson’s tutelage included:  Hall of Fame inductees Ellamony and Precious Bunny, along with Riyadh and Presidential Ball. The Standardbred Female Horse Category features Chancey Lady, Oohs N Aahs and Tricky Tooshie. Chancey Lady’s racing career spanned from 2007 through 2013.  During that time the daughter of Camluck started in 143 races.  She won 43, finished second in 22 races and posted 15 thirds, earning $2,083,514 and had a mark of 1:48.4 which was taken at Harrah’s Philadelphia. She was a $60,000 yearling purchase for Niele Jiwan of Surrey, B. C. and was trained by Casie Coleman through 2007 and until just after her Fan Hanover victory in June, 2008, when she moved into the John Pentland Stable. Pacing mare Oohs N Aahs won 44 races in her career, taking a mark of 1:51.1 at Woodbine Racetrack at the age of eight while banking over $1.1 million.  Finishing first, second or third in 109 out of a total of 177 starts, Oohs N Aahs won most of her races in Ontario and became a Canadian fan favourite during her exceptional racing career. As a broodmare she produced Omen Hanover who earned in excess of $1 million, and in the process made Oohs N Aahs only the third pacing mare to both earn over $1 million and produce a millionaire daughter. Tricky Tooshie was bred and owned during her racing career by Laurent Bergevin of Quebec.  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, eleven of her thirteen foals made it to the races to earn over $3 million for average earnings per starter of $278,000.  Her richest foal was True North Hanover, a winner of $732,912. Nominated In the category of Standardbred Male Horse are Blissfull Hall, Majestic Son and Shadow Play. In 1999, Blissfull Hall captured harness racing’s elusive Pacing Triple Crown for owners Ecuries Daniel Plouffe, Inc. of Bromont, Que., trainer Ben Wallace, and driver Ron Pierce.   A racing career of 31 races over two seasons included a record of 19-4-6, a mark of 1:49.2 and earnings of $1.4 million before he embarked on a successful career as a stallion.  To date his progeny have won $73.9 million in earnings, including 85 horses with earnings over $250,000, 228 horses with earnings over $100,000, and average earnings per starter of $99,699. Majestic Son’s racing career consisted of 38 starts, stats of 22-5-3, a mark of 1:52.2 and $1,993,157 in purse earnings.  A son of Angus Hall out of the King Conch mare Celtic Contessa, Majestic Son's career was highlighted by wins in the premiere stakes for sophomore trotters including the Champlain, Goodtimes, Canadian Trotting Classic and Breeders Crown.  As a sire, his progeny have earned $16.8 million including millionaire Charmed Life, three $750,000 winners, five $500,000 winners, 15 winners of $250,000 and 43 winners of $100,000. 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 $21 million including three-time O’Brien Award winner and double millionaire Lady Shadow. The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2018 Induction Ceremony will be hosted at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. 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 recent passing of the 2009 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee Somebeachsomewhere, has left fans and supporters reminiscing about his races, the impact he had on the sport of harness racing and the legacy he leaves. Starting today, Friday, January 19, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is providing an opportunity for fans and supporters to share their Somebeachsomewhere memories and messages.  These will be gathered, consolidated and sent to his connections as a reminder of how much their once in a lifetime horse meant to the many fans who followed him during his career on the track and as a stallion. To have your SBSW message and memory included in the compilation, visit the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, at Woodbine Racetrack, Toronto Friday, January 19th and Saturday, January 20th and sign the Book of Memories, located near the entrance of the Hall.  If you can’t make it to the Hall of Fame in person, messages will also be accepted via email at admin@horseracinghalloffame.com or on the Hall of Fame’s Facebook page.  Share your favourite SBSW race, experience or recollection, as we all remember Somebeachsomewhere   Linda Rainey Managing Director Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

The public is invited to participate in the nomination of people and horses who have made a significant contribution to Canadian Standardbred or Thoroughbred horse racing, for induction to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2018. Nominations for the following will be considered: 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 http://horseracinghalloffame.com/chrhf-2018-nomination-form/ .  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:  Darryl Kaplan, Standardbred Nomination Chair, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 1-2150 Meadowvale Blvd., Mississauga, ON L5N 6R6 P:  (905) 858-3060 ext. 241 F: (905) 858-3089 E:  dkaplan@standardbredcanada.ca Thoroughbred Nominations:  Tom Cosgrove, Thoroughbred Nomination Chair, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 555 Rexdale Blvd., P.O. Box 156 Toronto, ON M9W 5L2 P:  (416) 213-2113  E:  tmc@woodbineentertainment.com Nominations 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.  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. NOMINATION DEADLINE:   WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2018 5:00 pm EST. The list of nominees selected for consideration by the Election Committee for each breed will be announced Monday, March 26, 2018. The Inductees for the 2018 class of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will be announced on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. 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 Linda Rainey Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com 416-417-9404  

TORONTO, ON, July 26 – Tickets for the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2017 Induction Ceremony and Gala Fundraising Dinner taking place Wednesday, August 9th are selling quickly.  Be sure to place your order by Wednesday August 1st to be part of the celebration as the class of 2017 including Standardbred honourees Blair Burgess, Dr. Gordon Gilbertson, Elegantimage, Happy Lady and Mach Three as well as Thoroughbred honourees, Harold Barroby, Eugene Melnyk, Curtis Stock, Quiet Resolve and South Ocean are inducted.   The evening will also celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada, including a nod to 2017 Legends Honouree Modesty.  The horse who won the first race on record, July 1, 1767 on the Plains of Abraham. This year, with the support and generosity of members of the Canadian racing industry, breedings to four top stallions will be offered as part of the evening’s live auction.  Guests will have the opportunity to bid on stallion services for the 2018 breeding season by Thoroughbred Giant Gizmo, donated by Adena Springs, as well as Standardbreds He’s Watching, donated by Tara Hills Stud; Shadow Play, donated by the Shadow Play Syndicate; and Sunshine Beach, donated by the Sunshine Beach Syndicate. Those interested in placing bids, but unable to attend, may contact linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com or 416-417-9404 for more information. There will also be a wide selection of silent auction items for guests to bid on including a collection of unique racing art, memorabilia, sporting event tickets and one of a kind experience packages.  All proceeds from the live and silent auction support the ongoing efforts of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame to preserve and celebrate the history and heritage of Canadian horse racing.  Additional auction donations are still welcomed and appreciated.   Held at the Mississauga Convention Centre, co-hosting duties will be shared by Jim Bannon, CHRHF member and Woodbine Entertainment Group Thoroughbred Racing Analyst along with Greg Blanchard, racing commentator and Raceway Manager at the Raceway at Western Fair.  In addition to the inductions and live and silent auction, the Gala event will feature a cocktail reception, and a four course gourmet dinner.  The reception and silent auction will commence at 5:30 p.m., followed by a four course dinner, live auction and induction ceremonies at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $175 per person, with a charitable receipt for $50 per ticket or $1,700 for a table sponsorship which includes 8 tickets, a $300.00 donation to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and a total of $700 charitable receipts.  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.   The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame acknowledges the generous sponsorship support of the 2017 Induction Gala by Platinum Sponsor – OLG.  Other sponsors include Woodbine Entertainment Group for video production, audio visual supplier FMAV plus contributing sponsors COSA and Ontario Standardbred Alliance Tracks.  Linda Rainey, Managing Director Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 416-417-9404 

TORONTO, ON, July 17 – Preparations are well underway for the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2017 Induction Ceremony and Gala Fundraising Dinner on August 9th. The menu has been chosen, the rings and awards will arrive any day and the auction committee is hard at work gathering a wonderful collection of items for guests to bid on as part of the live and silent auction.  This year, with the support and generosity of members of the Canadian racing industry, breedings to four top stallions will be offered as part of the evening’s live auction.  Guests will have the opportunity to bid on stallion services for the 2018 breeding season by Thoroughbred Giant Gizmo, donated by Adena Springs, as well as Standardbreds He’s Watching, donated by Tara Hills Stud; Shadow Play, donated by the Shadow Play Syndicate; and Sunshine Beach, donated by the Sunshine Beach Syndicate. Those interested in placing bids, but unable to attend, may contact linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com or 416-417-9404 for more information. There will also be a wide selection of silent auction items for guests to bid on including a collection of unique racing art, memorabilia, sporting event tickets and one of a kind experience packages.  All proceeds from the live and silent auction support the ongoing efforts of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame to preserve and celebrate the history and heritage of Canadian horse racing.  Additional auction donations are still welcomed and appreciated.  The gala will include the induction of Standardbred honourees Blair Burgess, Dr. Gordon Gilbertson, Elegantimage, Happy Lady and Mach Three as well as Thoroughbred honourees, Harold Barroby, Eugene Melnyk, Curtis Stock, Quiet Resolve and South Ocean. The evening will also celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada, including a nod to 2017 Legends Honouree Modesty.  The horse who won the first race on record, July 1, 1767 on the Plains of Abraham. Held at the Mississauga Convention Centre, co-hosting duties will be shared by Jim Bannon, CHRHF member and Woodbine Entertainment Group Thoroughbred Racing Analyst along with Greg Blanchard, racing commentator and Raceway Manager at the Raceway at Western Fair.  In addition to the inductions and live and silent auction, the Gala event will feature a cocktail reception, and a four course gourmet dinner. The reception and silent auction will commence at 5:30 p.m., followed by a four course dinner, live auction and induction ceremonies at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $175 per person, with a charitable receipt for $50 per ticket or $1,700 for a table sponsorship which includes 8 tickets, a $300.00 donation to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and a total of $700 charitable receipts.  Tickets may be purchased by visiting the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Online Store by clicking here, or by contacting Linda Rainey 416-417-9404 or linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com.  The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame acknowledges the generous sponsorship support of the 2017 Induction Gala by Platinum Sponsor – OLG.  Other sponsors include Woodbine Entertainment Group for video production, audio visual supplier FMAV plus contributing sponsors COSA and Ontario Standardbred Alliance Tracks. Opportunities to advertise in the souvenir induction program, event sponsorship packages are still available.  Linda Rainey Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 

As Canada celebrates 150 years of confederation on July 1st, Canada’s horse racing industry is recognizing an even greater milestone, the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada with 23 racetracks in 8 provinces taking part in a national celebration over the July 1st weekend. From British Columbia to Prince Edward Island, tracks holding races between June 30th and July 2nd will raise flags, hold commemorative miles and honour the people, horses and history from their local communities to mark the 250th Anniversary.  The July 1st weekend initiative is part of a year-long celebration led by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in conjunction with Standardbred Canada and Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society. “This anniversary provides the opportunity for the entire horse racing industry across the country to speak with one voice about our incredible history,” said Linda Rainey, Managing Director of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.  “There aren’t many things in our country that are 250 years old and horse racing has reached that milestone. It is a story anyone who has ever been involved with horse racing can be proud of.” It all began, July 1, 1767, exactly 100 years before our country’s confederation, when a race took place on The Plains of Abraham in Quebec City.  Gazette de Quebec recounted the race as follows:  “The horse race for a purse of forty dollars was held on Wednesday, first of the month, on the Hill of Abraham.  It was easily won by Captain Prescott’s mare Modesty, much to the discomfiture of those who, purporting to know about such things, had wagered against her and were thereby parted from their money.”  From that day forward horse racing has been part of the fabric of the country.  From coast to coast, generation after generation, people from all walks of life have participated in and enjoyed the sport, whether on grass-root tracks, agricultural fairs, on frozen rivers dotting the countryside, or in today’s modern facilities.  Earlier this year a national initiative was launched to complete “250 Miles for 250 Years”, with a goal of accumulating 250 commemorative miles honouring the communities, horses and people who have participated in the sport over the past 250 years. Many of those commemorative miles will be held over this official anniversary weekend.  Everyone attending the celebrations is encouraged to share their experience via social media using the #cdnhorseracing250 Participating tracks include: British Columbia Hastings Racecourse – Vancouver (July 1) Alberta Century Downs (July 1) Millerville (July 1) Northlands Park – Edmonton (July 1) Manitoba Assiniboia Downs – Winnipeg (July 1) Ontario Clinton Raceway (July 2) Dresden (July 1) Fort Erie (July 2) Georgian Downs (July 1) Grand River (June 30) Hanover (July 1) Hiawatha  - Sarnia (July 1) Kawartha Downs (July 1) Mohawk (July 1) Rideau Carleton (July 2) Woodbine (July 1) Quebec Hippodrome 3R – Trois Riviere (July 2) Nova Scotia Inverness (July 2) Northside Downs – North Sydney (July 1) Truro (June 30) New Brunswick Exhibition Park Raceway – Saint John (July 1) PEI Red Shores – Charlottetown (July 2) Summerside – (July 1)   Funding for the  250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada initiatives has been provided by:  Standardbred Canada, Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, HBPA Ontario, Central Ontario Standardbred Association, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Alberta Standardbred Horse Association, Harness Racing BC, The Jockey Club as well as individual donations.  To support the 250th Anniversary Fund visit:  Sponsorships and Donations.  For additional information about the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada and the celebrations planned go to www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com or via social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram #cdnhorseracing250 Linda Rainey, Managing Director Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame  

TORONTO, ON, June 21 - The 41st Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala Fundraising Dinner on August 9th promises to be an extra special evening of celebration as ten new members join the best of Canadian Horse Racing.  The evening will also celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada, including a nod to 2017 Legends Honouree Modesty.  The horse who win the first race on record, July 1, 1767 on the Plains of Abraham. The gala will include the induction of Standardbred honourees Blair Burgess, Dr. Gordon Gilbertson, Elegantimage, Happy Lady and Mach Three as well as Thoroughbred honourees, Harold Barroby, Eugene Melnyk, Curtis Stock, Quiet Resolve and South Ocean. Held at the Mississauga Convention Centre, co-hosting duties will be shared by Jim Bannon, CHRHF member and Woodbine Entertainment Group Thoroughbred Racing Analyst along with Greg Blanchard, racing commentator and Raceway Manager at the Raceway at Western Fair.  The Gala event will feature a cocktail reception, a fantastic line up of silent and live auction items, a four course gourmet dinner and the Induction Ceremony. The CHRHF Planning Committee, under the leadership of Auction Chair Pam Frostad, is putting together an impressive list of live and silent auction items including sporting event tickets, racing related memorabilia and other surprises. Auction donations are welcomed and appreciated.  All proceeds from the auction will go directly toward helping the Hall of Fame recognize the achievements of those that have built and established the roots of horse racing in Canada. The reception and silent auction will commence at 5:30 p.m., followed by a four course dinner, live auction and induction ceremonies at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $175 per person, with a charitable receipt for $50 per ticket or $1,700 for a table sponsorship which includes 8 tickets, a $300.00 donation to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and a total of $700 charitable receipts.  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.  Opportunities to advertise in the souvenir induction program, event sponsorship packages and auction contributions are also available.   Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

May 17, 2017 - In this the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada, the CHRHF Legends Committee unanimously named a mare called Modesty who won the first advertised and reported horse race on Canadian soil, as the 2017 Legend Honouree. The official unveiling of the display panel for Modesty, who won the historic race held on the Plains of Abraham on July 1st, 1767, took place at a reception this evening in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.  An advertisement in the June 25, 1767 issue of the Quebec Gazette called for entries for a horse race scheduled to take place July 1 for a purse of $40 to take place at “Five O’clock in the afternoon Precisely:  The best of three heats, once around the course each heat.” Results of the race were announced in the July 9th issue of the same publication as follows:  “The purse of $40 was won with greatest ease by Captain Prescott’s Mare Modesty. It was termed an upset, “much to the discomfiture of those, who purporting to know about such things, had wagered against her and were thereby parted from their money. The contest did afford much pleasure and there were no accidents save that some few riders were thrown from their mounts, from which circumstance it appeared that they suffered more fright than injury.”  More complete information about that initial horse race can be found here It is from this race, held 100 years to the day before Canada’s Confederation that all horse racing in Canada has evolved, bringing us to this tremendous 250th anniversary and celebration in 2017.  The Legends category in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame was originally established in 2000 as a millennium project, created to honour the early pioneers of horse racing in Canada.  It has been carried on to help bring attention to those horses and people dating back at least 50 years before the year of recognition. In addition to the announcement of the 2017 Legend honouree, the reception also included the unveiling of display panels belonging to those inducted to the CHRHF in 2016 and the public introduction of the 2017 Inductees, announced earlier.  The CHRHF Class of 2017 includes Thoroughbred horses Quiet Resolve and South Ocean along with Builder Eugene Melnyk, Trainer Harold Barroby and Communicator Curtis Stock.  Standardbred honourees include Mach Three, Happy Lady and Elegantimage, as well as Trainer/Driver Blair Burgess, and Builder Dr. Gordon Gilbertson.  Induction ceremonies of the 2017 inductees will be held at a Gala scheduled to take place Wednesday, August 9th at the Mississauga Convention Centre.  Tickets can be ordered by contacting 416-417-9404. Linda Rainey, Managing Director, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 416-417-9404 Linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the 2017 Inductees.  In this the 250th Anniversary Year of Horse Racing in Canada, a total of 10 horses and people have been elected from a very strong list of candidates.    Standardbred inductees include Trainer/Driver Blair Burgess and Builder Dr. Gordon Gilbertson along with Mach Three, Elegantimage and Happy Lady   Blair Burgess of Campbellville, Ont., has accumulated 1040 wins and earnings of over $27.6 million as a trainer, including two victories in the  Hambletonian (Amigo Hall in 2003 and Glidemaster in 2006),  two in the Meadowlands Pace (Frugal Gourmet in 1987, Real Desire in 2002), plus wins in the Little Brown Jug (Tell All in 2007), the North America Cup (Tell All in 2007), the Kentucky Futurity, the Trotting Triple Crown (Glidemaster in 2006), and a Breeders Crown Championship (Real Desire, 2001).  Blair, son of Robert Burgess who was inducted to the CHRHF in 2011 as a Builder, received an O’Brien Award as Canada’s Trainer of the Year in 2007, while he also trained winners of seven O’Brien Awards, and nine Dan Patch Awards.  Two of his trainees have been named the U.S. Pacer of the Year (Real Desire in 2002 and Tell All in 2007), while Glidemaster was named U.S. Trotter of the Year in 2006.  Burgess- trained horses who earned in excess of $1 million include Real Desire, Glidemaster, Tell All, Western Ideal, Amity Chef, Quality Western and Amigo Hall. The late Dr. Gordon Gilbertson, DVM, originally from Hagersville, Ont.,  revolutionized an aspect of the Standardbred racing industry when he invented the Quick Hitch, a new style of harness.   He used his extensive experience treating horses as a Veterinarian, and his hands-on experience in training and driving harness horses to fuel his idea to eliminate the use of a "thimble" placed over the shaft ends and wrapping straps around the straight portion of the shaft to secure the horse in the sulky.  In 1980 Dr.Gilbertson secured Canadian and U.S. patents on his new "Quick Hitch" eventually named the "Rondeau Quick Hitch", in homage to where he lived in Kent County.  After much hard work, and several slight modifications, top horsemen in Canada and the U.S.  became converts to the new invention to the point where it became the standard used at racetracks and training centres around the world and is still used today.   Bred by Karl Magid of Cambridge, Ont., and owned throughout much of his race career by the late Joe Muscara Sr. of Pennsylvania, Mach Three was trained by Bill, Brett, and Shawn Robinson, along with Monte Gelrod.   In 2001, at age two, Mach Three posted a record of 7-2-0 in nine starts, winning the $1.1 million Metro Pace at Woodbine Racetrack in 1:51.4. In 2002, Mach Three won the $1 million Meadowlands Pace in a career-best 1:49 and was the first colt to win both of those races.  He had a record of 11-2-2 in 18 starts to give him a career record of 18-4-2 in 27 starts and earnings of $2,376,700.  In a stallion career split between Tara Hills Stud Farm in Ontario and Alabar Farms in New Zealand, he produced 1,300 plus offspring to date, with total progeny earnings of $105.4 million for average earnings per starter of $113,990, including 306 horses with earnings of $100,000 or more.   Mach Three's influence on the Standardbred breed will forever be cemented as the sire of the legendary Hall of Fame racehorse and supersire Somebeachsomewhere ($3.3 Million, 1:46.4 World Record). To date Mach Three has sired five millionaires including Mach It So, Monkey On My Wheel, Solar Sister, Camaes Fellow and the aforementioned Somebeachsomewhere.  Trotting filly Elegantimage, was bred by Diane Ingham and Harry Rutherford of Mount Pleasant, Ont., .  Trained throughout her career by Brad Maxwell, and driven primarily by CHRHF member Steve Condren, she was a standout from age two when she recorded three Ontario Sire Stakes (OSS) wins in five starts.  In addition to her OSS victories, she also won the Oakville Trot, Robert Stewart Memorial Final, two Trillium Series events and the Canadian Breeders Championship Final. She won the 1996 O’Brien Award as Canada’s Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year following a season that included 9 wins and 3 seconds in 15 starts for earnings of over $352,000. The Balanced Image daughter continued her dominance at age three, winning eight of ten OSS starts, setting a lifetime mark of 1:55.4, and winning the 1997 Canadian Breeders Championship Final enroute to receiving the O’Brien Award in the three-year-old trotting filly division.  During her race career, she posted a race record of 20-7-3 and lifetime earnings of $955,368 in 41 races for owners Hyatt Holdings, Doug Millard, Jerry Van Boekel and Steve Condren Stable, all of Ontario.   As a broodmare, her progeny have earned $986,223 with average earnings per starter of $140,889.  Her top performer was the Kadabra filly, Elegant Serenity, a winner of over $500,000 with a mark of 1:53.2. Happy Lady, a daughter of Most Happy Fella, raced in 1977 and 1978 for owners Myra Masterson of St. Catharines, and Linda Lockey of Ridgeville, Ontario. She was bred by J William Masterson of St. Catharines and though her racing career was brief, she won $528,825 in purse earnings and attained a mark of 1:55.3. Trained and driven by the late Jim Rankin, she was almost flawless in her juvenile campaign, winning 15 of 16 races and was named the Two- Year- Old Pacing Filly of the Year by both the Canadian Trotting Association (CTA) and the United States Trotting Association (USTA).    As a sophomore she won 19 of 24 starts and was one of only two fillies to ever win the Monticello OTB Classic.  Her 1:58.4 victory in the Lady Maud at Roosevelt Raceway was a stakes and track record.  Year-end honours included Three- Year- Old Pacing Filly of the Year for the Canadian Trotting Association, United States Trotting Association and Harness Tracks of America, as well as Horse of the Year for the CTA.  Tragically on January 10, 1981 at Castleton Farms in Kentucky she perished in a barn fire, along with 13 other mares, while in foal to Bret Hanover. Representing Thoroughbreds in the Class of 2017 are Builder Eugene Melnyk, Trainer Harold Barroby, and Communicator Curtis Stock as well as horses Quiet Resolve, and South Ocean. Toronto-born Eugene Melnyk’s, biography includes businessman, sports team owner and racehorse breeder/owner.  He is the receipient of 12 Sovereign Awards including Outstanding Owner in 2007 and both Outstanding Owner and Breeder in 2009.   A resident of Barbados since 1991, at the height of his career in racing and breeding, he owned more than 200 horses, mostly based in N. America. His racehorses were named after Barbados landmarks and carry that country’s national colours of blue and gold.   In 1998, his colt Archer’s Bay won the Queen’s Plate and in 2007 his homebred Sealy Hill became the first filly to win the Canadian Triple Tiara which includes the Woodbine Oaks.  Sealy Hill would also go on be named 2007 Canada’s Horse of the Year and was inducted into the Candian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2013. Other top horses included Speightstown (Eclipse Award winner of 2004 Breeders' Cup Sprint), Marchfield (2007 Breeders’ Stakes), Roxy Gap (multiple Sovereign Award winner in 2012), Leigh Court (Champion 3-yr-old filly in 2013),  Flower Alley (2005 Travers and sire of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another), Lukes Alley, (2016 Gulfstream Park Turf Hcp; Gr 1), Lodge Hill, Graeme Hall, and a host of other stakes winners. Melynk’s horses won a total of 62 graded stakes and two Barbados Gold Cups. Melnyk was also involved in many horse industry philantropic endeavours, most notably as founding donor of Anna House, located at Belmont Park, which opened in January 2003.   In February of 2013, he reduced his equine operation substantially and changed the business model from breeding to purchasing yearlings and racing those instead. Originally from London, Ont., Curtis Stock’s affection for the horses, jockeys, trainers and horse people in general is reflected in his writing, He began to follow racing in Calgary during his high-school days and gained valuable experience covering racing there while attending university. That soon led to an opportunity in Toronto, working with honoured Canadian Horse Hall of Fame member Bruce Walker in the Ontario Jockey Club Publicity Department.  Stock would later return to Alberta and take over publicity, marketing, and advertising at Northlands Park in Edmonton, later moving to the Edmonton Journal where he covered racing for 32 years and also plied his craft for the Daily Racing Form for 20 years.  His reporting has resonated with the judges in Sovereign Award voting.  His record run of Sovereigns started in 1985 and in 1993, he swept both Feature Story and Newspaper categories  Stock was the recipient of back-to-back Sovereign Awards for Outstanding Feature Story in 1993-94 and took home an unprecedented eighth Sovereign Award for Outstanding Newspaper Story in Canada.  Most recently Stock was the recipient of the 2015 Sovereign Award in the Outstanding Writing Category.  His story, "Love of Horses", appeared earlier that year in the Edmonton Journal.  It was his 11th Sovereign Award overall; a record total.  He has received this most-coveted award at least once in each of the past five decades, an achievement unmatched. Harold Barroby a native of Ravenscrag, Saskatchewan followed his older brother Frank to Alberta, to become leading trainer in 1969 and 1970 before moving further west to British Columbia in 1974 where  the great Love Your Host won 13 stakes under his tutelage and horses Pampas Host and Delta Colleen were both multiple stakes winners. B.C’s leading trainer a record 10 times and previously inducted into the B.C. Hall Thoroughbred Hall of Fame.  Harold remains the all-time leader in terms of wins and stakes wins, inlcuding graded stake wins with Fortinbras in the 1986 British Columbia Derby (G3) and 1986 B.C. Premier's Championship Handicap (G3).  While he remains an active trainer, he’s operating with fewer horses these days.  Harold now joins Frank as a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Quiet Resolve, the Sam-Son Farm homebred and Mark Frostad-trained son of Affirmed earned $2.3 million in a 31 start race career between 1998 and 2002 with a record of 10-6-4, which included multiple graded stakes wins. He was recipient of the 2000 Sovereign Award as Canada’s Horse of the Year and Champion Turf Horse, following a season highlighted by victories in the Atto Mile (G1), and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy Stakes (G2).  During that championship year, Quiet Resolve ventured south of the border and won the Dixie Stakes (G2) at Pimlico, was second in the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs and third in the Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile Stakes (G2). South Ocean's win in the 1970 Canadian Oaks and later her prowess as a broodmare in producing the sire of Storm Cat was a precious parlay.  Bred by E.P.Taylor and sold through auction to his son Charles who also raced her, South Ocean's genetic magic is still in production as this granddaughter of Bull Page wasthe dam of Storm Bird, whose son was the powerful Storm Cat.  Trained by CHRHF member G. "Pete" McCann, South Ocean was a dual stakes winner, both as a 2-year-old and as Oaks Champion and top 3 year-old filly contender. That year she also placed in the five other stakes including the Bison City and Wonder Where.  However, it was as a producer that she excelled. She was by New Providence out of a Chop Chop mare and her pedigree matched up perfectly with the Northern Dancer line. Hence, she was bred to that prolific sire eight times producing the great Northernette, herself an Oaks winner, Canadian Champion filly and 1987 CHRHF member.    South Ocean’s impact on Canadian breeding over nearly five decades is immeasurable. The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2017 Induction Ceremony will be hosted at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Additional information about the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame may be found at www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com Standardbred Inductees Driver/Trainer:  Blair Burgess.  Born in Toronto, ON.  Resident of Campbellville, ON Builder:  Dr. Gordon Gilbertson (deceased) Born in Hagersville, ON Male Horse:  Mach Three, Bred by Karl Magid of Cambridge, ON.  Owned during much of his racing career race career by the late Joe Muscara Sr. of PA.  Trainers include Bill, Brett, and Shawn Robinson, along with Monte Gelrod.   Female Horse:  Elegantimage.  Bred by Diane Ingham and Harry Rutherford - Mount Pleasant, ON.  Trainer - Brad Maxwell.  Primary driver - Steve Condren. Veteran Horse:  Happy Lady.  Owned by:  Myra Masterson of St. Catharines, ON, and Linda Lockey of Ridgeville, ON. Trained and driven by Jim Rankin (deceased) Thoroughbred Inductees Builder:  Eugene Melnyk, born in Toronto, ON; resident of Barbados Communicator:  Curtis Stock, born in London, ON; resident of Edmonton, AB Trainer:  Harold J. Barroby, born in Ravenscrag, SK, resident of Vancouver, BC Male Horse:  Quiet Resolve.  Bred and owned by Sam-Son Farm, Milton, ON; Trained by Mark Frostad, Toronto, ON Veteran Horse:  South Ocean, breeder E.P. Taylor. (deceased), Owner Charles Taylor (deceased),  Trainer Gordon (Pete) McCann (deceased).  -30- Photos available on request by contacting: Linda Rainey Managing Director Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com  416-417-9404

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2017 ballot.  In this the 250th Anniversary Year of Horse Racing in Canada, a total of 30 horses and people, 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 4.   The five categories selected by the nominating committee to appear on the 2017 Standardbred ballots are Female Horse, Male Horse, Veteran Horse, Builder, and Driver/Trainer The Standardbred Female Horse Category features Elegantimage, Oohs N Aahs and Tricky Tooshie Trotting filly Elegantimage, bred by Diane Ingham and Harry Rutherford of Mount Pleasant, ON was a standout from age two when she recorded three Ontario Sire Stakes (OSS) wins in five starts.  The Balanced Image daughter followed up at age three, winning eight of ten OSS starts, setting a lifetime mark of 1:55.4, and winning the 1997 Canadian Breeders Championship Final.  During her race career, she posted a race record of 20-7-3 and lifetime earnings of $955,368 in 41 races.   As a broodmare, her progeny have earned $986,223 with average earnings per starter of $140,889.  Her top performer was the Kadabra filly, Elegant Serenity, a winner of over $500,000 with a mark of 1:53.2. Pacing mare Oohs N Aahs won 44 races in her career, taking a mark of 1:51.1 at Woodbine Racetrack at the age of eight while banking over $1.1 million. Finishing first, second or third in 109 out of a total of 177 races, Oohs N Aahs won most of her races in Ontario and became a Canadian fan favourite during her exceptional racing career. As a broodmare she produced Omen Hanover who earned in excess of $1 million, and in the process made Oohs N Aahs only the third pacing mare to both earn over $1 million and produce a millionaire daughter. Tricky Tooshie was bred and owned during her racing career by Laurent Bergevin of Quebec.  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, nine of her thirteen foals made it to the races to earn $2.84 million for average earnings per starter of almost $300,000.  Her richest foal was True North Hanover, a winner of $732,912. Nominated In the category of Standardbred Male Horse are Blissfull Hall, Mach Three and Shadow Play In 1999, Blissfull Hall captured harness racing’s elusive Pacing Triple Crown for owners Ecuries Daniel Plouffe, Inc. of Bromont, Quebec, trainer Ben Wallace, and driver Ron Pierce.   A career that included 31 races over two seasons amassed a record of 19-4-6, a mark of 1:49.2 and earnings of $1.4 million before he embarked on a successful career as a stallion.  To date his progeny have won over $72 million in earnings, including 83 horses with earnings over $250,000, 222 horses with earnings over $100,000, and average earnings per starter of $97,969. Bred by Karl Magid of Cambridge, ON and owned throughout much of his race career by the late Joe Muscara Sr. of Pennsylvania, Mach Three was trained by Bill, Brett, and Shawn Robinson, along with Monte Gelrod.   At age two Mach Three posted a record of 7-2-0 in nine starts, winning the 2001 $1.1 million Metro Pace at Woodbine Racetrack in 1:51.4. In 2002, Mach Three won the $1 million Meadowlands Pace in a career-best 1:49 and had a record of 11-2-2 in 18 starts to give him a career record of 18-4-2 in 27 starts and earnings of $2,376,700.  In a stallion career split between Tara Hills Stud Farm in Ontario and Alabar Farms in New Zealand, he produced 1,300 plus offspring to date, with total progeny earnings of $104.7 million for average earnings per starter of $113,621, including 305 horses with earnings of $100,000 or more.   Mach Three's influence on the Standardbred breed will forever be cemented as the sire of the legendary Hall of Fame racehorse and supersire Somebeachsomewhere ($3.3 Million, 1:46.4 World Record). 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 by Dr. Ian Moore who shared ownership 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 $14 million including O’Brien Award winners Lady Shadow and Arthur Blue Chip. The 2017 Veteran Horses ballot is comprised of B Cor Tamara, Happy Lady and Lou Macs Review Before embarking on her second career as a broodmare, B Cor Tamara enjoyed a productive racing career, earning more than $185,000.  Bred and owned by Bill Core of Dresden, Ontario, the daughter of Dream Of Glory was the dam of 19 foals, including star trotter B Cor Pete, and granddam of two champion juveniles, Banker Hall and Broadway Hall.  Her offspring have earned in excess of $2.8 million. Happy Lady, a daughter of Most Happy Fella, raced in 1977 and 1978 for owners Myra Masterson of St. Catharines, and Linda Lockey of Ridgeville, Ontario.  Though her racing career was brief, she won $528,825 in purse earnings and attained a mark of 1:55.2.  Trained and driven by the late Jim Rankin, she was almost flawless in her juvenile campaign, winning 15 of 16 races.  As a sophomore she won 19 of 24 starts. Trotting mare Lou Macs Review achieved success on the racetrack and as a broodmare.  A multiple Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) winner at ages two and three during the late 1980s, she was the OSS champion in her three-year-old campaign, competing against both colts and fillies.  Her race career continued as an aged open class winner until age seven,  amassing lifetime earnings of $560,958 and including a second place finish in the 1991 Breeders Crown for Aged Mares. Her stats as a broodmare include progeny with earnings over $1.2 million and average earnings per starter of $140,000. In the Standardbred Driver/Trainer category voters will select from Blair Burgess, Jim Doherty and Ben Wallace. Toronto-born Blair Burgess has accumulated earnings of over $27.6 million with 1040 wins as a trainer, including two victories in  the  Hambletonian  (Amigo Hall in 2003 and Glidemaster in 2006), and two in the Meadowlands Pace  (Frugal Gourmet in 1987, Real Desire in 2002), plus wins in the Little Brown Jug (Tell All in 2007), the North America Cup (Tell All in 2007), the Kentucky Futurity, the Trotting Triple Crown (Glidemaster in 2006), and a Breeders Crown Championship (Real Desire, 2001).  Burgess, who received an O’Brien Award as Canada’s Trainer of the Year in 2007, has also trained winners of seven O’Brien Awards, and nine Dan Patch Award.  Two of his trainees have been named the U.S. Pacer of the Year (Real Desire and Tell All), while Glidemaster was named U.S. Trotter of the Year in 2006. Saint John, New Brunswick’s Jim Doherty developed numerous champions during his career as a trainer-driver  including $3 million earner and 2002 U.S. Trotter of the Year, Fools Goal, as well as 1997 Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year No Nonsense Woman, and Starchip Entrprise, winner of the Valley Victory and Canadian Trotting Classic in the late 1990s. He also drove Green With Envy, two-time Older Pacing Mare of the Year in 1984 and 1985. During his career, Doherty drove winners of 4,620 races and nearly $39 million in purses.  In 2003 Doherty was inducted to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York.  He is also a member of the New England Harness Writers Hall of Fame, New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, and the Saint John Sports Hall of Fame. Ben Wallace of Puslinch, Ontario trained the 1999 Pacing Triple Crown Winner Blissfull Hall, Breeders Crown winners Totally Western (2002), Pans Cullotes (2003), Armbro Rosebud (1997) 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 Trainer of the Year in 1999, Wallace has current career stats of 1,866 wins and over $36.5 million in purses, surpassing the million dollar mark in 18 consecutive seasons (1996-2013). Standardbred Builder Category candidates include Dr. Gordon Gilbertson, DVM, J. Hugh Proudfoot and Brian Webster. The late Dr. Gordon Gilbertson, DVM, originally from Hagersville, ON, revolutionized an aspect of the Standardbred racing industry when he invented the Quick Hitch, a new style of harness.    He used his extensive experience treating horses as a Veterinarian, and his hands-on experience in training and driving harness horses to fuel his idea.  In 1980 Dr.Gilbertson secured Canadian and U.S. patents on his new "Quick Hitch" eventually named the "Rondeau Quick Hitch", in homage to where he lived in Kent County. J. Hugh Proudfoot, born in Fort Coulonge, Quebec 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 Quebec 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 (CTA) for eleven (11) years, as Vice-president for seven (7) 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 there should be driver's insurance with the C.T.A. and advocated licensing women drivers.  Brian Webster of  St. George, ON,  made contributions to the Canadian horse racing industry centering around his 20+ years building, managing and promoting successful yearling sales, including the Mixed Canadian Standardbred Horse Sale, the Select Yearling Sale, the Forest City Yearling Sale and as Sales Consultant to  Standardbred Canada’s  Yearling Sale.  His industry association involvement included the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA) and the North American Harness Racing Marketing Association.  He also held many volunteer roles in the racing industry.  The five categories chosen for the 2017 Thoroughbred ballot are Builder, Communicator, Trainer, Male Horse and Veteran Horse A Thoroughbred Builder ballot comprised of Frank McMahon, Eugene Melnyk and John G. Sikura is offered for voter consideration. The late Frank McMahon was a major contributor to thoroughbred horse racing in Canada with what was the first major stable in Western Canada, and as a founding member of the Jockey Club of Canada. Early success came as a part-owner of Royal Serenade, winner of the 1953 Hollywood Gold Cup.  Other McMahon victories included the 1966 British Columbia Derby in Vancouver and the 1970 Canadian Derby in Edmonton.   He partnered with Max Bell (Golden West Farms) in 1968 to win the Queen’s Plate with Merger.  In 1969, his Majestic Prince won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Eugene Melnyk, businessman, sports team owner and racehorse breeder/owner has won 12 Sovereign Awards including Outstanding Owner in 2007 and 2009. Top horses include Speightstown (winner of 2004 Breeders' Cup Sprint), Flower Alley, Graeme Hall, 1998 Queen's Plate winner Archers Bay, and 2007 Horse of the Year, Sealy Hill, who was inducted into the CHRHF in 2013.  A former trustee of the New York Racing Association and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association honoree, Melnyk dispersed his broodmare band in February 2013 to refocus his business model on yearling purchases and racing. John G. Sikura, owner and president of Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms (Kentucky), has been a mainstay in the breeding industry since 1987. Mr. Sikura remains an active owner/breeder and major sales consignor.  To date, his farm has consigned 95 horses selling for $1,000,000 and over.   Meanwhile, the farm operates as a full service facility serving horse people throughout North America.  The current stallion roster at Hill’n’Dale includes two-time Horse of the Year Curlin who commands a $150,000 (US) stud fee.  John’s father, John Sikura, Jr., was inducted into the CHRHF in 2013. Joe Hirsch, Dan Loiselle, and Curtis Stock and have been selected to appear on the Thoroughbred Communicator ballot. American horse racing columnist and author Joe Hirsch, the founding president of the U.S. based National Turf Writers' Association, began writing for the Daily Racing Form in 1954 and retired as its executive columnist in 2003.  His support of Canadian racing and those involved in the sport on this side of the border was widespread as his work was read by industry leaders all over North America.  The author of multiple books, his 'The Grand Senor' details the career of Horatio Luro, best known as trainer of Northern Dancer. Dan Loiselle’s horse-racing career spans almost five decades, initially as a Standardbred racing official and announcer, and then as Woodbine Thoroughbred announcer, replacing Daryl Wells in 1986.  His signature accuracy and clarity was accompanied by a flair for entertaining his audience.  He has served as Master of Ceremonies at many industry functions and interviewed celebrities from the world of sports and entertainment.  In November of 2015, Loiselle was inducted into the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame and was saluted by the Toronto Sports Media with a special award. Originally from Calgary, Curtis Stock got his start as a horse racing reporter while still in university, before working at Woodbine with CHRHF honoured member Bruce Walker.  He returned to Alberta to take over the publicity, marketing and advertising at Northlands Park and then moved to the Edmonton Journal where he worked for 32 years. He also plied his craft at the Daily Racing Form for 20 years.   His writing has resonated with Sovereign Awards judges, resulting in a record eleven awards. The three Trainers on the 2016 Thoroughbred Election ballot are Reade Baker, Harold J. Barroby and Daniel J. Vella Reade Baker's training career spans four decades and almost 1,100 wins. 122 of those wins in stakes events, 30 in graded races.  The 2005 Sovereign Award recipient as Outstanding Trainer, Baker has developed numerous stake winners including Horse of the Year champions Fatal Bullet (2008) and Biofuel (2010).  Baker also conditioned Bear Now, 2008 Sovereign Award for Older Female and Tu Endie Wei, 2011 Sovereign Award winner as Champion 2-Year-Old Filly.  Baker continues to saddle winners including Woodbine Oaks winner Academic and Prince of Wales Stakes winner Breaking Lucky in 2015  Harold Barroby a native of Ravenscrag, Saskatchewan followed his older brother Frank to Alberta, became leading trainer in 1969 and 1970 before moving further west to British Columbia in 1974 where  the great Love Your Host won 13 stakes under his tutelage and horses Pampas Host and Delta Colleen were both multiple stakes winners. B.C’s leading trainer a record 10 times Harold remains the all-time leader in terms of wins and stakes wins, inlcuding graded stake wins with Fortinbras in the 1986 British Columbia Derby (G3) and 1986 B.C. Premier's Championship Handicap (G3). Daniel Vella captured the Sovereign Awards Trainer title in 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.  Career stats include 5,065 (793-755-617) and earnings to date: $36,267,212. The Thoroughbred Male Horse category will be contested by A Bit O’Gold, Mt. Sassafras and Quiet Resolve. Catharine Day Phillips trainee, A Bit O’Gold won four Sovereign awards in 2004 and 2005, including Horse of the Year, as a result of his multiple stakes wins including the Coronation Futurity in 2003, the Plate Trial Stakes, the Breeders Stakes, the Ontario Derby all in 2004. In 2005 stakes wins included the Dominion Day Stakes Handicap (G3), the Chinese Cultural Stakes Handicap (G2) and the Sky Classic Stakes Handicap (G2) with career earnings totalling $1,888,155. Mt. Sassafras earned  $1,382,985 in 47 career starts (8-7-14) and was named 1996 Sovereign Award winner for Horse of the Year and Champion Older Horse.  Multiple graded stakes wins included Dominion Day Handicap (G2) in 1999, as well as the Dominion Day Handicap (G3) and Eclipse Handicap (G3) in 1996  and (G1) Gulfstream Park Handicap in 1997. Quiet Resolve, the Sam Son Farm homebred and Mark Frostad trained son of Affirmed earned $2.3 million in a 31 start race career with a record of 10-6-4, which included multiple graded stakes wins. He was recipient of the 2000 Sovereign Award as Champion Turf Horse and Canada’s Horse of the Year, which was highlighted by victories in the Atto Mile (G1), and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy Stakes (G2).  During his championship season, Quiet Resolve ventured south of the border and won the Dixie Stakes (G2) at Pimlico, was second in the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs and third in the Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile Stakes (G2). In the Thoroughbred Veteran Horses category voters will select from All Along (FR), Passing Mood and South Ocean. French-bred filly All Along, was the first winner of the Prix de l'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 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. The royally-bred Passing Mood, both owned and bred by D. G. Willmot's Kinghaven Farms, became one of Canada's greatest producers, in fact, she was named Outstanding Broodmare in 1989. Among her progeny was With Approval, inducted into the CHRHF in 1993 after a stellar racing career including the Canadian Triple Crown in 1989. Another top horse was Touch Gold, who won the 1997 Belmont Stakes (Gr 1) as well as the Haskell Invitational (Gr 1) and Lexington Stakes (Gr 2).   South Ocean was bred by E.P. Taylor and sold through auction to his son Charles.  Trained by G. "Pete" McCann, South Ocean was a major stakes winner, including the Canadian Oaks in 1970.  However, it is as a broodmare that South Ocean made a huge impact.  She produced the CHRHF filly Northernette and Storm Bird, sire of Storm Cat, both sired by Northern Dancer.  Her contribution to Canadian Breeding is both immeasurable and invaluable. The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2017 Induction Ceremony will be hosted at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Additional information about the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame may be found at www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com by Linda Rainey for the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

Our entire nation will be celebrating 150 years of confederation in 2017, but for Canada’s horse racing industry, this year represents an even bigger anniversary, the 250th Anniversary of our great sport in this great land. On July 1, 1767, exactly 100 years before our country’s confederation, a race took place on The Plains of Abraham in Quebec City. Gazette de Quebec recounted the race as follows: “The horse race for a purse of forty dollars was held on Wednesday, first of the month, on the Hill of Abraham. It was easily won by Captain Prescott’s mare Modesty, much to the discomfiture of those who, purporting to know about such things, had wagered against her and were thereby parted from their money.” From that day forward horse racing has been part of the fabric of our country. From coast to coast, for generation after generation, people from all walks of life have participated in and enjoyed the sport, whether on grass-root tracks, at agricultural fairs, on frozen rivers dotting the countryside, or in today’s modern facilities. Wagers have been made, crowds have cheered, champions have been crowned. The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is partnering with the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, and Standardbred Canada to create a series of celebrations of this spectacular milestone throughout 2017. Today we announce the launch of the ‘250 miles for 250 years’ initiative and 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada funding campaign. Racetracks, training centres, agricultural societies, communities, farms and fans are invited to take part in honouring Canada’s racing history by hosting a commemorative mile. Miles in honour of the 250th Anniversary could include: Hold a 250th Anniversary race day highlighting your track and community’s racing history and feature a race and special cooler presentation in honour of the 250th Anniversary. Post parades or exhibition races using antique race bikes and buggies harkening back to days gone by. Participate in a community parade with a float or entry that represents local horse racing history. The miles of the parade can count as commemorative miles. Hold an open house at your training centre or farm, invite the public to visit and experience what horse racing is all about, display memorabilia and trophies representing your accomplishments and history, offer rides around the training track, hold stick horse races for the kids. Contact your local agricultural society about participating in this year’s fair or festival and help them showcase the role horse racing has played in your community. Be creative, tell us what your plans to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada are. We’ll publicize your event on the 250th Anniversary pages of the CHRHF website, as well as the special 250th Anniversary social media feeds using #cdnhorseracing250. To help you with your event, you will be provided a 250th Anniversary kit containing 250th Anniversary logos, advertising and press release templates, and much more. In order to make this a truly national celebration, we need your help to fund the initiatives. To date industry associations HBPA Ontario, COSA, Harness Racing BC and the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame have agreed to contribute funds to the 250th Anniversary efforts and we are working with other industry organizations across Canada to help meet our fundraising goals. We invite you to take a look at how you can become a 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing Celebration supporter as a sponsor or by making a tax deductible donation. Follow this link for complete details. Watch for upcoming announcements for details of local launch events at racetracks across Canada. For additional Information contact: Cdnhorseracing250@horseracinghalloffame.com Stacie Roberts – 416-230-5190 Linda Rainey – 416-417-9404 www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com Tags: Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, CRHF

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