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

TORONTO, ON -- Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Gala tickets at the special early bird price of $175.00 each including applicable taxes, or $1,700 for a table sponsorship which includes 8 tickets, with a $300.00 charitable donation to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.   The early bird deadline is midnight Wednesday, July 10. As of July 11, prices will increase to $200.00 per person.   Taking place Wednesday, August 7 th at the Mississauga Convention Centre, the gala event will feature a cocktail reception, silent and live fundraising auctions, a gourmet four-course dinner with wine and the induction of the CHRHF class of 2019 including:    All Along (FR), Veteran Thoroughbred Horse - France  Angus Hall, Male Standardbred Horse – Quebec-bred  Josie Carroll, Thoroughbred Trainer – born in Scarborough, ON, resident of Etobicoke, ON  Ian Fleming, Standardbred Builder – Clinton, ON  Lexi Lou, Female Thoroughbred Horse – Ontario-bred  Bory Margolus (deceased), Thoroughbred Builder – Alberta  Trevor Ritchie, Driver – Acton, ON  Jimmy Takter, Standardbred Trainer – New Jersey  Tricky Tooshie, Female Standardbred Horse – Quebec-bred  Mickey Walls, Jockey – Born in Vancouver, BC., resident of Etobicoke, ON   Homage will also be paid to 2019 Legend honouree, Dan Patch for his contribution to Canadian horse racing during the early 1900’s.   The reception and silent auction will commence at 5:30 p.m., followed by a four-course dinner, live auction and induction ceremonies at 6:30 p.m.   The live and silent auction will feature an impressive list of items including stallion breedings, sporting event tickets, racing related memorabilia, art and other surprises! Auction donations are welcomed. All proceeds from the auction will go toward helping the Hall of Fame recognize the achievements of the best in Canadian horse racing and celebrating the history of the sport.   The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame acknowledges the generous sponsorship and valued support of the 2019 Induction Gala by the following sponsors:  Platinum Sponsor – OLG, Gold Sponsor – HBPA Ontario, video production sponsor Woodbine, audio visual supplier FMAV plus Reception and Wine sponsor COSA and photography sponsor Omega Alpha. Opportunities to advertise in the souvenir induction program and event sponsorship packages are still available Tickets may be purchased by visiting the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Online Store at: http://shop.horseracinghalloffame.com/ or by contacting Linda Rainey 416-417-9404 or linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com.   Linda Rainey Managing Director Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

TORONTO, ON, June 18 Join us Wednesday, August 7 th at the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Induction Gala to be held at the Mississauga Convention Centre, as we celebrate the class of 2019 and their spectacular contributions to the sport of horse racing.    This year;s Hall of Fame inductees highlight Canadian horse racing success stories from across the country and the international racing world.   The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Class of 2019 includes:    All Along (FR), Veteran Thoroughbred Horse - France  Angus Hall, Male Standardbred Horse – Quebec-bred  Josie Carroll, Thoroughbred Trainer – born in Scarborough, ON, resident of Etobicoke, ON  Ian Fleming, Standardbred Builder – Clinton, ON  Lexi Lou, Female Thoroughbred Horse – Ontario-bred  Bory Margolus (deceased), Thoroughbred Builder – Alberta  Trevor Ritchie, Driver – Acton, ON  Jimmy Takter, Standardbred Trainer – New Jersey  Tricky Tooshie, Female Standardbred Horse – Quebec-bred  Mickey Walls, Jockey – Born in Vancouver, BC., resident of Etobicoke, ON   Homage will also be paid to 2019 Legend honouree, Dan Patch for his contribution to Canadian horse racing during the early 1900’s.   The Gala event will feature a cocktail reception, a fantastic line up of silent and live auction items, and a gourmet four-course dinner with wine.   The reception and silent auction will commence at 5:30 p.m., followed by a four-course dinner, live auction and induction ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. Early bird pricing for tickets is being offered until end of business July 10 th for $175 per person, or $1,700 for a table sponsorship which includes 8 tickets, and a $300.00 charitable donation to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.   Ticket prices increase to $200 per person after July 10th .   The live and silent auction will feature an impressive list of items including stallion breedings, sporting event tickets, racing related memorabilia, art and other surprises! Auction donations are welcomed. All proceeds from the auction will go towards helping the Hall of Fame recognize the achievements of the best in Canadian horse racing and celebrating the history of the sport.   Opportunities to advertise in the souvenir induction program and event sponsorship packages are also available   Tickets may be purchased by visiting the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Online Store at http://shop.horseracinghalloffame.com/ or by contacting Linda Rainey 416-417-9404 or linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com.    

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

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

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

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

Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Announces Changes to Nomination and Election Committees, Updates Standardbred Driver/Trainer Category. 2019 Nominations now being accepted.   At a recent meeting of the CHRHF Board of Directors, the following changes to the Hall’s Nomination and Election Committees were approved.   Standardbred Committee Chairs   Long-time Standardbred Election Committee Chair Kathy Wade Vlaar, Manager of Member and Stakeholder Relations, Standardbred Canada will move to the position of Chair, Standardbred Nomination Committee, to fill the position previously held by Darryl Kaplan, now CHRHF President. Jeff Porchak, Director of Digital Communications, Standardbred Canada was named Chair, Standardbred Election Committee.   Standardbred Nomination Committee   Jamie Martin, Director of Operations, Grand River Raceway joins the Standardbred Nomination Committee, replacing Brian Webster who has served the CHRHF in various capacities over many years. The CHRHF thanks Brian for his valuable knowledge and contributions during his time volunteering with the organization.   Thoroughbred Nomination Committee   Kris Platts, Manager, Broadcast/Simulcast Operations, Woodbine Entertainment Group Broadcast Department, joins the Thoroughbred Nomination Committee, following Jim Bannon, Thoroughbred Racing Analyst and Handicapper, being named Vice-President of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.   A complete list of all Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame committees and members can be found here   Additonally, as part of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame’s continuing efforts to honour the most deserving people and horses who have made a significant contribution to Canadian Standardbred and Thoroughbred horse racing, a change has been made to recognize Standardbred drivers and trainers as two separate categories. Historically Standardbred driver/trainers have been considered one category by the CHRHF. The changing landscape of harness racing now includes more people who specialize either as a trainer or driver. While there will still be individuals who succeed as both drivers and trainers, for the purpose of evaluating nominees, these people will be assigned to the category where their career has been the strongest, while still recognizing the total body of their work. The purpose of this change is to provide a more balanced comparison to their peers.   The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is now accepting public nominations to be considered for the CHRHF Class of 2019.   The public is invited to participate in the nomination of horses and people who have made a significant contribution to Canadian Standardbred and Thoroughbred horse racing, for induction to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2019.   Nominations for the following will be considered:   MALE HORSE: Stallions or geldings whose contribution to Canadian racing occurred in the past 20 years.   FEMALE HORSE: Mares whose contribution to Canadian racing occurred in the past 20 years.   VETERAN HORSE: Horses whose careers have been concluded for 20 years, but less than 50 years.   PERSON: Trainers, Drivers, Jockeys   BUILDERS: Includes, but not limited to Breeders, Owners, Officials, and others.   COMMUNICATORS: Includes, but not limited to writers, broadcasters, photographers, announcers.   VETERAN PERSON: Trainers, Drivers, Jockeys whose careers have been concluded for 20 years, but less than 50 years.     All nomination submissions to be made using the form available on the CHRHF website . A PDF version of the form is also attached, or may be obtained by contacting admin@horseracinghalloffame.com. Complete eligibility criteria may be found here.     For further information, or to submit a completed nomination form, contact:   Standardbred Nominations:   Kathy Wade Vlaar, Standardbred Nomination Chair, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 1-2150 Meadowvale Blvd., Mississauga, ON L5N 6R6 P: (905) 858-3060 ext. 207 F: (905) 858-3089 E: kwvlaar@standardbredcanada.ca   Thoroughbred Nominations:   Tom Cosgrove, Thoroughbred Nomination Chair, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 555 Rexdale Blvd., P.O. Box 156 Toronto, ON M9W 5L2 P: (416) 213-2113 E: tmc@woodbineentertainment.com   Nomination forms may also be submitted to: Linda Rainey, Managing Director Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame P: (416) 417-9404 E: Linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com   All submissions will be carefully considered by the Nominating Committee of the applicable breed. Three finalists in five categories for Standardbreds and five categories for Thoroughbreds will be presented to the Election Committee for final voting by secret ballot.     NOMINATION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019 5:00 pm EST.   The list of nominees selected for consideration by the Election Committee for each breed will be announced Monday, March 25, 2019. The Inductees for the 2019 class of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will be announced Tuesday, April 9, 2019.   We invite you to visit the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame located at the West Entrance of Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. Additional information about the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is available at www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com or by contacting admin@horseracinghalloffame.com or 416-417-9404     Linda Rainey Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame   Linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com 416-417-9404

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  

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