In 1964 a small bay colt took the racing world by storm to become the first Canadian born horse to win the Kentucky Derby. 50 years later his legacy continues to resonate as his progeny carry the Northern Dancer name in their pedigree and his championship speed to racing around the world. This beautiful, 8 ½ x 11 inch limited edition calendar produced by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame features 12 black and white and colour photos of Northern Dancer by Michael Burns, Marshall Hawkins, Churchill Downs, and Tony Leonard, including several rarely published images. It also highlights biographical information, and important dates throughout Northern Dancer’s life. The cover features a head study of Northern Dancer by Canadian equine artist, Debbie Goldring which was commissioned by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame to mark the 50th Anniversary of Northern Dancer’s birth. Priced at $30.00 CDN each for Canadian orders ($34.00 CDN each for US orders and $38.00 CDN each for International orders. All prices include shipping). This calendar is the perfect choice for the horse racing fan on your holiday gift list! Calendars can be ordered online at: http://horseracinghalloffame.com/online-gift-shop/ Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is offering signed, limited edition prints of the Northern Dancer head study featured on the cover on the calendar, commissioned by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and created by Canadian equine artist Debbie Goldring with inspiration from a selection of Tony Leonard photographs. Only 50 prints were produced, these unframed, colour prints measure 24” x 30” and can be purchased for $250.00 CDN each including shipping from the Hall of Fame’s online Gift Shop. For the Harness Racing enthusiast, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame member Somebeachsomewhere is featured in a signed, limited edition print commissioned by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and created by Canadian equine artist Linda Shantz. Only 50, 24” x 30” colour prints were produced to honour the great pacer’s induction into the Hall of Fame in 2010. This beautiful print is a true collector’s piece and is priced at $250.00 CDN (unframed) including shipping. http://horseracinghalloffame.com/online-gift-shop/ For additional information visit www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com by Linda Rainey for Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame
Apaches Fame, the pacer that many would consider to be the Standardbred that helped elevate the Ontario Sires Stakes program to a world-class producer of harness racing talent, has passed away at the age of 26. Bred by Robert Chapple of Chatham, Ont., the son of Apaches Circle - Dovers Skip turned heads from the moment he stepped onto the racetrack in 1989. In his first pari-mutuel start at Greenwood Raceway, Apaches Fame and trainer-driver Bud Fritz reeled off a win in 1:57.4 in the Kindergarten Series. He moved onto the OSS ranks and dominated his foes there, finishing his rookie season with 10 wins in 14 starts and a mark of 1:54.1 taken at Windsor Raceway. That mile was just one-fifth of a second off the world record at the time. Expectations were high for his three-year-old season as Apaches Fame stepped up to race against North America's best three-year-old pacers in Grand Circuit competition - a rarity for a horse from the OSS program. Against open opposition that year he tied the track record at Greenwood in winning the Burlington Stakes in 1:52.4, and also posted wins in the Motor City Pace, Confederation Cup, Little Brown Jug Preview, as well as and the Provincial Cup and Prix d’Ete eliminations. But his biggest win was a win for the province, if not the country. Facing divisional standout Beach Towel, Apaches Fame made harness racing history by becoming the first Ontario-bred and sired colt to win the prestigious $1 million North America Cup. Busloads of fans from Southwestern Ontario flocked to Greenwood that day to take in the race and witness history, and the winner's circle celebration harkened back to the days of the Cam Fella Express in popularity. Apaches Fame ended his season with 20 wins in 26 starts, which earned him the O'Brien Award as the best three-year-old colt in the country. Returning to the races at age four for Dovers Venture II Stable (Chapple, Dr. Jan Venclik, Ross Cushman, Tom Lightbody and Gary Nolte) Apaches Fame won the Grand Prix Quebec, Blue Bonnets Challenge, Des Smith Memorial and William Haughton Memorial Series at Yonkers before being retired in January 1992 at the age of five. After 67 career starts, Apaches Fame amassed a record of 39-11-9, a mark of 1:51.4 and earnings in excess of $1.76 million. Apaches Fame stood for stallion duty in Ontario and produced the winners of more than $38 million. With 777 foals, 612 made it to the races with 81 per cent of those horses taking race records. Among his most notable performers are the 1998 O'Brien Award winning Horse of the Year Odies Fame, 2000 O'Brien Award winner Legacy Of Fame as well as Twin B Champ, Stonebridge Galaxy and more recently, Twin B Warrior. In 2000, Apaches Fame was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame for his contributions to Canadian horse racing both as a standout racehorse and sire. In June 2013, Standardbred Canada honoured Apaches Fame with a special video tribute to commemorate his historic North America Cup victory by visiting the stallion at his Chatham, Ont. home, where he resided at the farm owned by breeder Robert Chapple's son Rob and his wife Becky. The Chapples were joined by Venclik and Doug Nash, who helped manage Apaches Fame through his stallion career at Glengate Farms. "Apaches Fame was the horse that legitimized the Ontario Sires Stakes program of being worthy of producing horse that were world class," said Nash. "When he won the North America Cup, it changed things around forever within the industry, where trainers and owners recognized the Ontario-breds as being capable of campaigning on the world stage." Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
It was another good night on the track for 2013 Johnston Cup leading trainer Gregg McNair when seven divisions of two-year old pacing fillies rolled into Hanover Raceway. The Guelph, Ontario resident formerly of Walkerton, scored two grassroots division victories with Momara and Can Art in races five and nine respectively. 2013 Battle of the Belles runner-up Momara wired the field as the overwhelming post-time favorite. The daughter of Lis Mara cruised to an easy victory in 1:57.3 with Stuart Sowerby in the race bike. Momara now has four wins in six lifetime starts for earnings nearing the $50,000 mark. Sowerby was steering once again when McNair sent out Can Art in race nine. The Artistic Fella filly was a gate-to-wire winner in 1:58.3, as she was able to fend off all challengers in the stretch. The win was her second in six races. McNair also had a second place finish from Regally Ready in race seven, while Sowerby scored an OSS hat trick by adding a win with Gram Rules for Blake McIntosh in race three. Hanover was lucky to have Hall of Famer Clint Galbraith formerly of Tara on hand, as he visited with Peter and Jean Thibideau before heading to Clinton to compete in their Legends Day of Racing program. Galbraith trained and drove arguably the best horse of the last century in Niatross who was just this past week, was enshrined in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Niatross was the first pacer to earn over 2 million dollars and was named the hosre of the year in 1979 and 1980. Niatross was named the Horse of the year in both Canada and the United States during 2 year old campaign where we won all 13 of his races and won 37 of his 39 career starts. Hanover Raceway returns with All-Trot Night on Saturday, August 24th. The eleventh edition of the track’s all trotting card will feature eliminations for the Balanced Image stakes for two-year olds, the 39th annual Walker Memorial, and a RUS Ontario exhibition race. Hanover Raceway is also participating in the Bring A Friend to the Races Challenge, as fans who bring someone new to the races, will both be entered in a draw for special behind the scenes prizing. Fans who come early will get a chance to meet the RUS riders and several regular drivers including Jay Harris and Stuart Sowerby in a meet and greet session under the grandstand at 6:30pm. Post time next Saturday for the 11th annual ALL TROT DAY is 7:30pm.
TORONTO, ON, Aug. 9, 2013 - The 37th Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala Fundraising Dinner on August 15th promises to be an evening of celebrations as thirteen new members, including Niatross and Secretariat, join the best of Canadian Horse Racing. Held at the Mississauga Convention Centre, the evening will be emceed by Jim Bannon, Woodbine Entertainment Group Thoroughbred Racing Analyst and will feature a cocktail reception, a fantastic auction lineup, a four course gourmet dinner and the Induction Ceremony. An impressive list of live and silent auction items has been provided by generous donors including Adena Springs, The Royal Horse Show, Langdon Hall, Equilease Corp., Gustav Schickedanz and the Woodbine Entertainment Group. All proceeds from the auction will go directly toward helping the Hall of Fame recognize the achievements of those that have built and established the roots of horse racing in Canada. Live Auction Breeding season to Silent Name, Canada’s leading Thoroughbred sire in 2013, and sire of three International individual Grade 1 horses in 2013. The stallion was campaigned and is owned by Wertheimer et Frère, who own the French luxury brand, the House of Chanel, known for the “little black dress”, le parfum Chanel No. 5 and the iconic Chanel suit. He is by Sunday Silence-Danzigaway (Danehill) and stands at Adena Springs North in Ontario (donated by Adena Springs). An accommodation and spa package at luxurious Langdon Hall in Cambridge, ON, voted the best hotel in Canada two years in a row (donated by Langdon Hall and Jim Bannon) Dinner at the Turf Club Lounge and tickets to the New York Islander vs Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Game – Tuesday, November 19, 2013 (donated by WEG) Breeding season to Hall of Fame stallion Langfuhr, sire of 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee Jambalaya and Grade 1 winning multimillionaires Euroears, Lawyer Ron and Wando. Langfuhr is by Danzig-Sweet Briar Too (Briartic) and stands at Lane’s End Farm, Versailles, KY (donated by Gustav Schickedanz, Schonfeld Farms) Silent Auction 4 box seat tickets to The Royal Horse Show, Friday November 8th including Tanbark Lounge access (donated by the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair) 2 Tickets located in Row 8, behind the basket, at the LA Clippers vs Toronto Raptors game, Saturday, January 25th (donated by Equilease Corp.) A one of a kind pendant created from a vintage, Standardbred-themed stamp (created and donated by Horsefeathers Equestrian Jewellery) Framed limited edition print by Linda Shantz of 2009 Hall of Fame inductee Somebeachsomewhere Framed limited edition print by Debbie Goldring of 1976 Hall of Fame inductee Northern Dancer, the original of which hangs permanently in the Hall. Plus many more items from sports memorabilia and tickets to equine art and collectibles, there’s a little something for everyone. Visit the CHRHF website at www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com for a complete list of items. by Linda Rainey
ELORA, ON - A hefty lineup of activities at Grand River Raceway's Industry Day Celebration this Monday afternoon (Aug. 5) includes three special presentations. Trainer Carmen Auciello will kick off the afternoon from a familiar place (the winner's circle) but for a different reason. The multi-talented horseman will sing the Canadian and American anthems at the beginning of the Industry Day broadcast at 1:00. There is a small caveat, though: Auciello's wife Ashley is expecting the couple's second child on August 5. Should their bundle arrive on-time, fans will have to settle for an instrumental version of Oh! Canada. Standardbred Canada will make a special presentation to Canadian Sportsman assistant editor, Lauren Lee after race six. Lee will receive an International Media Award in the Best Magazine Article category, as announced at the 2013 World Trotting Conference held in Paris, France earlier this summer. All Hail The Pail was published in the August 5, 2011 edition of The Canadian Sportsman and tells the story of San Pail and the impact he made on trainer and co-owner Rod Hughes' life and family. Lauren also won Standardbred Canada's 2011 Media Excellence award for this story. Following race seven, Grand River Raceway and the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame will salute Carl Jamieson, who will be inducted into the Hall Of Fame on August 15. Jamieson is a five-time winning trainer of the Battle Of Waterloo. The Rockwood, ON horseman won the race every other year from the inaugural edition (at Elmira Raceway) in 1998 through 2006. In 2000, he trained the top three finishers: C T Rocket, Warrawee Caesar and Futurestarkillean. Festivities and the TV broadcast kick off at 1:00 p.m. Post time for the first dash is 1:30. The all-stakes card includes consolations and finals for the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles, plus seven divisions of three-year-old pacing fillies in the Grassroots Series of the Ontario Sires Stakes. For complete event details. Kelly Spencer
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2013 Legend inductees.
World Class racing greats Secretariat and Niatross headline the field of 13 new Hall of Fame inductees under new rules that allow international competitors into Canada's Hall.
Racing greats Secretariat and Niatross figure prominently on the 2013 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame election ballot which reflects the changes announced earlier this year. Eligibility now includes those people and horses who brought honour to Canadian horse racing.
Is there a horse or person that you think should be added to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2013? Someone that you think should carry the same recognition in Canadian horse and harness racing as such racing icons as Northern Dancer, Somebeachsomewhere, John Campbell, or Sandy Hawley? You can have your say b submitting a nomination before March 6.
2013 marks a year of change for the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. In an effort to ensure that all horses and people who have made a significant impact on racing in Canada can be honoured by the hall, eligibility criteria have been updated, and two new categories are being introduced.
Don't miss your chance to be part of the excitement at the 2012 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala Dinner, as 3 time O'Brien Driver of the Year winner Jody Jamieson takes to the microphone for the Hall of Fame Live Auction.
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2012 harness racing and galloping inductees.
Bidding on four framed pieces of limited edition horse an harness racing art will end Friday May 25th!
The bidding in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame online equine art auction is well underway! Here is your chance to own a unique piece of equine art, and support the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
During the month of May, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to offer four racing-related limited edition pieces of framed art in a silent auction. Here is your chance to own a unique piece of equine art, and support the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2012 Legend inductees. The Legends section of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame honours the people and horses whose accomplishments and feats occurred a number of decades ago.