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

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

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2017 ballot.  In this the 250th Anniversary Year of Horse Racing in Canada, a total of 30 horses and people, comprised of 15 Standardbred and 15 Thoroughbred candidates have been selected to appear on the voting ballot.   A 20-person Election Committee for each breed will determine the winners in their respective categories.  Results will be announced Tuesday, April 4.   The five categories selected by the nominating committee to appear on the 2017 Standardbred ballots are Female Horse, Male Horse, Veteran Horse, Builder, and Driver/Trainer The Standardbred Female Horse Category features Elegantimage, Oohs N Aahs and Tricky Tooshie Trotting filly Elegantimage, bred by Diane Ingham and Harry Rutherford of Mount Pleasant, ON was a standout from age two when she recorded three Ontario Sire Stakes (OSS) wins in five starts.  The Balanced Image daughter followed up at age three, winning eight of ten OSS starts, setting a lifetime mark of 1:55.4, and winning the 1997 Canadian Breeders Championship Final.  During her race career, she posted a race record of 20-7-3 and lifetime earnings of $955,368 in 41 races.   As a broodmare, her progeny have earned $986,223 with average earnings per starter of $140,889.  Her top performer was the Kadabra filly, Elegant Serenity, a winner of over $500,000 with a mark of 1:53.2. Pacing mare Oohs N Aahs won 44 races in her career, taking a mark of 1:51.1 at Woodbine Racetrack at the age of eight while banking over $1.1 million. Finishing first, second or third in 109 out of a total of 177 races, Oohs N Aahs won most of her races in Ontario and became a Canadian fan favourite during her exceptional racing career. As a broodmare she produced Omen Hanover who earned in excess of $1 million, and in the process made Oohs N Aahs only the third pacing mare to both earn over $1 million and produce a millionaire daughter. Tricky Tooshie was bred and owned during her racing career by Laurent Bergevin of Quebec.  Trainers included her co-breeder Jean L. Deblois, followed by Rick Zeron and then Linda Bedard.  In seven years of racing she made 142 starts for a 44-29-24 record, posted a mark of 1:52.1 at Woodbine Racetrack and earned $1,005,566, becoming the first Canadian- sired mare to reach $1 million in earnings.  As a broodmare, nine of her thirteen foals made it to the races to earn $2.84 million for average earnings per starter of almost $300,000.  Her richest foal was True North Hanover, a winner of $732,912. Nominated In the category of Standardbred Male Horse are Blissfull Hall, Mach Three and Shadow Play In 1999, Blissfull Hall captured harness racing’s elusive Pacing Triple Crown for owners Ecuries Daniel Plouffe, Inc. of Bromont, Quebec, trainer Ben Wallace, and driver Ron Pierce.   A career that included 31 races over two seasons amassed a record of 19-4-6, a mark of 1:49.2 and earnings of $1.4 million before he embarked on a successful career as a stallion.  To date his progeny have won over $72 million in earnings, including 83 horses with earnings over $250,000, 222 horses with earnings over $100,000, and average earnings per starter of $97,969. Bred by Karl Magid of Cambridge, ON and owned throughout much of his race career by the late Joe Muscara Sr. of Pennsylvania, Mach Three was trained by Bill, Brett, and Shawn Robinson, along with Monte Gelrod.   At age two Mach Three posted a record of 7-2-0 in nine starts, winning the 2001 $1.1 million Metro Pace at Woodbine Racetrack in 1:51.4. In 2002, Mach Three won the $1 million Meadowlands Pace in a career-best 1:49 and had a record of 11-2-2 in 18 starts to give him a career record of 18-4-2 in 27 starts and earnings of $2,376,700.  In a stallion career split between Tara Hills Stud Farm in Ontario and Alabar Farms in New Zealand, he produced 1,300 plus offspring to date, with total progeny earnings of $104.7 million for average earnings per starter of $113,621, including 305 horses with earnings of $100,000 or more.   Mach Three's influence on the Standardbred breed will forever be cemented as the sire of the legendary Hall of Fame racehorse and supersire Somebeachsomewhere ($3.3 Million, 1:46.4 World Record). Shadow Play earned $1,559,822 with 20 wins, 9 seconds and 5 thirds in 49 lifetime starts and took a record of 1:47.4 as a four-year-old.   The son of The Panderosa, trained by Dr. Ian Moore who shared ownership with  R G MC Group Ltd., and Serge Savard for most of his racing career, won several stakes events including the 2008 Little Brown Jug.  As a sire standing  at Winbak Farm in Ontario, and now owned by the Shadow Play Syndicate, he has sired the winners of over $14 million including O’Brien Award winners Lady Shadow and Arthur Blue Chip. The 2017 Veteran Horses ballot is comprised of B Cor Tamara, Happy Lady and Lou Macs Review Before embarking on her second career as a broodmare, B Cor Tamara enjoyed a productive racing career, earning more than $185,000.  Bred and owned by Bill Core of Dresden, Ontario, the daughter of Dream Of Glory was the dam of 19 foals, including star trotter B Cor Pete, and granddam of two champion juveniles, Banker Hall and Broadway Hall.  Her offspring have earned in excess of $2.8 million. Happy Lady, a daughter of Most Happy Fella, raced in 1977 and 1978 for owners Myra Masterson of St. Catharines, and Linda Lockey of Ridgeville, Ontario.  Though her racing career was brief, she won $528,825 in purse earnings and attained a mark of 1:55.2.  Trained and driven by the late Jim Rankin, she was almost flawless in her juvenile campaign, winning 15 of 16 races.  As a sophomore she won 19 of 24 starts. Trotting mare Lou Macs Review achieved success on the racetrack and as a broodmare.  A multiple Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) winner at ages two and three during the late 1980s, she was the OSS champion in her three-year-old campaign, competing against both colts and fillies.  Her race career continued as an aged open class winner until age seven,  amassing lifetime earnings of $560,958 and including a second place finish in the 1991 Breeders Crown for Aged Mares. Her stats as a broodmare include progeny with earnings over $1.2 million and average earnings per starter of $140,000. In the Standardbred Driver/Trainer category voters will select from Blair Burgess, Jim Doherty and Ben Wallace. Toronto-born Blair Burgess has accumulated earnings of over $27.6 million with 1040 wins as a trainer, including two victories in  the  Hambletonian  (Amigo Hall in 2003 and Glidemaster in 2006), and two in the Meadowlands Pace  (Frugal Gourmet in 1987, Real Desire in 2002), plus wins in the Little Brown Jug (Tell All in 2007), the North America Cup (Tell All in 2007), the Kentucky Futurity, the Trotting Triple Crown (Glidemaster in 2006), and a Breeders Crown Championship (Real Desire, 2001).  Burgess, who received an O’Brien Award as Canada’s Trainer of the Year in 2007, has also trained winners of seven O’Brien Awards, and nine Dan Patch Award.  Two of his trainees have been named the U.S. Pacer of the Year (Real Desire and Tell All), while Glidemaster was named U.S. Trotter of the Year in 2006. Saint John, New Brunswick’s Jim Doherty developed numerous champions during his career as a trainer-driver  including $3 million earner and 2002 U.S. Trotter of the Year, Fools Goal, as well as 1997 Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year No Nonsense Woman, and Starchip Entrprise, winner of the Valley Victory and Canadian Trotting Classic in the late 1990s. He also drove Green With Envy, two-time Older Pacing Mare of the Year in 1984 and 1985. During his career, Doherty drove winners of 4,620 races and nearly $39 million in purses.  In 2003 Doherty was inducted to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York.  He is also a member of the New England Harness Writers Hall of Fame, New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, and the Saint John Sports Hall of Fame. Ben Wallace of Puslinch, Ontario trained the 1999 Pacing Triple Crown Winner Blissfull Hall, Breeders Crown winners Totally Western (2002), Pans Cullotes (2003), Armbro Rosebud (1997) as well as a list of million dollar plus winners including Apprentice Hanover, Zooka, Cam Swifty, Camotion and Lookout Victory.  Awarded an O’Brien as Trainer of the Year in 1999, Wallace has current career stats of 1,866 wins and over $36.5 million in purses, surpassing the million dollar mark in 18 consecutive seasons (1996-2013). Standardbred Builder Category candidates include Dr. Gordon Gilbertson, DVM, J. Hugh Proudfoot and Brian Webster. The late Dr. Gordon Gilbertson, DVM, originally from Hagersville, ON, revolutionized an aspect of the Standardbred racing industry when he invented the Quick Hitch, a new style of harness.    He used his extensive experience treating horses as a Veterinarian, and his hands-on experience in training and driving harness horses to fuel his idea.  In 1980 Dr.Gilbertson secured Canadian and U.S. patents on his new "Quick Hitch" eventually named the "Rondeau Quick Hitch", in homage to where he lived in Kent County. J. Hugh Proudfoot, born in Fort Coulonge, Quebec in 1912, was an active harness racing participant as a breeder, trainer, owner and executive.  His Pontiac Farm was a successful racing operation for decades throughout Quebec and Ontario.  Proudfoot was a leader when it came to sponsoring races at Fort Coulonge, Chapeau, Shawville, Pembroke and beyond.  As an executive he served as a Director of the Canadian Trotting Association (CTA) for eleven (11) years, as Vice-president for seven (7) before becoming President of the C.T.A. in 1959.  He had great vision as evidenced by his belief that the C.T.A. and Canadian Standardbred Horse Society (CSHS) should amalgamate.  He also believed there should be driver's insurance with the C.T.A. and advocated licensing women drivers.  Brian Webster of  St. George, ON,  made contributions to the Canadian horse racing industry centering around his 20+ years building, managing and promoting successful yearling sales, including the Mixed Canadian Standardbred Horse Sale, the Select Yearling Sale, the Forest City Yearling Sale and as Sales Consultant to  Standardbred Canada’s  Yearling Sale.  His industry association involvement included the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA) and the North American Harness Racing Marketing Association.  He also held many volunteer roles in the racing industry.  The five categories chosen for the 2017 Thoroughbred ballot are Builder, Communicator, Trainer, Male Horse and Veteran Horse A Thoroughbred Builder ballot comprised of Frank McMahon, Eugene Melnyk and John G. Sikura is offered for voter consideration. The late Frank McMahon was a major contributor to thoroughbred horse racing in Canada with what was the first major stable in Western Canada, and as a founding member of the Jockey Club of Canada. Early success came as a part-owner of Royal Serenade, winner of the 1953 Hollywood Gold Cup.  Other McMahon victories included the 1966 British Columbia Derby in Vancouver and the 1970 Canadian Derby in Edmonton.   He partnered with Max Bell (Golden West Farms) in 1968 to win the Queen’s Plate with Merger.  In 1969, his Majestic Prince won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Eugene Melnyk, businessman, sports team owner and racehorse breeder/owner has won 12 Sovereign Awards including Outstanding Owner in 2007 and 2009. Top horses include Speightstown (winner of 2004 Breeders' Cup Sprint), Flower Alley, Graeme Hall, 1998 Queen's Plate winner Archers Bay, and 2007 Horse of the Year, Sealy Hill, who was inducted into the CHRHF in 2013.  A former trustee of the New York Racing Association and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association honoree, Melnyk dispersed his broodmare band in February 2013 to refocus his business model on yearling purchases and racing. John G. Sikura, owner and president of Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms (Kentucky), has been a mainstay in the breeding industry since 1987. Mr. Sikura remains an active owner/breeder and major sales consignor.  To date, his farm has consigned 95 horses selling for $1,000,000 and over.   Meanwhile, the farm operates as a full service facility serving horse people throughout North America.  The current stallion roster at Hill’n’Dale includes two-time Horse of the Year Curlin who commands a $150,000 (US) stud fee.  John’s father, John Sikura, Jr., was inducted into the CHRHF in 2013. Joe Hirsch, Dan Loiselle, and Curtis Stock and have been selected to appear on the Thoroughbred Communicator ballot. American horse racing columnist and author Joe Hirsch, the founding president of the U.S. based National Turf Writers' Association, began writing for the Daily Racing Form in 1954 and retired as its executive columnist in 2003.  His support of Canadian racing and those involved in the sport on this side of the border was widespread as his work was read by industry leaders all over North America.  The author of multiple books, his 'The Grand Senor' details the career of Horatio Luro, best known as trainer of Northern Dancer. Dan Loiselle’s horse-racing career spans almost five decades, initially as a Standardbred racing official and announcer, and then as Woodbine Thoroughbred announcer, replacing Daryl Wells in 1986.  His signature accuracy and clarity was accompanied by a flair for entertaining his audience.  He has served as Master of Ceremonies at many industry functions and interviewed celebrities from the world of sports and entertainment.  In November of 2015, Loiselle was inducted into the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame and was saluted by the Toronto Sports Media with a special award. Originally from Calgary, Curtis Stock got his start as a horse racing reporter while still in university, before working at Woodbine with CHRHF honoured member Bruce Walker.  He returned to Alberta to take over the publicity, marketing and advertising at Northlands Park and then moved to the Edmonton Journal where he worked for 32 years. He also plied his craft at the Daily Racing Form for 20 years.   His writing has resonated with Sovereign Awards judges, resulting in a record eleven awards. The three Trainers on the 2016 Thoroughbred Election ballot are Reade Baker, Harold J. Barroby and Daniel J. Vella Reade Baker's training career spans four decades and almost 1,100 wins. 122 of those wins in stakes events, 30 in graded races.  The 2005 Sovereign Award recipient as Outstanding Trainer, Baker has developed numerous stake winners including Horse of the Year champions Fatal Bullet (2008) and Biofuel (2010).  Baker also conditioned Bear Now, 2008 Sovereign Award for Older Female and Tu Endie Wei, 2011 Sovereign Award winner as Champion 2-Year-Old Filly.  Baker continues to saddle winners including Woodbine Oaks winner Academic and Prince of Wales Stakes winner Breaking Lucky in 2015  Harold Barroby a native of Ravenscrag, Saskatchewan followed his older brother Frank to Alberta, became leading trainer in 1969 and 1970 before moving further west to British Columbia in 1974 where  the great Love Your Host won 13 stakes under his tutelage and horses Pampas Host and Delta Colleen were both multiple stakes winners. B.C’s leading trainer a record 10 times Harold remains the all-time leader in terms of wins and stakes wins, inlcuding graded stake wins with Fortinbras in the 1986 British Columbia Derby (G3) and 1986 B.C. Premier's Championship Handicap (G3). Daniel Vella captured the Sovereign Awards Trainer title in 1994 and 1995.  He has won the coveted Queen's Plate twice in his career thus far, the first in 1994 with Frank Stronach’s Basqueian and followed up with his second win in in 2012, with Strait of Dover for Wally and Terry Leong.  Vella has scored one hundred and thirty-five (135) career stakes wins in a career that began in 1985.  Career stats include 5,065 (793-755-617) and earnings to date: $36,267,212. The Thoroughbred Male Horse category will be contested by A Bit O’Gold, Mt. Sassafras and Quiet Resolve. Catharine Day Phillips trainee, A Bit O’Gold won four Sovereign awards in 2004 and 2005, including Horse of the Year, as a result of his multiple stakes wins including the Coronation Futurity in 2003, the Plate Trial Stakes, the Breeders Stakes, the Ontario Derby all in 2004. In 2005 stakes wins included the Dominion Day Stakes Handicap (G3), the Chinese Cultural Stakes Handicap (G2) and the Sky Classic Stakes Handicap (G2) with career earnings totalling $1,888,155. Mt. Sassafras earned  $1,382,985 in 47 career starts (8-7-14) and was named 1996 Sovereign Award winner for Horse of the Year and Champion Older Horse.  Multiple graded stakes wins included Dominion Day Handicap (G2) in 1999, as well as the Dominion Day Handicap (G3) and Eclipse Handicap (G3) in 1996  and (G1) Gulfstream Park Handicap in 1997. Quiet Resolve, the Sam Son Farm homebred and Mark Frostad trained son of Affirmed earned $2.3 million in a 31 start race career with a record of 10-6-4, which included multiple graded stakes wins. He was recipient of the 2000 Sovereign Award as Champion Turf Horse and Canada’s Horse of the Year, which was highlighted by victories in the Atto Mile (G1), and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy Stakes (G2).  During his championship season, Quiet Resolve ventured south of the border and won the Dixie Stakes (G2) at Pimlico, was second in the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs and third in the Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile Stakes (G2). In the Thoroughbred Veteran Horses category voters will select from All Along (FR), Passing Mood and South Ocean. French-bred filly All Along, was the first winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) to race in Canada winning the Rothmans International (G1) as part of a 41 day international tour that also included wins in the Turf Classic (G1) at Aqueduct and the Washington, D.C. International (G1) at Laurel.  Named Horse of the Year on two continents for owner Daniel Wildenstein and family, All Along was named Champion Older Horse in France and 1983 Horse of the Year in the U.S, the first female and foreign-based horse to win an Eclipse award as Horse of the Year. The royally-bred Passing Mood, both owned and bred by D. G. Willmot's Kinghaven Farms, became one of Canada's greatest producers, in fact, she was named Outstanding Broodmare in 1989. Among her progeny was With Approval, inducted into the CHRHF in 1993 after a stellar racing career including the Canadian Triple Crown in 1989. Another top horse was Touch Gold, who won the 1997 Belmont Stakes (Gr 1) as well as the Haskell Invitational (Gr 1) and Lexington Stakes (Gr 2).   South Ocean was bred by E.P. Taylor and sold through auction to his son Charles.  Trained by G. "Pete" McCann, South Ocean was a major stakes winner, including the Canadian Oaks in 1970.  However, it is as a broodmare that South Ocean made a huge impact.  She produced the CHRHF filly Northernette and Storm Bird, sire of Storm Cat, both sired by Northern Dancer.  Her contribution to Canadian Breeding is both immeasurable and invaluable. The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2017 Induction Ceremony will be hosted at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Additional information about the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame may be found at www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com by Linda Rainey for the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

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

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame reminds the horse racing community the deadline to nominate horses or people for the Class of 2017 is less than four weeks away.  Nominations of those who have made a significant contribution to Canadian horse racing, are being accepted for the following categories: MALE HORSE: Stallions or geldings whose contribution to Canadian racing occurred in the past 20 years. FEMALE HORSE: Fillies and 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, Bloggers. VETERAN PERSON: Trainers, Drivers, Jockeys whose careers have been concluded for 20 years, but less than 50 years.  All nomination submissions to be made by completing the online form available on the CHRHF website.      A copy of the form may also 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:  Darryl Kaplan, Standardbred Nomination Chair, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 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 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 appropriate breed and if approved, presented to the Election Committee for voting by secret ballot. NOMINATION DEADLINE:   WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017 5:00 pm EST. The list of nominees selected for consideration by the Election Committee for each breed will be announced Monday, March 20, 2017. The Inductees for the 2017 class of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will be announced on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. We invite you to visit the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame located at the West Entrance of Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario.  Additional information about the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is available at www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame or by contacting admin@horseracinghalloffame.com or 416-417-9404 Linda Rainey Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame  Linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com  416-417-9404  

TORONTO, ON, June 23; The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2016 Induction Gala will be extra special as the Hall celebrates its 40th Anniversary. The evening of August 3rd promises to be a memorable one as the ten new inductees of the class of 2016 join those inducted before them, and tribute is paid to the inaugural group of members from 1976. 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, Raceway Manager at the Raceway at Western Fair and former racing television commentator. The Gala event will feature a cocktail reception, a fantastic line up of silent and live auction items, a four course gourmet dinner and the Induction Ceremony. The gala will celebrate the induction of Standardbred inductees San Pail, Odies Fame, John Ferguson, Yves Filion and Bruce Johnston, as well as Thoroughbred inductees Wise Dan, Dahlia, Mark Casse, Dr. Michael Colterjohn and Daryl Wells, Sr. In addition there will be a special award of honour presented to Norm Picov for his service and contribution to Canada’s horse racing industry. We will look back at the stories of 2016 Legend honourees Exterminator and Woodlawn Drummond, acknowledge the 50th Anniversary of Victorian Era being named Canada’s Horse of the Year and champion older horse in 1966 and relive Precious Bunny’s exploits 25 years ago when, in 1991, he became the first horse to win the Little Brown Jug, North America Cup, The Meadowlands Pace and The Adios. The jam packed evening will include the always exciting live and silent auction, featuring an impressive collection of unique experience packages, sporting event tickets and many other surprises.  All proceeds from the auction will go directly toward helping the Hall of Fame recognize the achievements of those who have built and established the roots of horse racing in Canada. The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame acknowledges the generous sponsorship support of this year’s event:  Platinum Sponsor – Ontario Racing and OLG; Reception and Wine Sponsor – Central Ontario Standardbred Association; Guest Photography Sponsor - Ontario Standardbred Alliance Tracks and Woodbine Entertainment Group for producing the video tributes to each of this year’s inductees. 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, and include a $50.00 charitable tax receipt.  $1,700 Table sponsorships include 8 tickets, a $300 donation to the CHRHF and a charitable tax receipt for $700. 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, become an event sponsors or to donate auction items are still available. Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2016 Legend Honourees.  Initially launched as a millennium project, the tradition of honouring Canadian racing legends continues as we acknowledge people and horses whose accomplishments were achieved more than fifty years ago.   The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will honour these deserving legends at the CHRHF President’s Reception scheduled to take place in the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, May 18 at 4:30 pm.  The reception will also feature the official unveiling of the display boards for the 2015 inductees, as well as the introduction of the 2016 inductees.    Standardbred Legend – Woodlawn Drummond Bred by Clermont Veilleux of Drummondville, Quebec and raced under the ownership of Ecuries Drummond Stables, Woodlawn Drummond made quite a mark for herself in the mid-1960s. In 47 career starts she posted 22 victories and earned $128,592. The bay pacing mare, driven throughout her career by CHRHF member Keith Waples, raced at tracks in Ontario, Quebec and New York State from the age of two through her four-year-old year, often competing against and defeating the best colts of the time. In 1964, at the age of two, she tallied a record of 8-0-0 in 14 starts, including wins in the Canadian Series Stakes at Greenwood Raceway, Connaught Park, Richelieu Park, where she set her  two-year-old mark of 2:06, Trois-Rivieres and Quebec.  The game mare’s best year on the track was as a three-year-old, when she twice defeated Balenzano who was later voted Harness Tracks of America’s Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year.  It wasn’t just the fillies she dominated, as she also defeated colts Perfect Wave, Fleet Time, Keen Freight, Jerry Hal and Adios Watts on her way to record stats of 12-4-2 in 18 starts for earnings of $78,312 and a lifetime mark of 2:02.1 which she reached three times that year.   Her year concluded with a win in the Lady Maud Stakes at Roosevelt Raceway and being voted the Canadian Trotting Association’s Three-Year-Old Pacer of the Year.  Other stakes race wins at three included the Ladyship Stakes at Goshen, NY; La Quebecoise Stakes, Dottie’s Pick Stakes and Gaspe Futurity at Richelieu Park. Woodlawn Drummond concluded her racing career at the end of her four-year-old season after competing against the best older pacers in North America including Bret Hanover (five times), Adios Vic and Cardigan Bay. She managed a solid third place finish in Canada’s oldest harness stakes event, The Canadian Pacing Derby, at Greenwood Raceway, behind H A Meadowland and Timely Knight.  Her year was highlighted by a win in the Canada Pace at Richelieu Park, and a second in the Ryan Memorial at Rideau Carleton for a record of 2-5-2 in 15 starts. As a broodmare her colts Keith Drummond, by Tar Heel and Gerry Drummond by Romeo Hanover saw some success at the track.  Keith Drummond won 11 races for $44,029 in earnings and a lifetime mark of 2:01.4 set as a two-year-old.  Gerry Drummond had 29 wins in his race career and set a mark of 2:04.4 at the age of eight. Thoroughbred Legend - Exterminator He was known as “Old Bones”, a moniker the chestnut gelding was bestowed by his affectionate fans.  Some also called him “The Galloping Hat Rack” or “Old Slim”, based on his tall, scrawny, angular appearance. A writer said “he never won a beauty contest, and certainly did not dazzle in any confirmation photos, but on the track Exterminator was the gritty hero of Thoroughbred’s Golden Age of the ‘20s.” In 1918 he shocked bettors by winning the Kentucky Derby at odds of 30-to-1, the longest shot on the board. The Derby was one of Exterminator’s record 34 stakes victories during an eight-year career that began in Kentucky and Windsor, Ont., and ended in 1924 in Montreal. In his 99th career start the 9-year old gelding pulled up lame. He left a legacy that would never be forgotten, winning 20 times while carrying 130 pounds or more. As he aged he became one of racing’s most popular warriors.  At five he set two world records, winning the 1 ¾ mile Saratoga Cup and the two-mile Autumn Gold Cup at Belmont. He was champion older male in 1920, ’21 and ’22.  Foaled in 1915 at Almahurst Farm, Ky., Exterminator sold for $1,500 at Saratoga’s yearling sale. By age two he was nearly 17 hands; awkward and coarse looking, prompting owner J.C.  Milam to geld him and sell him for $9,000 to Willis Sharpe Kilmer, who was looking for a workhorse to tune up Sun Briar, his 2-year-old champion and Derby favorite.  Sun Briar didn’t train well and Kilmer, under the urging of Churchill Downs president Col. Matt Winn, reluctantly entered the horse he called “the truck horse” or “the goat” for the Derby. In 1924 the gallant old warrior limped off the track after finishing third at Dorval.  Two weeks earlier he notched his 50th and final victory at Blue Bonnets. During his career Exterminator made four starts at Woodbine, winning the Autumn Cup three years in a row while toting between 132 and 137 pounds. He was assigned 134 pounds in the 2 ¼ mile Ontario Jockey Club Cup, which he won handily over a muddy track. “Old Bones” campaigned 13 times in Canada. He died at age 30 and was buried next to his old stable mate Sun Briar. In 1957 he was inducted into Saratoga’s Hall of Fame. The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will honour these deserving legends at the CHRHF President’s Reception scheduled to take place Wednesday, May 18 at 4:30 pm in the CHRHF located at Woodbine Racetrack.  The reception will also feature the official unveiling of the display boards for the 2015 inductees, as well as the introduction of the 2016 inductees.    The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, located at Woodbine Racetrack, Toronto, is a national organization dedicated to honouring the best in Canadian horse racing, as we preserve the history and heritage of the sport. Additional details are available at:  www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com by Linda Rainey, for the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce their 2016 inductees. A total of 10 horses and people have been elected to the Hall of Fame from an extremely strong list of finalists, in this the 40thAnniversary year of the CHRHF. Standardbred inductees include horses San Pail and Odies Fame and people John Ferguson Sr., Yves Filion and Bruce Johnston.  The Thoroughbred inductees are Wise Dan, Dahlia, Mark Casse, Dr. Michael Colterjohn and Daryl Wells, Sr. San Pail, bred by co-owner Glenn Van Camp of Port Perry, Ontario and co-owned by trainer Rod Hughes of Dunsford, Ontario, is one of the sport’s most popular horses in recent years.  He retired in September 2015 following a career that saw him win 52 of 114 races, record a mark of 1:50.4 and earn over $3.1 million.  Partnered with regular driver Randy Waples, San Pail dominated Canadian harness racing in 2011, topping the charts for older trotting horses in North America with over $1.2 million in earnings and 14 wins in 16 races, highlighted by victories in every stakes event he competed in.  The season included his third consecutive victory in the Maple Leaf Trot and and a Breeders Crown Championship where he defeated a world class field of trotters and was joined by hundreds of racing fans and supporters in the winner’s circle.  In December 2011, San Pail was honoured at the Trotteur Francais International Awards in Vincennes, Paris.    Voted the O’Brien Award  winner as Canada’s Older Trotting Horse in 2009, 2010 and 2011, he also won O’Brien Awards and Dan Patch Awards as Horse of the Year and a Dan Patch Award as Trotter of the Year in 2011.  Reaching beyond harness racing, San Pail was named Equine Canada’s Canadian Bred Horse of the Year in 2011 and was inducted into the Scugog Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. Odies Fame, purchased for $7,500 by Buddy (Harold) Wellwood and Dr. Norm Amos at the 1997 Forest City Yearling Sale, raced 77 times from 1998 through 2001 and managed 26 wins, 13 seconds, 9 thirds, earnings of $1,410,720 and a mark of 1:52 while under the care of Wellwood.  A daughter of CHRHF member Apaches Fame, she posted six track records at age two, set a World Record of 1:52.3 on a five-eighths mile track at Rideau Carleton and was almost unbeatable in the Ontario Sires Stakes where she won seven of nine events and earnings of $247,800.  She received two O’Brien Awards being awarded Canada’s Horse of the Year and Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year.  At age three, she had 8 wins in 21 races, just under $800,000 in earnings, and scored victories in the Fan Hanover and Breeders Crown Championship.  She was again a divisional champion in the Ontario Sires Stakes, winning five of eight events and over $161,000.  Named the Canadian Sportsman’s Readers’ Choice Award winner as the 1999 Horse of the Year over triple crown winner Blissfull Hall, Odies Fame also added another O’Brien trophy to her collection as she was voted Canada’s Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year, as well as the Dan Patch Award for her division, despite not setting foot in the U.S.  Odies Fame raced as a four and five-year-old, mainly in Woodbine Entertainment’s top fillies and mares class and an injury forced her into retirement in September, 2001. Yves Filion, 69 of Saint-Andre-D’argent, Quebec, a member of one of Canada’s greatest harness racing families, was one of his province’s premier trainer-drivers for close to 30 years, driving in over 18,000 races with 4,387 wins and $26.7 million in earnings.   Training credits include 273 winners and earnings of almost $3.7 million.  He bred many successful horses at his Bayama Farms including Runnymede Lobell and Goliath Bayama.   Yves trained and drove Runnymede Lobell to victory in the 1988 North America Cup, his richest of 31 career wins to go along with over $1.6 million in earnings.  Filion also bred and trained Goliath Bayama to 25 wins and earnings of over $1.5 million in his career.   After his two-year-old season, Yves turned the driving duties over to his son Sylvain.   The pair combined for a runner- up finish in the North America Cup in his three-year-old campaign.  Yves, the brother of Hall of Famer Herve Filion, is the youngest of eleven children.  His son, Sylvain Filion, was Canada’s Driver of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2015. The late John B. Ferguson may be best known for his time in the National Hockey League, but his passion for Canadian horse racing was drawn from early years spent with his father and grandfather, both Thoroughbred horsemen, at old Hastings Park in Vancouver, BC. During his time with the Montreal Canadians, he became a fixture at Blue Bonnets Raceway.  He ventured into harness horse ownership in the early 70s as a partner with Del MacTavish Sr. and Roger White in trotter Harlan Marv and later teamed up with the Stall Family in forming Double Two Ranch to campaign horses such as Keystone Sandra and Comet Angus. On the advice of Hall of Fame Breeder Elgin Armstrong, Ferguson began purchasing fillies with breeding potential.  He eventually sold most of the mares except Lady Kin Hanover, the dam of Merger, who Ferguson bred.  Merger was syndicated at the age of two for over $8 million before going on to win the 1982 Little Brown Jug. As an owner, Ferguson’s best horse was Hardie Hanover, Canada’s Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year in 1994, a winner of the Fan Hanover and Breeders Crown and over $718,000 in purse money. In addition to his role as a very active owner and breeder, Ferguson was involved in track management.  He was hired by Blue Bonnets Raceway in Montreal, Quebec, and after leaving the NHL became the President of Windsor Raceway.  He was also one of the driving forces behind the formation of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and assisted with researching and writing the by-laws. In 1976, Bruce Johnston of Aylmer, Ontario, acquired The Canadian Sportsman, ‘the oldest turf journal in America’.  His editorial policy was to promote harness racing and to suggest proposals, such as those that resulted in improvements to the Ontario Sires Stakes format in 1991.  Under Johnston’s leadership, The Canadian Sportsman became one of the sport’s leading publications.  His “Short Turns” column was known for its wit and tales of fictional racing characters. Johnston was also involved in various racing related lobbying efforts and was an active member of the Ontario Agriculture and Horse Racing Coalition.  He was posthumously named winner of the Canadian Standardbred Horse Society’s General Achievement Award for 1993, recognizing excellence, leadership and contributions to the Canadian Standardbred breeding industry.  That same year the Johnston Cup was established in his memory and is awarded annually to the leading trainer in the Ontario Sires Stakes. Johnston owned several horses including Sam Fella and Pickerel and one of his broodmares produced the $127,000 winning trotter, Dream Of Ironstone.  Johnston died suddenly in May, 1993, from a heart attack at age 59. The Thoroughbred inductees in the CHRHF class of 2016 are: Wise Dan’s racing career concluded in 2014 at the age of seven after 23 wins and two seconds in 31 starts, amassing a bank account of  $7,552,920 for breeder/owner Morton Fink and trainer Charles LoPresti.  Included in these impressive statistics for the multiple graded stakes winner, were back-to-back wins in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes (G1) in 2012 and 2013.  The chestnut gelding’s 2013 victory in that race was in an impressive course record of 1:31.75. Wise Dan also had back-to-back wins in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) 2012, 2013 and was honoured as Eclipse Award Horse of the Year in both 2012 and 2013 as well as Champion Grass Horse and Champion Older Horse in the U.S. in those two years.  Wise Dan’s bloodlines can be traced back to the great Northern Dancer and his pedigree also includes 1973 Triple Crown winner and two-time Horse of the Year Secretariat, who is the grandsire of Wise Dan’s dam Lisa Danielle, also owned and campaigned by Fink. Bred in Kentucky by Nelson Bunker Hunt, french-trained Dahlia was regarded as an equine pioneer of international racing.  The filly was under the tutelage of Maurice Zilber from age two through five.  She was later owned by Allen Paulson and trained by Charlie Whittingham. She won Group or Grade 1 stakes in five different countries including Canada, when she won the Canadian International in 1974 as a four-year-old.  That Canadian victory brought international attention to the race and subsequently resulted in other European horses making the trip to Toronto for the annual turf event.  She spent much of her race career taking on the boys, doing so 35 times in her 48 starts, and was the first female horse to surpass $1 million in career earnings.  Total career stats include a record of 15-3-7 in 48 starts with earnings of $1,489,105.  As a broodmare, she produced three Grade 1 winners – Dahar, Rivlia and Delegant. Mark Casse, to date is the winner of seven Sovereign Awards as Canada’s Outstanding Trainer and ten leading-trainer titles at Woodbine.  Born in Indiana in 1961, he took over his father’s Kentucky operation at the age of 18 and soon after scored his first winner as trainer at Keeneland.   A 69-win season in 2002 earned Casse his first Woodbine trainers’ title.  Since then, he’s trained a number of Sovereign Award winning horses including three Horses of the Year – Lexie Lou (2014) bred by fellow 2016 inductee       Dr. Michael Colterjohn, Uncaptured (2012), and 2013 CHRHF mare Sealy Hill (2007), the only filly to win the Canadian Triple Tiara.  Other champions include My Conquestadory and Marchfield.  In 2011, Casse won a record 119 races, surpassing the previous mark of 89 victories by Frank Passero in 1995 and collected a then-record $6.6 million plus in purses. He saddled Lexie Lou to win both the Queen’s Plate and Woodbine Oaks in 2014.  2015 was Casse’s biggest year yet, as he amassed $13.6 million in purses with 159 winners including Breeders’ Cup Grade 1 wins with both Tepin, 2015 Eclipse Award-winner as Champion Turf Female, and Catch a Glimpse, who is a 2015 Sovereign finalist as Canada’s Outstanding 2-year-old Filly.  Other achievements on Casse’s training resume include 8 Canadian Classic wins, 46 graded stakes win and 170 stake wins.  In addition, he has trained three winners of the Woodbine Oaks, three Prince of Wales winners and one Breeders’ Stakes winner.  Non-training roles in the racing industry include that of Director of HBPA and Steward of the Jockey Club of Canada. The late Dr. Michael Colterjohn, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, immigrated with his family to Canada at the age of 11 living in Lindsay, ON, where his father Duncan was a family physician.  Michael grew up surrounded by horses, fostering a passion for show jumping and fox hunting which inspired a career as one of Canada’s top equine reproductive veterinarians.   He joined Gardiner Farms in 1987 and was soon named farm President.   Under his management, the Caledon East farm became one of the country’s most well-respected and accomplished breeding operations. He built a quality broodmare band to elevate the farm into a significant player in the Canadian-yearling market. Gardiner Farms Limited bred numerous stakes winners including Kitty’s Got Class, winner of the Fanfreluche Stakes and Victorian Queen Stakes, both at Woodbine, for Colterjohn and Denny Andrews. Gardiner Farms Limited’s other stakes winners as breeder include Are You Serious, Bear It’s Time, Cocney Lass, Legal Move, London Snow, Midnight Shadow, Rare Friends, and Top Ten List.  Following the sale of Gardiner Farms 2008, Colterjohn along with his wife Dr. Moira Gunn and farm manager Sherry McLean, purchased the Gardiner livestock he had spent so much time and effort amassing and the three partners launched Paradox Farm Inc.  The long list of Paradox-bred horses include 2014 Queen’s Plate winner Lexie Lou along with venerable Ontario Sire stakes performer, Pender Harbour. The voice of Daryl Wells, Sr. became as much a part of Ontario thoroughbred racing as the track where he honed his craft.  His career as announcer for the OJC began when the Etobicoke, ON track opened in 1956 and the assignment also included calling races at Fort Erie and Greenwood.  Twenty years later, he began focussing exclusively on races at Woodbine, providing an opportunity for his son Daryl, Jr. to take over at Fort Erie.  Wells’ broadcast career began as a disc jockey at the age of 15 in British Columbia, moving east several years later, working in the sports department at radio station CHML in Hamilton, ON in the 1940s and ’50s, eventually becoming the sports director for Hamilton’s CHCH-TV.  Working with another radio/TV legend Norm Marshall, Wells co-hosted the first four races live from Woodbine during weekday afternoons. In so doing, he provided easy-to-understand commentary which truly enhanced racing’s image and dramatically boosted its popularity and increased the sport’s fan base.  His calls of Northern Dancer winning the Queen’s Plate in 1964 as well as Secretariat’s final race at Woodbine in 1973, live on in the memories of racing fans everywhere.  Following his death in 2003, the headline in the Toronto Sun read, “Woodbine loses legend. Long-time announcer dies” The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2016 Induction Ceremony will be hosted at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Wednesday, August 3th, 2016. Located at Woodbine Racetrack, Toronto, ON, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is a national organization dedicated to honouring the best in Canadian horse racing as we preserve the history and heritage of the sport. Additional information about the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame may be found atwww.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com Standardbred Inductees Male Horse Category:  San Pail – Breeder, Glenn Van Camp, Port Perry, ON; owners Glenn Van Camp and Hughes Stable Inc., Dunsford, ON.;  trainer, Rod Hughes; driver, Randy Waples. Female Horse Category:  Odies Fame – Breeder, Glengate Farms, Campbellville, ON; owners, Buddy (Harold) Wellwood and Dr. Norm Amos/Linda Wellwood, St. George, ON; trainers, Harold Wellwood, Lyle McArthur; primary driver, Dave Wall. Builder Category:  John Ferguson, Sr. (deceased), born in Vancouver, BC, resident of Montreal, QC, & Windsor, ON Driver/Trainer:  Yves Filion, Saint-Andre-D’argent, QC Communicator Category:  Bruce Johnston, (deceased), Aylmer, ON Thoroughbred Inductees Male Horse Category:  Wise Dan – Bred and owned by Morton Fink, Chicago, IL; Trained by Charles LoPresti, Lexington, KY; Veteran Horse Category:  Dahlia (deceased), bred and owned by Nelson Bunker Hunt, trained by Maurice Zilber, later owned by Allen Paulson and trainer Charlie Whittingham Trainer Category:  Mark Casse, Ocala, FL Builder Category:  Dr. Michael Colterjohn (deceased), Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, resident of Lindsay ON and Caledon, ON Communicator Category:  Daryl Wells Sr. (deceased), Born in Victoria, BC, resident of Lewiston, NY From the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2016 ballot.  In this the 40th Anniversary of the CHRHF, a total of 30 horses and people comprised of 15 Standardbred harness racing candidates and 15 Thoroughbred racing 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 5.   The five categories selected by the nominating committee to appear on the Standardbred ballots are Female Horse, Male Horse, Builder, Communicator and Driver/Trainer Blissfull Hall, San Pail and Shadow Play are nominated in the Standardbred Male Horse Category In 1999, Blissfull Hall captured harness racing’s elusive Pacing Triple Crown for owners Ecuries Daniel Plouffe, Inc. of Bromont, Quebec, trainer Ben Wallace, and driver Ron Pierce.   A 31 race career over two seasons amassed a record of 19-4-6, a mark of 1:49.2 and earnings of $1.4 million before he embarked on a successful career as a stallion.  To date his progeny have won over $70 million in earnings, including 216 horses with earnings over $100,000, and average earnings per starter of $95,440. San Pail, bred by co-owner Glenn Van Camp of Port Perry, Ontario and co-owned by trainer Rod Hughes of Dunsford, Ontario, is one of the sport’s most popular horses in recent years.  He retired in September 2015 following a career that saw him win 52 of 114 races, record a mark of 1:50.4 and earn over $3.1 million.  This three-time winner of the Maple Leaf Trot (2009-2011), also won multiple stakes on both sides of the border and beat a world class field in the 2011 Breeders Crown Championship for Older Trotters with regular driver Randy Waples.   San Pail is the winner of multiple O’Brien and Dan Patch Awards, and was named Equine Canada’s Canadian Bred Horse of the Year in 2011. 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 Camluck, trained by co-owner Dr. Ian Moore and also owned by 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 in Ontario at Winbak Farm, and now owned by the Shadow Play Syndicate.  He has sired the winners of over $9 million including O’Brien Award winners Lady Shadow and Arthur Blue Chip.  The Standardbred Female Horse Category features Chancey Lady, Odies Fame and Tricky Tooshie Chancey Lady’s racing career spanned the years of 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 purchased as a yearling by Niele Jiwan of Surrey, British Columbia and was trained by Casie Coleman for her 2007 and up until just after her Fan Hanover victory in June, 2008, when she moved into the John Pentland Stable. Odies Fame was purchased for $7,500 by Buddy (Harold) Wellwood and Dr. Norm Amos at the 1997 Forest City Yearling Sale.  She raced 77 times from 1998 through 2001 and managed 26 wins, 13 seconds, 9 thirds, earnings of $1,410,720 and a mark of 1:52 while under the care of Wellwood.  She received two O’Brien Awards in 1998 as Canada’s Horse of the Year and Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year, and then added another as the Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year in 1999 following another profitable season which included a Breeders Crown Championship. Tricky Tooshie was bred and owned during her racing career by Laurent Bergevin of Quebec.  Jean L. Deblois, her co-breeder trained her during her two, three, four and part of her five year old seasons.  She then moved into the Rick Zeron Stable from June 1995 through June, 1997 when Linda Bedard took over the training duties.  Her racing career spanned from 1992 through 1998 with 142 starts and a record of 44 wins, 29 seconds, 24 thirds for $1,005,566 in earnings and a mark of 1:52.1 at Woodbine.    She became the first Canadian- sired mare to reach $1 million in career earnings.  In her second career as a broodmare, she has had 13 foals of which nine have made it to the races.  Her offspring have earned $2.68 million and her starters average almost $300,000 in earnings.  Her richest foal was True North Hanover, a winner of $732,912. In the Standardbred Driver/Trainer category voters will select from Blair Burgess, Yves Filion and Trevor Ritchie. Toronto-born Blair Burgess, began his 40+ year career in horse racing as a groom at age 11.  He has amassed earnings of over $27 million with 1029 victories including the Hambletonian twice (Amigo Hall in 2003 and Glidemaster in 2006), the Meadowlands Pace twice (Frugal Gourmet in 1987, Real Desire in 2002), the Little Brown Jug (Tell All in 2007), the North America Cup (Tell All in 2007), the Kentucky Futurity, the Trotting Triple Crown (Glidemaster in 2006), and a Breeders Crown Championship (Real Desire, 2001).  Burgess has been honoured with seven O’Brien Awards, including Trainer Of the Year in 2007 and Horse of the Year awards for both 2002 (Real Desire) and 2007 (Tell All in a tie with Somebeachsomewhere), and nine Dan Patch Awards between Amity Chef in 1986 and Tell All in 2007.  Two of his trainees have been named the U.S. Pacer of the Year (Real Desire and Tell All), while Glidemaster was named U.S. Trotter of the Year in 2006. Yves Filion, 69 of Saint-Andre-D’argent, Quebec was one of his province’s premier trainer-drivers for close to 30 years, driving in almost 18,000 races with 4,362 wins and $26.7 million in earnings.   Training credits include 248 winners and horses earning in excess of $3.7 million.  He bred many successful horses at his Bayama Farms, including millionaire pacing colts Runnymede Lobell and Goliath Bayama whom he also trained. Before retiring from driving in 2014, Trevor Ritchie won just about all of the premier races in North America including  the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, The Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Prix d'Ete,  Provincial Cup, the Metro Pace, Canadian Pacing Derby, The Trotting Classic Final for mares, and the Champlain Stakes.  Uring 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, won an O’Brien as Canada’s Driver of the Year, won the Hambletonian with Yankee Paco, the first Canadian-sired horse to win that event and won three Breeders Crown Championships, tying him with John Campbell as the only other driver in history at the time to accomplish that feat. Some of the top horses driven by Ritchie in addition to Yankee Paco include, Quite a Sensation, Frugal Gourmet, Road Machine, Armbro Agile, Peaceful Way, Majestic Son, Banker Hall, and Rotation.  Standardbred Builder Category candidates include John B. Ferguson, Dr. Gordon Gilbertson, DVM and Brian Webster. The late John B. Ferguson may be best known for his time in the National Hockey League, but his passion for Canadian horse racing was drawn from early years spent with his father and grandfather at old Hastings Park in Vancouver, BC.  In addition to his role as a very active owner and breeder, Ferguson also took a role in track management.  He was hired by Blue Bonnets Raceway in Montreal, Quebec, and after leaving the NHL became the President of Windsor Raceway.  He was also one of the driving forces behind the formation of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Dr. Gordon Gilbertson, DVM, now of Stratford, ON invented the Quick Hitch.  Dr. Gilbertson began to act on a "dream" in the late seventies using his extensive experience of both treating horses as a Veterinarian,  and his hands-on experience in training and driving harness horses to fuel his idea.  In 1980 he secured Canadian and U.S. patents on his new "Quick Hitch" which would eventually be called "Rondeau Quick Hitch", as a reference to the area where he lived in Kent County. The contributions by Brian Webster of  St. George, ON to the Canadian horse racing industry as a promoter, advisor, and an evaluator, are centered around his 20+ years building, managing and promoting successful yearling sales.  In 1969 he was President of the first annual Mixed Canadian Standardbred Horse Sale; in 1980, he helped create the Select Yearling Sale, and ran it for 10 years; in 2000, he became President and Sales Manager of Forest City Yearling Sale, which he ran until 2009.  Webster was then hired as Sales Consultant to the Standardbred Canada Yearling Sale. Webster was also involved in  many industry associations at various times, including the Ontario Harness Horse Association and the North American Harness Racing Marketing Association.  He’s worked in volunteer capacities with the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, the Ontario Racing Commission’s Standardbred Working Group, and several Ontario Sires Stakes committees, and was a mentor for the SBOA’s  Ownership Mentoring program. In the Standardbred Communicator category the election committee can vote for Paul Delean, Bruce Johnston and Dave Perkins North Bay native Paul DeLean, began his career as a horse racing writer in the late 70’s at the Barrie Examiner where he met Bill Rowe and was in turn introduced to Standardbred racing.  He has worked for The Gazette in Montreal since 1981 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 62, Paul has compiled an impressive body of work in covering the sport in Canada. In 1976, Bruce Johnston of Aylmer, Ontario, acquired The Canadian Sportsman, ‘the oldest turf journal in America’.  His editorial policy was to promote harness racing and to suggest proposals, such as those that resulted in improvements to the Ontario Sires Stakes format in 1991.  Under Johnston’s leadership, The Canadian Sportsman became one of the sport’s leading publications.  Johnston was also involved in various lobbying efforts for racing and was an active member of the Ontario Agriculture and Horse Racing Coalition.  He was posthumously named winner of the Canadian Standardbred Horse Society’s General Achievement Award for 1993, recognizing excellence, leadership and contributions to the Canadian Standardbred breeding industry.  That same year the Johnston Cup was established in his memory and is awarded annually to the leading trainer in the Ontario Sires Stakes. Award winning journalist Dave Perkins, of Toronto, Ontario, 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.  Dave 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 end of the Ontario government’s Slots At Racetracks Program and penned many columns with thoughtful ideas on what the government could do. The five categories chosen for the 2016 Thoroughbred ballot are Builder, Communicator, Trainer, Male Horse and Veteran Horse A Thoroughbred Builder ballot comprised of Dr. Michael D. Colterjohn, James B. Irvine and James Sabiston is offered for voter consideration. The late Dr. Michael Colterjohn, one of Canada’s top equine reproductive experts, joined Gardiner Farms in 1987 and was soon named farm President.   Under his management, the Caledon East farm became one of the country’s most well-respected and accomplished breeding operations. He built a quality broodmare band to elevate the farm into a significant player in the Canadian-yearling market. Following the sale of Gardiner Farms 2008, Colterjohn along with his wife Dr. Moira Gunn and farm manager Sherry McLean, purchased the Gardiner livestock he had spent so much time and effort amassing and the three partners launched Paradox Farm Inc.  The long list of Paradox-bred horses include 2014 Queen’s Plate winner Lexie Lou along with venerable Ontario-Sire stakes performer, Pender Harbour. The late James B. Irvine, a long-time employee of the Ontario Racing Commission and the Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association, was instrumental in finding employment for countless numbers in the stabling area for over 45 years; from the 1950's to the 1990's at Dufferin Park, Greenwood, Woodbine, Long Branch and Fort Erie Race Tracks.  "Bow Tie Jimmy" was a mentor, father figure, and simply a friend to many people on the backstretch, including Jim Bannon, jockeys Richard Grubb, Robbie King, and Ron Turcotte.  The J.B. Irvine Library, located in the "Jake" Howard Center on the Woodbine backstretch, is named in his honour. With over 60 years in the business as a breeder, owner and a consignor to the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Sales, James Sabiston, now 92, continues to enjoy the races.  Beginning in 1956 with his first stallion “Bimini Bay” and followed by others including Dawn Flight, Triumphant, Ground Cover, Bold Revenue to name a few, Sabiston bred many mares of his own and for numerous clients at his Longview Farm, near Stouffville, Ontario.   Always searching out new blood lines and crosses to try to "make a better foal”, James represents the 'small owner/breeder' in racing. He tried to keep the cost of his yearlings within a reasonable range, and if a yearling did not sell, he was prepared to race it under Longview colours.  He also participated in the syndication of stallions such as Bold Ruckus, again supporting the Ontario breeding program, enabling other owners to be involved in the breeding process, and expanding blood lines.  Longview graduates of note include Silent Fleet, Crease Infraction, Native Nova, and Katahaula County and Mr. Sabiston's personal favourites, Grecian Touch and Rose and Shine. Joe Hirsch, Curtis Stock and Daryl Wells, Sr. have been selected to appear on the Thoroughbred Communicator ballot. American horse racing columnist and author Joe Hirsch was the founding president of the U.S. based National Turf Writers' Association.  He began writing for the Daily Racing Form in 1954 and retired as its executive columnist in 2003.  The frequent visitor to Woodbine, wrote glowing articles on Canadian racing, especially the Queen's Plate Stakes.  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. Hirsch won both the Eclipse Award for outstanding writing along with other prestigious awards including the Big Sport of Turfdom in 1983 and the Jockey Club Medal in 1989. The Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) is contested annually at Belmont Park and the press boxes at both Saratoga and Churchill Downs are named in his honour; each year Breeders' Cup Ltd. presents the Joe Hirsch Award to a member of the media for their BC coverage and the Joe Hirsch Media Ring of Honor was established in 2010 by the National Racing Museum's Hall of Fame. Originally from Calgary, Curtis Stock got his start as a horse racing reporter while still in university, before working at Woodbine with CHRHF member Bruce Walker.  He returned to Alberta to take over the publicity, marketing and advertising at Northlands Park and then moved to the Edmonton Journal.  Stock’s affection for the horses, jockeys, trainers and horse people in general, is reflected in his writing. His reporting has resonated with Sovereign Awards judges.  Stock was the recipient of back-to-back Sovereign Awards for Outstanding Feature Story in 1993-94 and beginning in 1985 took home an unprecedented eight Sovereign Awards for Outstanding Newspaper Story in Canada. The voice of Daryl Wells, Sr. became as much a part of Ontario thoroughbred racing as the track where he honed his craft.  His career as announcer for the OJC, began when the Etobicoke Ontario track opened in 1956, when the assignment also included calling races at Fort Erie and Greenwood.  Twenty years later, he began focussing exclusively on races at Woodbine, allowing his son Daryl, Jr. to take over at Fort Erie.  Wells’ broadcast career began as a disc jockey at the age of 15 in B.C., moving east several years later, working in the sports department at radio station CHML in Hamilton in the 1940s and '50s. He eventually becoming the sports director for CHCH-TV. Working with another radio/TV legend Norm Marshall, Wells co-hosted the first four races live from Woodbine during weekday afternoons. In so doing, he provided easy-to-understand commentary which truly enhanced racing's image and dramatically boosted its popularity and increased the sport's fan base. His calls of Northern Dancer winning the Queen’s Plate in 1964 as well as Secretariat's final race at Woodbine in 1973, live on in the memories and archives of racing fans everywhere.  Following his death in 2003, the headline in the Toronto Sun read, "Woodbine loses legend. Long-time announcer dies” The three Trainers on the 2016 Thoroughbred Election ballot are Reade Baker, Harold J. Barroby and Mark Casse Reade Baker's racing career now spans four decades and in June 2014 he notched his 1,000th career win as trainer; 122 of those wins have come in stakes events, 27 of which were graded races.  Voted the Sovereign Award Outstanding Trainer in 2005, Baker has developed numerous stake winners including Horse of the Year champions Fatal Bullet who won in 2008 and Biofuel, who won in 2010. Baker also conditioned Bear Now who won the 2008 Sovereign Award for Older Female and Tu Endie Wei winner of the 2011 Sovereign Award as Champion 2-Year-Old Filly.  Baker continued to saddle winners in 2015 with Academic being victorious in the Woodbine Oaks and Breaking Lucky winning the Prince of Wales Stakes, the second-jewel in Canada’s Triple Crown. In 2013, Reade Baker was inducted into the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame. Harold Barroby a native of Ravenscrag, Saskatchewan followed his older brother Frank to Alberta, where he eventually became leading trainer in 1969 and 1970. He moved further west in 1974 to British Columbia.   The great Love Your Host won 13 stakes under his tutelage and other good horses were Pampas Host and Delta Colleen, both multiple stakes winners at Hastings Park. He has been leading trainer there a record 10 times and remains the all-time leader in terms of wins and stakes wins. Graded stake wins include Fortinbras in the 1986 British Columbia Derby (G3) and 1986 B.C. Premier's Championship Handicap (G3). Mark Casse, to date is the winner of seven Sovereign Awards as Canada’s Outstanding Trainer and ten leading-trainer titles at Woodbine.  Born in Indiana in 1961, he took over his father’s Kentucky operation at the age of 18 and scored his first winner as trainer at Keeneland.   A 69-win season in 2002 earned Casse his first Woodbine trainers’ title.  Since then, he’s trained a number of Sovereign Award winning horses including three Horses of the Year – Lexie Lou (2014), Uncaptured (2012), and Sealy Hill (2007), the only filly to win the Canadian Triple Tiara.  Other champions include My Conquestadory and Marchfield.  In 2011, Casse won a record 119 races, surpassing the previous mark of 89 victories by Frank Passero in 1995 and collected a then-record over $6.6 Million in purses. He saddled Lexie Lou to win both the Queen’s Plate and Woodbine Oaks in 2014. 2015 was Casse’s biggest year yet, as he amassed $13.6 Million in purses with 159 winners including Breeders’ Cup Grade 1 wins with Tepin, 2015 Eclipse Award winner as Champion Turf Female, and Catch a Glimpse, who is a 2015 Sovereign finalist as Canada’s Outstanding 2-year-old Filly. The Thoroughbred Male Horse category will be contested by Quiet Resolve, Wake at Noon and Wise Dan. Quiet Resolve, the Sam Son Farm homebred and Mark Frostad trained son of Affirmed earned $2.3 million in a 31 start race career with a record of 10-6-4, including multiple graded stakes wins. He was recipient of the 2000 Sovereign Award as Champion Turf Horse and Canada’s Horse of the Year, which was highlighted by victories in the Atto Mile (G1), and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy Stakes (G2).  During his championship season, Quiet Resolve ventured south of the border and won the Dixie Stakes (G2) at Pimlico, was second in the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs and third in the Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile Stakes (G2). Bred and owned by Bruno Schickedanz and trained by Abraham Katryan, Wake at Noon won six of 10 starts in 2002, earning him Sovereign Awards as Champion Sprinter, Champion Older Horse and most importantly, Horse of the Year.  His major wins that year included the Vigil Handicap (G3), Highlander Handicap (G3), Jacques Cartier Stakes, and Briartic Handicap.  In 2000 at the age of 3, he won the Highlander Stakes (G3), Achievement Hcp., Queenston Stakes, Woodstock Stakes and Kennedy Road Stakes.  Lifetime, the Ontario-bred horse by Cure the Blues, out of the Silver Deputy mare Sermon Time won 21 races in 67 starts, including 10 stakes for earnings of $1.6 million. Wise Dan’s racing career concluded in 2014 at the age of seven after 23 wins and two seconds in 31 starts, amassing a bank account of  $7,552,920 for breeder/owner Morton Fink and trainer Charles LoPresti.  Included in these impressive statistics for the multiple graded stakes winner were back-to-back wins in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes (G1) in 2012 and 2013.  His 2013 victory in that race in an impressive course record of 1:31.75.  Wise Dan also had back-to-back wins in the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) 2012, 2013 and was honoured as Eclipse Award Horse of the Year in both 2012 and 2013 as well as Champion Grass Horse and Champion Older Horse in the U.S. those two years. Thoroughbred Veteran Horses All Along (FR), Dahlia and South Ocean will the nominees voters will select from. The French-bred filly All Along, was the first winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) to race in Canada where she won the Rothmans International (G1) as part of a torrid international tour spanning 41 days that also included wins in the Turf Classic (G1) at Aqueduct and the Washington, D.C. International (G1) at Laurel.  During her race career, she earned Horse of the Year honours on two continents for owner Daniel Wildenstein and family. She 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. She also finished 2nd in 1984 Breeders' Cup Turf Stakes.  Bred in Kentucky by Nelson Bunker Hunt, the French-trained Dahlia spent much of her race career taking on the boys, doing so 35 times in her 48 starts, and was the first female horse to surpass $1 million in career earnings.  She is still the only horse to win Group or Grade 1 stakes in five different countries including Canada, where she won the Canadian International in 1974.  That Canadian victory brought international attention to the race and subsequently resulted in other European horses making the trip.  Her career stats include a record of 15-3-7 in 48 starts with earnings of $1,489,105.  As a broodmare, she produced three Grade 1 winners.  South Ocean won the 1970 Canadian Oaks and later as a broodmare produced the sire of Storm Cat.  She was bred by E.P.Taylor and sold through auction to his son Charles, who also raced her. Trained by G. "Pete" McCann, South Ocean was a dual stakes winner, taking the 1969 Yearling Sales Stakes in her first year racing and following up as Oaks Champion and top 3 year-old filly contender in 1970. That year she also placed in five other stakes including the Bison City and Wonder Where Stakes. Her legacy as a broodmare is even more impressive.  The daughter of New Providence out of a Chop Chop mare matched perfectly with the Northern Dancer line. One of her eight pairings with Northern Dancer produced the great Northernette, herself a Canadian Champion filly and 1987 CHRHF inductee. Another mating resulted in Storm Bird, who went on to stand stud in Kentucky and sired 63 stakes winners, including Storm Cat. The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2016 Induction Ceremony will be hosted at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. Additional information about the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame may be found at www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com

2016 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.  Since the inaugural class of people and horses were inducted in 1976, there are now over 450 honoured members in the CHRHF.  The public is invited to participate in the nomination of horses and people who have made a significant contribution to Canadian horse racing, for induction to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2016. Is there a horse or person that you think should be added to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2016?  Someone who should join such racing icons as Northern Dancer, Somebeachsomewhere, John Campbell, or Sandy Hawley?  You can have your say by submitting a nomination by 5:00 pm EST, Wednesday March 2nd in any of the following categories: 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.   New in 2016:  All nomination submissions must be made using the form available on the CHRHF website at www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com.    Form may also be obtained by contacting admin@horseracinghalloffame.com.  Complete eligibility criteria may be found at: http://horseracinghalloffame.com/inductees/eligibility/ For further information, or to submit a completed nomination form, contact:  Standardbred Nominations:  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 and if approved, presented to the Election Committee for voting by secret ballot. NOMINATION DEADLINE:   WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016 5:00 pm EST. The final list of the 2016 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Inductees will be announced on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. The 2016 Induction Gala will be held Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 at the Mississauga Convention Centre. 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  

2016 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and to celebrate, a calendar has been produced honouring many of the racing industry’s equine heroes.   From the moment Linda Rainey, Managing Director of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, read ‘So God Made a Racehorse’ she knew it was special.  “The beautiful words written by TROT Magazine Editor    Darryl Kaplan captured all the best qualities of our equine racing heroes and spoke directly to what the CHRHF represents.”   With Kaplan’s agreement, it was decided to create a calendar to celebrate the CHRHF’s 40th anniversary in 2016.  Commenting on the project, Darryl noted, "There are few athletes in this world more deserving    of our admiration than the tremendous equine performers on our racetracks.  'So God Made a Racehorse' was written as a tribute to the horse‎ and it is an honour to have the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame use this piece in its 2016 calendar."   Darryl’s powerful words are accompanied throughout the calendar with images of Hall of Fame horses from the files of award winning photographer Dave Landry, “The horses brought me into photography at an early age”, said Landry, “Being involved with this project brought back cherished memories of racing    and farm visits.  I very much enjoy seeing the great ones honoured, as it serves to remind us how fortunate we are to have them in our lives. In recognizing their achievements, we ensure the traditions of horse racing remain a strong part of Canadian culture.”     Each page of the 12 month calendar features a stanza of “So God Made a Racehorse” along with a beautiful Dave Landry photo of either a Standardbred or Thoroughbred CHRHF member.  Horses featured include Somebeachsomewhere, Jambalaya, Dance Smartly, Bettors Delight, Wando, Izvestia, Mystic Mistress, Dreamfair Eternal, Soaring Free, Kadabra, Rocknroll Hanover and Peteski.   The full colour calendars measure 12.5”x9.5”(opening to 12.5”x 19”)  and can be purchased for $15.00 each + HST through the CHRHF online gift shop at, http://shop.horseracinghalloffame.com/.     The calendars will also be on sale November 28 and 29th in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and on the 2nd Floor at Woodbine during both Thoroughbred and Standardbred race cards.  Additional racetrack locations and dates, as well as information on retail sales locations to be announced shortly.   From the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

Canadian Hall of Fame induction memories

Ten new inductees were enshrined in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Wednesday evening in front of a packed house in Mississauga, Ontario. From the thoroughbred side, owner/breeder (the late) Robert Anderson, Trainer Roger Laurin, jockey Stewart Elliot, 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and communicator Jim Bannon were inducted. Representing the Standardbred breed, breeder owner Charles H. Armstrong, driver William Gale, racehorse Artsplace, broodmare J Cs Nathalie and communicator Harry Eisen also received their Hall of Fame rings. Harry Eisen’s wife Maxine summed up her husband’s all-encompassing love of harness racing when she accepted on his behalf. “He loved his job so much, he’d have worked for free,” she told the audience. “But I’m glad he didn’t!” Horse racing shaped Harry Eisen’s life from his pre-Kindergarten days attending races in Palmerston, Ontario through to the end of his career as a journalist. He used to sell tip sheets at Dufferin Park Racetrack as a youngster and later used his knowledge of racing to become an expert handicapper. Eisen, who passed away in 1993, combined his passions for racing and writing into a storied career at the London Free Press, where he reported on the sport, wrote a popular column called Mostly About Horses and made the daily Western Fair Raceway selections. Eisen spent 22 years covering horse racing full time for the newspaper and retired in 1983, earning many accolades and honours - including the first media award handed out by the Canadian Trotting Association, also in 1983 - and the respect of horsepeople and other reporters along the way. His first full-time gig was with the Sudbury Star before he arrived in London, where he met his wife Maxine. “When I found out (about the induction) I couldn’t believe, it!” Maxine Eisen said upon accepting the Hall of Fame ring. “It’s nice to know Harry was remembered and appreciated.” Roger Laurin  saddled the first winner of the Breeders’ Cup in 1984, Chief ’s Crown, and conditioned Eclipse Award winning filly Numbered Account for Ogden Phipps in 1971. Born in 1935, Roger was involved in horse racing as a youngster. He galloped horses for his father before going to school while living in Florida or where Lucien was racing at the time. At age he 16 earned a trainer’s license at Narragansett, RI. Roger came into prominence in 1964 when he took charge of the conditioning of Miss Cavandish, a $1,500 purchase by Harry Nichols. “I’d like to thank my father for being born before me,” Laurin quipped to the delight of the crowd while accepting his award. “Thank you for the induction; it’s greatly appreciated and a great part of my life.” Laurin was of course referring to Lucien Laurin, whom he coaxed out of retirement to help train at Penny Chenery Tweedy’s Meadow Stable in Virginia in 1971 “on a temporary basis” which culminated in the elder Laurin conditioning 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat for Chenery. Roger Laurin enjoyed success locally winning the 1970 Canadian International Championship with the remarkable filly Drumtop, who broke three track records in 1971. That year was a huge one for Laurin as he had eight stakes winners, including Phipps’ Numbered Account, champion two-year-old filly. In the late 1970s he trained for Reginald N. Webster and the U.S. racing division for E.P. Taylor’s Windfields Farm. Chief ’s Crown was champion 2-year-old after his Breeders’ Cup victory in 1984 and was in the money in all three Triple Crown races in 1985. He won the Travers, Flamingo, Blue Grass and Marlboro Cup Invitational that year. Laurin, however, left the main stage at age 50, retiring along with Chief ’s Crown. He was quoted as saying after Chief ’s Crown’s disappointing fourth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, “He’s the horse of a lifetime. It took 30 years to find him, and I can’t wait another 30.” When John Lamers claimed pacing mare JCs Nathalie as a five-year old for $25,000 at Mohawk Racetrack on Nov. 11, 1993, he never suspected she would become Dreamfair’s foundation Broodmare. But Lamers of Ingersoll, Ontario said his outstanding broodmare is proof that desire is a breedable characteristic. She’s instilled it in her remarkable sons and daughters, among them the farm’s first great champion Dreamfair Vogel, a winner of nearly $1.2 million, and 2010 Canadian Horse of the Year Dreamfair Eternal, the sensational pacing mare that earned over $2.5 million and was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2014. From 13 foals, including 11 starters, JCs Nathalie’s progeny have earned more than $4.5 million and averaged $409,230 per starter for Lamers’ Dreamfair Farms. “It’s a bit emotional for me,” Lamers began when accepting JC S Nathalie’s Hall of Fame induction. “Every morning I look out the back door and see JC S Nathalie in the paddock eating grass, as healthy as can be. Hopefully she’s going to be there for a long time yet.”  Lamers was almost ready to get out of the business the autumn before Dreamfair Vogel started winning. “I guess my suggestion to anyone would be: Don’t give up, there’s a winner out there. Do your homework, study your pedigrees. Then you need to be patient,” Lamers said. “I’m not always a patient man, but for some reason I am when it comes to the horses.” In over 35 years in the sulky, 2015 Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee Bill Gale won 6,375 races, but none were more memorable than winning his first Breeders Crown in 1986 with Sunset Warrior at Garden State Park in New Jersey for trainer, friend and fellow LaSalle, ON resident Bob McIntosh. “It was such a big thing at the time for an Ontario-based guy to go to the States and win a race of that stature. I think they were going for $800,000 or so that night,” Gale said. “I think that was the win that kind of pushed me into the spotlight a little.” Gale first thanked his wife of 46 years Janice while delivering his acceptance speech. “I know there’s a few in the audience that think she deserves an award for putting up with me,’ He joked. “They’re probably right!” Gale went on to thank the owners and horseman that “put him in a position to succeed” during his career. “To be recognized by your peers is one of the highest honors you can receive,” he said. “I find this honor greatly humbling, but it is also one I accept with great pride and I thank you all.” Legends of the game such as fellow driver John Campbell and McIntosh — Hall of Famers in both Canada and the United States — made it clear when the 2015 ballot came out that Gale deserved to join them in Canadian Hall. Campbell said Gale was, “easily the best driver not yet enshrined.” McIntosh said Gale, “deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. We traveled all over the United States and Canada and he won a lot of stakes races for me. He had the lightest set of hands. He could keep a bad horse quiet. He was very good with them. Strategically as a driver he was right up there with the best, though he was underrated all the time.” Between 1982 and 1997, Gale recorded 16 consecutive $1 million+ seasons. In his career, he drove the winners of $42.1 million in an era before slots-fattened purses. In 1991, Gale was honoured with an O’Brien Award as Canada’s Driver of the Year following a season where he exceeded $3.2 million in purse earnings. He holds the record for the most driving wins at Windsor Raceway (some 3,500) and was inducted into the Windsor / Essex County Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. Gale last drove in 2007, having his career cut short due to injuries sustained in a number of racing accidents. In May, 2004, Canadian jockey Stewart Elliott became the first jockey in 25 years to win the Kentucky Derby in his first appearance when he guided chestnut colt Smarty Jones to victory over 17 contenders over a sloppy track in front of 120,000 racing fans. Under Elliott’s guidance, Smarty Jones became the first undefeated horse since Seattle Slew in 1977 to win the Kentucky Derby. Elliott and Smarty Jones then set the horseracing world abuzz with an 11 1/2 length romp in The Preakness Stakes and expectations of the first Triple Crown winner in 31 were high. But in the Belmont Stakes, Elliott and Smarty Jones set most of the pace only to be nailed in the closing strides by longshot Birdstone, who went on to win by a length. “I know this is an industry where many toil with little or no recognition,” Elliott, a Toronto native, said accepting his Hall of Fame induction. “So I know how fortunate I am to have had a successful career in both Canada and the U.S.” 2004 was a career year for the 39-year-old Elliott as his mounts earned more than $14.5 million. Included in that total was a $5 million bonus from the people at Oaklawn for winning their Arkansas Derby along with the Rebel and the Kentucky Derby. And as he continues to ride into the 2015 season, the 50-year-old Elliott is approaching 4,800 wins, many of which came at Keystone Park, later named Philadelphia Park and now named Parx Racing. He won his first race at Keystone and was leading apprentice rider. Artsplace won 37 times in 49 races, including an undefeated 4-year-old campaign in which he won 16 races without tasting defeat. He set a world record of 1:51 1/5 winning the Breeders Crown at Pompano in 1990 in a performance that to this day is hailed as one of the greatest rookie performances ever. But his excellence was not limited to the racetrack as Artsplace is one of the greatest sires in the history of the sport. To date, his progeny have accumulated over $173 million in earnings with an average of $126,372 per starter. Many of Artsplace’s sons and daughters have gone on to sire champions, including Art Major, sire of 2008 Meadowlands Pace champion Art Official, who won in 1:47, which, at the time, was a world record for three-year-old pacers, and the second fastest race mile in harness racing history.  Artsplace was also unique being both a sire of great sires and also of great broodmares, an unusual circumstance in today’s mostly abbreviated sire careers. Art Zubrod – for whom the great champion was named – accepted the induction and thanked “everyone that was involved with the horse,” and specifically thanked trainers Gene Reigle, who developed Artsplace and trained him at two, and “the great Bob McIntosh” who campaigned the champion for Brittany Farms at three and four.  Artsplace – who won Horse of the Year both in Canada and the U.S. in 1992 - goes into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 15 years after being enshrined in the U.S. Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He is part of the third crop of predominantly U.S.-connected superstar horses to gain entry to the Canadian Hall since eligibility rules were loosened in 2013 to allow entry to horses that made a significant contribution to Canadian racing. Previously horses had to be Canadian-bred or owned, predominantly, by Canadians. H. Charles (Charlie) Armstrong of Brampton, Ontario, built the Armstrong Brothers farm into the second largest Standardbred breeding operation in North America from 1978 until 2005 when the farm ceased operation. Armstrong, 93, who appeared via video accompanied by family members when told of his Hall of Fame induction replied, “Mercy me, thank you kindly. Armstrong’s wife Lenore accepted the award in his absence and thanked Murray Brown of Hanover Shoe farms for the nomination and the Hall of Fame for the induction. Armstrong and fellow Hall of Famer Gustav Schickedanz were also the breeders of champion trotter Goodtimes, who retired after 11 years on the track, as the richest Canadian bred trotter of all time. Goodtimes was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2004. Outside of heading Armstrong Bros., Charlie also had tremendous success with his own Village Acres farm, which produced two-time Breeders Crown winner Village Jiffy, as well as such horses as Village Jove, Village Jolt, Village Connection and Village Beretta. In 1999, Charlie was named to the Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame and the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association presented him with the Chris Van Bussell Award in 2003. Jim Bannon’s induction was met with a lengthy standing ovation from all in attendance as the audience showed their appreciation for a lengthy and charismatic career as a broadcaster, educator and humanitarian. Bannon, who first arrived at Woodbine in 1965 looking for a job at one of the stables, parlayed that interest in horseracing at a young age into a storied career as a public handicapper, analyst and television commentator and as a deeply religious and emotional man, he has led Woodbine’s Chaplaincy program since the late 1980s. Bannon has also produced the popular “Journal” since 1972 which offers bettors his observations and insights in print every racing day. Hall of Fame communicator Louis Cauz presented to Bannon, joking that he was breaking a rule that he instituted as Director of the Hall of Fame that forbid presenters to speak. “Tonight I pass the mantle to a legend who has dedicated his life to the sport of horseracing,” an emotional Cauz said. “It makes me feel I belong,” Bannon said of his induction. “I don’t think anyone wants anything else than to feel they belong to such a distinguished community.”  Bannon recalled fondly his first introduction to the sport of horseracing. “I was seven years old and my grandmother took me down to Greenwood Racetrack,” he began. “This isn’t your ordinary grandmother. Grandmothers take you to the Exhibition. This grandmother, who was the mother of 16, took me to Greenwood and put me right where I could see the start of a 7 Furlong race.” “She held my hand as the horses came out of the gate,” he continued. “I got a picture that I would have all my life; the yelling, horses thrusting, the screaming. She looked down at me as if to say “did you get that”, and I got it. I still have it 60 years later.” Bannon, who won a Gemini Award in 2010 as Canada’s best sports analyst acknowledges that “an act of providence” was the main factor in his achievements. A deeply religious and emotional human, Bannon admits it was “an unmistakable evidence of God’s providence, which is everywhere in my life.” The late Robert Anderson, who died suddenly at the age of 64 in 2010, led one of the most influential breeding operations of the 1970s and 1980s. In the heyday of thoroughbred breeding and selling, Anderson surged to the top of the breeders charts. He sold yearlings for millions and bred numerous graded stakes winners. In 1985, Anderson Farms was the leading consignor at Saratoga and Keeneland yearling sales. For more than 41 years before his death Anderson did exactly what he wanted to do for a living. It was something he predicted when he was very young. “I went to Wellington Street School and I remember one day in Grade 5 a teacher asked everybody what they wanted to do, and I said I wanted to raise horses and sell them,” he once said. Anderson’s son David, accepted the induction with his sister Jessica Anderson Buckley remembered his father as a “true sportsman” that did something that he truly loved, traveling millions of miles up and down the 401 corridor following his racehorses. He was also remembered as a man who “treated everyone equally” by his son. That’s one of the things I loved about my father,” he remarked. “One minute he’d be rubbing shoulders with a Fortune 500 executive the next minute he’d be out drinking a Bud Lite with a Hot Walker laughing and telling jokes.” Anderson personally created the match-ups of stallions and mares that produced so many top class Canadian-bred thoroughbreds, most notably Alydeed and champions such as Pinafore Park, Larkwhistle, Prince Avatar, Bounding Away, Triple Wow, Northern Craze, Fifty Proof, A La Reine and Raymi Coya. Another key to his success as a breeder was the stallions he bred, Alydeed, National Assembly and Ascot Knight, who sold for $1.4 million in 1985. Ascot Knight, who stood at Windfields Farm, sired champions Pennyhill Park, Hey Hazel, Influent, Plenty of Sugar and Southdale, who was owned by long-time friend and business partner Rod Ferguson. In 2000, Anderson Farms became involved in Standardbred racing and immediately found success with such champions as Pampered Princess, who earned $1.7 million, Southwind Allaire, Cabrini Hanover, who earned close to $1.5 million, and The Pres. It is estimated Anderson Farms was the birthplace of some 1,400 horses. Anderson was a complete horseman, delving into every facet of the game. He was a director of the Ontario Jockey Club (now Woodbine Entertainment Group) for 25 years, president of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, director of the Hambletonian Society, board member of The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, a member of The Jockey Club of Canada and the Ontario Racing Commission. He was also the first chairman of the Guelph Equine Centre for Equine Research and a member of the E.P. Taylor Equine Research Fund. He was the guy you wanted to have on your team,” David Anderson said “I always said: stand behind him or stand beside him; but don’t ever stand in front of him”. During his four-year racing career Mine That Bird won five races, four at Woodbine, the other in a monumental upset in the 2009 Kentucky Derby at Louisville’s Churchill Downs. He went off at odds of 50-to-1 and galloped from 19th place to win going away by six lengths and paying $103.20, the second largest payoff in Derby history. He was just the second gelding to win the Derby since 1929. The other one was Funny Cide in 2003. Bred in Kentucky by Toronto’s Peter Lamantia and partners Jim Blackburn of Chicago, and Kentucky horsemen Phil Needham and Bill Betz, Mine That Bird’s Canadian connections trace back to Northern Dancer on both the male and female lines of his pedigree. Accepting the induction for Mine That Bird was Dr. Leonard Bloch, who still seemed a bit surprised to this day that the gelding with Canadian connections won the world’s most famous horserace against all odds. “Who would have thought that a 50/1 shot coming out of New Mexico that hadn’t won since we bought him would win the Kentucky Derby?” he said. “It had to be divine intervention.” Like the grandsire of Mine That Bird’s dam, Mining My Own, the bay gelding had not celebrated his real birthday before the Derby. Both the Dancer and Mine That Bird were late May foals. The gelding was viewed as being a little small, with a crooked leg and was withdrawn from the Keeneland September yearling sales. “He was small because of his May birth date and we figured it might help if we sold him later,” said Needham. The following month he went through the sales ring at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October mixed sale and was bought for $9,500 by Woodbine-based trainer Dave Cotey on behalf of Dominion Bloodstock owners Derek Ball and Hugh Galbraith. Another Canadian connection was the gelding’s dam, Mining My Own, a daughter of Sam- Son Farm’s champion sire Smart Strike. The acquisition of Mine That Bird, a son of Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone, was profitable for his owners. At Woodbine he won the Swynford, Silver Deputy and Grey Stakes and was named Canada’s champion male two-year-old in 2008. He earned $324,000 as a juvenile and was sold to New Mexico owners, Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine for a reported $400,000. He was transferred to New Mexico to begin his sophomore campaign for trainer Chip Woolley Jr. He was second in the Borderland Derby in New Mexico before Woodley vanned him 1,450 miles to Kentucky. The graded-stakes earnings from his win in the Grey Stakes at Woodbine earned him a place in the starting gate at Churchill Downs. Its track was rated as “sloppy” after an overnight rain and Mine That Bird, ridden by Calvin Borel, had trouble out of the starting gate and was left about eight lengths behind the rest of the 18 starters. His gallant trip from 19th place escaped the attention of NBC announcer Tom Durkin as the field sped down the backstretch. Borel, using his ground-saving, rail-skimming riding technique, made up 21 lengths, moving into contention at the turn for home. Durkin, focusing on the leaders, didn’t see Borel steering his mount past tiring horses along the rail until he was three lengths in the lead, pulling away with each stride. Borel selected the great filly Rachel Alexandra for the Preakness, defeating Mine That Bird and jockey Mike Smith by a length. He closed rapidly in the stretch but the finish line came before he could catch her. Borel was back on the gelding in the Belmont but was third. A movie called “50/1” was made about Mine That Bird’s career – and more specifically his improbable Kentucky Derby win – and Bloch said he brought the horse to several premieres in the United States for which he sometimes gets recognized. “Hey, you’re the guy that won the Kentucky Derby,” he said people will stop him and say. “I reply: No I’m not. The horse won the Derby!” Standardbred Inductees Male Horse Category:  Artsplace – bred and owned by George I. Segal, Chicago, Illinois & Brian P. Monieson, Northbrook, Illinois;   later owned by Artsplace Syndicate, Versailles, Kentucky. Veteran Horse Category:  J Cs Nathalie – bred by Gaetan Dessureault, St. Ours, Quebec;   owned by John P. Lamers, Ingersoll, ON Builder Category:  H. Charles Armstrong, Brampton, Ontario Communicator Category:  Harry Eisen, London, Ontario Driver/Trainer:  William (Bill) Gale, Ingersoll, Ontario Thoroughbred Inductees Male Horse Category:  Mine That Bird, bred by Lamantia, Blackburn & Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds; owned by Double Eagle Ranch Inc. and Buena Suerte Equine, New Mexico Builder Category:  Robert (Bob) Anderson, St. Thomas, Ontario Communicator Category:  James (Jim) E. Bannon, Toronto, Ontario Jockey Category:  Stewart Elliott, Auburn, Kentucky Trainer Category:  Roger Laurin, Ocala, Florida Additional information about the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame may be found at www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com Presentation photos available at:  HOF 2015 Awards Linda Rainey Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame  

TORONTO, ON, July 8 - The 39th Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala Fundraising Dinner on August 5th promises to be an evening of celebration as ten new members join the best of Canadian Horse Racing.  Held at the Mississauga Convention Centre, co-hosting duties will be shared by Jim Bannon, Woodbine Entertainment Group Thoroughbred Racing Analyst and 2015 CHRHF Communicator inductee along with Greg Blanchard, Raceway Manager at the Raceway at Western Fair and former racing television commentator.  The Gala event will feature a cocktail reception, a fantastic line up of silent and live auction items, a four course gourmet dinner and the Induction Ceremony. The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame acknowledges the generous sponsorship support of this year’s event:  Event Sponsor – OLG; Reception and Wine Sponsor – Central Ontario Standardbred Association; Photography Sponsor - Ontario Standardbred Alliance Tracks and Woodbine Entertainment Group for producing the video tributes to each of this year’s inductees. The CHRHF Planning Committee is putting together an impressive list of live and silent auction items including sporting event tickets, racing related memorabilia and art.  All proceeds from the auction will go directly toward helping the Hall of Fame recognize the achievements of those that have built and established the roots of horse racing in Canada. The gala will celebrate the induction of Standardbred honourees H. Charles Armstrong, Bill Gale, Harry Eisen, Artsplace, and J Cs Nathalie.  Thoroughbred honourees include, Robert Anderson, Stewart Elliott, Roger Laurin and Mine That Bird. The event will pay tribute to 2015 Legend honourees Col. K. R. (Rud) Marshall and Harold H.  There will also be a look back to 1965, the year George Royal was named Canada’s Horse of the Year and Armbro Flight made headlines for her racing accomplishments as a three-year-old. 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 available for $175 per person or $1,700 for a table sponsorship which includes 8 tickets and a $300.00 donation to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame are available 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 still available.  

Three months after moving to Campbellville after nearly 40 years in Peterborough, the veteran Ontario trainer’s Ontario-sired trotter Hemi Seelster pulled off a stunning 76-1 upset in the Goodtimes Stakes on the Pepsi North America Cup harness racing undercard.   Pepsi North America Cup Night was surreal for John Bax of Campbellville on a number of fronts. Not only did his Ontario-sired pupil Hemi Seelster pull off a stunning 76-1 upset in the $233,000 final of the Goodtimes Stakes against top Grand Circuit horses, the veteran Ontario trainer then presented the trophy to himself. The Goodtimes, for sophomore trotting males, is named for Bax’s former trotting great, a longtime warrior in the open trot at Mohawk and Woodbine Racetracks who was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2004 after earning more than $2 million on the track. Bax, 60, said he was numb as he headed for the winner’s circle on June 20 after the Goodtimes. “I just handed (the trophy) to my wife, Vicky. I was there to give it, so I certainly had no trouble standing on the other side and taking it,” Bax said, laughing. Adding to the surreal nature of the night, it took just five minutes for Bax to make the trip home after the races, rather than the usual two- or three-hour trek. In April, Bax moved to the site of the famed standardbred breeding outfit Glengate Farms in Campbellville that ceased breeding operations in 2005. Until April, Bax had been based in Peterborough for his entire 38-year training career — a stint in which he trained the winners of well more than $17 million (trainer records weren’t kept for the first 16 years of his career) and earned a berth in the Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. “I drove a lot down the road, wore out a lot of trucks,” Bax said. “There were nights when I was heading home at midnight and they’ve got the 401 shut down in the middle of Toronto and you’re sitting there until 1:30 or 2 in the morning trying to get through and back home.” Needing to be up at the crack of dawn to train his stable compounded the wear and tear on the trainer. “I figured it out that if I was coming (to Mohawk) five days a week in the summer, that’s 20 hours plus (on the road),” Bax said. Bax said the move to the west side of Toronto, and closer to Ontario’s most lucrative tracks, only made sense because his 25-year-old son, Matt, is also a trainer. John also credits Matt for Hemi Seelster being in the Goodtimes in the first place. “To tell you the truth, I didn’t even realize at first that (Hemi Seelster) was in the Goodtimes. Matt slipped one by me. He was always high on him,” John said. “It’s his baby and he sometimes, in his youth, gets a little over-stimulated or high on a horse, whereas I’ve been down that road before.” Hemi Seelster, a son of Holiday Road out of Hollywood Beauty bred by Seelster Farms in Lucan, ON, was a $19,000 yearling purchase from the Forest City Yearling Sale in London — the exact same price John paid for Goodtimes as a yearling in 1992. Hemi Seelster is owned by John, Matt, John Houston of Cobourg, ON and the Goin To The Show Stable of Peterborough. John Bax pegged the gelding as more of an Ontario Sires Stakes horse than a top stakes horses. In against 1-5 favourite Canepa Hanover and 3-1 second choice French Laundry — both from the powerful Jimmy Takter stable — John said he was hoping for a fifth-place cheque with Hemi Seelster in the Goodtimes. But when Canepa Hanover and later French Laundry broke stride, John said he began counting horses in front of Hemi Seelster. “I really wasn’t paying so much attention to who was in front of us so much as the number there were… I don’t know if I breathed down the stretch,” John said. It was the first victory for Hemi Seelster in seven starts this year. All of this comes on the heels of one of John’s best years in the business. In 2014, John trained the winners of some $1.6 million. Two of John’s trainees — two-year-old trotting filly Stubborn Belle and three-year-old trotting filly Riveting Rosie — earned O’Brien Awards as the top horses in their division in Canada. Only 2001, when John earned some $1.85 million, won a Breeders Crown with Duke Of York at Woodbine and earned the O’Brien Award as Canada’s Trainer of the Year, was better, statistically, than last year. Beyond Goodtimes and Duke Of York ($900,000 lifetime), John has trained a long string of Ontario-sired trotting stars over his career, including: Define The World ($1.65 million), Charmed Life ($830,000), Northern Bailey ($775,000), Pepi Lavec ($650,000), Summer Indian ($435,000), Oaklea Odessa ($410,000), Oaklea Omega ($400,000), Elegant Supreme ($380,000) and Aimees Image ($230,000) Though Hemi Seelster is bound mostly for the Ontario Sires Stakes program this summer — of which John Bax is both a huge proponent and, historically, one of its most successful trainers — he said he might take a shot at the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks with Ontario-sired Stubborn Belle (Taurus Dream—Musetta Hanover) in August at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey. He said he hopes Ontario-sired Riveting Rosie (Muscle Mass—Rose De Vie Stena) can overcome allergy issues in time to race in the Breeders Crown at Woodbine in October. For now, the trainer is happy to enjoy an easier commute, easy access to Mohawk Racetrack to train horses and Hemi Seelster’s surprising Goodtimes victory. “I suppose at the end of the day it makes that $1,000 or $2,000 entry fee a little more bearable. It gives you a little hope,” he said. Dave Briggs Standardbred Communications Ontario Horse Racing standardbrednews@ontariohorseracing.ca (519) 782-7178   Please visit: www.ontariohorseracing.ca

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Visit the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and Woodbine Racetrack as they take part in Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf.  This is your opportunity and to learn about the history and heritage of Canadian horse racing from historians and docents including Hall of Fame Founder/Director Emeritus, Lou Cauz; author and Hall of Fame Member Bill Galvin; and harness racing ambassador, owner and super fan, Sydney Weaver.  See rare memorabilia and photos of iconic Canadian horses Northern Dancer and Cam Fella, test your trivia knowledge for the chance to win great CHRHF merchandise, and take your picture as a harness driver or jockey in the photo area. Woodbine activities include backstretch bus tours starting at 10am each day, with behind the scenes tours beginning at noon, and don’t forget there is a full card of Thoroughbred racing action beginning at 1pm both Saturday and Sunday.  Hall of Fame driver Ron Waples and Hall of Fame jockey Sandy Hawley are also scheduled to make appearances. Events takes place this Saturday May 23rd & Sunday May 24th from 10am until 5pm.  The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, founded in 1976, offers visitors a one of a kind look into 250 years of rich history and heritage of both the Thoroughbred and Standardbred horse racing industry in Canada.  For further information on the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame visit canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com & join the conversation via Facebook and Twitter! Facebook:  Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Twitter:  @cdn_halloffame @woodbineracing @Doors_OpenTO and using the event hashtag #DOT15 Linda Rainey Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

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