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