March 27, 2012
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its
2012 ballot. A total of 30 horses and people, including 15 Thoroughbred racing
candidates and 15 Standardbred racing candidates have been selected to appear
on the ballot. The two 20-person Election Committees will declare the winners
in the respective categories and they will be announced on Tuesday, April 10.
In the Standardbred Male Horse category, Astreos, Kadabra and
Majestic Son are the candidates.
Astreos, a son of Artsplace, won several stakes events, including
the Little Brown Jug, during his million dollar race career and took a record
of 1:49.3. In his second career, as a stallion, he has produced winners of over
$50 million to date, and many top performers including Zooka, Astronomical, To
Helen Back and Voelz Hanover.
As a race horse, Kadabra enjoyed incredible success, winning 25 of
36 lifetime starts for earnings in excess of $2.1 million. In the years since
his entrance to the breeding shed, he has sired the winners of more than $26.5
million including stars Poof Shes Gone and Daylon Magician, and in 2011 he was
No. 1 in Canada for his progeny’s all-age earnings of $8,408,950.
Majestic Son’s three season racing career saw him claim victory in
22 starts and bank almost $2 million in purse money. The son of Angus Hall was
at his best in his 2006 sophomore year when he won more than $1.3 million in
purse money and was named Canada’s Horse of the Year. Today, he is the richest
son of trotting sire Angus Hall.
The outstanding broodmares B Cor Tamara, J CS Nathalie and Mystic
Mistress are nominated in the Standardbred Female Horse category.
Before embarking on her second career as a broodmare, B Cor Tamara
enjoyed a productive racing career, earning more than $185,000. As a broodmare,
the brown 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 over $2.7 million — an average of
$151,303 per starter. B Cor Pete, a winner of $893,076, was her most
successful, and she also produced B Cor Timgo, a winner of $666,267 and Clarice
Marie, a winner of $313,408, among many others.
J Cs Nathalie, owned by John Lamers of Ingersoll, Ontario, has
produced two millionaires as a broodmare — pacing colt Dreamfair Vogel, and
pacing mare Dreamfair Eternal. Dreamfair Vogel was a winner of 19 races and
over $1.1 million with a mark of 1:49.3. Dreamfair Eternal, Canada’s Horse of
the Year in 2010, has won 53 races and over $2.4 million to date in her racing
career. In all, from 13 foals her progeny have averaged $381,826 in earnings
Mystic Mistress has also established herself as a top broodmare in
the sport, producing the winners of more than $3.8 million, including
Mystician, the 2010 Metro Pace Champion and a winner of over $1.6 million, and
Camystic, a proven sire and a winner of over $779,000 on the track. Mystic
Mistress, now owned by Warrawee Farm, received the Standardbred Breeder and
Owners Association’s award as Broodmare of the Year for 2011.
The three candidates in the trainer-driver category are Wally
Hennessey, Carl Jamieson and Dave Wall.
Wally Hennessey, 55, of Prince Edward Island, rewrote the
history books in the Maritimes in the early stages of his driving career. To
date, he has 8,026 victories to his name and has banked earnings in excess of
$54 million. In the late 1990s, he enjoyed success with the trotter Moni Maker,
a winner of $5.5 million and numerous stakes including the Nat Ray in three
different years, the Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown. In the summer
of 2007, Hennessey was inducted into the Living Hall of Fame in Goshen, New
Carl Jamieson, 61 of Princeton, Ontario and a native of Nova
Scotia, has established a reputation for his ability in selecting and
developing young horses. He’s enjoyed considerable success, having trained 940
winners and horses to earnings in excess of $22 million. In 2011 Carl trained
two Canadian champions – Up The Credit, Canada’s three year old pacing colt of
the year and Warrawee Needy, Canada’s Two-Year-Old pacing colt of the year.
Dave Wall, 65, of Komoka, Ontario, and a former top campaigner on
the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit, has driven 7117 winners and horses to
earnings in excess of $59.6 million during his career. He has also dabbled in
training, sending 518 winners postward and horses with over $2.4 million in
earnings. Two outstanding horses that he drove were pacing filly Odies Fame, a
winner of $1.4 million, and the outstanding trotter Goodtimes, a winner of more
than $2.2 million.
The candidates in the Standardbred builders’ category are Doug Harkness,
Charles Juravinski and William Rowe.
The late Doug Harkness made unparalleled contributions to the
harness racing industry in the Martimes. He was the founder and editor of Atlantic
Post Calls from 1979 – 2010. Doug was also involved in lobbying efforts
with the government, and was a capable spokesperson for harness racing on a
regional, national and international level. Doug received the City of
Charlottetown award for his promotional work in harness racing, and received
the President’s Award from the United States Harness Writers Association, the
only Canadian journalist to be honoured.
Charles Juravinski was involved in harness racing as a racetrack
operator and owner-breeder. With no prior knowledge of racetracks or horse
racing, Charles took a chance and turned a farmer’s field into Flamboro Downs,
a multi-million dollar half-mile racetrack which opened in 1975 and soon became
one of Canada’s premier racetracks and home to the Confederation Cup. He raced
horses and ran the racetrack devotedly for the next 30 years until 2003. He
also raced two world champion horses – the top pacing mare Ellamony which he
also bred, and pacing horse Matts Scooter.
William Rowe was involved in many facets of the harness racing
industry. He enjoyed success as a breeder, trainer-driver and administrator,
but it was as a builder of racetracks and racing executive that he made his
greatest mark in Canadian racing. Rowe was responsible for the construction of
Windsor Raceway, which opened in 1966, Barrie Raceway, which opened in 1971 and
Georgian Downs, which opened in 2001.
Rounding out the Standardbred candidates are Brets View, Celias
Counsel and Rumpus Hanover in the Veterans Category.
Brets View had a successful racing career, winning 13 times and
earning $129,969 while competing in Quebec in the early 90s. Her success
really hit a new level as a broodmare. Her foals have earned more than $1.2
million and include Newton Angus ($458,896), Jana Angus ($267,748) and Polichon
Angus ($243,339). Owned by Fermes Angus Farms, she produced 12 foals, all of
whom have started. Their average earnings have eclipsed $107,000.
Celias Counsel was one of the most prominent trotters in the early
1950s. She held a record of 2:07 when most trotters were racing in 2:10
or slower. As a broodmare, she produced 9 foals, including Van Counsel who
trotted in 2:03 and made over $131,000.
Rumpus Hanover, a son of Tyler B won 34 races and $721,993 during
his racing career. As a sire, standing primarily in Quebec and the Maritimes,
he sired the winners of $9.1 million including Tricky Tooshie, a winner of over
$1 million on the track and the dam of winners of over $2 million.
Thoroughbred Jockey/Trainer category
Russell Baze, who was born in Vancouver, and who has won more races than any jockey in history, was nominated along with fellow Vancouverite Mickey Walls and Lloyd Duffy, a nativeof Prince Edward Island in the Jockey/Trainer category. The 53-year-old Baze, amember of the U.S. Hall of Fame and winner of over 11,500 races has campaigned mainly in the United States and California. He was the leading rider in the
U.S. on ten occasions and his awards include the Eclipse, George Woolf and
Isaac Murphy. He won more than 400 races in a season eleven times during his
Walls won an Eclipse Award and Sovereign Award as the leading
apprentice jockey in both the U.S., and Canada in 1991. He was also the first
jockey to win Sovereign Awards as the leading apprentice and outstanding jockey
in the same year. Walls began riding at age 16 at Exhibition Park (now
Hastings) and broke Sandy Hawley’s record for most wins by an apprentice with
231 victories in 1991. He won the Queen’s Plate with Woodcarver in 1999 and
every major stakes race in Ontario. Duffy, age 67, won a Sovereign Award
in 1982 and the Avelino Gomez Memorial Award in 1990. He is a member of the
P.E.I. Sports Hall of Fame.
Thoroughbred Veterans category
Jean Louis Levesque’s juvenile star L’Alezane won stakes races in
New York, Kentucky, Manitoba and Ontario and captured a Sovereign Award in
1977. She heads the list of Veterans. Also nominated in this category
were the acclaimed broodmare of Kinghaven Farms, Cool Mood, and multiple stakes
winner Rainbow Connection owned by Ron Edgar and Doug Cameron.
Thoroughbred Filly/Mare category
Robert Costigan’s Arravale, winner of the prestigious E.P. Taylor
Stakes (GR 1) against top female turf stars, was Canada’s champion turf female
in 2006. Trained by Hall of Famer Mac Benson she won stakes in California and
Canada. Also nominated in the filly/mare division was multiple stakes
winner Apelia, owned by Steve Stavro’s Knob Hill Stables. A splendid sprinter,
Apelia won stakes in New York, Kentucky and New Jersey and is the dam of
champion mare Saorise. One For Rose is the other nominee, owned by the
Tucci Stables family of Toronto. She was a multiple Sovereign Award winner
during her lengthy career. “Rosie” was a popular fan favorite for trainer Sid
Attard. She recently produced her first stakes winner since being sold to
Japanese breeding interests.
Thoroughbred Male Horse category
Jambalaya,upset winner of the Arlington Million and a multiple Grade One stakes winner for trainer Catherine Day, leads the male division. His opponents for honors are Quiet Resolve and Soaring Free, both from Sam-Son Farms.
Thoroughbred Builder’s category
In the Builder’s category, two leading breeders in Ontario, the late John Sikura
Jr., and Aubrey Minshall were nominated along with writer Curtis Stock of
Calgary, Alberta, a ten-time Sovereign Award winner for his coverage of
thoroughbred racing. Sikura, who emigrated from Czechoslovakia as a teenager in
the 1950s, built Hill ‘N Dale Farms into a highly successful breeding and
stallion operation. He was the purchaser of the first yearling in history to
sell for more than $1 million and twice was leading consignor at Keeneland.
Minshall, a native of Guyana, lived in Trinidad before he arrived in Canada. In 1996 he was
posthumously recognized by the industry when his Minshall Farms was named both
the leading owner and breeder in Canada and also owner of Horse of the Year,
Mt. Sassafras. Unfortunately his sudden death in 1993 did not let him enjoy
some of his best stock, but the years of devotion did.
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be hosted at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Thursday, August 16, 2012.