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Canada's Hall of Fame ballot announced

March 27, 2013

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Racing greats Secretariat and Niatross figure prominently on the 2013 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame election ballot, which reflects the changes announced earlier this year. Eligibility now includes those people and horses that brought honor to Canadian horse racing.
Also new to this year's ballot is the Communicators category, added to honor those who have been instrumental in telling the story of Canadian racing. A total of 36 horses and people, including 18 Thoroughbred racing candidates and 18 Standardbred racing candidates appear on the ballot. Two 20-person Election Committees will decide the winners in the respective categories and the election results will be announced on Tuesday, April 9.
Standardbred ballots representing this year's six voting categories are as follows:
In the Standardbred Male Horse category, Admirals Express, Blissfull Hall and Rocknroll Hanover are the candidates.

Admirals Express captured the hearts of Canadian racing fans during his career. The son of Admirals Galley known as the ‘Grey Gladiator' won 86 races in 353 starts, and earned more than $2.1 million in his long race career.

In 1999, Blissfull Hall captured harness racing's elusive Pacing Triple Crown. The Canadian owned and trained champion won 15 of 23 starts and earned more than $1.3 million before embarking on a successful career as a stallion.

Rocknroll Hanover earned more than $3 million during his racing career, highlighted by victories in Canada's most prestigious races for two and three-year-olds, the Metro Pace and the North America Cup. He then embarked on a second career, becoming one of North America's most prolific stallions before passing away in 2013.

B Cor Tamara, Eternal Camnation and J CS Nathalie are nominated in the 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 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.

Eternal Camnation earned more than $4.1 million, and won 47 of her 101 starts during her extraordinary career. The champion mare won numerous stakes races on both sides of the border dominating her division throughout the majority of her racing career. She retired in 2004 to pursue a career as a broodmare.

J Cs Nathalie 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, a winner of 56 races and $2.5 million in purse earnings was Canada's Horse of the Year in 2010.

The three candidates in the trainer-driver category are William Gale, Wally Hennessey, and Carl Jamieson.

William Gale, 64 of Woodstock, Ont., was one of Canada's leading drivers for a period that spanned the '70s, '80s and '90s. Between 1982 and 1997, Gale recorded 16 consecutive $1 million+ seasons. During his career, he won 6,375 races, started 32,134 times and earned $42.1 million.

Wally Hennessey, 56, of Prince Edward Island, has more than 8,200 victories to his credit and has banked earnings in excess of $55 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 York.

Carl Jamieson, 62 of Rockwood, Ont. and a native of Nova Scotia, has established a reputation for selecting and developing young horses. He's enjoyed considerable success, having trained 950 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.

Candidates in the builders' category include Dr. Ted Clarke, John B. Ferguson and William Rowe.

Dr. Ted Clarke is recognized by his peers as a visionary in the horse racing industry. Highly regarded for his thoughtful insights, Clarke's strong and steady leadership has helped guide Grand River Raceway to be a leader in innovation and growth. Before Grand River, Clarke led numerous initiatives to put Elmira Raceway on the path to stability, including the inauguration of Industry Day, the Battle of Waterloo and the establishment of the Ontario Teletheatre Network.

John B. Ferguson may be best known his time in the National Hockey League, but his passion was for Canadian horse racing. 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 in Montreal and after leaving hockey became the President of Windsor Raceway. He was also one of driving forces behind the formation of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

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, Barrie Raceway and Georgian Downs.

Outstanding Standardbreds Albatross, Artsplace, and Niatross make up the Veteran Horse Ballot.

Albatross was voted U.S. Harness Horse of the Year in 1971 and 1972. He won 59 of 71 starts, including the Cane Pace and Messenger Stakes in 1971, and earned in excess of $1.2 million. As a sire, Albatross's thousands of sons and daughters have won more than $100 million.

Artsplace was the 1992 O'Brien Award and Dan Patch Award winner as Horse of the Year following an undefeated four-year-old season. He was a two-year-old world record holder winning the Breeders Crown in a time of 1:51.1 at Pompano Park in Florida, soundly defeating champion Die Laughing. He won 37 races and bankrolled over $3 million during his racing career which saw him race many times in Canada. He went on to become a world-class sire.

Niatross won a remarkable 37 of 39 career starts. He was trained and driven by co-owner Clint Galbraith, who was born and raised in Ontario. Niatross set 15 world records and earned more than $2 million as a racehorse, including a win in Montreal's Prix d'Ete. After retiring to stud, his most famous son, Nihilator earned more than $3 million on the racetrack.

In the newly added Communicators category the election committee will make their selection from Harry Eisen, Bill Galvin and Doug Harkness.

The late Harry Eisen spent a lifetime loving and covering horse racing in Ontario. As a lifelong journalist, he spent many years exposing the sport to the public, including the majority of his 40 years at the London Free Press. Eisen who once said he saw his first harness race when he was "three or four years old,” sold tip sheets at Dufferin Park Racetrack as a boy. He was inducted into Western Fair's Wall of Fame in 1980.

As a publicist, promoter and author, Bill Galvin made a tremendous impact on horse racing in Canada. Galvin's promotions transcended racing. He led a charge to bring horse racing on the ice to the Rideau Canal and expose the sport to thousands of potential fans. He started the Race for MS fundraiser to gain exposure for the sport, and ran numerous other high profile campaigns dedicated to the health of horse racing during his career.

The late Doug Harkness made unparalleled contributions to the harness racing industry in the Maritimes. 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 passionate 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 also received the President's Award from the United States Harness Writers Association, the only Canadian journalist to be honored. (SC)

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