Canadian Hall of Fame announces '14 inductees
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The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the 2014 inductees. A total of 14 horses and people have been elected to the Hall of Fame. The Standardbred inductees are Male Horse Category: Rocknroll Hanover; Female Horse Category: Dreamfair Eternal; Veteran Horse Category: Albatross; Trainer/Driver Category: Wally Hennessey; Builder Category: Dr. Ted Clarke; Builder Category: Robert Murphy; Communicator Category: Bill Galvin.
Standardbred inductees include:
Rocknroll Hanover banked more than $3 million during his racing career, for owners Jeffrey Snyder of New York, New York; Lothlorien Equestrian Centre, Cheltenham, Ontario; and Perretti Racing Stable, LLC, Cream Ridge, New Jersey. Career highlights included victories in Canada's most prestigious races for two and three year olds, the Metro Pace for two-year-old pacers and the North America Cup for three-year-olds He then embarked on a second career, becoming one of North America's most prolific stallions before passing away in 2013. To date the son of Western Ideal, out of Hall of Fame mare Rich N Elegant, has sired winners of $60.7 million including eight million-dollar-plus winners.
Dreamfair Eternal retired from racing in 2012 after a seven year career that included 56 victories, and every major stake event on the older pacing mare schedule, earnings of over $2.5 million and Horse of the Year honours in Canada in 2010. During that year she racked up wins in the final of the Masters Series, an elimination of the Roses are Red Stakes, elimination and final of the Milton Stakes, the elimination and final of the Forest City Pace and the Breeders Crown. The daughter of Camluck was bred by John and Mary Lamers and owned by John Lamers of Ingersoll, Ontario, while Patrick Fletcher trained her for most of her career.
Wally Hennessey, born in Prince Edward Island and now a resident of Coconut Creek, Fla., has more than 8,500 victories to his credit and has banked earnings in excess of $57 million. During the early stages of his career, Hennessey re-wrote the record books setting new standards in both wins and earnings. 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. Throughout his career, Hennessey has been remarkably consistent, winning at least 200 races in each of the last 25 years, and driving horses to earnings in excess of $1 million for 24 straight years. In the summer of 2007, Hennessey was inducted into the Living Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York.
Dr. Ted Clarke is recognized by his peers as a visionary in the horse racing industry. Clarke's strong and steady leadership has helped guide Grand River Raceway to be a leader in innovation and growth. Prior to Grand River's opening, 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. He was honoured for his innovative thinking and leadership with the Lloyd Chisholm Achievement Award in 1999 from the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association.
The late Robert Murphy, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, was one of Canada's most respected horse breeders and owners, and was known by his popular Red Star moniker. First introduced to racing at Cloverdale Raceway in 1980, he rapidly became one of Canada's most prolific owners. He averaged 935 starts as an owner each year between 2005 and 2009. In 2007, at the age of 74, Murphy owned more Standardbreds than anyone else in Canada. Mr. Murphy had a great impact on harness racing in BC with both his breeding and training centers, but that impact extended across the continent as his horses raced all over North America.
A champion on the track and in the breeding shed, Albatross was a major influence on the Standardbred breed. He won 59 of 71 starts, including the Cane Pace and Messenger Stakes in 1971, and earned in excess of $1.2 million. Two of his major stakes wins in Canada included the Prix d'Ete and Canadian Pacing Derby. He retired as both the fastest and richest horse in the history of the breed. As a sire, Albatross's thousands of sons and daughters have won more than $100 million, including Niatross who is considered by many to be the greatest pacer of the 20th Century, and Fan Hanover who is the only filly to ever win the Little Brown Jug.
William (Bill) Galvin, a native of Arnprior, Ontario, and now a resident of Mississauga, Ontario, made a tremendous impact on horse racing in the country as a Canadian horse racing historian, poet, author, publisher, educator, horseman, humanitarian, publicist and former Thoroughbred racing official. Galvin's promotions transcended racing. He led a charge to bring ice horse racing 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 well-being of horse racing during his career. He was also the executive editor of TROT Magazine and a member of the Advisory board for the School of Equine Studies at Toronto's Humber College of Applied Arts.
The Induction Ceremony will be hosted at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. (Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame)