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Mar 16, 2007

2007 finalists announced for Racing Hall of Fame


Saratoga Springs, NY (Sports Network) - The nominating committee of the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame has revealed the 13 finalists for the class of 2007. The new inductees will be announced on Tuesday, May 29.

The three jockeys nominated are retired rider Randy Romero, who earned more than $75 million during a 26-year career. Jose Santos, who is currently recuperating from injuries, and Alex Solis.

Santos was aboard Funny Cide to win the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. The 45-year-old jockey has earned better than $155 million in his career.

The California-based Solis guided Snow Chief to victory in the 1986 Preakness Stakes and has winnings of more than $206 million.

The trainers nominated are Gary Jones, John Veitch and Robert Wheeler. Jones and Veitch are retired from training, and Wheeler died at the age of 72 in 1992.

The announcement that Jones is a finalist comes the same week that his father, Farrell, passed away. The elder Jones, a long time trainer, died this past Monday at the age of 84.

The three contemporary male horses nominated are 1992 Santa Anita Handicap winner Best Pal, 1986 champion male turf horse Manila and 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Silver Charm.

Four ladies are nominated as contemporary female horses. Set to receive consideration are 1995 Breeders' Cup Distaff champ Inside Information, 1985 champion three-year-old filly Mom’s Command, two-time Eclipse Award winner Silverbulletday and Sky Beauty who was the 1994 champion older female.

The induction ceremony will be held in Saratoga Springs, NY on Monday, August 6.

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