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Jun 01, 2012

Horse and jockey added to 2012 Hall of Fame class


Saratoga Springs, NY (Sports Network) - The Historic Review Committee of the National Museum of Racing has announced that a pair of 19th century luminaries have been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame. The committee selected racehorse Planet and jockey Anthony Hamilton to be inducted.

These two join trainers Roger Attfield and Robert Wheeler along with jockey John Velazquez and Ghostzapper in completing the 2012 Hall of Fame class. The induction ceremony is to be held on Friday, August 10.

Planet won 27 of 31 career starts before being retired in 1861 as a six-year- old.

Hamilton was a native of Charleston, SC born the year after the end of the Civil War. He became the only black rider to win the Brooklyn, Suburban and Metropolitan Handicaps. In 1889 Hamilton finished second in the Belmont Stakes aboard 4-5 favorite Diablo, losing by a head to Eric in a three horse field.

The Historic Review Committee considers candidates whose careers were completed more than 25 years ago.

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