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Apr 24, 2015

Antley, Leatherbury, Lava Man and Xtra Heat gain Racing HOF


Saratoga Springs, NY ( - Two-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Lava Man, filly Xtra Heat, late jockey Chris Antley and trainer King Leatherbury are the newest members of the Racing Hall of Fame.

The two horses, jockey and trainer were the four candidates with the highest vote totals from among the 10 finalists previously announced.

Lava Man, trained by Doug O'Neill, won the Big 'Cap in 2006 and 2007 along with three consecutive Hollywood Gold Cups from 2005 through 2007. In 2006 he also won the Pacific Classic at Del Mar to complete the Triple Crown of California's major stakes for older horses. Lava Man earned $5,268,706 with 17 wins from 47 career starts.

Xtra Heat was voted the Eclipse Award as 2001 champion 3-year-old filly. Co- owned and trained by John Salzman Sr., Xtra Heat posted 26 wins from 35 starts for $2,389,635.

Antley, who died in 2000 at age 34, rode Charismatic to victory in the 1999 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, and was aboard the 3-year-old when he finished third in the Belmont Stakes but suffered an injury. Antley also won the Run for the Roses with Strike the Gold in 1991. The jockey earned $92,261,894 with 3,480 wins.

Leatherbury is a legend in Maryland racing. The trainer won his first race in Florida in 1959 and currently ranks fourth all time with 6,449 wins and has career earnings of $62,792,375. Leatherbury currently trains Ben's Cat, whom he bred and owns, and who has won 22 stakes and $2.3 million.

"I appreciate all the help and support I've had from the people that know me," the trainer said last week.

The induction ceremony will be held at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Saratoga Springs on Friday, Aug. 7 at 10:30 a.m. ET and is free and open to the public.

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