Mar 25, 2005
Racing Hall of Fame announces 2005 nominees
By: Sports Network
Saratoga Springs, NY (Sports Network) - Trainer Nick Zito and jockey
Jose Santos are among the nominees for the 2005 Racing Hall of Fame.
John von Stade, president of the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame,
announced the nominees Monday. A total of 10 horses, five jockeys and five
trainers are on the ballot for induction.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Thoroughbred Hall of Fame, which
is located in Saratoga Springs. The induction ceremony will be held on
Monday, August 8.
Zito added the Belmont Stakes to his long list of victories last year when Birdstone
denied Smarty Jones the Triple Crown. He has also captured the Kentucky
Derby twice -- with Strike the Gold and Go for Gin -- and the Preakness
Stakes -- with Louis Quatorze.
Other trainers nominated included John Veitch, who worked with Hall of Famer
Alydar, as well as Dale Baird, Mel Stute and Gary Jones.
Santos was the rider of Funny Cide, the 2003 winner of the Kentucky Derby and
Preakness Stakes, and a winner of six Breeders' Cup races. Other jockeys
nominated included Eddie Maple, winner of two Belmont Stakes, Eclipse Award
winner Craig Perret, recently retired Randy Romero and Ismael Valenzuela.
Nominated in the Contemporary Male Horse category are 1997 Kentucky Derby
and Preakness Stakes winner Silver Charm, two-time Eclipse Award winner
Housebuster, multiple stakes winner Best Pal, Eclipse Award winner Manila
and two-time Breeders' Cup Mile winner Lure.
Silverbulletday heads the list of nominees in the Contemporary Female
category. Silverbulletday was a two-time Eclipse Award winner. Also nominated
are Eclipse Award winner Mom's Command, Open Mind -- who won two
Eclipse Awards -- former champion older female Sky Beauty and 1995 Breeders'
Cup Distaff winner Inside Information.
The panel that votes for the nominees is comprised of 163 members, who can
choose up to three finalists in each category. A nominee must receive at least
75 percent of the ballots cast to gain entry to the Hall of Fame. The new rules
make it possible that a category will not have a nominee inducted to the Hall of Fame.
The names of this year's inductees will announced on May 31 during a teleconference.
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