08/14/2012 1:13PM

Arravale, Jambalaya, Russell Baze set to enter Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

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Michael Burns
Arravale, winner of the 2006 E.P. Taylor Stakes, will be inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame on Thursday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Arravale’s star burned brightly in 2006 as she won the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks and Woodbine’s Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes.

Those successes led to Sovereign Awards as Horse of the Year and champion turf female for Arravale, and her long-term reward will come Thursday when she is inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Arravale, the choice in the female horse category, will be one of five Thoroughbred inductees honored at Thursday’s annual Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame gala at the nearby Mississauga Convention Centre.

Jambalaya, male horse; L’Alezane, veteran horse; Russell Baze, jockey; and the late owner/breeder Aubrey Minshall, builder; also were voted in by the 20-member Thoroughbred election committee, which selected from slates of three nominees provided by the nominations committee in each of the five categories.

Arravale, who was bred in Kentucky, also won Woodbine’s Grade 3 Natalma Stakes as a 2-year-old and the listed Alywow in her first start at 3.

In 2008, Arravale retired to the breeding shed with a record of 5-1-2 from 15 starts and earnings of $1,230,549 for owner Bob Costigan and trainer Mac Benson.

Her first foal, the 2-year-old filly Nancy O, is in training at Woodbine with Carolyn Costigan, daughter of Bob Costigan.

◗ Jambalaya was a turf specialist who recorded Grade 1 wins in the 2007 Arlington Million and Gulfstream Park Breeders’ Cup Handicap.

Owned by his trainer, Catherine Day Phillips, in partnership with her husband, Todd Phillips, Jambalaya compiled a record of 9-1-7 for earnings of $1,748,359 from 23 starts.

Jambalaya, an Ontario-bred gelding, retired in 2010 and has taken up residence at Kingfield Farm, the nom du course of his owners.

◗ L’Alezane, owned by Jean-Louis Levesque and trained by Yonnie Star, was Canada’s Horse of the Year and champion 2-year-old filly in 1977.

Bred in Ontario by E.P. Taylor, L’Alezane won 12 races, with her major successes coming in Keeneland’s Grade 2 Alcibiades and the Grade 3 Schuylerville and Adirondack at Saratoga.

◗ Baze, still riding high at age 54, is the all-time leading rider in races won with 11,675 victories as of Tuesday.

Born in Vancouver, Baze holds dual Canadian-U.S. citizenship, but has done the overwhelming majority of his riding south of the border and was inducted into Saratoga’s Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame in 1999.

◗ Aubrey Minshall, who founded Minshall Farm, died in 1993, but had established a breeding and racing operation that produced champions including Mt. Sassafras, Bold Ruritana, King Corrie, and Dance for Donna.

Minshall Farm dominated the Sovereign Awards in 1996, with honors as outstanding owner and breeder, Horse of the Year, and older horse awards with Mt. Sassafras; and an outstanding trainer award for Barbara Minshall, Aubrey Minshall’s widow.

◗ The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame also will honor the late trainer Patrick MacMurchy and the late jockey John Dewhurst in the Thoroughbred “Legends” category.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, a dual-breed facility, is located at Woodbine.

Five Standardbred inductees and two Standardbred “Legends” also will be feted Thursday.

Jon More than 1 year ago
@Saw Mill Worker remember Gary Stevens, Martin Garcia, Joel Rosario, Gary Baze, etc. were/are no slouch. Granted he went south & did not make it because the trainers there did not want him to succeed there, but, those same trainers gave good live mounts to the others I mentioned. as per the Baze in an interview the trainers there did not like him down south is because he rode horses hard even when they did not have a chance to win but those trainers wanted jockeys to not ride hard if they did not have a chance to win but save them for more raced. It is well documented that Russell rides a $3000 claimer with the same intensity as he does a Grade 1 horse and enjoys the win just as much.
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Saw Mill Worker More than 1 year ago
Baze is a second rate rider at second rate tracks and fairs. Could never make it at any top tracks Santa Anita, Hollywood Park or Del Mar. He even realized he didn't have the ability to ride against top jockeys. Hence, he rode at tracks against jockeys with less ability Smart man. Bottom line check races won and money won. Money won is far below what top jockeys earn.
Tom More than 1 year ago
So what's your point?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Tom, he has none.
Saw Mill Worker More than 1 year ago
Tom : Point should be apparent. Never have the ability to ride against top jockeys. That's why he rode at second rate tracks and fairs.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
saw mill WORKER? I doubt that. Russell Baze is a worker and has proven himself to all. You on the other hand are no more than a big mouth.
Tiny Montgomery More than 1 year ago
The worst day riding horses in NoCal is still better then the best day as a saw mill worker.
Saw Mill Worker More than 1 year ago
Is that the best you can come up with.
Tiny Montgomery More than 1 year ago
That was just all that was needed for the ignorant comment you made.
The Hunter More than 1 year ago
Baze's abiltiy to stay at the top of the ranks in Northern California is truly amazing. He deserves far more attention than he's currently receiving. At 54 years of age he is truly a marvel. No other 54 year old is doing this. Bravo to a fine gentleman. Steven M.
Steve More than 1 year ago
yep, Baze's durability is just as amazing as his riding abilty. The dedication on and off the track is 2nd to none. And it's shown in his ability to go out there every day and be at his best.