04/02/2009 11:00PM

Canada's Hall of Fame alters process


The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame has changed several of its selection rules and regulations following its annual general meeting at Woodbine on Thursday.

"Builders," who include breeders, owners, and media, were previously eligible in the "Veterans" category but now will be included on the "Persons" ballot along with jockeys, drivers, and trainers.

"Veterans" now are defined as horses whose career concluded 20 years before the year in which they are nominated.

Three candidates must be nominated each year in each of the four categories for Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds, which also include categories for male horse and female horse.

Nominees who receive eight votes or more from the 20-member election committee will be inducted.

The deadline for public nominations for this year's Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductions is April 15. The organization's nominating committee will announce its candidates for each category on May 4 and the inductees will be announced on May 19. The induction ceremony will take place at the nearby Mississauga Convention Centre near Woodbine on Aug. 27.