05/07/2006 11:00PM

Canadian Hall of Fame nominates 8


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Peteski, winner of the Canadian Triple Crown in 1993, and Jim Day, a four-time Sovereign Award winner as Canada's outstanding trainer, are among eight nominees for induction into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame this year.

The nominees, announced Monday, also include horses Wilderness Song, Lauries Dancer, and Bold Ruckus - plus jockey Chris Loseth, trainer Glenn Magnusson and, in the builder's category, the late Steve Stavro.

The 16 members of the election committee are entitled to vote for a maximum of six nominees, three from the list of horses and three from the list of people. A 75 percent majority is required for induction.

The inductees will be announced on May 23 and honored at the Canadian Hall of Fame Awards ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

Peteski, owned by Earle Mack and trained by Roger Attfield, also won the Grade 2 Molson Export Million in 1993 and was voted Canada's horse of the year and champion 3-year-old.

Lauries Dancer was Canada's horse of the year and champion 3-year-old filly in 1971 following a campaign in which she won the Grade 1 Alabama at Saratoga, the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks, and the Canadian Oaks at Woodbine.

Bold Ruckus was a fast and successful racehorse but his real claim to fame came as a stallion. From his retirement in 1980 until his death at age 20 in 1996, Bold Ruckus was Canada's leading sire six times and was second only to Vice Regent on the all-time leading Canadian sires list.

Wilderness Song, owned by Sam-Son Farm, had the misfortune of being born in the same year as her much-honored stablemate Dance Smartly. Both were trained by Day.

But Wilderness Song was highly successful in her own right, winning the Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland in 1991 and taking home a Sovereign Award as Canada's champion older filly or mare in 1992.

Day was the Sovereign Award-leading trainer in 1979, 1985, 1988, and 1991 during his high-profile tenure with Sam-Son Farm, which ended in 1994.

Dance Smartly was one of five Canadian horses of the year and one of two Eclipse Award winners, along with Sky Classic,whom Day trained for Sam-Son.

Day, still active at Woodbine, also trained Canada's 1995 horse of the year Peaks and Valleys and 2003 champion 3-year-old filly Too Late Now.

Glenn Magnusson, also active at Woodbine, won the 1980 Queen's Plate with Driving Home, who also was Canada's champion older horse in 1981.

Stavro, who died last month at age 78, is nominated in recognition of his accomplishments as an owner, breeder, and industry executive.

Racing as Knob Hill Stable, Stavro campaigned upward of 50 stakes winners, including Canada's 1992 horse of the year and champion 3-year- old Benburb.

Loseth, who rode primarily in Vancouver, retired last June with a total of 3,668 victories and mnount earnings of more than $32 million. He won Sovereign Awards as outstanding apprentice in 1976 and outstanding jockey in 1984.