03/27/2012 1:00PM

Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame: Russell Baze among 2012 nominees

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Canadian native Russell Baze is the winningest rider in North American history.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Russell Baze, who was born in Vancouver and went on to become the winningest North American rider in history, is among this year’s nominees to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Baze, 53, was among three candidates in the jockey/trainer category put forward by the Hall of Fame’s nominating committee for consideration by the 20-member election committee.

Election committee voters also will choose from three candidates in the male horse, female horse, builder, and veterans categories. Any individual receiving at least eight votes will be inducted.

The nominees were announced on Tuesday and the inductees will be revealed on April 10.

Baze, 53, has been riding since 1974. He won four races at Golden Gate last Sunday to bring his career total to 11,529 and already is a member of the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga, having been inducted in 1999.

His numerous accomplishments include a special Eclipse Award in 1995 and 10 races-won titles in the U.S.

Jockeys Mickey Walls and Lloyd Duffy are the other in the category as no trainer was nominated this year.

Walls, 37, retired in 2002 but still gallops horses here for his father, trainer Joe Walls. He rode 1,453 winners in his 13-year career.

His honors include an Eclipse Award as North America’s outstanding apprentice, two Sovereign Awards in the apprentice category, and a Sovereign Award as Canada’s top journeyman rider. In 1991, Walls was the first jockey to earn Sovereign Awards in both the apprentice and journeyman categories in the same season.

Duffy, 67, won the Sovereign Award as Canada’s outstanding jockey in 1982 and was the regular rider of Canadian champions Frost King and Deputy Minister. He retired in 1998 after a 30-year riding career but can still be found working on the backstretch.

Quiet Resolve and Soaring Free, both of whom were Canadian horses of the year for Sam-Son Farm, are joined on the male horse ballot by Jambalaya.

Winner of the Woodbine Mile via a disqualification in 1999, Quiet Resolve added four more graded stakes wins while banking more than $2.3 million in his four-year-career

Soaring Free, whose championship season came in 2004, raced from 2002 through 2006 and earned more than $2.1 million. His 15 wins from 27 starts included 10 stakes.

Jambalaya, racing for the Kingfield Farm of Catherine Day Phillips and Todd Phillips, won the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Handicap and the Grade 1 Arlington Million in 2007. He earned more than $1.6 million with nine wins and a total of 17 in-the-money finishes from 23 starts.

Arravale, who took home Sovereign Awards as Horse of the Year and female turf filly or mare in 2006, is joined in her category by Apelia and One for Rose.

Owned and bred by Bob Costigan, Arravale capped her championship campaign with a victory in Woodbine’s Grade 1 E.P. Taylor. She retired in 2008 after earning more than $1.2 million via a 5-1-2 record from 15 starts.

Apelia was Canada’s champion sprinter in 1993 after winning stakes at Woodbine, Belmont, Garden State, and Turfway Park. She retired in 1994 with a record of 12-3-3 for earnings of more than $620,000 from 24 starts.

One for Rose was one of Woodbine’s most popular and productive performers and earned three consecutive Sovereign Awards as Canada’s champion older filly or mare in 2003 through 2005.

Claimed for $40,000 from a successful debut in October of 2002, One for Rose retired in 2005 with 15 wins, five seconds, two thirds, and earnings of just under $1.4 million from 27 starts.

John Sikura and the late Aubrey Minshall, both owner/breeders, are nominated in the “builders” category along with journalist Curtis Stock, who has won 10 Sovereign Awards in writing categories.

Cool Mood, L’Alezane, and Rainbow Connection are up for induction in the “veterans” category.

A stakes-winning daughter of Northern Dancer, Cool Mood went on to be an influential broodmare with five of her nine daughters producing stakes winners including champions With Approval and Izvestia.

L’Alezane was Canada’s horse of the year and champion 2-year-old filly in 1977, winning stakes races in Ontario, Manitoba, New York, and Kentucky.

Rainbow Connection may be best remembered for her second-place finish in the 1981 Canadian International. She won Sovereigns Awards in her division as a 2-year-old and 3-year-old and an outstanding broodmare award in 1994.