05/01/2005 11:00PM

Cool Reception and Willmot on Hall ballot


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Cool Reception, who finished second to Damascus in the 1967 Belmont after suffering a broken leg, which led to his being euthanized, is among six 2005 Thoroughbred racing nominees for induction into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Cool Reception, who was Canada's champion 2-year-old male in the pre-Sovereign Award era, is one of three racehorses on the list, along with Norcliffe and Loudrangle.

Norcliffe was a multiple Canadian champion and winner of the Sovereign Award as Canada's Horse of the Year in 1976. Loudrangle was a stakes winner and champion broodmare.

David Willmot, owner of Kinghaven Farm and currently chairman and chief executive officer of the Woodbine Entertainment Group, and the late owner-breeder Jim Boylen are nominated in the Builder category.

David Cross, trainer of the 1983 Kentucky Derby winner, Sunny's Halo, is the other human nominee in the Thoroughbred racing category.

Voters have been asked to choose two horses and two people from each list. To be eligible for induction, a nominee must receive at least 75 percent of the votes of the 16 members of the election committee.

The inductees will be announced May 11 at the annual Hall of Fame dinner Aug. 25 at the Toronto Congress Centre.