04/07/2009 11:00PM

Fonner Park: Hall of Fame inducting four


The Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame will welcome four new members to its ranks next Thursday evening at Fonner Park. The Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame was relocated to Fonner Park following the close of Ak-Sar-Ben after the 1995 season, and the inductions were resumed in 2006.

The new members are racing official Bob Pollock, jockey Wayne Anderson, trainer Marv Johnson, and the mare Falls Amiss.

Bob Pollock stopped training to become a racing official in 1968 at Park Jefferson in South Dakota. He moved to Nebraska in 1971 and served at state's racetracks through 1994. In 1995, Pollock was appointed a steward at the newly built Retama Park in Texas and became general manager there in 1997. He served in that position until his retirement last November.

Wayne Anderson began his riding career in 1966 at Park Jefferson but was soon inducted into the Army. He returned to Nebraska as a regular on the circuit in 1969 and accumulated more than 1,400 wins before retiring in 1989. He since has held at a wide variety of racetrack positions and in recent years has been assistant racing secretary at Fonner Park while serving as racing secretary at the state's four other tracks. Anderson's father, Irv, is a 1976 inductee to the hall of fame.

Marv Johnson has long been a dominant trainer on the circuit, surpassing 1,500 career wins in 2007. Johnson got his first trainer's license in 1974 and won his first stakes race the following season. A winner of six titles here, he trained one of the state's all-time leading money winners in Ogataul, an eight-time black-type stakes winner.

Falls Amiss, bred by Don Kroeger's Chateau Ridge Farm, joins her little brother Dazzling Falls in the hall of fame. Falls Amiss is fifth on the list of all-time leading statebred earners with more than $312,000. She was named Ak-Sar-Ben's horse of the year in 1991 after winning 8 of 11 races that year. She was twice a graded stakes winner, winning both the Lady Canterbury Handicap and the Ak-Sar-Ben Queen's Handicap.

The ceremony will begin with a cocktail hour followed by dinner, and the awards ceremony begins at 7:30. Tickets are available at the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association's office at Fonner Park.

The Tampa Bay Downs track announcer, Richard Grunder, will host the ceremonies, and TVG racing analyst Chris Kotulak will be among the guests.