05/02/2010 11:00PM

Frostad among 15 Hall of Fame finalists


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Mark Frostad, who has saddled 139 stakes winners since beginning his training career in earnest in 1991, is among this year's 15 Thoroughbred racing nominees for induction into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

The list, announced by the organization's nomination committee on Monday afternoon, includes three nominees in each of five categories - male horse, female horse, jockey/trainer, builder, and veteran.

The winners will be announced on May 18. The induction ceremony is scheduled Aug. 19 at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

Frostad, 61, took over as Sam-Son Farm's principal trainer in 1994 and has sent out a litany of superstars, including previous Hall of Fame inductees Chief Bearhart and Smart Strike.

Mickey Walls, winner of Sovereign Awards and Eclipse Awards during his career in the saddle, and Frank Barroby, a jockey turned trainer who is a member of the British Columbia Horse Racing Hall of Fame, join Frostad on the jockey-trainer nominees' list.

The late Tammy-Samuel Balaz, who played the leading role in the Sam-Son Farm operation following the death of her father, Ernie Samuel, is nominated in the builders category.

Mel Lawson, master of the highly successful racing and breeding operation Jim Dandy Stable, and the late Aubrey Minshall are the other builders nominated.

Formal Gold, Touch Gold, and Victory Gallop, all of whom are Canadian-breds who made their marks racing in the United States, are this year's male horse nominees.

Formal Gold won the Grade 1 Donn and Woodward while compiling a career record of 8-4-1 and earnings of more than $1.5 million from 16 starts in 1996 and 1997.

Touch Gold began his career at Woodbine and captured the Grade 1 Belmont and Haskell during his 1997 campaign before retiring to stud the following year with a record of 6-3-1 and earnings of almost $1.7 million from 15 starts.

Victory Gallop finished second in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness before denying Real Quiet's Triple Crown bid in the 1998 Belmont. At 4, Victory Gallop won the Grade 1 Whitney at Saratoga.

Lady Angela was the dam of Nearctic, sire of the incomparable Northern Dancer, and is amongst the female horse nominees.

Square Angel, Canada's champion 3-year-old filly in 1973 and also a successful broodmare, and the 1993 Canadian sprint champion Apelia round out that category.

Loudrangle, a foundation broodmare in the Sam-Son operation and the Sovereign Award winner as outstanding broodmare in 1986; Play the King, who was Canada's Horse of the Year in 1988 and a champion in both the sprinter and older horse categories in 1987 and 1988; and Victorian Era, a winner of 18 stakes races in the 1960s, are the nominees in the veterans' category.