08/05/2006 12:00AM

Hall of Fame inductions


Carl Hanford, the trainer of Kelso, along with jockey Bill Boland and Cougar II, the Eclipse Award-winning turf horse of 1972, will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame on Monday morning in ceremonies scheduled to take place at the Fasig-Tipton sale pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

All three were selected by the Hall of Fame's 12-person historic review committee. None of the 12 contemporary nominees this year - including six horses, three trainers, and three jockeys - was elected by the 175 voters who cast ballots for this year's Hall of Fame finalists, a first for the Hall.

Hanford, 90, trained Kelso to five consecutive Horse of the Year titles in the 1960's, during which time Kelso won the Jockey Club Gold Cup - then run at two miles - five straight years.

Boland, 72, won the 1950 Kentucky Derby with Middleground as a 16-year-old apprentice. He won 1,980 races, and later was a trainer and a racing official.

Cougar II, a native of Chile, was the first foreign-bred millionaire in American racing. He won 20 of 50 starts, including 15 of 38 in this country for trainer Charlie Whittingham. His wins included the Californian and Santa Anita Handicap on dirt, and the Oak Tree Invitational and Carleton F. Burke Handicap on turf. He also sired Gato Del Sol, the 1982 Kentucky Derby winner.

Tom Durkin, the race-caller for the New York Racing Association, is scheduled to give the keynote address. Admission is free, but on a first-come, first-served basis.