06/03/2011 11:37AM

Hall of Fame names three historic inductees


The racehorse Duke of Magenta, jockey Shelby "Pike" Barnes, and trainer Matthew Byrnes - all of whom were nationally prominent in the latter part of the 1800's - were announced on Friday by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame as having been selected for induction by the Hall's historic review committee.

The historic review committee reviews horses, trainers, and jockeys whose careers ended more than 25 years ago.

Duke of Magenta won the Preakness and Belmont Stakes in 1878, a year in which he won 11 of 12 starts.

Barnes, a contemporary of another great black jockey, Isaac Murphy, led all North American riders in 1888 with 206 victories, more than doubling the total of the second-place finisher.

Byrnes trained such Hall of Fame runners as Salvator and Firenze.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and the racemares Open Mind, Safely Kept, and Sky Beauty were voted into the Hall of Fame in results announced last month.

The induction ceremony for the class of 2011 will be held Aug. 12 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion, two blocks from Saratoga racetrack.