04/30/2013 11:22AM

Hidden Treasure, Jack Hood named to Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Hidden Treasure and the Jack Hood are this year’s Thoroughbred inductees in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame’s “Legends” category.

The two will be honored at the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame’s annual gala Aug. 13 at the Mississauga Convention Center along with Standardbred legends Samuel Johnston and Celias Counsel and six inductees from each breed voted in by the organization’s election committee.

Hidden Treasure was owned and bred by Bill Beasley, who was inducted in the Hall of Fame’s builder category in 1985.

Trained by John Passero, a “Legends” inductee in 2000, Hidden Treasure was a multiple stakes winner at ages 2 through 5 and a stakes winner at age 6.

Hidden Treasure retired with earnings of $187,734, exceeded at that time only by Canadian superstar Victoria Park, who like Hidden Treasure was a foal of 1957.

Hood, an owner and breeder, entered the racing game in 1958 with the purchase of yearling filly Round Camera, who went on to be a successful broodmare.

Quillopolly, another Hood purchase, produced stakes winners Allquillo and Sharp-Eyed Quillo, but it was another of her offspring, Classy Quillo, who had the greater influence on the breed.

Classy Quillo was the dam of No Class, whose produce included Sovereign Award winners Sky Classic, Grey Classic, and Classy ’n Smart, who in turn foaled Dance Smartly and Smart Strike.

Hood died in 1984 at age 71.