08/24/2009 11:00PM

Ladies head 2009 Canadian Hall class


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Three generations of Canadian-bred fillies and mares will be represented when La Voyageuse, Alywow, and Maryfield are inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame on Thursday evening.

The annual ceremony will take place at the nearby Mississauga Convention Centre, with Peteski and owner/breeder Gustav Schickedanz joining the female trio as this year's Thoroughbred inductees.

The new Hall of Fame members were determined by the 20-member selection committee, which voted from among the three choices in each of four categories provided by the group's nomination committee. A minimum of eight votes was required for induction.

La Voyageuse, a going concern on the Ontario circuit from 1978 to 1980 for owner Jean-Louis Levesque and trainer John Starr, was elected in the veterans category for horses whose careers concluded at least 20 years ago.

A Canadian champion in each of her three full campaigns, La Voyageuse won 12 stakes and 26 of 56 starts before her career came to an end early in 1981.

Alywow, racing from 1993 through 1995, was Canada's Horse of the Year, champion turf horse, and champion 3-year-old filly for Kinghaven Farm and trainer Roger Attfield.

Maryfield campaigned from 2003 through 2007, with her major success coming in her final campaign.

Trained by California-based Doug O'Neill, Maryfield won the Grade 1 Ballerina, the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, and an Eclipse Award as top female sprinter.

While both Alywow and Maryfield were elected in the female horse category, Peteski was the only male horse to make the grade.

Peteski, also trained by Attfield and owned by Earle Macke, won Canada's Triple Crown in 1993 and was Canada's Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old.

Schickedanz, 80, has been a longtime force as an owner and breeder in Ontario and was inducted in the persons category.

Operating from his nearby Schonberg Farm, Schickedanz has bred and raced Canadian superstars such as Langfuhr, a multiple Grade 1 winner, and Wando, who was Canada's Horse of the Year after sweeping through the Canadian Triple Crown in 2003.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, located here at Woodbine, is a dual-breed facility.

Somebeachsomewhere, North America's Standardbred Horse of the Year in 2008; Rich N Elegant, an outstanding broodmare; and driver Keith Clark are this year's harness racing inductees.

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