08/07/2014 10:12AM

Landry, Luro among Canadian Hall of Fame inductees

Barbara D. Livingston
Robert Landry, winner of 2,045 races in his career, is one of 10 new members of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Retired jockey Robert Landry and the late trainer Horatio Luro were among those inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Mississauga Convention Center on Wednesday night.

Landry counted the 2004 Queen’s Plate on Niigon among his 2,045 wins, which also included memorable victories in the Grade 1 Alabama and the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile.

“It’s quite the honor,” said Landry, a 51-year-old Toronto native. “It will probably take a couple of days to sink in. I was a little nervous just because I didn’t want to miss thanking anybody. In this game, you need a lot of help as you go along, and without that, it’s hard to be successful. The first part of my career was a struggle. I never expected that this is where my career would take me, and I’m grateful that it did.”

Luro trained the legendary 1964 Kentucky Derby winner Northern Dancer, who was among the greatest sires of the 20th century. The Argentinian won the Queen’s Plate with Northern Dancer, Flaming Page, and Victoria Park.

The four Thoroughbreds inducted were Apelia, Archworth, Cool Mood, and 2003 Canadian Triple Crown winner Wando.

Inducted on the standardbred side were the horses Albatross, Dreamfair Eternal, and Rocknroll Hanover and driver Wally Hennessey.

In the category of “builders,” the inductees were Dr. Ted Clarke, William Graham, Robert Murphy, and Arthur Stollery, and in the category of “communicators,” the inductees were E. King Dodds and William Galvin.