04/29/2004 11:00PM

Langfuhr a Hall nominee standout


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Langfuhr, winner of three Grade 1 stakes in New York and now enjoying a successful career at stud, is among the 2004 nominees eligible for induction into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, Thoroughbred division.

The nominees, announced Friday, also include Victor Cooley and Classy 'n Smart; jockey Lloyd Duffy; trainer R.K. "Red" Smith; and the late owner and breeder Don McClelland.

The six nominees were selected from a much larger list by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame's nominating committee. The nominees are divided into two categories, horses and people, and the 16 members of the elections committee will submit votes for two of the three candidates in each group.

A candidate must receive 75 percent of the votes to qualify for induction. The inductees will be announced May 17 and the ceremony will be held on the evening of Aug. 26, at the Toronto Congress Centre.

Langfuhr, owned and bred by Gustav Schickedanz and trained by Mike Keogh, wound up his career in 1997 with back-to-back Grade 1 scores in Aqueduct's Carter Handicap and Belmont's Metropolitan Handicap. He was Canada's champion sprinter in 1996.

Victor Cooley, winner of the Queen's Plate and Canada's champion 3-year-old in 1996, became a Grade 1 winner in Belmont's 1997 Vosburgh, which had been won by Langfuhr the previous year. Owned by Windways Farm, Victor Cooley began his career with Mark Frostad and later was trained by Malcolm Pierce.

Classy 'n Smart, owned and bred by Sam-Son Farm and trained by Jim Day, was a very talented racehorse, winning the Canadian Oaks and being voted Canada's champion 3-year-old filly in 1984.

But her main claim to fame was as a broodmare. Classy 'n Smart, who died in 1999, was the dam of Dance Smartly, herself a Hall of Famer in both Canada and the United States and winner of Canadian Horse of the Year and Eclipse Award 3-year-old honors in 1991.

Classy 'n Smart was honored with the Sovereign Award in 1991 as Canada's outstanding broodmare.

Duffy, 59, retired in 1997. He won 2,419 races during his 30-year career and was voted the Sovereign Award as Canada's outstanding jockey in 1982.

Smith's 2,200 wins are the most recorded by a trainer in Alberta Thoroughbred racing history, and he was the Sovereign winner as Canada's outstanding trainer in 1977. At 66, he currently leads the standings at Calgary's Stampede Park.

McClelland, who died last year at age 82, was the breeder of champions Dauphin Fabuleux (1984) and Gandria (1999) and bred and raced the popular multiple stakes winner Myrtle Irene in the early to mid-1990's.