08/09/2012 12:57PM

LIVE VIDEO: Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony


The induction ceremony will take place Friday at the Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion, across the street from Saratoga Race Course. The ceremony, which is open to the public, begins at 10:30 a.m.

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Fast facts: 2012 Racing Hall of Fame inductees

B. h. 2000, Awesome Again-Baby Zip, by Relaunch
Owner: Stronach Stable
Trainer: Bobby Frankel
Record: 11-9-0-1
Earnings: $3,446,120

• Elected Horse of the Year and older male champion in 2004, when he won the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Woodward, and two other graded stakes in an undefeated four-start campaign
• Earned a 128 Beyer Speed Figure winning the Philip Iselin at Monmouth Park. It is still the highest published Beyer Figure ever recorded.
• Won the Grade 1 King’s Bishop, and the Grade 1 Vosburgh against older horses as a 3-year-old
• Finished his career with a 6 ½-length victory in the Metropolitan Mile, earning a 122 Beyer

Roger Attfield
Born: November 28, 1939, Newbury, England
Career record (through Aug. 8, 2012): 9,577-1,745-1,406-1,298
Earnings: $90,007,354

• Won eight Sovereign Awards as outstanding trainer and is a member of the Canadian Racing Hall of Fame
• Trained three Canadian Triple Crown winners: Izvestia, Peteski, and With Approval
• Trained eight Queen’s Plate winners
• Won his first Breeders’ Cup race last year with Perfect Shirl, in the Filly and Mare Turf

John Velazquez
Born: Nov. 24, 1971, Carolina, Puerto Rico
Career record (through Aug. 8, 2012): 26,840-4,841-3,912-3,517
Earnings: $268,390,218

• Won Eclipse Award as outstanding jockey in 2004 and 2005, topping the earnings list in both years
• Won 11 Breeders’ Cup races, including two in 2011, with Perfect Shirl in the Filly and Mare Turf, and Stephanie’s Kitten in the Juvenile Filly Turf
• Won his first Kentucky Derby in 2011, with Animal Kingdom
• Won the Belmont Stakes in 2007 with Rags to Riches, the first filly to win the race in 102 years, and in 2012 with Union Rags
• Ranks third, behind only Pat Day and Jerry Bailey, on the all-time earnings list

Robert Wheeler
Born: c. 1920
Died: April 12, 1992
Career: 1938-1992
Won 1,336 races lifetime

• Trained 1982 older female champion Track Robbery
• Trained Hall of Fame female Silver Spoon
• Other major stakes winners include Bug Brush and Tompion
• Won five runnings of the Hollywood Juvenile Championship

Peter R More than 1 year ago
Ghostzapper was just a stud, I never had more confidence betting a huge favorite. When they retired him before he could defend his Classic crown I shed a tear because I knew that was just less money in my pocket. I even had a Ghostzapper hat, one of my all-time favorites for sure. For me the best three horses of the last decade have been 1. Ghostzapper, 2. Invasor and 3. Zenyatta. I'd put my money on those three any day at any price!
Leonard More than 1 year ago
Kudos to Ghostzapper for getting into the RHOF, much deserved he was so versatile and with Robert(Bobby) Frankel calling the shots he was able to get uot all of the talent this magnificent horse had bottled up inside and still left some of that talent untouched inside of him at his retirement. What an exciting race horse and the honor is much deserved.
Robin Dawson More than 1 year ago
Well done Roger...the consumate horseman. An honour so well deserved. Just a shame that you were introduced by such a lightweight, David Willmot, who is the man responsible for undoing everything good that E.P. Taylor did to put Canadian racing on the map.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BRAVO To MR. ATTFIELD for calling for the head's of the crook's in this game.