08/26/2004 11:00PM

McClelland joins inductees


TORONTO, Ontario - The late Don McClelland, who bred several Canadian champion racehorses, was one of five Thoroughbred industry inductees into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Toronto Congress Centre, near Woodbine racetrack in Etobicoke, Ontario, on Thursday night.

"I know my Dad would have been so pleased with this honor," said McClelland's son, Ian. "We would like to thank all the buyers over the years who had the faith to purchase

D.G. McClelland-bred yearlings."

McClelland's first sales consignment was in 1951 at the Long Branch racetrack near Toronto. Among his champion homebreds and sales yearlings were Dauphin Fabuleux and Gandria.

McClelland died of colon cancer on Jan. 25, 2003.

The guest speaker of the evening was Jack Knowlton, a partner in Sackatoga Stable, which owns 2003 Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide. Knowlton gave an engaging speech to the crowd of about 400, and signed copies of the book "Funny Cide: How a horse, a trainer, a jockey, and a bunch of high school buddies took on the sheikhs and blue bloods . . . and won."

Red Smith, currently Canada's leading trainer by number of winners in 2004, was also inducted.

Based at Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Smith, 66, has saddled more than 2,200 winners in his 46-year career and won the Sovereign Award for Canada's outstanding trainer in 1977.

The other inductees were champion runners Langfuhr and Classy 'n Smart. Wonder Where was inducted as part of the veterans' committee.

Langfuhr won three Grade 1 races for owner-breeder Gustav Schickedanz, including the Metropolitan Handicap. The son of Danzig-Sweet Briar Too was Canada's champion sprinter in 1996.

Now at stud in Kentucky, Langfuhr has sired 2003 Canadian Triple Crown winner Wando. Another of his sons, Mobil, is a millionaire and a graded stakes winner.

Schickedanz is also the co-breeder, along with Charles Armstrong, of Goodtimes, one of four Standardbred industry inductees. Goodtimes retired in 2003 as the richest Canadian-bred trotter, with $2.2 million in earnings.

Classy 'n Smart, owned and bred by Sam-Son Farm, was Canada's champion 3-year-old filly in 1991, thanks to four stakes victories, including the Canadian Oaks. She had more impact in the breeding shed, however, producing Horse of the Year and Eclipse Award-winning filly Dance Smartly, who is also in the Hall of Fame. Classy 'n Smart died in 1999.

Joanne Reed accepted the Hall of Fame honor for Wonder Where, a champion mare who was trained by Reed's father, Larkin Maloney.

Wonder Where, an eight-time stakes winner in the late 1950's, beat out Canadian Triple Crown winner New Providence for Horse of the Year honors in 1959.