03/24/2015 6:46PM

Mine That Bird among Canadian Hall of Fame nominees

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Barbara D. Livingston
Mine That Bird was the longshot winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird leads the list of 15 Thoroughbred-racing candidates eligible to be elected to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2015.

The Hall of Fame’s 20-member election committee will determine the winners in each of the five Thoroughbred categories on this year’s ballot and will announce the results April 7. The induction ceremony is set for the Mississauga Convention Centre on Aug. 5. An additional 15 candidates in five Standardbred voting categories also are eligible to be elected.

The Thoroughbred categories on this year’s ballot are male horse, jockey, builder, communicator, and veteran person.

Mine That Bird, who captured the 2009 Kentucky Derby and was named Canadian champion 2-year-old in 2008, is a candidate in the Thoroughbred male category, along with three-time Canadian International winner Joshua Tree and 2000 Canadian Horse of the Year Quiet Resolve. Mine That Bird won the Silver Deputy, Swynford, and Grey stakes at Woodbine in 2008.

Stewart Elliott, the winner of the 2005 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes on Smarty Jones, is up for election in the jockey category, along with Richard Grubb and 1991 Canadian champion Mickey Walls.

Breeders Bob Anderson, president of Anderson Farm; Michael Byrne, founder of Park Stud; and the late Dr. Michael Colterjohn, a partner of Paradox Farm who bred 2014 Queen’s Plate winner Lexie Lou, are the three candidates in the builder category.

Woodbine racing analyst Jim Bannon, Edmonton Journal writer Curtis Stock, and multiple media Sovereign Award winner Tommy Wolski make up the nominees in the communicator category.

Finally, the veteran-people category includes Montreal-born trainer Roger Laurin, two-time Queen’s Plate-winning trainer Jerry Lavigne, and Alberta-based trainer Robert McKenzie.

Members of the election committee will cast a secret ballot and are allowed to vote for only one candidate in each category. Candidates who receive eight or more votes from the selection committee will be inducted.