04/08/2015 10:41AM

Mine That Bird heads 2015 Canadian Hall of Fame class

Tom Keyser
Mine That Bird, winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby, is among five new entrants to the Thoroughbred division of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird has been elected into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in the Thoroughbred male horse category. He is joined by jockey Stewart Elliott, breeder Robert Anderson, Woodbine television personality Jim Bannon, and trainer Roger Laurin to make up the Thoroughbred class of 2015.

The five Thoroughbred inductees and five Standardbred inductees will be honored at the annual Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony Aug. 5 at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

Mine That Bird won 4 of 6 starts as a 2-year-old, including the Silver Deputy, Swynford, and Grade 3 Grey Stakes at Woodbine, and was named Canada’s champion 2-year-old in 2008.

Originally purchased for $9,500 as a yearling in 2007 by Woodbine-based trainer David Cotey for an ownership group that included Cotey’s Dominion Bloodstock, Derek Ball, and Hugh Galbraith, Mine That Bird was sold to Mark Allen of Double Eagle Ranch and Leonard Blach of Buena Suerte Equine after his win in the Grey Stakes and went on to win the 2009 Kentucky Derby as a 50-1 longshot.

Mine That Bird placed in all three legs of the Triple Crown in 2009, finishing second to Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness Stakes and third to Summer Bird in the Belmont Stakes. He finished his career with a record of 5 wins from 18 starts and earnings of more than $2.2 million.

The Toronto-born Elliott became the first jockey in 25 years to win the Kentucky Derby in his first appearance when he rode Smarty Jones in 2004, and they also won the Preakness before coming within a length of the Triple Crown when beaten by Birdstone in the Belmont. Elliott has ridden more than 29,000 races and has recorded 4,650 victories, with career earnings in excess of $93 million. Elliott also won the Avelino Gomez Memorial Award in 2010.

Anderson has been involved with breeding, racing, and selling Thoroughbred and Standardbred horses for 41 years. Anderson has bred more than 1,400 Thoroughbreds, including champions Pinafore Park, Larkwhistle, and Price Avatar.

Anderson also is a former director of Woodbine Entertainment Group (formerly the Ontario Jockey Club), the president of the national Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society from 1981-82, and served as a steward of the Jockey Club of Canada.

Woodbine television personality Bannon will become just the second Thoroughbred inductee in the communicators category. Bannon was part of the first simulcast racing TV show in North America in 1981 and has appeared as a television analyst, commentator, and handicapping expert on Queen’s Plate and Breeders’ Cup shows for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Bannon was honored with a Gemini Award in 2010 as Canada’s best sports analyst.

Montreal-born trainer Laurin has been inducted in the “veteran person” category. The son of Hall of Famer Lucien Laurin, Roger Laurin rose to prominence while training Miss Cavendish in 1964, one of the top fillies in the United States that year after winning the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes and Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks.

Laurin also trained multiple stakes winner Drumtop and 1971 Eclipse Award winner Numbered Account.