05/15/2012 2:34PM

New England Hall of Fame inducts five new members


Five new names will join the New England horse racing Hall of Fame later this summer with the New England Turf Writers Association inducting star sprinter Concorde Bound, jockey Joe Hampshire, trainer Maurice “Junie” Bresnahan, owner Frank Bertollino, and executive Bob O’Malley.

Concorde Bound was the dominant sprint specialist in the mid-1980s in New England, with his biggest victory coming in the 1984 Suffolk Downs Sprint Handicap. He was an 11-time winner with five stakes scores and $222,863 earned. Concorde Bound was ridden and trained throughout his career by Hall of Famers Carl Gambardella and Ron Dandy. He retired to owner Frank Generazio’s Willow End Stable and produced four crops before he died of colic in 1989.

Hampshire, a native of Philadelphia, was the most prominent local rider in the 1990s-2000s. He won nine titles at Suffolk, has 67 stakes wins in the region and was named the Eli Chiat Jockey Award winner six times. He now rides mainly in the Mid-Atlantic where he is perennially among the leaders at Parx Racing.

Bresnahan ran one of the strongest training operations on the New England circuit, winning two titles at Suffolk in the mid-1960s and was also a pioneer when he signed Denise Boudrot to an apprentice contract in the early 1970s just as female riders were beginning to get their chance to compete.

Bertollino has raced as both the San Fran Stable and Monarch Stables, which he named in honor of his horse Country Monarch, the fourth-place finisher in the 1976 Massachusetts Handicap. Regularly among the region’s leading owners, he was among the top-10 owners nationally nine times. He was honored for his contributions to the circuit in 1981. He has raced numerous regional stars and splits his time between Boston, where he owns a meat company, and Florida, where his broodmare band stands in Ocala.

O’Malley was a long-time executive at Suffolk, working his way from the parking lot up to the track’s chief operating officer in 1996, holding that position until his death in 2007. He worked for seven different owners over five decades including Bill Veeck in the 1970s, Buddy Leroux when he closed the track in 1989, and James Moseley and John Hall when they reopened it three years later.

The inductees will be honored along with the 2011 NETWA award winners at their annual dinner July 19. Hall of Fame members are on permanent display in the New England Racing exhibit at the Sports Museum located in the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston.