06/18/2009 12:00AM

New England Hall trio famous beyond region


Three names known more for their exploits beyond New England are among the five inductees in the 2009 class of the region's Turf Writers Racing Hall of Fame.

Seabiscuit and jockey Chris McCarron, members of the National Racing Hall of Fame, will be honored along with trainer Ned Allard, breeder Gil Campbell and handicapper Dave Wilson next month as the latest inductees into the New England honor roll on permanent display at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston.

Seabiscuit was a regular in New England as a young horse in the 1930s before his emergence as a national superstar. The eventual 1938 Horse of the Year, he was a second-stringer for the Wheatley Stable, racing 22 times in New England - at Suffolk Downs, Rockingham Park, Narragansett Park, and Agawam Park. He was purchased by Charles Howard in 1936 and shifted his base west, but did return to win the 1937 Massachusetts Handicap and finish third in the Narragansett Special under 132 pounds.

McCarron, a Boston native, is one of seven riders with more than 7,000 career victories. He got his start at Suffolk and Rockingham as a teenager before winning an Eclipse Award as champion apprentice in 1974 and as a journeyman in 1980. He won each leg of the Triple Crown twice and has nine Breeders' Cup wins, including five in the Classic - helping him retire in 2002 as the highest-earning jockey at the time. He returned to New England for appearances several times late in his career, including a victory on locally based Waquoit in the 1987 Massachusetts Handicap. After retiring he served as general manager of Santa Anita and now runs a riding academy in Lexington, Ky.

Allard has spent most of the last 20 years based in Philadelphia, but the trainer, who got his start at Lincoln Downs in Rhode Island, is best known for training Mom's Command, the champion 3-year-old filly of 1985 who has been inducted into the national Hall of Fame. He won three training titles at Suffolk in 1973, 1979 and 1987 and regularly raids East Boston, including a win in the Mom's Command Stakes last year with Anofficerandalady.

One of Allard's main clients is Campbell, a real estate developer from Lowell, Mass. He found success in his first foray into racing, teaming with another New England Hall of Famer, Peter Fuller, with Shananie, a listed stakes winner on both coasts. He purchased historic Waldemar Farm in Ocala, Fla., renamed it Stonehege Farm South, and bred stakes stars Marlin, Blazing Sword, Von Groovey, and Shananie's Wish. Campbell also has horses in Florida with trainer Kathleen O'Connell, including Ivanavinalot. In addition, he sold this year's Swale Stakes winner, This One's for Phil, to Paul Pompa last November.

Wilson was one of the top handicappers and turf writers with the Boston Record American in the 1960s and 1970s. His picks in the "Green Sheet" were among the most popular in the city, and there are anecdotes of crowds of readers at newsstands awaiting Wilson's picks as soon as they came off the trucks.