Updated on 04/05/2017 1:48PM

Owner/breeder Melnyk, horses Quiet Resolve, South Ocean elected to Canadian Hall


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Multiple Sovereign Award-winning owner and breeder Eugene Melnyk headlines the list of five Thoroughbred-racing inductees into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2017.

The Toronto-born Melnyk was elected to the Hall in the builder category. Melnyk, who swept the Sovereign Awards for outstanding owner and outstanding breeder in 2009, won the Queen’s Plate in 1998 with Archer’s Bay and campaigned Sealy Hill, who swept the 2007 Canadian Triple Tiara series and earned Canadian Horse of the Year honors that season. In all, Melnyk’s horses have captured 62 graded stakes and two editions of the Barbados Gold Cup.

Other top horses whom Melnyk has campaigned include 2004 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Speightstown, 2007 Breeders’ Stakes winner Marchfield, multiple Sovereign Award winner Roxy Gap, and Flower Alley, the sire of 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I’ll Have Another.

Melnyk is joined by trainer Harold Barroby, turf writer Curtis Stock, and the horses Quiet Resolve and South Ocean in the 2017 Hall class.

Barroby, a native of Ravenscrag, Saskatchewan, was a leading trainer in Alberta in 1969 and 1970 before continuing west to British Columbia. He’s been British Columbia’s leading trainer a record 10 times and has been inducted into the B.C. Thoroughbred Hall of Fame. He remains the all-time leader in wins and stakes wins in British Columbia and is still training at Hastings Park. His brother Frank was a Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee in 2010.

Stock has earned a record 11 Sovereign Awards for his writing. Stock began his career working for the publicity departments of the Ontario Jockey Club and Northlands Park before moving to the Edmonton Journal, where he covered horse racing for 32 years. Stock also wrote for the Daily Racing Form for 20 years.

Stock earned his first Sovereign Award in 1985 and swept both the Feature Story and Newspaper categories in 1993. His most recent Sovereign Award came in 2015 for his story “Love of Horses,” which appeared in the Edmonton Journal.

The Sam-Son Farm homebred Quiet Resolve earned $2.3 million in his 31-start career from 1998 to 2002. He was named Canadian Horse of the Year and champion male turf horse in 2000 after earning Grade 2 wins in the Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy Stakes at Woodbine and the Dixie Stakes at Pimlico and finishing second in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs. Quiet Resolve also won the Grade 1 Atto Mile at Woodbine in 1999.

South Ocean excelled both on the racetrack as the 1970 Canadian Oaks winner and off the racetrack as a prominent figure in Canadian breeding. South Ocean, by New Providence, was bred to Northern Dancer eight times, producing Storm Bird, the sire of Storm Cat, and Northernette, a Canadian Oaks winner, Canadian champion, and Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee in 1987.

There also will be five Standardbred inductees into the Hall: trainer/driver Blair Burgess, Dr. Gordon Gilbertson, Mach Three, Elegantimage, and Happy Lady. The induction ceremony will take place at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Aug. 9.

A previous version of this article misstated the year in which I'll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. It was 2012, not 2015.