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Updated on 02/27/2013 12:56PM
Racing Hall of Fame names Calvin Borel, Chris Antley among 10 finalists
By Jay Privman
Led by five jockeys - including Kentucky Derby winners Chris Antley, Calvin Borel, and Craig Perret - the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame on Wednesday released the names of the 10 finalists for its 2013 ballot.
Jockeys Garrett Gomez and Alex Solis also made the final ballot, as did one trainer - Gary Jones - and the horses Ashado, Housebuster, Invasor, and Lure.
Under the current rules of the Hall of Fame, the finalists are the 10 individuals who received the most votes from 86 names submitted to the Hall of Fame's 16-member nominating committee. There is no quota on the numbers of horses, jockeys, or trainers who can make the ballot.
From the final 10, four will go into the Hall of Fame, comprising those who receive the most votes from the 182 voters who receive the final ballot.
The winners will be announced on April 26. The Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are scheduled for Aug. 9 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where the Hall of Fame is located.
Antley, who was 34 when he died in 2000, won the Derby on Strike the Gold in 1991 and Charismatic in 1999. Charismatic also won the Preakness, but finished third, suffering a career-ending injury, in the Belmont. Antley's cradling of the stricken colt's injured leg was credited with helping save Charismatic for stud duty. A winner of 3,480 races, Antley won nine races in one day (four at Aqueduct, five at the Meadowlands) on Oct. 31, 1987, and he won at least one race for 64 straight racing days in 1989.
Borel, 46, is a three-time winner of the Derby, having won it in 2007 with Street Sense, 2008 with Mine That Bird, and 2010 with Super Saver. He also won the 2009 Kentucky Oaks with Rachel Alexandra, who went on to be Horse of the Year that year. Borel, currently riding at Oaklawn Park, has won 4,999 races entering Thursday's card at Oaklawn.
Perret, 62, won 4,415 races, including the 1990 Derby on Unbridled. Perret also was the Eclipse Award-winning jockey that year. Perret won the 1987 Belmont Stakes on Bet Twice, and won four Breeders' Cup races. He was the leading apprentice rider in 1967 in terms of purse earnings in an era before the Eclipse Awards were founded. He retired in 2005.
Gomez, 41, is a two-time Eclipse Award winner as champion jockey, has led the nation in purse earnings four times, and has won 13 Breeders' Cup races, including the 2010 Classic on Blame, sending Zenyatta to the only defeat of her career. Gomez, currently riding at Santa Anita, has won 3,713 races.
Solis, 48, has won 4,938 races, including the 1986 Preakness aboard champion Snow Chief. He also has won three Breeders' Cup races. During his lengthy residence in Southern California, Solis won riding titles at the three major tracks: Del Mar, Hollywood Park, and Santa Anita. Solis rode at Woodbine last year and is expected to resume riding there this spring after taking the winter off.
Jones, 68, retired at age 51 in 1996 because of health problems after a career that saw him win 1,465 races, most notably the inaugural Pacific Classic at Del Mar in 1991 with Best Pal. Based throughout his career in Southern California, where he won numerous training titles, Jones won just about every important stakes on that circuit, including the Hollywood Gold Cup and Santa Anita Handicap. He also trained Eclipse Award winner Turkoman. Jones is the son of the late trainer Farrell Jones, and the father of trainer Marty Jones.
Ashado won 12 of 21 starts, including the Kentucky Oaks and Breeders' Cup Distaff in 2004. She was an Eclipse Award winner at ages 3 and 4, and won Grade 1 races at ages 2, 3, and 4. She was own by Jack and Laurie Wolf, Johns Martin, and Paul Saylor, and trained by Todd Pletcher. Ashado is currently owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum's Darley Stud, and resides in Kentucky.
Housebuster was a two-time Eclipse Award-winning sprinter in 1990 and 1991 in a career that saw him win 15 of 22 starts, including such prestigious stakes as the Carter, Vosburgh, Forego, King's Bishop, and De Francis Dash. He was owned by Bob Levy and trained by Jimmy Croll. Housebuster died at stud in 2005.
Invasor, bred in Argentina, was an international sensation, winning the 2005 Triple Crown of Uruguay, the 2006 Breeders' Cup Classic, and the 2007 Dubai World Cup. He won 11 of 12 starts, and was the Horse of the Year in 2006. Invasor was owned in this country by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum's Shadwell Estate, and he was trained here by Kiaran McLaughlin. He stands at stud in Kentucky at Shadwell.
Lure won 14 of 25 starts, including consecutive runnings of the Breeders' Cup Mile in 1992 and 1993. Bred and owned by the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm, he was trained by Shug McGaughey. Lure was pensioned from stud duty in 2003, and resides at Claiborne.
One of the most heroic, lasting images of horse racing, in my mind, will always be Chris Antley literally falling off of Charismatic's back to the ground the second they crossed the finish line of the Belmont Stakes, and lovingly yet urgently cradling Charismatic's broken leg in his hands, a move I have always believed saved Charismatic's life. Charismatic bravely & determinedly still trying to win the Belmont Stakes despite the broken leg, and Chris Antley's compassion for his horse, are both hugely inspirational. Chris overcame a lot in his life and had a lot of challenges. This memorable event will go down as one of his finest moments in life. He had a wonderful career (2 Kentucky Derby Winners is nothing sneeze at!), and it would be fitting for Chris to receive this honor. I hope that he does.
Please note that Mine That Bird won the 2009 Derby. It is the same year that Rachel won the Oaks which subsequently led to an unprecedented move by a jockey ditching his winning Derby mount in the Preakness in favor of his winning Oaks mount who went on to win the Preakness.
Another year where Billy Turner, who did what no other trainer has ever done, not even in the mix...very sad. Turner took a $17K ugly duckling T-bred and skillfully trained him into the only undefeated Triple Crown winner, the great Seattle Slew! Just think what might have been if Slew were in the hands of the wrong trainer & never reached his full potential?. Today, we wouldn't have the progeny of Slew...A.P. Indy, Bernardini, Capote, Swale, Malibu Moon, Rags to Riches, and other great Thoroughbreds. Billy Turner deserves recognition and it's shameful that he's been forgotten, year after year. Someone PLEASE right this wrong.
Lure by a length over Invasor
In Gary Jones' bio NOTHING is mentioned that he trained Lakeway. She set 3 stakes records in 3 grade-1 races as a 3 yr old. She was the best filly that raced between the careers of Ruffian and Rachel Alexandra stanley marcinkowski Plowville, Pa
Antley is one of my very favorite jockeys of all time. He was extremely talented, very likable and was defeated by his demons in a most tragic way. I am very happy that he has not been forgotten. He deserves to be in the hall of fame.
I cant believe the things that come out of people s mouths ! You all call your selfs adults ? How many of you know Chris Antley ???? Seriously !!! This is about his career . Not his personal Life . Its about what he did on the track . He won 3,480 racses not by luck but by skill . He is know differt then you or me . If you want to put a malice attack on someone check your self in the mirror . We all have issues or something we like that isnt good for us and we cant stop doing it . I had the pleasure to meet him talk with him . He was a friend a true friend with a big heart . Dont judge him . Talk nice about people who are no longer with us .
Invasor was also top ranked horse in the world in 2006 for his win in the BC Classic and his win in the 2007 Dubai World Cup was the second fastest running of the race. He won 6 straight G1 races.
Chris Antley, Calvin Borel, Craig Perrett, Garrett Gomez all wonderful and deserving jockeys for finalists into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Still the process does not seem to be able to get it right! Larry Snyder retired in 1994. Larry had a 35yr career as a jockey. With 6,388 career wins and only the 6th jockey to reach 6,000 wins back in 1989. Winner of the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1989. People it is now 2013 and the guys up for induction are much younger and will have their time because they are deserving. Right now Larry Snyder is the one that is being forgotton about! When will you get it right! This is not a popularity contest please treat it as such? Time is a wasting and you are doing the process an injustice to all involved!
does anyone think barbaro will ever be in this group?
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